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I love fruit juice especially when I know I have done it myself and know that it is just pure juice with no added ingredients. I bought this Kenwood JE290 juicer from Ebay and got it for £12 brand new in the box which is a fabulous price as it retails on Amazon for up to £39.99 however I think that is expensive for a gadget like this.
It has a one litre jug which is transparent so you can clearly see how much juice you are making so can stop when you have the required amount. The jug has a spout which makes pouring easy, a stainless steel strainer and it also has a dust cover and a cone which you use to press the fruit on. The handle is quite chunky and is easy and comfortable to hold. I will usually hold onto this when I am using the juicer, although it doesn't move around I just feel more secure this way and would be able to control it if it did.
It measures 21.9cm tall, 21.2cm wide and 16cm deep so is quite a compact little machine and will not take up too much space either on your worktop or in your cupboard if like me you put it away after use as I don't like too much clutter on the worktop. It is 60w so has enough power to extract juice from any fruit and weighs 0.962kg.
To use I first of all remove the dust cover and cut some oranges in half all depending on how much juice I need. I then switch the machine on and press each half or the orange down on the cone which is the pointed dome looking shape and the juice will drain through the filter and any pips or bits will collect on top of the filter for you to dispose of afterwards. You can use your hands to press the fruit down but I usually use the dust cover as I find that I can get more even pressure this way and also if you are squeezing quite a few oranges this can make your hand ache a bit. When you have finished you just remove the filter and cone and pour the juice into your glass or container. I find that the juice will keep for a few days in the fridge but it isn't very often this happens as I do love fresh fruit juice so usually drink it very quickly.
I have used this juicer for other citrus fruit such as lemons for baking cakes and puddings and limes which I use in my curries and Chinese dishes and it works just as good for these. It is easy to clean and is dishwasher safe but I usually find that if I wash it straight after using, it will rinse clean under a hot tap. I will just tap the filter in the bin to get rid of the larger bits first. I am sure there are better models on the market such as ones which do the job much quicker and maybe have other functions as well but if you like your fresh juice this little juicer is perfect. It is compact and easy to use and most importantly for me I know I am drinking fruit juice in its purest form. If you can pick one up like I did for £12 it is excellent value and is well worth it for the results it produces.
The juicer had been operated only twice and suddenly started to stall and made weird cracking noises. Apparently, I discovered that the plastic gear had been completely worn out. Unfortunately there are no affordable spare parts and to fix it I need to buy the whole power unit at 14 pounds. I doubt if this is a good investment or I simply have to buy the good old Braun juicer.
The Kenwood JE290 Citrus Press is a great little addition for your kitchen / This superb citrus press provides you easy and functional juicing of all types of citrus fruits / It has a sturdy and attractive design along with a strong and log-lasting stainless steel filter / It also comes with a reamer filter and a jug which all are dishwasher safe / Weight: 0.962kgSize (cm): 21.9H x 21.2W x 16DColour: WhiteWattage: 60WCitrus Press/JuicerDishwasher Safe PartsBody Material: PlasticCapacity: 1LSpeeds: 1Guarantee: 1 Year / Short name: Kenwood JE290