i brought one of these recently and it is really, really good. Although sometimes maybe a little bit too good. I used this the first time to juice some oranges and got 6 very large ones to juice. They only produced a some amount of juice, its is so good at getting the juice out i was throwing everything away. This is great if you like juice and don't want any bits whatsoever, other I actually quite like having bits in my juice and this got rid of the lot. Also there is the added cost of the fruit as the juicer only takes such a small amount of the fruit getting a full glass takes a fair bit of fruit. I tried this with apples and it was actually much better and didn't throw away quite as much as the oranges did. one bonus was that I tried a banana and it threw the whole lot out, which i did at keep the banana puree created to make a smootie with.
I’ve had a new toy for my birthday – it’s a juice extractor and I’m having great fun with it! I have been wondering whether to get one of these for a while now as I always seem to be tired and I thought this would be a good way of increasing my intake of vitamins and minerals. I have been using the blender that I have had for at least 15 years but it was getting well past its best as you can imagine. I have been drinking some very chewy banana milkshakes I can tell you! I had been looking round at the juicers but I couldn’t see one that I liked. Then I spotted the Philips Juice & Co, which is a combination juicer and blender. What an excellent idea! It cost £40 and Dave treated me as an early birthday present. The basic unit containing the motor is about the size of a 2 pint pudding basin and the attachments for either the blender or the juicer fit onto the top. Assembly is easy with the juicer beginning with the pulp container into which fits the sieve and then the lid is clamped onto the top. The container to collect the juice goes under the end of the juicer and there you have it. The juicer has two speeds – number 1 will be all that is needed for most juicing but number 2 is useful for harder flesh such as beetroot and coconut. I have to confess that it unlikely that I will try either of these though! To use the juicer all I have to do is switch the machine on and feed pieces of fruit or vegetable into the tube on the top of the lid and gently push it down with the appropriately named ‘pusher’. The juice runs out of the machine into the strategically placed juice container. There is no need to peel fruit and vegetables with thin skins such as apple, pear, grapes, carrots, etc., but things like oranges, grapefruit, pineapples, mangoes, etc. do need to be peeled before use. The pulp collects in the pulp container, logically enou
gh, and can either be thrown on the compost heap or it can be used as the basis for soups, sauces, ice creams etc. Cleaning is easy too. I just have to disassemble the parts and wash in warm soapy water – no problem. They even provide a little brush for cleaning the sieve! The blender is also easy to assemble and use. The blender jar fits on top of the base unit instead of the juicer; it’s as simple as that! There is a lid complete with a stopper. The stopper can be removed so that further ingredients can be added during blending. And again cleaning is easy enough. The blender has the same two speeds as the juicer - numbers 1 and 2 – and even on number one it is SO much more powerful than my old blender! The instruction book that comes with the juicer and blender is clear and easy to understand but only contains a couple of recipes, which for a virgin juicer like myself was a bit of a disappointment. I have made the Vitamin shake, which consists of apple, orange and kiwi prepared in the juicer and then mixed with banana and mango in the blender. I have also made a Breakfast drink of my own by mixing orange, pink grapefruit, melon, kiwi fruit and grapes and that was delicious. I have begun to look round for a recipe book to be used with a juicer but I can only find one with smoothies and milk shakes in so far and I didn’t really want that. I was hoping to learn how to mix pure juices for the most beneficial results. So, if anyone has any favourite recipes, or knows where I can get a suitable book I’d love to hear from you. You can either leave a note in my guestbook or mail me if you like. Just wait until I get my bread maker as well - there’ll be no stopping me!