Fresh, homemade juices are tasty and nutritious, there is no doubt about that. But making them is a pain. At least it used to be. I remember in my childhood, my mum slogging for hours, peeling, chopping and cutting carrots, then blending and sieving all to get one glass of carrot juice for my dad. The process was laborious, not to mention how much of the carrot was wasted in the process. I have made juices on and off but mostly using centrifugal juicers that I wasn’t really happy with. I’ve heard that they leave behind a lot of nutrition in the process. Thus I stick to whole fruits and vegetables most of the time.
Then I heard about cold pressing. Cold pressing as a technique retains maximum nutrients from the produce and is preferred these days for oils as well as juices. When Kent sent me a cold pressed juicer for review, I was curious to see how it would perform and here is my review:
What I liked:
Taste: There is no doubt on this one. The fresh juice really tasted wholesome and good. It felt like consuming the fruit or vegetable in the liquid form. The best part, you can squeeze in more servings of fruits or vegetables per glass if you have juice. You can even include veggies and fruits that are often not eaten otherwise in your glass of juice. You can also make nut milkshakes with this.
Nutrition: Cold pressing helps to retain the maximum vitamins and minerals and also most of the pulp and fibre from the fruits and veggies.You can also use peels except for the really rough or inedible ones thus retaining even more nutrition. Make sure that you consume the juice fresh and don’t store it to avoid loss of nutrients.
Ease of use: It is a sleek machine. It is easy to assemble and use. It has two clear spouts for the waste/roughage and for the juice.
The juice spout has a leak-prevent mechanism that prevents your counter top from getting dirty.
Low on noise: It has a powerful motor for optimal juice extraction and yet the juicer operates with barely any noise. It did not heat up even after continuous use for some time.
More Juice: The roughage feels quite dry thus showing that the juicer is effective and takes out most of the juice from the produce.
Suitable for almost all kinds of fruits and vegetables: It has two filter meshes: A fine-mesh filter for the rougher fruits and veggies like beetroot, carrots, cucumbers, green vegetables, apple and a wider-mesh filter for pulpier fruits/veggies like oranges, mosambi, tomato etc. The juicer is not suitable for making juice from starchy fruits like bananas.
Safety: The Juicer only operates after it is locked in. That is a good safety feature especially with kids or even adults.
Less preparation: This Juicer has a large feeding compartment hence you just need to cut your veggies/fruits in large chunks saving on prep time.
Quick: The Juicer juices a lot of quantity of produce within minutes. If you have your prep done, you can juice a large quantity in minutes and serve.
What you need to pay attention to:
Heavy: The Juicer is pretty heavy so ensure that you make space on your bench where you do not need to move it regularly. You will not be able to store and move it on a daily basis.
Cleaning: It is best to clean this or any other juicer immediately after use. Fruit or vegetable that has dried in a fine mesh is a nightmare to clean later. It comes with a brush to clean the filters effectively.
This Kent Juicer comes at a price of Rs. 15000 and seems like a great buy if you enjoy fresh juices in your diet.
I prepared beetroot, carrot and apple juices and the juicing itself was very quick and hassle free. The juice was really very tasty and looked gorgeous too.
You can mix and match juices, add herbs and spices like ginger to perk up the juices and make them even more delicious. Needless to say, kids love juices; a product like this is every parent’s delight.
So, are you a juice person? If yes, what do you use for juicing?
Disclosure: I was sent a Kent Juicer for review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
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