For those who normally visit the site, you’re probably familiar with the topic that is on my mind the most; urban gardening and DIY projects that can be applied to gardening. But since I grow many things that are edible (sometimes downright tasty), It makes sense to talk about how I prepare the food that I grow..
A major part of my day, when I wake up as well as before I go to bed, is spent juicing. When I say juicing, I mean liquefying the fruits and vegetables that I grow (and some that I buy) and turning them into a healthy-tasting part of my diet.
Recently, I have found a particular juicer to be quite amazing. It’s reliable, super easy to use, and seems to get the job done without making a terrible mess in my kitchen. This is why I thought I would do a product review, so that others may get the health benefits of juicing and maybe give this product a try.
The product that I am reviewing is the Multi-Speed Juicer from a company called Breville. Breville makes a few different models of juicers (as well as a few other things), but I decided to purchase the multi-speed version to make sure that my juice doesn’t lose a large amount of vitamins/nutrients during the spinning process.
If you decide to go with a juicer, I would recommend this one. A major issue for me is cleaning. Once you’re done making your fruit/vegetable juice, it can be a PAAAIINN to clean some of the old juicers out. With this one, you can disassemble darn near everything and simply run hot water over it to clean it out.
As you can see below, the juicer taken fully apart can look a little intimidating, but I assure you it’s not..
The break-down of the product is as follows:
- Ridiculously powerful motor that should last quite a long time….even if your dieting habits do not.
- Chute to place fruit or vegetable; The pamphlet that comes with the juicer suggests peeling or cutting up certain fruits in order to make it easier to pass them through.
- Cutter/grinder to shred it all up (see photo below). This thing is SHARP. be careful not to cut yourself with this part. This is the business end of the entire product.
- Strainer to separate liquids from solids. The cutter and strainer are technically the same piece, but serve two very different purposes.
- Waste container for solids to grow through once the object has been thoroughly shredded to pieces.
- Outlet for wicked-awesome liquids to dispense…pretty self-explanatory.
- Container/Cup and cleaning brush; the strainer will get pieces lodged into it, so the company has provided you with a decent bristle-brush to scrub it out of there.
As I might’ve mentioned before, the best part of this Breville Juicer is the multiple speed settings. This product can do everything from cherry tomatoes, to carrots, to cucumbers, and spinach.
The key is the variable-speed knob located at the base of the product (see photo below). The dial will go from 1 (soft fruits/vegetables) all the way up to 5 (carrots, ginger, apples, etc.)
It also shows a few example fruits and vegetables in the display…just in case you aren’t sure what setting your exact one is. Also included in the pamphlet is a handy guide for a bunch of different greens.
In order to get the best out of your daily diet, I would highly suggest supplementing with fresh juice at least once a day. Being a native to the mid-west…I can certainly say that this was new territory for me (mostly a steak and potatoes lifestyle there).
However, after a few weeks of having a quality juicer at my disposal, I can honestly say that I feel A LOT healthier than I did before. My energy levels are generally higher in the morning and I feel less fatigued as I go throughout my day. Trust me, it makes a difference..
If you guys do decide to go ahead and get a juicer (links provided below), Might I suggest one of my own recipes to get you started:
Upon Further Inspection Juicer Recipe:
- 2 large oranges (you can substitute with grapefruits is you like)
- 8 small tomatoes (OR 3-4 normal sized ones)
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Fuji apple
- 1 GrannySmith apple
- 4 carrots
- *optional* 1 small piece of ginger root
One helpful tip when preparing your juice, is to put in your softer fruits in first and then gradually add the tougher vegetables later on. This will keep the mess down to a minimum while you’re preparing.
After you’ve prepared your juice, it’s time to sit back, relax…and go back to clean your juicer. No, seriously, you probably want to clean it shortly after you’ve made the juice or it might stick onto the surface and require a dish-washer.
…But after that, it’s time to relax and enjoy your healthy and tasty new drink!
I hope that you have enjoyed this article as much as I have creating it. If you have any questions about this post, feel free to shoot me a comment in the section below.
ALSO, I’ll be leaving direct links to the products that I have described (BELOW) so that you don’t have to search tirelessly around the web to find the right product. Thanks again for stopping by and come back again for more ‘upon further inspection’