Introduction To Fruit Juicers (And Blenders)
Eating fresh, sweet, homegrown fruit is wonderful! Cooking and creating deserts from fruit is certainly one of my family’s highlights of the year (find ideas in allotment recipe books). And a fruit juicer can have it’s place too, particularly useful for young children and for busy Mum’s wanting a healthy breakfast…
Fruit coming? Think juice!
Ideally fruit bushes and plants would do as the gardener intended, that is to provide a continuous flow of fruit from the end of May to October. Sometimes the weather intervenes, delaying the early fruit, and leading to a fruit traffic jam in the kitchen. A mouth watering problem, but a problem nevertheless!
A fruit juicer – as shown in the photo at the head of this article – is a great way of enjoying fruit. It provides the opportunity to make fruit cocktails (providing much needed variety if facing a fruit glut), and is appreciated by children (and adults) who may not like skin and pips.
It is a machine designed to spin the juice out of fruit, and vegetables. They commonly come with a sieve inside the machine meaning that the pulp goes one way into a pulp bin, and pip free juice the other, down a spout and into a jug.
Difference Between A Juicer Or A Blender
It may be obvious to say, but a juicer is not a smoothie maker or a blender. Something like a banana does not juice well, as it does not have ‘runny’ liquid that can flow into a jug. This is probably the only exception to consider. Hard vegetables like beetroot and carrots are great to put into a juicer.
If bananas are your thing, then a blender may be a better way to go, but bear in mind that a blender ‘blends’, meaning that skin and pips remain integrated in the drink – probably meaning that you will need to sieve the drink separately (or peel and pip before blending – not really an option for fruit like currants and tomatoes!).
Juicers are great for using up fruit that from appearance may look too old to eat, but, with the bad bits cut off, can make a delicious drink. For children, they can be a cunning way of integrating vegetables into a child’s diet. For example, adding beetroot to a raspberry based drink, or carrots to orange juice.
Since purchasing our juicing machine it has passed the ‘cupboard test’, happily still sitting out on our kitchen worktop and in use several times a week. It can be a little fiddly to clean, especially if the pulp is left to dry on the sieve. It’s much easier to wash out just after use. And there is the sugar content to consider for all fruit juices – we ration ourselves to one cup a day!