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Drinking juice is a great way to add more fruit and vegetables to your diet and over the last week I have been trying out the Panasonic MJ-L500SXC Slow Juicer.
I had been wondering about getting a juicer for some time. When ComeRound invited me to try one out it seemed like fate. I got the chance to put the Panasonic slow juicer though its paces and create some interesting juice recipes. As well as juice the Panasonic slow juicer can also be used to make frozen desserts.
The first thing I noticed about the Panasonic slow juicer was the compact size. The juicer can be left out on a kitchen bench and does not take up much space. The juicer is also light weight which makes it easy to lift in and out of a cupboard. As it is so compact and light it is much easier to use the slow juicer every day. Read on to find out how I found the Pansonic slow juicer and some technical information about it. I also have a couple of juice recipes and a frozen dessert recipe to share.
What is slow juicing?
The Panasonic Slow Juicer is called a slow juicer because the motor is designed to run very slowly. The slow running motor powers a juicing screw which squeezes the ingredients thoroughly getting the maximum amount of juice out of them. The slow juicing action also ensures that you get more of the nutrients from the fruit or vegetables inside your juice. The juice made with the Panasonic Slow Juicer with be higher in vitamin C and other nutrients. There is also less waste from the fruit and vegetables meaning less waste to dispose of.
The slow juicing process also means that less air gets added to the juice. This stops the ingredients from separating into different layers after the juice has been stood for a while. I left one batch of juice in the fridge overnight and it looked exactly the same as when it was made and tasted as good as well.
Using the Panasonic Slow Juicer
The Panasonic slow juicer has a number of parts that need to be assembled before you can start juicing. There is the cylinder base which plugs into the mains and contains the motor and the on off switch. On top of this you place the juicing bowl. This contains a stainless steel brush and a rotating cylinder which act to squeeze the vegetables into juice. There are two spouts one for the juice and one for the pulp and each of these has a container to place under it. On top of the juicing bowl is a lid with a feeding tube for the fruit or vegetables. The Panasonic slow juicer also has the ability to make frozen desserts and a frozen attachment is provided for this. This gives you the freedom to create healthy frozen desserts like fruit sorbets or frozen yoghurt.
The juicer is easy to put together and take apart and cleaning it is easy. You just wash the attachments in water. Some of the parts can be placed in a dishwasher. A very useful cleaning brush is provided which helps you remove the pulp from hard to reach areas. The juicer is really easy to operate. The fruit and vegetables need to be prepared first by chopping them into chunks and removing the skin of chunky fruit like oranges. Once ready they are just fed into the juicer and it gets on with creating juice quietly and efficiently.
There are other features that make it easy to use. The juice spout has a cover that you can clip over when you finish juicing. This prevents juice from dropping out over your work surface. The juicer also has anti-slip feet which make it stable. The juicer comes with an instruction book which show exactly how to put the juicer together. It would have been nice to have a recipe book included with the juicer as well.
Juice and frozen dessert recipes
V8 type juice recipe
First I tried making apple and pear juice which worked perfectly. I then decided to get more creative and make a variety of V8 juice, a tomato and vegetable juice. I gathered the ingredients together. The mixture of tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, celery, green pepper and parsley did not prove to be a challenge for the slow juicer. It worked though the ingredients quickly and produced a green juice. This surprised me as V8 juice is red.
The taste was pleasant though and very similar to normal V8 juice. This plateful of ingredients provided 500ml of juice. If you want to try making this yourself you need the following:
- 1 ½ tomatoes
- ¼ green pepper
- 1 ½ stalks of celery
- 20 cm cucumber
- 20 cm carrot
- 15g spinach
- handful parsley
Chop the vegetables into small chunks and feed into the juicer bit by bit.
Tropical Zing juice recipe
Next I decided to try a juice with more fruit. To make the Tropical Zing juice I used pineapple and mango. I also added some lime, ginger and coconut water. The resulting juice makes a great juice to start the day, fruity with a little zing.
To recreate this recipe at home you need the following:
- ½ pineapple
- 1 mango
- 500 ml coconut water
- 1 lime
- 1 tsp grated root ginger
Peel and chop the pineapple, mango and lime. Feed into the juicer with the ginger and coconut water little by little. A refreshing orange coloured drink is the result.
Strawberry, banana and coconut dessert recipe
Finally I made a frozen dessert. In order to do this you need frozen fruit and I had a bag of frozen strawberries and bananas in the freezer. The instructions advise not to use fruit that has been in the freezer for a while. I let it thaw a little first but wasn’t clear how frozen it should be before using it. I will need to try a few more desserts in order to perfect this. To make the dessert more creamy I also added coconut yoghurt.
I replaced the juicing attachment with the frozen attachment and gradually fed the frozen fruit and spoonfuls of unfrozen yoghurt into the juicer. The dessert came out and I spooned it into bowls. It worked reasonably well and tasted nice.
I am very pleased with the Panasonic slow juicer and can see it being a gadget that I will use a lot rather than storing it in a cupboard somewhere. The juice is more tasty that shop bought and it is really nice to be able to make your own juice when you fancy it. You also know exactly what is going into the juice. I need to experiment a bit more with the frozen dessert option in order to perfect it. I shall have to try making elderflower and gooseberry sorbet or raspberry ice cream and see how they turn out.
Have you ever tried a juicer? Do you have any fab juice recipes I should know about? Let me know below.