When Did You Last Make Fresh Squeezed Juice?

When Did You Last Make Fresh Squeezed Juice? - Food & Nutrition Magazine - Stone Soup
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Product reviewed: Hurom Citrus Juicer 

I don’t know about you, but I love fresh squeezed fruit juice. And I sure don’t like squeezing it. It takes a lot of fruit and a lot of effort, you make a sticky mess and there always seems to be fruit and juice left behind. I was very excited to try the Hurom Citrus Juicer for an easier way to make delicious homemade juice.

Here’s how it works: Plug the juicer in, place a glass under the spout, put half of a citrus fruit inside the juicer and lightly push down the handle. It takes very little pressure because the motor rotates the squeezer cone, making it easy for anyone to do. Plus, it seems safe.

The few parts of the machine are easy to assemble using the photo on the box or diagram in the brief directions. The citrus fruit cover twists into the handle, which seems a bit awkward to get into place. The first few times, I didn’t have the stainless filter plate all the way down and wondered why it didn’t start. But if you rotate it until it sets down farther into the unit, it will work. The spout stays in the up position, so juice doesn’t pour from it until you’re ready. After you’re done juicing (or if you have a lot of juice from an orange or grapefruit) open the spout to allow juice to pour into your glass.

I tested the juicer with clementines, lemons and a grapefruit. I used the lemon juice to make a light lemonade with sugar substitute. The clementine juice was bright and tasty, but since they are small, they didn’t produce a lot of juice. One grapefruit yielded an impressive six ounces of juice! In the future, I would use this appliance for juicing oranges and limes as ingredients for marinades, sauces or beverages. Fresh lime juice would be great for delicious homemade margaritas, without needing to use sugary frozen or bottled mixes.

What I really like about this juicer is that it uses all of the fruit; the rind comes out empty with very little effort. Any leftover fruit that collects on the squeezer cone can be composted. Instead of buying juices in a plastic single-use container or non-recyclable cardboard carton, making your own juice means less waste. When Did You Last Make Fresh Squeezed Juice? -

The machine’s parts need to be hand-washed. While the unit is relatively lightweight, storage is awkward due to the height of the handle. Placing it into a smaller box than the original or wrapping the handle down with a jump rope or bungee cord would save space.

This particular model is limited to citrus fruits. While the juice is rich in vitamin C, it is lacking in the fiber from the fruit. A model that includes the fiber and allows for juicing other types of fruits, vegetables and nuts would be more versatile for the investment. But given how easy it is to use on an everyday basis, I would certainly recommend the Hurom Citrus Juicer.

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Melissa Altman-Traub, MS, RDN, LDN, is an associate professor of allied health and freelance writer and speaker. Connect with her on her website, MelissaTraub.com, and on Instagram and Twitter.