Table of Contents
- 1 A Juicer That Makes Smoothies As Well?
- 1.1 What’s the Difference?
- 1.2 Will It Take Whole Fruits and Vegetables?
- 1.3 What Is Anthocyanin?
- 1.4 What Exactly Can Be Done With This Juicer?
- 1.5 How To Prevent Clogging and Other Problems
- 1.6 What Kind of Warranty is On This Juicer?
- 1.7 What Comes With The Hurom Slow Juicer?
- 1.8 Is It Easy To Clean Up?
- 1.9 Can You Make Smoothies With Frozen Fruits?
- 1.10 What Else Is There To Know?
- 1.11 Summary
A Juicer That Makes Smoothies As Well?
The Hurom Premium Masticating Slow Juicer and Smoothie Maker, the HH Elite series is a little different from a regular masticating juicer. This slow juicer design is fairly new and therefore a little more expensive.(4 / 5)
What’s the Difference?
The main difference between a slow masticating juicer and a regular masticating juicer is that on the slow juicer, the auger sits vertically in the unit, whereas in the other version, it sits horizontally, extending the juice and pulp outlets out to the side. This takes up more space lengthwise on your counter.
The design of the slow juicer makes it more compact at less than 10″ wide and about 15.7″ high, thus taking up less room on your counter.
It weighs a little over 14 lbs., so is a hefty, well built machine.
As the name implies, this is a slow juicer, working at 80 rpms, using 110v and 150 watts of energy. It slowly and gently squeezes juice out to protect the natural nutrients, flavor and color.
It works similarly to a citrus juicer where you turn the fruit by hand over a stationary auger, only this auger is moving and you simply drop the fruit into the chute and as the auger turns and you press down on the food pusher, the juice is extracted.
Because it slowly squeezes out the juice, it runs very quietly, allowing you to use it without disturbing anyone else in the household.
Will It Take Whole Fruits and Vegetables?
The chute is narrower than on centrifugal juicers, so although you do use whole fruits and veggies, you’ll need to cut up most of them into small pieces, especially potentially stringy foods such as celery. So you are still using all parts of the produce, just cut into pieces. It also seems to work best to cut carrots in half lengthwise.
There is actually a benefit to having to cut the food into pieces. This way, you might be more apt to make sure everything is well-washed and you’ll notice any wilted leaves that you might want to throw away.
And one of the benefits to using whole fruits is that you are protecting the anthocyanin, which is found in such places as the skin of grapes.
What Is Anthocyanin?
It is a strong antioxidant, in fact possibly one of the strongest. Responsible for the red, blue and purple coloration of some flowers and plants, it’s a pigment of nature that, when ingested, helps our bodies to be healthier and protect us from such things as cancer. Some plants that have anthocyanin are grapes, especially their skin, plums, red cabbage, most berries, especially blackberries, purple asparagus and more.
However, when cooked, the anthocyanin in produce tends to be easily altered, so that’s why it’s so good to be able to drink it in its fresh state through juicing these fruits and veggies.
What Exactly Can Be Done With This Juicer?
- You can make baby food and purees
- You can juice bananas and avocados, which don’t actually have juice that can be extracted by a centrifugal juicer
- With the two different filters/strainers you can choose between fine or coarse. The coarse will allow for a slightly thicker juice
- With the pulp control lever, you can determine how much pulp you want, if any, in your juice, allowing you to make smoothies and blended drinks as well
- You can juice leafy greens, such as kale and spinach
- You can make nut milk
How To Prevent Clogging and Other Problems
Reading through the reviews about the Hurom Premium Masticating Slow Juicer and Smoothie Maker, the most prevalent complaint was that the pulp ejector clogs up, especially when juicing celery or beets or anything stringy.
A possible solution to that involves time and patience. As mentioned previously, you will need to cut the celery into small pieces, as small as one inch, as well as beets.
Also, you’ll want to process the food through this juicer slower and not force the produce with the food plunger. This does take time, so it’s something to consider if you want something that is quick and easy.
Although for the most part, the pulp comes out very dry, some reviewers said they had to run it through a strainer or through the machine a second time to get all the juice out.
Also, if you put too many ingredients into the feeder chute at once, the auger may stop rotating due to being overwhelmed with produce. Turn it off and then run it in reverse for a few seconds.
Stop and start it in the normal position again. This should unclog it and then wait until all the produce has been processed before adding more.
What Kind of Warranty is On This Juicer?
The motor has a 10-year warranty and 2 years warranty for the other parts.
What Comes With The Hurom Slow Juicer?
- 2 filters/strainers – fine and coarse
- 2 containers – one for juice and one for pulp
- cleaning brush
- Juice outlet cap to prevent spillage – leave it on while juicing, then simply take cap off to pour into glass
- Hopper lid to keep dust and debris out while not in use
- Heavy-duty Ultem® strainer and auger, with 8 times the strength of other plastics, able to handle both soft and hard foods
- Pulp control switch and Reverse switch
Is It Easy To Clean Up?
Clean-up is fairly easy using the included brush. It has a brush on one end for the strainer baskets and a kind of pick on the other end for getting into tight spots. Just be sure to wash everything out immediately after juicing, as with all the other juicers in order to keep particles from sticking and to prevent discoloration.
It’s not a good idea to sterilize the components in high temperatures because it can cause breakdown of the parts, but an alternative way to disinfect naturally is to soak the parts in a solution of baking soda and vinegar.
There’s also a spinning brush that fits over the outside of the filter/strainer that keeps the area between the filter basket and the chamber clean while mixing the produce.
Can You Make Smoothies With Frozen Fruits?
Yes, you can put frozen fruits in this juicer, such as frozen bananas.
However, for most juicers it’s best to use a blender for frozen produce – make some fresh juice and add with the frozen fruit in the blender to make a great tasting smoothie.
What Else Is There To Know?
This masticating juicer is 100% BPA free
Made in Korea
Among masticating juicers, this Hurom is quiet, doesn’t take up much room on your counter and it does have the ability to make smoothies as well as juice. It takes a bit more time and patience to work with and is fairly expensive, but if you want a juicer that does it all, this might be the one for you.
However, if you’re just wanting a juicer and already have a blender to make smoothies with, you might want to check out a less expensive juicing machine such as the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Masticating Juicer or the Jack Lalanne PJP Power Juicer Pro centrifugal juicer