Philips HR1897/34 Micro Masticating Juicer, Silver
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- Unique Micro Masticating technology is designed to open up the cells in your favorite ingredients and squeeze out the maximum goodness
- Slim juicer with all integrated parts - The optimized design with 11cm width allows you to keep the juicer always on your counter top, making it ready to juice at any time
- Make delicious healthy juices from soft fruits, leafy greens and hard vegetables
- Unique no sieve design for cleaning in under 1 minute
- Easily detachable and rinsed clean without any kitchen tool
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Philips understands the common barriers busy homemakers face when juicing at home - a lack of time, space and nutritional guidance, not to mention extensive washing up. Boasting all the time-saving and innovative features you need to make home juicing as healthy, tasty and convenient as possible, Philips has designed the new Micro Juicer as the perfect solution for every day juicing from fresh fruit, seeds and vegetables. You can now squeeze up to 90% of the whole fruit into your glass, for a juice full of vitamins and other vital nutrients (Based on internal tests on 1000g each of grapes, apples, blackberries, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelons, oranges and pomegranates).
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-The juicer is easy to put together, although the first time it took a bit of studying the picture instructions.
-The juicer is easy to clean, literally takes less than 5 minutes to take apart and rinse.
-Easy to use, the auger takes down most ingredients with ease, meaning you can juice just about anything. (I still have not tried nuts).
-Sleek and modern, takes up very little space and looks great in the kitchen.
-Suboptimal yield, I can get at least 25% more juice out of the pulp. If you are concerned about getting the most of your produce, this is very time consuming.
-Small feeder tube, although this looks to be standard on these types of juices.
Here are the yields I got as a percentage of weight of the product. Pictures attached as well.
Carrots: 33% (and these were soaked in water for over 24 hours)
Green apples: 70%
Spinach: 47% with foam, 41% after discarding foam
Juicers produce different quality juices. There are really 2 key areas to judge a juicer on it's juice quality.
#1 Some juicers produce a higher amount of juice per food item. You can tell by the drier pulp that is extracted.
#2 Some juicers produce frothier juice and warmer temperature juice - 2 signs of lower quality because the air and heat are evidence of the oxidization of nutrients. A faster spinning juicer (centrifugal) will often produce more heat and froth, which is why the masticating style juicer (slower, chewing action) creates better quality juice.
In terms of these 2 key areas, this Philips does an alright job producing dry pulp and an excellent job with low froth and low temperature juice. The slow masticating action is excellent and on par with my other masticating juicers (Omega and Champion) and superior to my $40 Black and Decker (centrifugal style) in terms of low temperature and low froth. However in terms of pulp dryness, the Philips does product noticably wetter pulp than my Omega and Champion... but not as wet as my Black and Decker. To get more descriptive, if I run the Champion or Omega pulp through the juicer a 2nd time, the extra juice extracted is minimal and not worth the work in most cases. I like to run the pulp of the Philips through the juicer 1 time to get extra juice out of it. Running it a 2nd time and I get hardly any juice. One extra run of the pulp is sufficient. Now, on the Black and Decker, I run the pulp twice always and sometimes 3 times and still get juice out of it. The 4th time the juice isn't flowing any longer on my foods.
What is my final opinion of the Philips? First, this juicer has a much smaller footprint than my Omega and Champion juicers (less counter or shelf space). Yet it is taller, which usually doesn't matter at all in a kitchen. If you have a small kitchen this is a benefit - otherwise size doesn't really matter. Second, this juice is very easy to clean. The parts unhook quickly and there is no screen to brush. Cleaning the screen always takes the longest time of any part to perform (why I recommend the brush). For these 2 reasons, this is a great juicer.
The one area that this juicer can be improved is in the juicer department. Please don't misunderstand me, the juice quality is very good. This is a good juicer to own. But does it out perform the highest rated consumer juicers (Omega and Champion) - no. It's close behind them but not quite at the same level.
If you want the best quality juice, then go with Omega (not the Vertical Auger style - it is not good for leafy greens), Champion or Green Star (never tried it but people do like it). If you want cheap and easy, go with the $40 Black and Decker. It's an incredible deal - especially for someone curious about juicing. If you want quick, easy and small... and want very good juicer, then this Philips is a wise choice. If you want the very best that money can buy, the get the Norwalk Press.
You juicer can perform well for many years with proper care. First, always hand clean the juicer pieces. The heat in a dish washer can damage the plastic and cause it to warp and eventually crack. A warped part will create a loose seal and cause leaks, and misalignment which can render a juicer unusable unless the pieces are heated and reshaped. Also a dishwasher's strong detergent can discolor your juicer parts.
To wash the juicer I recommend using a bristle brush and warm water. A bristle brush works much better than a cloth when removing small bits of carrot or strands of kale.
An easy way to clean your juicer, especially when in a hurry, is to place the parts in a sink of water (or a plastic bucket or dish washing tub) immediately after juicing. Then when you have time later in the day to brush clean the parts the food particles are already soft and loosened, making it easy to brush the juicer parts clean. If you let the juicer parts sit all day with the food bits still in place, the bits will dry and stick to the juicer parts - requiring hotter water and more brushing to break them free. Think of it like soaking a pan - same logic. I do not recommend using hot water to soak the parts because of the risk of damage. A little soap and the brush will take care of the cleaning.
The machine is quite somewhat small and will fit beautifully on a counter top. I would suggest to wash all the parts before making any juice with it. After washing all the parts and installing them on the machine, I started cutting my apples. I was making a juice with apples, cranberries and pineapple. Once I was ready to use the Philips Avance Masticating Juicer, it wouldn’t work. It was plugged in but the machine would not start. I was confused at first but then I started checking the area behind the container that was broken and there is was … a small little black dot on the base of the juicer. Could it be that this small plastic dot that was broken on the container would make the machine start? So I slid the plastic piece pushing the black dot and the machine came to life. OK now I needed to find a way to making this work. My good old scotch tape did the trick. After asking my son’s help to hold the container while I tape the piece in place, the juicer was ready to use.
Using the juicer is quite easy, simply cut your fruits or vegetable, insert them in the top area and push with the tool that came with it. And voilà, juice is being made. The micro masticating of the juicer will guarantee that up to 90% of the fruit is used for making juice. You can even include all the leaves, the greens and nuts in your drinks. The recipe book that comes with with juicer has about 15 recipes from which you can choose. I wish the recipe book would be a bit bigger but this gives you a great launching pad into juicing. You can even make your own almond milk or soy milk with it or frozen yogourt. The juice was delicious and packed with all the goodness of the fruits I have used. Everyone in the family found it delicious – four kids and two adults.
The juicer also comes with an innovative drip stop which would keep your counter top clean. It is perfect for when you desire to make juice directly in glasses. However, the juicer also comes with a special container in which you can make the juice in and store in the refrigerator.
Cleaning the part is as easy as saying your ABCs. You can detach all the parts and rinsed clean without any other kitchen tool. The part where the juice comes out it the trickiest one of all the parts of clean. But it was easy to remove the little bit of pulp that has ventured in that area.
Now let’s go back to my broken pulp container – I was a bit disappointing that it was damaged. So I decided to call Philips and see if I could receive a brand new one. The customer service person was very nice and will be sending me a new pulp container for the juicer. I am quite pleased with the service obviously.
Now when I was making my juice, I found that there was a lot of pulp falling in the container. I mean a lot of pulp… more than I would have wished to come out of it. The person at the customer service said that it is great for compost. But we do not have a garden yet – though it is something that I wish I can have in the future. What could I do with all the pulp I got from the juicer??? Then I had an idea. Why not incorporating them into muffins. And I did just that this morning. The muffins turned out great and are packed with delicious pulp from apples, cranberries and pineapple. Couldn’t ask for a better muffin than that!
Having said this, if you do not own a kitchen appliance that can make juice (whether a juicer or a high quality blender), I think you would be quite satisfied with the Philips Avance Masticating Juicer. Knowing how important it is to consume fruits and vegetables for your health makes it a decision that is easy to take when you are debating about getting this kind of small appliance.
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