Between Christmas, three birthdays in the family (mine included) and New Years Eve, December is a diet and alcohol write-off in my house. Charcuterie plates, blue-cheese stuffed olives, and overindulgent evening meals, crowned with a Christmas stocking filled to the gills with various types of chocolate are just a few examples of the carnage. To add insult to injury, this year my husband gave me a scale for Christmas (in his defence, I did ask for one. I just didn’t ask for all of the chocolate in my stocking). I foolishly tore the thing open and weighed myself on Christmas Day. In hindsight, I would not suggest this. I was then faced with no choice but to eat all of the chocolate as quickly as possible so it would be gone from my cupboards by January 1st.
But that’s all behind me, now! I’m back at the YMCA with my baby in tow, and I have all sorts of ‘healthy living’ topics waiting for me on my list of writing assignments. In particular, I’ve been hoping for an opportunity to take a Hurom Elite Slow Juicer for a spin. Cookworks doesn’t know it yet, but…they won’t be getting their demo model back. Here’s why.
Extracting raw, living goodness from produce in the form of juice is a delicious, easy and healthy way to get your daily dose of greens. For me, I like the countless appealing blends that can be conceived, all without the addition of sweeteners or fats. Enter the Hurom Elite Slow Juicer - or as I like to call it, the Escalade of Extracts. This stylish clydesdale can do it all, from run of the mill OJ to traditionally difficult 'juicing’ foods such as bananas, wheatgrass, rutabaga and raw nuts. Yes, nuts. The Elite can be used to make soy milk, nut milks, soup and even baby food.
Setup/cleanup of the Hurom Elite is very easy, with clearly illustrated instructions and an intuitive general design. As for operation, slow is most certainly the name of the game with this puppy. This isn’t a 'throw it all in and blitz it’ type of juicer. Its super high yield ability means the auger churns away like a workhorse, masticating away to squeeze out every millilitre of juice that can possibly be extracted. The pulp that comes out of the waste chute is practically bone dry. To save time in the morning, I recommend chopping up ingredients the night before and keeping them in a bowl in the fridge.
When I found out I was going to be “borrowing” - and by borrowing I mean harbouring for as long as possible - a Hurom Elite, I went on a massive produce-buying binge, filling my basket with ingredients familiar and foreign (has anyone heard of a Melo Gold?) Anyway, I’ve tried three kinds of juice so far. For the first one, I let my daughter concoct a blend. She chose pomegranate, watermelon and apple. We had a lot of fun prepping the ingredients and dropping them into the chute. She was delighted to see the finished product dripping into the jug and was soon begging to make another original recipe. In light of my 'Healthy Me’ phase, I packed a bit more of a punch for my juice concoction with watermelon, orange, fennel, kale, mint, radish, jalapeno and cucumber. I used the coarse strainer (the juicer comes with 2, a fine and a course) to allow a little more pulp to come through for added fibre.
Next, I made grapefruit and banana blend, which turned out to be an excellent way to get rid of my loathed overripe bananas while tempering the bitterness of the grapefruit.
All up, I’ve had a blast trying out this juicer and I now understand what all the fuss is about. I’m looking forward to making baby food with it when my younger daughter hits 6 months of age. If you’re looking for some fresh inspiration for a healthy 2015 (especially if you got some cash under the tree this year) I’d highly recommend the Hurom Elite Slow Juicer for a smart lifestyle investment. - Dee