- With the Hurom H101 juice extractor you can make smoothies, ice cream or pulp-free liquid juice from everything from beets to berries.
- Most components of the juicer can be cleaned with nothing more than running water and air drying.
- Although it is expensive for $ 499, the Hurom H101 gets so much of the liquid (and nutrients) from your favorite fresh foods that it pays for itself over time compared to inferior options.
If you had asked me a few years ago if I wanted to make juice, I would have said no. But if you look in my fridge, you would consistently see almond milk, tomato juice, orange juice and various other drinks purchased in the store that you can easily make at home, as it turns out. You just need a good juice extractor.
Or you can go for a great one instead. That's what I did when I got a Hurom H101 Easy Clean Slow Juicer.
And with apologies to those $ 7 impulse-buy luxury juices stationed at the Whole Foods checkout, now my wife and I can make better juices than one can find in a store, as well as staples (for us at least) such as almond milk and orange juice .
What are the benefits of making juice? First of all it makes it remarkably easy to get the vitamins, minerals and nutrients packed in all kinds of fresh products, from fruit to vegetables to nuts and much more. If you don't care about those 10 servings of fruit and vegetables every day, making juice is a great way to get the goods anyway. Secondly, making juice makes it much easier for your body to absorb the aforementioned nutrients. And third, you can make really delicious drinks with a juice extractor. By trial and error you will find the perfect adapted mix of this berry, that vegetable and this lemongrass (or whatever) for your taste buds.
Use the Hurom H101 Easy Clean Slow Juicer
As with any slowjuicer, you need to be patient when working with this piece of hardware. You have to cut larger fruits and vegetables into strips or pieces that are small enough to fit in the gutter. Once you have finished your food, choose the strainer that matches the juice to be made – finer for a smooth, minimally pulpy juice, larger openings for a more smoothie-like consistency – and start with celery, nuts, pieces of lemon, then what you too want. You use a push bar to move the ingredients down and feed the ingredients slowly and steadily. And you can remove pulp during the process.
After the auger of the Hurom H101 Easy Clean Slow Juicer has squeezed away for a few minutes, a process that is remarkably quiet compared to other juicers, open the spout and the smooth, even, perfectly mixed juice. All the juice comes out thanks to the downward angle of the spout.
Oh, and when you use the ice sieve and feed frozen ingredients, you can also make an icy frozen desert.
After pressing or making ice cream is complete, you are approximately 45 seconds away from cleaning up. Simply disassemble all components (except the base) and rinse them under a strong stream of water and let them air dry. With the exception of digging some pulp out of the pulp outlet, I never have to use anything other than water and my fingers to completely clean this juicer.
What sets the Hurom H101 apart from the rest
The proof is in the pulp. That is the dry pulp, to be precise. Whether you feed almonds, a bunch of rhizomes, celery stems or a piece of citrus fruit, almost every drop of juice is extracted from that fibrous mass that comes out on the other side. That means maximum cost effectiveness, which is good, especially with more expensive foods such as a pomegranate, and it also means tastier juice.
The slow 43 revolutions per minute of the auger rotating in this juicer mimics the constant squeezing of a hand, albeit with precision and without fatigue. Each squeeze works deeper and deeper into the pulp until all the juice is finally released. Compare the pulp left by the Hurom H101 with that of a cheaper juicer to understand why this machine is more expensive. And of course there is the easy cleaning.
The disadvantages of the Hurom H101 Easy Clean Slow Juicer
As with any slowjuicer, you have to chop many ingredients into a fairly small size to feed them into the H101's loading hose. And as the name suggests, the juice process … can be slow. If you come from the world of blenders, as I was, both aspects are a first annoyance, but you get used to it. They are also not unique for this juicer.
While cleaning the main nozzle (where the juice comes out) and the sieves is fairly simple, the spout where the pulp is ejected takes a little more effort to clean. A toothbrush helps.
If you make a lot of juice, make sure you get a lot of fiber somewhere else, because although a juice extractor gives you a drink full of nutrients, there is good stuff that gets lost in that pulp. The natural sugars in fresh food are nevertheless sugars, so don't think that drinking fresh juice all day is healthy – water should still be your favorite drink.
Last con? Price.
Another option to consider
The Cuisinart CJE-1000 Die-Cast Juice Extractor ($ 108.99) is about twice as large as the H101, so if storage is a problem, that's a knock. It is also much louder than the H101. And the CJE-1000 is a lot harder to clean.
That said, it costs around $ 375 less than the Hurom H101 and has collected good reviews from customers who love the large feed opening, the efficient operation and the amount of juice it produces in a short time.
So is the Hurom H101 really worth your money?
If you have never had a juicer and you are not sure if juice is for you, I recommend that you consider a cheaper option first. That way, if juice turns out to be a passing whim at your household, you won't have too much cash. If it works, you probably want to spend the extra money on a top quality machine.
On the other hand, if you already know that you are all for the juice and this thing does not sit unused on a pantry, at least go for it. You get more juice from fewer products, spend less time cleaning and have more control over the type of juice you make than with one of the cheaper options.
Pros: extracts almost every drop of juice, can be used for smoothies and gelato, most components are very easy to clean, quiet operation
cons: quite expensive, pulp nozzle annoying to clean