This post is a review / sharing my experience about the Philips Viva JuicerHR1855/00.
When Philips sent me this juicer to try out and share my experience, it was a bit of a challenge for me. Nutritionally, I’ve always believed that is better to eat the whole fruit than have a juice of several fruits, which helps gain all the fiber and much less sugar.
Juicing helps us get a larger dose of vitamins and antioxidants, so while not a replacement for eating whole fruits and vegetables, they are good as an add on.Homemade juices are especially good for young kids, whose smaller appetites may not permit them to eat multiple servings of fruit and veg a day. A juicer at home helps us make combinations of fruits with more vegetables so that the sugar content (fructose) of the juice is balanced out by low-sugar vegetables like gourds. Adding fruits to the mix gives the juice a natural sweetness and flavour. Getting the mix of veg and fruits is critical.
If the lack of fiber bothers you, then adding some of the dry pulp back into the juice or some portion of the pulp in muffins or dosa batter is a tip you could use.
The Philips Viva juicer (Model: HR1855/00) is a simple, sleek machine with a powerful motor (700 watts). This is a centrifugal juicer, which operates at a high speed to separate out the juice and the pulp from fruits and vegetables. It has see through container where the pulp gets collected. A partially covered jug placed under the spout ensures that none of the juice sprays out. The parts that need to be put together to assemble the juicer take 2-3 tries until you are able to do with ease. The machine has vacuum plugs at the base, which prevent it from sliding away while in operation.
It occupies a reasonably small space on your counter top. The big positive is a large feeding tube /chute, so most of the vegetables and fruits can go in whole, cutting down prep time considerably. The manual says that you can extract 2 litres juice without emptying the pulp container, but this is something you need to keep a watch on, emptying the container if you see that it has filled up.
The pulp is nearly dry as powder, indicating that almost every drop of juice is extracted from your fruits and veg.
When it comes to juicers, the biggest concern is clean up. I will recommend that you clean up as soon as you are done with the juicing as it will be easiest to clean then. The plastic parts can be rinsed out with water and wiped dry. The filter can be wiped clean with a sponge or a soft tooth brush. The parts are dishwasher safe too.
I tried a pure apple juice, as it is my kid’s favourite. It turned out delicious, and I have plans to make a mulled warm apple juice for the Christmas holidays.
Another delicious fruit veg combination:spinach, chard, ginger, lemons, carrots, cucumber, apples, lemon (yes, i dropped in whole lemon, peel and all) 🙂
Here’s a recipe for what I’d like to call Morning Glory Juice, that yields just over a litre of juice. The ripe pineapple lends superb flavour and sweetness, making up for the bottle gourd 🙂 Fresh ginger root helps with digestion, cleans your palate, and it is a must have ingredient in any of my juice recipes. Herbs like fresh mint add vital cholorophyll and a ton of fresh flavour.