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pineapple spinach and mint juice // food to glowI’ve been juicing off and on for a loooong time. By long time, I mean longer than some of you have been alive. That long.

I’m not a pro at juicing: I’ve never done – or felt the need – for a juice cleanse, nor do I juice every day. Most days, sometimes more than once a day, but not every day. To some this may seem like slacking, but I eat plenty of vegetables, and don’t feel the need to add more in the form of juice every single day just for the sake of it. But I often want a boost to my energy or mental clarity, or wish to benefit from some of the extra nutrients from foods I don’t eat on a daily basis (carrots), or in amounts that have a meaningful impact (say, beets). And also, it’s darn delicious.

People juice for all kinds of reasons, often during times of illness or especial stress. But mostly people seem to juice because they feel a benefit from doing so – glowing skin, improved digestion, greater energy, mental focus.

I know I do.

DSC_0511A digression. Skip on if you wish: I’m not sure if I’ve told you this before (apologies if I have) but when I first moved to the UK in the late 1980s I had a bit of struggle adjusting to some of the foods here that were a bit new to me. Well, maybe not new but less common; and in the case of meat, reared on different diets (not necessarily inferior, just different). Anyway, because of digestive ‘disruptions’ shall we say, not only did I go vegetarian, I thought I might try some juicing to help get some extra nutrients in me. Fair enough you might think.

So, off I trotted to John Lewis, which I had heard was a gleaming temple of consumerism and would definitely have what I wanted. So, – and I remember this very clearly – as I was taking the escalator down to the kitchen section I saw rows of gleaming small white appliances stretched out before me. Past the toasters and tea kettles I saw an aisle that excited me: who would have thought I would have such a choice of juicers? Shelves of them! However, upon closer inspection I discovered to my bemusement that they were not in fact appliances for shredding vegetables and fruits into clear, lovely juice, but in fact hulking machines to deep fry the goodness out of said vegetables (presumably not fruits, but I’m not clear on that point). Cue massive disappoint, but not great shock. I was in the land of deep fried pizza after all. Seriously.

I ended up ordering a centrifugal juicer from Germany.

Anyway, fast forward nearly 30 years and not only has the range at John Lewis changed out of all recognition, so has the UK diet. Juicing, far from being the preserve of hippies and hypochondriacs, is now mainstream. Every high street and shopping mall seems to have a juice bar; and even if we don’t have a juicer many of us are at least interested in the benefits of juicing. So, juicing is pretty normal. I guess if we wish to be different, we could always go back to deep frying everything…

Froothie Optimum 600 Whole Fruit Slow Juicer – The Review

I have had my Froothie Optimum 600 Whole Fruit Slow Juicer for quite awhile now and I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed it properly for you. Along with my Optimum 9400 Super Blender, I use my juicer loads, and don’t mind giving up some counter space for both machines (they are quite handsome, and come in a variety of colours).

So, what’s the big deal about Slow Juicing?

The two main types of juicers are centrifugal, which rotates a shredding plate to extract juice, and slow, which uses a powerful, slow-moving auger (a fat screw) to push the juice out of the fruit or vegetable.

Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of each:

centrifugal-juicerCentrifugal Juicer Pros: Fast; cheaper initial outlay; quick to learn to use; can be better with soft fruits like berries; a bit less pulp in the juice itself when using very ripe fruits

Centrifugal Juicer Cons: pretty rubbish with leafy greens (and adding veggies to juices is a must, really); noisy operation; usually more wet ‘waste’ pulp and therefore less actual juice to drink; more foaming and separation; less nutritious for some nutrients (namely Vitamin C and Beta-carotene); build quality is often inferior.

 

Slow Juicer Pros: very effective on leafy greens (chop first so they don’t wrap around the auger), grasses (ditto) and herbs; less foaming and separation; lower speed = less heatoptimum-600-juicer generation = better quality – and better-keeping – juice; higher juice yield; quiet to run; superior build quality.

Slow Juicer Cons – more costly initial cost outlay, can take longer to learn to use, slightly more pulp in the juice for softer produce (such as ripe pears) – making some pure fruit juices slightly nectar-like. I actually like the latter so that’s not really a con for me!

As for the Froothie 600 Whole Fruit Slow Juicer itself, well I love it. Once I figured out how to put it together (I’m a bit dim sometimes) it was dead-easy. The parts and machine base are reassuringly heavy, with quality non-BPA plastic and metal construction, and a heavy-duty induction motor. You insert whole fruits and vegetables (herbs too) into the wide chute and the integral vertical blade slices the produce before it is pressed by the powerful screw. It’s even easy to clean, just usually requiring a rinse out and the use of a hook-ended toothbrush-like brush to get into the nooks and crannies (comes with it). I always have a sink of soapy water waiting before I juice to make clean up super-easy.

While centrifugal juicers are good for occasional juicing – and if it is only to be quite occasional then this would be the type to go for – for those wanting more out of their juicer – more actual juice and nutrients – then it really has to be a slow juicer, and I heartily recommend this machine. And, if you are juicing quite a lot, the quieter action is a definite plus, as is the almost meditative way in which this machine slowly “chews” the produce.

Tips For Getting The Most Out Of The Optimum 600 Whole Fruit Slow Juicer:

1. If you are making more than one juice at a time, pour in some water to clear it out, then carry on with your juicing. No need to wash in between juices being made in one session.

2. Drink your delicious, life-enhancing fresh juice right away. You can store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 24 hours and still get a lot of goodness, but it is often less appetising, especially green juices. But a day-old juice is ALWAYS going to be better than double pasteurised stuff from the supermarket. An idea is also to freeze extra juice, either as ice cubes or in a shallow container to break up with a fork as you would a granita for a savoury or less sweet summer treat.

3. Cut leafy greens before putting in the feed chute (and rhubarb and asparagus for the more daring among you) as they tend to have long strands of fibre that can wrap around the auger and make the machine work less effectively. But you can of course use fruit whole – the internal knife slices the fruits and hard veggies before it meets the slowly turning auger.

4. Speaking of greens, try and include at least one type of green vegetable in most juices. Even if you have a sweet tooth adding mild but nutritious and nearly-zilch sugar fresh spinach will give you extra nutrition points. Drinking all-fruit juice, even if freshly made, gives your body an awful lot of sugar in one go.

5. Sip it slowly; you aren’t doing shots. Take the time to drink your juice unhurried and in a calm state (if possible). We know that digestion isn’t as good if we are in a hurry, and certainly if we are walking or moving around. Sit and enjoy the flavours in the knowledge that you are doing your body good.

6. Lastly, fresh juice is NOT a substitute for eating intact, whole produce; it is an enhancement, a way of getting extra nutrients into the diet in a safe way (unless you have too much of it). It is also not a cure-all, despite what some websites and books may tell us. If you need to follow a low fibre diet, then juicing is a brilliant way of having off-limits fruits and veg in your diet, and I highly recommend it – a liquid supplement that not only adds variety to an otherwise fairly dull diet but really can help with energy and digestion. But everyone else – get that fibre in too.

froothie slow juicerRight now the Froothie Optimum 600 Whole Fruit Juicer is £279 instead of the normal price of £329 – a savings of £50. Not too shabby. If that’s not incentive enough, you get a one-month free trial and a 25 year motor warranty.

Now, for some easy-peasy recipes to use in your new (or old!) juicer.

Please Note: All produce is washed and trimmed, pits/stones removed (whole apples and pears are fine), green leafy vegetables and herbs are roughly chopped. I try to use organic, but local and seasonal non-organic are always my preference if organic has flown around the globe to get to me. Your call though. 🙂 Here is the latest report from the Environmental Working Group guide to pesticides in/on produce: the “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen.” This list is US-based but widely applicable.

Muddy Mary Juice // food to glow #froothie #vegetable

Muddy Mary

This is not a pretty juice. But I make no apologies for its muddy colour. Perfect for Glastonbury 😉

2 medium carrots + 1 small beetroot + 2 celery stalks + 2 large tomatoes + 2 kale leaves OR handful of spinach + 1 clove of garlic + handful of parsley + 1/2 yellow pepper + 2-4 radishes . A dash of Worcestershire sauce (vegetarian kind) and hot sauce to the juice if you like, too.

liquid sunshine vitamin juice // food to glow #turmeric #froothie #carrots #pineapple

Liquid Sunshine Vitamin Juice

The Food To Glow take on the traditional Indonesian tonic juice, jamu. This anti-inflammatory juice may be a useful drink to add to your repertoire if you have problems with digestion, arthritis or lowered immunity. Imbibers traditionally dilute this deliberately strong juice with either natural coconut water or tea. I like it with plain water though. Here is a link to a great looking green jamu

1/2 pineapple (or a small pineapple) + 1 lime or lemon, peeled + 3 carrots + knob each of ginger and turmeric (no need to peel, just scrub) + 3 kaffir lime leaves (a nice but optional frippery)

rhubarb and apple juice //

A Rhubarb Awakening

Juice rhubarb? Am I mad? No, not really. People sometimes hear that rhubarb is toxic in its raw state, but rest assured it is only the leaves, although the whole plant does have oxalates, as do many natural foods that we eat. However, we shouldn’t have too much in its raw state. This recipe is just fine though, and very, very refreshing when blended with ice or semi-frozen and slurped off a spoon. Here is more information on everything to do with medical aspects of rhubarb

2 stalks of rhubarb (chopped) + a thumb of ginger root + 2 apples such as James Grieve, any of the russets or, for a supermarket apple, try a Pink Lady or a Braeburn. All of these have the right acidity and sweetness to match the rhubarb.

lycopene-tastic juice // food to glow

Lycopene-tastic Juice

This is an all-fruit concotion, so enjoy in moderation due to the sugar content. But, get a load of the lycopene in it: both watermelon and apricots are brilliant sources of this hugely anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting plant chemical. Tomato paste is the best source, and actively promoted for men with prostate cancer, but any red or orange fruit and vegetable will have at least some.  

1 quarter of a small round watermelon (or an eighth of an oblong one) + 2-3 ripe apricots

Here are a few other food to glow juice recipes for you:

Happy Tummy Tonic (the lead image in this post)

Pom-Berry Pear Juice

Beetroot Zinger Juice

Kale and Cranberry Juice

and my Juicing 101 page (addressed to cancer patients but for anyone – more recipes too)

Disclosure: I am an ambassador for Froothie and some links in this article are affiliate links. However, as always, all product reviews are based on my honest opinion. If you’d like to know more about Froothie health products, or this machine in particular, please visit the Froothie website for more details.Pom-Berry Pear Juice // food to glow

 

32 thoughts on “Froothie Optimum 600 Whole Fruit Slow Juicer Reviewed + 4 Easy Recipes

  1. superfitbabe says:

    What beautiful juices!

    1. angeblogange says:

      I know!!!!!!!! 🙂

  2. Those juices sound fab. I have a fairly new nutri bullet but I’ve since heard negative things about it compared to other forms of making juice . Do you have an opinion on the nitribullet? X

    1. I’ve never used one myself but I think as they aren’t juicers I couldn’t really compare them to this product. I haven’t heard as anything terribly negative except that some part of it wears out quickly (I think) and they aren’t as versatile as other super blenders. On the Froothie website they have head to head comparisons with nutribullet and others. It doesn’t diss any brand though. Nutribullet is often more affordable in the short term.

    2. angeblogange says:

      It’s useful but always difficult to make especially with choosing my own ingredients

      1. It sounds like you like to follow recipes so maybe one of these would appeal. The beetroot zinger is consistently my favourite for energy and not much prep involved. 🙂

  3. bigskyjap says:

    I have used my Jack LA Lane juicer for sometime but got me a Nutribullet to get all the nutrients. The JLL unit is great and I use the pulp to make breads and other meals. Great topic.

    1. Yes, you can make all kinds of goodies with the pulp. Especially from making one’s own almond milk.

      1. bigskyjap says:

        Oh Yes. Use that half of the week in breakfast fruit smoothies. Yum.

  4. angeblogange says:

    Hey Kellie, maybe you should do a couple of video tutorials

    1. I’ve never done a video! I would definitely need a patient young sidekick to tutor me. But you are right. That would give folks a better idea how easy it is to use. Thanks 🙂

  5. nadiashealthykitchen says:

    Great review Kellie, and the juices looks amazing 😀 I only started juicing recently so bought a cheap juicer to begin with to see how I get on. The only thing I don’t like about juicing is the waste, especially if I juice everyday. I can only use so much pulp in recipes 😛 x

    1. Hi Nadia. Yes you are right about the pulp. But there are some really intriguing recipes out there to help with waste – pasta sauces, frittatas, in flavoured breads, cakes. Some stuff you wouldn’t upcycle, but for a lot it is a nice challenge to creativity. I tend to compost it as my flavour mixes are a bit crazy sometimes!

      1. bigskyjap says:

        Freeze it or dry. Use my dehydrator sometimes.

  6. Ah So Yummy says:

    Great I get to use my juicer finally. I love your photos so beautiful.

  7. Reblogged this on Kayla Itsines Workout Review and commented:
    WOW these froothies look yummy! Check out the liquid sunshine smoothie…mmmm

  8. that liquid sunshine smoothie looks YUMO!

  9. April @ Simplify Your Health says:

    Love the idea of your Muddy Mary! I don’t juice often either , I see it more of a medicinal thing and have a few tried and true juices I drink when I’m not feeling well.

  10. sheila kiely says:

    Lovely vibrant pictures

  11. These look great. I do love juice, but often go for the easy option of a smoothie as the blender is easier to clean. These look great and I am soooo trying that muddy mary

  12. Sally says:

    I love that John Lewis story :)… it’s actually really hard to buy a good deep fat frier now!

    1. Lol! Edged out by juicers and fancy coffee makers 😊

  13. The juices sound soooooooooo good. I am tempted o run off now and get myself a juicer too.

  14. kathryn1126 says:

    I have always wanted to try juicing. I think I might have to start now! All of the recipes look amazing… and very beneficial to your health!

    1. Thanks Kathryn – always juicing in the context of a fibre-rich diet 😉 Juicing is the healthy icing on the cake of a wide-ranging diet

  15. AmyW says:

    Hello! These look delicious (mostly!), but after hearing that juicing increases the speed at which sugar is absorbed in your body and you usually end up eating more than you would if you were just eating the fruit normally, I’ve been put off a bit! I know you mention this, and suggest putting greens in every drink, although I’ve always been a bit scared of green juice, haha!
    When I was investigating a Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen a few weeks back, I came across this blog post: http://www.georgedryden.com/detox/the-uks-2013-answer-to-the-dirty-dozen-and-the-clean-fifteen/
    It seems to vary quite a bit from the US one!

    1. I tend to only do green juices and only have the other with food to slow sugar absorption – a treat really. I haven’t read this link but will do. I read up on UK pesticide reports for work occasionally, and they are mostly reassuring in comparison. I hope I find this when I read this article. Juicing is never a substitute for eating the whole fruit-vegetable, which is almost always preferable. That’s why I would never recommend cleanses/detoxes. It gives a false sense of “rebooting” when mostly if we just cut the rubbish and ate more real food we would work ourselves out. And I do think that adding more produce (home-grown if poss), washing it, cutting it ourselves is preferable to sticking with/limiting ourselves to organic or specially treated/packaged stuff because we think that’s always the only way to do it right. I just want to encourage people to add more colourful plant foods into their lives regardless of budget and access, and for many juicing can play a useful part in the context of a broad and fibre-filled diet. Thanks for commenting. Update: just read it. It is an interesting personal blogger opinion piece. Thanks for sharing it.

      1. AmyW says:

        Sorry, I meant to say it was just a link to a personal blog, but it was really just the comparison between the US and UK fruit and veg, with the information she got from the Pesticide Action Network, that i wanted to share!
        I agree with you about cleanses/detoxes, and cutting out the rubbish – I think people are often on the look out for quick fixes and don’t always think to eat more sensibly long term! I find myself getting more excited about simple fresh foods these days – the colours and tastes and textures that nature can produce is incredible. Have you read Swallow This by Joanna Blythman? It’s shocking what goes on in food production that we generally don’t know about. Makes you want to start growing everything yourself! (if only I had a garden!)

  16. choclette says:

    Your juices all look beautiful, even the “muddy” coloured one. I’m a bit wary of juicing as I think it’s generally better to eat the whole fruit or veg. I prefer blending as a method, but if you’re going to drink juices, it’s definitely better to juice your own.

  17. Fantastic thorough article, Kellie. Makes me want to go and get a Froothie Slow Juicer!

If you have time, I would love to hear from you. Thanks so much!

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