Right now, in the thick of the holiday season, at Crave Local we’re trying to eat as healthy as possible without spending all day cleaning. (There needs to be time for pie.) And in the spirit of good health, I’ve been testing out a juicer from Tribest that was released earlier this year.
Right out of the box, this juicer looks at first glance like most juicers on the market: a large base, a plastic body, and a tall spout for adding in fruits and vegetables. Once you get past that first glance, it’s a well thought out machine. And it’s all in the fine details: a removable silicone plug for the extractor spout, making cleanup a lot simpler. Effective silicone blades in the juicer itself, leaving less waste and more juice. Extra-large pitchers to hold juice. The small amount of fruit pulp left over from extraction, even after pounds of apples and berries.
But what I like most about the machine is it doesn’t require a manual to know how to take it apart and put everything back together. If you haven’t used a juicer before, they can practically require technical support – the last machine I tried out I couldn’t break down without leaving the manual nearby. While the Slowstar has its fair share of components, it’s clear enough that I understood how to clean it after the first try, and didn’t need the instructions after that. Better still, there’s a sticker on the side of the juicer as a reminder for how to start taking it apart, just in case.
On to what you care about: the juice. I first tried out the juicer on one of my favorite juices: apple, lemon, strawberry, and mint, then moved on to breaking down a whole watermelon. Both were delicious, and the watermelon was juiced, seeds and all, at a fantastic pace. I’ve been moving on to working with kale and berries, and it hasn’t been a challenge. Even the water I rinse through between juices to clean the machine has been awesome as a flavored water option, and switching from leafy greens to apple juice wasn’t an issue in taste.
In terms of consistency, the juice has body, and it was foamy compared to similar batches I’ve made in other juicers. However, there was significantly less pulp and more juice, and I’ve never minded fruit foam.
The real sign that it’s a keeper was my significant other, who hated cleaning our old juicer with a passion, asking when we’ll use it next. I’m glad to add this awesome tool to our kitchen.
And if you want to make my favorite juice, try out this juicing recipe below for yourself.
Apple, Strawberry, Lemon and Mint juice
Makes 2-3 servings
- 3 apples, cored and sliced (Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Fuji and Gala all work fantastic)
- Half a lemon, cut into chunks and seeded
- 1 cup strawberries, stems removed
- 4-5 mint leaves, to taste
Cut the fruit to make sure the segments can fit into the machine.
Turn machine on. Add fruit into the juicer in any order, but make sure that the mint is added in batches, alternating with fruit.
When finished, stir. While it’ll taste great immediately, it’s even better after a few hours in the fridge so the mint can steep.
Product tester sample: Tribest
Photo credit: Jessica Tupper