I’m delighted to share this collaboration with Steamer Trading Cookshop, who have very kindly given me the chance to review one of their new juicers, L’Equip 215 XL Juicer. I have never had a juicer before, so naturally I was very excited to give it a go. However I would just like to start this post by saying that it’s necessary to be cautious with juices. People tend to juice several pieces of fruit in one go, much more than you would ever eat in one go. This goes straight into your bloodstream, causing a sugar spike. As with smoothies, I keep the fruit content of my juices very low, keeping it at a maximum of 1 piece of fruit. I prefer to opt for a refreshing green veggie juice instead! I also do not think that doing a juice cleanse -is a good idea it’s not necessary (your liver does the job), it doesn’t seem like a pleasant or worthwhile experience and if you want to find more about why you should not be doing a juice cleanse, click here.
So, although I think it’s important to be careful with the content and volume of fruit and vegetables that go into your juice, and that you’re not replacing your meals with juices, I do think it’s a great way of getting some extra nutrients in, especially if you’re someone who struggles to get enough portions of fruit and veg in.
Now, onto the juicer itself. In terms of appearance, L’Equip 215 XL Juicer is a good size – it’s not overwhelmingly huge but it’s big enough to do its job excellently. I found it a bit fiddly to set up but that may be due to my lack of juicing experience! Once I’d managed to assemble it by following the helpful instructions booklet, I gave my first juice a go. I decided to recreate my favourite green vegetable juice so I used ½ cucumber, 1 very large handful of kale, plenty of fresh ginger and lemon. I have to say that I was very impressed by the sheer power of the juicer – like all juicers, it’s very noisy and your family probably won’t thank you if you decide to make a juice first thing, but it does make the process incredibly easy to use. It’s also unbelievably speedy and you’ll have a glass of pulp-free liquid in very little time.
I found that there was no clogging, so the process was very smooth (excuse the pun) as it all went straight into the pulp collector. I was also slightly apprehensive, as I’d heard from others that juicers are a nightmare to wash up, but I was very relieved when this didn’t prove to be the case. All of the parts (except the motor base) are dishwasher safe, making it a very convenient model. However, I’ve actually washed it up by hand before as well, and it didn’t take me long at all, so that seemed fine to do as well. The chute is large enough to fit in a whole, medium-sized apple and the juicer is also extremely versatile, as it’s able to juice both soft and harder fruit and veggies. Although it is not a cold press juicer, and is therefore deemed to produce slightly less nutritious juices, it is a much faster method and I can’t say how big the difference in nutrition would be between these designs. Nonetheless, it still provides a nutritious, vitamin-rich drink which is great if that’s what you’re after.
Owning a juicer has definitely given me the opportunity to get creative and experiment with different flavour combinations.One of my other favourite juice combinations that I’ve come up with includes beetroot, apple, carrot, lemon and ginger – a little higher in sugar than the green veggie alternative, but sweet, nutritious and delicious.
This juicer is £99 to buy, which might seem a lot to some, but it’s cheaper than some of the more daunting juicers out there, and I suppose it all depends on how much you use it. However, I can’t emphasise how straightforward it is to use once set up, and it’s ideal if you’re a busy person, since it won’t take up too much of your time to use. Although I have to point out that, being a first-time juicer owner, I am unable to compare this juicer to another model, I do find that the L’Equip 215 XL Juicer works beautifully and I would definitely recommend it if you’re new to juicing or looking for a model that’s powerful, efficient and not too complex to use. Click here to view the L’Equip 215 XL Juicer.
Steamer Trading Cookshop also sell a huge range of kitchen gadgets, including spiralizers and dehydrators and blenders, so if you’re after a different kitchen gadget, click here to have a look at what’s on offer.
Note: These products were supplied to me for free but this review and my opinions are entirely honest.