Thursday, March 18, 2010

Juicer Decision

I loved this Beville citrius juicer. Its sleek design reminded me a little of the Bird in Flight sculpture. And sooo smooth and high tech. Just place the citrus half on the reamer, press down and the machine does all the work. An esthetically pleasing, eminently practical design. Very cool.

A little problem. It retails for $219. I scoured the Internet and managed to find it on sale for $77. Still a pretty penny.

So it was time for Plan B. KitchenAid, it turns out, makes a juicer attachment for its standup mixer (a must for any serious or half serious baker). And it's only about $30.

I'm amazed at the variety of attachments for KitchenAid mixers. You can even get one to grind grain. I'm trying to eat less processed food, but that really seems a little over the top. Next, I'll be growing my own clothes and eating tree bark.

I checked out a video showing the attachment working well. That plus the high quality and outstanding design of KitchenAid products convinced me to buy it. I've used it several times now and it works brilliantly. It has just four parts: a sleeve, a reamer, a post that's inserted into the mixer's drive shaft and a strainer. Assembly takes 30 seconds. Easy and quick.

I was skeptical about the strainer. The holes appeared too big, and I thought it would fail to catch seeds and pulp. But it actually works extremely well. See below:

If you have a KitchenAid mixer and want a juicer, I strongly recommend going this route. It cut the time to make lemonade in half and its great fun to use.


  1. Growing your own clothes? Wear would you buy the seeds?

  2. It's great, isn't it?

  3. I have a meat grinder attachment, too, which I used to use a lot. You can cut the fat or gristle off a roast and make ground beef, or grind turkey breast and know that you don't have any skin or other undesirable turkey parts in your so-called healthier ground turkey.

  4. I have the meat grinder as well. A great attachment!

  5. Hmm, I just noticed my spoonerism on my earlier comment: "wear would you buy seeds" for clothes. Kind of funny, if demented.

    We have a KitchenAid with few attachments. Now I'm intrigued by all this.

    Very enjoyable blog, CH.