Review: Panasonic Slow Juicer MJ-L500

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I have been trying to incorporate more raw fruit and veg into my diet this year (it’s one of my many new year’s resolutions) so I was beyond excited to receive this juicer! I’ve never actually tried one before so was desperate to get started.

At first it seemed to have a lot of different parts but with a quick read of the instructions I was able to assemble it perfectly. It’s very easy to put together and if anything isn’t quite in place, the juicer won’t turn on. So if this happens to you just check that everything is as it should be.

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A quick tip: Make sure the juice spout is unplugged! You can see it’s open in the photo above but I did have one incident in which I forgot to open it and all the juice built up, oops!

So, other than the actual juicer components, there are two plastic beakers; one to catch the juice and one for the pulp! The juice one has a handle so it’s easy to pour. The blue part is only needed for making sorbets.

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The little black piece is for pushing the fruit down the tube, although I haven’t needed that yet as I cut all my fruit into quite small pieces and put a few pieces in at a time.

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Okay, so on with the good stuff: it’s time to juice!
I cut up all my fruit and veg into small pieces. Hard veggies like carrots and celery will need to be chopped up into roughly 2cm strips.
Much more juice was produced than I thought, as well as much less pulp! There are certain fruits that will give you a larger ratio of juice  to pulp (melon, mango, peaches etc) so check the manual for these. I loved watching the juice beaker fill up and all the pulp squidge out, haha!

Pulp

I’m still trying out new juices but here are some that I thought worked really well and tasted AMAZING.

Watermelon & Pineapple

These two produce a lot juice so I ended up with over 400ml just from using this amount of fruit. It tasted SO good; I would definitely recommend trying it.

 

Orange, Lemon & Pineapple

This blend of citrus fruits worked wonderfully well. I got slightly less juice this time so I would recommend using a fleshy fruit alongside oranges.

 

Strawberry & Watermelon

This one is perfect for summer and again, I got a lot of juice for the amount of fruit. A must have if red is your colour!

Carrot & Cucumber

I tried to go for a healthy/superfood one this time. The colour is a little bit off-putting but it tasted very refreshing and gave me such an energy boost!

Celery, Peach & Strawberry

After a quick google, I read that celery is pretty much the healthiest thing you can put in a juicer, as well as making a good base. I added strawberry and peach to sweeten it up and it tasted divine!

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I love seeing the different colours of all the juices, I need to try a green one next!

I like that pretty much anything can go in (see the instructions for a list of ingredients to avoid). It means I will no longer have to waste anything or throw stuff away if it hasn’t been eaten. Before it goes mouldy, into the juicer it can go!

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The juicer works very quickly; it took a couple of minutes maximum and I was quite slow in putting in all the fruit!

Every juice I made tasted amazing; full of flavour and nutrition. I would fully recommend this product to anyone who struggles to eat their fruit and veg raw or as part of a meal. Or even as a very healthy alternative to shop bought juices.
I imagine it’s a great way to get kids to eat their veggies too as they can get involved and see it being made. You can make a concoction of healthy stuff and I bet they’d love it!

Alongside juice, you can make sorbets! I’m going to make more of these but this was my first attempt. I used a few peaches with a couple of strawberries thrown in for good measure. I cut the fruit into small pieces and put them in the freezer. They must go in the juicer once they’ve thawed a little but I think my pieces weren’t frozen enough. It was slightly sloppier than it was meant to be, however that didn’t affect the taste!

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Despite having quite a few pieces to it, the juicer is easy to dismantle and wash up. I would recommend washing it up as soon as you’re finished though as it stops anything drying onto it. It even includes a little cleaning brush to reach every nook and cranny!

Overall, I’m very happy with it (I’ve used it at least twice a day!) and can’t wait to share the juice fun with others. Many thanks to Panasonic and Come Round for the opportunity and for all my party goodies!

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Before I go, I thought it would be worth mentioning a few uses for the pulp. There was much less than I expected, however I still try to waste as little as possible. Here are my 3 favourite uses for leftover pulp:

  1. Whack it in a smoothie! You don’t actually taste it but it adds fibre.
  2. Compost it. I have a compost heap in the garden which use to dispose/reuse garden waste and leftover raw veggies.
  3. Use it to cook/bake. It can be used to make a soup/broth and also used in healthy muffin recipes! (Keep an eye out for a post on this).

 

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