Pulp Non-Fiction: This Juicer Gets More Out of Less

Kuvings Juicer

Product Reviewed:
Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000

As I assembled the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000 with ease, I could not believe how compact the machine was. Even the small size of the pulp cup surprised me as it was nearly half the size of the pulp cup of my old five-speed juicer. I wanted my comparison between old and new juicers to be complete, so I read through the entire instruction manual before I began. Kuvings offered plenty of instructions on how to optimize extraction and obtain the best juice yield (for instance: cutting fruits and vegetable down to smaller sizes, removing hard seeds and inedible skins, and soaking leafy greens before juicing them) which was all extremely helpful.

I opened up the provided recipe book and started on my first recipe – the Tropical Mix (ingredients: strawberries, lemon, orange, pineapple and coconut milk). As I turned on the machine and inserted the fruit, I could not believe how quiet the juicer was! Secondly, a “smart cap” keeps the juice spout closed so the different fruit juices can mix together inside the juicer before being released into the juice cup, which I found to be a unique and useful feature! Thirdly, I loved that the juicer only had one speed. While some people might like more control over the speed at which they juice fruits and vegetables, I personally loved the simplicity of one single speed.

Kuvings Extraction

The Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000 juiced the fruits flawlessly, and I added the coconut milk last. While the coconut milk could simply be whisked into the juice separately after juicing, I loved that the recipe instructed me to dump it into the juicer to extract any remaining fruit juice on its way through. My taste test for the first juice revealed an amazingly delicious creamy and flavorful juice.

After that, the recipe book had so many amazing ideas that I couldn’t pick just one more recipe to try. Next, I tested the Detox Green Juice (ingredients: apples, spinach, kale, ginger, cucumber, green bell pepper and lemon). The recipe book and manual suggested soaking fibrous leafy greens in cold water 30 minutes before juicing them for maximum extraction. This was actually a new and helpful concept for me that worked beautifully. The verdict? So. Darned. Good.

My juicing adventure continued on to a Blueberry Mojito mix. I have tried to juice blueberries in the past with my five-speed juicer, but I was unable to extract much juice out of them. I have always been left frustrated with a lot of pulp and wasted blueberries. So I was excited to try this recipe to do a comparison. And let me tell you, I was truly amazed. The amount of pulp this juicer creates is so minimal and the amount of juice it squeezed out of difficult ingredients like leafy greens, ginger and even blueberries was incredibly impressive. With less pulp, the resulting juice is much more highly concentrated, nutrient-dense and colorful!

Kuvings Juice Ball Jars

I also made the Pink Grapefruitade recipe (ingredients: grapefruit, lemon, sparkling water and sweetener). With my old juicer I needed several grapefruits to make one 8-ounce glass of juice. So when Kuvings’ recipe called for only one grapefruit, I was skeptical.  But sure enough, the juicer produced 8 ounces of juice from a single grapefruit. Like I said, the juice yield truly impressed me!

Lastly I had to try a nondairy nut milk. Per the recipe book instructions, I soaked cashews for several hours and added them with water to the juicer. This recipe was a little trickier, as you have to add the equal amounts of nuts and water at the same time to the juicer for proper milk concentration. But once I got the hang of it, I was able to produce incredibly creamy and tasty nondairy milk. Not to mention, the pulp is basically a ground nut butter that you can save and spread on a sandwich!

OK, fun’s over. Now on to cleaning – the most griped about part of owning a juicer. My current juicer contains several parts, so the concept of cleaning a juicer wasn’t foreign to me and I wouldn’t consider cleaning this juicer to be any more labor-intensive than others. The manual offers detailed instruction about how best to clean the juicer, and suggests pouring warm water into the juicer with the smart cap closed to allow water to circulate and dislodge any remaining residue. I followed the instructions, disassembled the juicer, and used the provided cleaning tools (a pair of brushes and a strainer-cleaning tool) which made cleaning the product extremely easy. I do wish the manual offered information about dishwasher safety as it would be nice to put the canisters (or any other dishwasher safe pieces) into my dishwasher.

PROS:

  • Small compact size
  • Quiet machine
  • Smart cap mixing capability
  • Versatile – capable of making nondairy milks, frozen desserts and even smoothies
  • Impressive juice yield
  • Minimal pulp byproduct
  • Recipe book full of unique ideas

CONS:

  • Cost – around $429.00
  • Cleaning – many parts to disassemble, but cleaning tools make it easy

All in all I absolutely LOVED the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer and couldn’t stop telling all of my foodie friends about it! I even brought my juices to a summer party for friends to try and use as mixers (i.e. the Blueberry Mojito mix). The machine was easy-to-use, the instruction manual and recipe booklet were very useful, and the juice product produced was unbeatable!

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Amari Thomsen
Amari Thomsen, MS, RD, LDN, is a freelance food and nutrition writer, recipe developer and author of "Idiot’s Guides: Autoimmune Cookbook." She is a recognized nutrition communications expert with FoodMinds and a health influencer herself as owner of a Chicago-based private practice, Eat Chic Chicago.