I received a new steam juicer! Looking forward to juicing all kinds of fruits.
Don't confuse this with a steam pressure canner. They are two very different tools for the home canner. This does not process your jars of food. It does however steam foods and produces a beautiful juice!
The pots are a beautiful and shiny stainless steel. Love
stainless much better than aluminum. The large juice collector holds 4 quarts of juice.
You are cautioned in several places to be sure and not boil the water reservoir dry because you will warp the bottom pot. But the water reservoir also holds a good 4 quarts of water so I can’t see that happening unless you really get careless and forget about it cooking.
The one and only thing that could be improved is to move the spout for draining the juice section lower in the pot. I did have to tip it to get the last of the juice out, but it was not difficult. I just took the top steamer section with the fruit off to reduce any weight. I was able to tip the pot with one hand while holding the jar with the other. So overall that is a pretty minor thing.
I’m also realizing the steam juicer does so much more than just juice. The obvious products I want to make are grape juice, apple juice, and cherry juice. In the booklet that comes with the juicer they have crabapple juice! Brilliant. I’ll be trying that come fall.
It also has recipes for various juice combinations and jam and jelly recipes. I especially liked the recipe for jam made with the peach pulp after you’ve juiced them for peach nectar.
I had not thought of this as a vegetable steamer but it sure would work great. Steam a lot at a time for a large dinner or for preserving. The booklet even has directions on steaming meats. Honestly the idea of steamed chicken doesn’t sound appealing but it might work in a pinch. Fish and seafood however would be good!
There are several parts to the juicer.
A base pot which holds your reservoir of water to boil and steam. A center pot that collects the juice from the top section which is a steamer basket. Then of course the lid. And finally a rubber tube and clamp.
The center juice collecting pot (I made that name up, I’m sure it has a better name) has a funnel sort of shaped hole that allows the steam from the water reservoir to travel up to the fruit in the top steamer basket.
The rubber tube allows you to drain off the juice as it collects. The clamp closes the tube so you can actually fill a jar, clamp it off and move to the next jar. All and all it really seemed to work well.
If you watch the videos below it is much easier to show than explain. I've got a review of how it works, and I show you how to steam cherries for cherry juice. (Just drank some cherry juice with my supper tonight, yum!)
I’d recommend getting a steam juicer especially for those who have grapes. Mmmmmm I can’t wait to have the chance to make fresh grape juice!
I asked on Simply Canning Facebook what users of this juicer thought of it and what they use it for. Lots and lots of responses! Here are just a few.