I love my Kitchen Aid stand mixer like it was one of my own children. In fact, when I got mine, for my 25th birthday that’s kind of what it felt like.
I had never owned something so nice, so useful, so… beautiful. It was matte pink, the ones they sell for Breast Cancer Awareness, and it was heaven. I made endless, upon endless batches of cupcakes, muffins, and cakes. It was where my love for cooking and recipes and sharing the fruits of my labor came from.
I was living alone, in Los Angeles and all I had was my dog and my kitchen appliances and free time.
She’s been a part of my life ever since.
Over the years I have purchased and received baubles and trinkets for her. She’s my special lady. One of the most recent things I got was a wedding gift, from a dear friend, the citrus juicer attachment. The attachments are one of the coolest things ever, and I will most likely do a review on all of the ones I have as I make things with them, but tonight it’s the citrus juicers turn.
I was over at my friend Laura’s house, doing haircuts and having a play date and I noticed her giant, orange tree just hanging wildly with fruit, ripe for the picking. She handed me a bag and told me to take them all…
Orange juice around here, goes fast. My husband LOVES it and when I buy it, it’s gone quick. Plus I am super picky about what brands of OJ I even buy, and here’s a hint, it’s usually the expensive ones. I was so stoked that I was going to be able to try out my new juicer, with all these delicious, fragrant oranges.
The attachment itself was very simple to place and secure. It comes in a few pieces, the large anchored portion that the juicer part attaches to, the citrus juicer, and a pulp/seed catcher, which is very easily removed to be dumped or cleaned out, as citrus has a ton of pulp and it very quickly gets clogged.
The spout portion allows the juice to freely flow and drain into a separate receptacle, letting you catch the juice very easily. The only problem I had was the pitcher I wanted to use collect the juice didn’t fit under the spout because it was too tall and I had to use a smaller bowl, propped against the base of the mixer, sort of tipped, which made me very nervous. After every 2-3 oranges I was dumping the bowl into the pitcher. I’m sure I can find a more suitable container in the future.
The pulp “screen” was very easy to remove and replace to clear out the pulp and seeds. The rotating juicer portion of the attachment does a really good job of extracting all of the fruit, which leads to A LOT of pulp build up in the screen. I had to use a spoon to push the pulp around to allow the juice to drain into the bowl, and ended up dumping the pulp several times during my experience. Not difficult, but kind of a hassle.
Unlike traditional citrus juicers I’ve used in the past that have a pressure trigger when pressed down, this juicer is constantly rotating. It uses the motor of the mixer, so you get various speed options, which I liked. Once I got a hang of it on 2, I moved it up to 4 and then 6. I was really booking in the OJ department.
Since I was only making juice for myself and Abbey, and really just using this experience to test the juicer and try the oranges out, I only ended up making roughly 2 glasses of juice. You can tell in the pictures just how well it extracts the juice from the oranges. This juicer is also for any type of citrus, so I am looking forward to using it the next time I’ve got a lemon or lime pie to make.
The juice was absolutely delicious and did allow for a bit of pulp in the juice, but not so much that I felt like I had to chew my drink. Ya know what I mean?
You can purchase your own stand mixer and all the lovely attachments that go along with them at the Kitchen Aid Website. Enjoy!