What is the difference between a slow juicer and a traditional juicer?

With a Fagor Platino the juice is extracted from the food by carefully crushing and pressing the fruit twice before entering the glass rather than shredding and tearing the food. This helps to preserve more of the organic vitamins and nutrients in your juice. The Platino automatically separates the pulp from the juice, so there is no debris to clog the juicer. Slow juicing allows you to consume more fruits and vegetables in one glass than you can eat at one time. The result is a more delicious, healthier glass of juice.

What kinds of fruits, vegetables and leafy greens can I juice in the Slow Juicer?

You can juice all fruits, vegetables and leafy greens including kale, mint and wheatgrass.  In preparing vegetables, its best to cut them into slim 3-inch pieces so they are able to be easily fed into the food chute. When preparing your fruit to be juiced, we also recommend that you cut each piece into slim 3-inch pieces, remove all citrus skins, pits, seeds and stems.

Leafy greens are easier to insert into the food chute when rolled and folded into sizes no larger than 3-inches.  Leaves are also easier to process through the slow juicer when they are dry, it is recommended to dry leaves before juicing.  Various types of greens may have the tendency to occasionally clog the slow juicer, if this should happen, you can easily clear this up by inserting a few pieces of fibrous foods, like celery or beets.

What kinds of food should I not juice in the Slow Juicer? 

• Sugar Cane

• Seeds

• Un-soaked/roasted nuts

• Licorice root

• Coconuts

• Dried herbs / spices

Shall I remove the seeds from the fruits?

It is not necessary to remove the seeds of apples, oranges etc.; but you should remove all pits from cherries, peaches or any other fruit with a large pit which could damage the auger.

What can I do with the expelled food pulp?

You can use the expelled food pulp to cook or bake a variety of your favorite recipes. Please refer to your Slow Juicer Recipe Book to view a few pulp recipes that we've suggested.

Can I put ice or frozen food in the machine?

You cannot put any ice or frozen fruits or vegetables into the slow juicer as it will damage the strainer.

Should I peel the fruits or vegetables before juicing them?

It isn't necessary to peel all fruits or vegetables before juicing.  However, we recommend peeling fruits or vegetables with harder peels such as oranges, pineapples and watermelon, etc. as they tend to potentially damage the unit. You can, however, you can juice the flesh and skin of the lemon, which is the exception to the rule if you cut it into small pieces that are easy to fit into the food chute.

How long can I store fresh juice before it expires?

As you will definitely receive the most nutritional benefits by drinking your fresh juice immediately, you can typically store most fresh juices for 12-24 hours after it has been made.

How often should I clean my Platino? – How easy is it to clean?

You should clean your slow juicer thoroughly after each use. Solely rinsing your slow juicer to switch juices will not clean the unit completely. Use the included Platino Cleaning Brush, thoroughly clean each of the disassembled parts using warm soapy water . Hand washing is recommended for all components of the upper unit. Please do not place any of the Platino parts in the dishwasher.

We suggest using ONE of the following cleaning procedures:

  1. Soak in mild soapy water.
  2. Equal parts warm water to cider vinegar.

How do I use the juice stopper?

After juicing, simply close the stopper to eliminate any remaining juice from the inside of the juice bowl spilling onto the counter. Please make sure to clean the stopper properly after use.

What parts of the Platino are BPA-Free and how do I care for it?

BPA- Free parts of the Platino are; the Bowl and all its inner parts, the food chute and the collectors- basically, anything that comes in contact with your food.  To care for the parts, simply hand-wash them.

What is the orange silicone pad under the bowl for?

The orange silicone pad under the bottom of the juicer bowl help to dispense the pulp out of the bowl and keeps the pulp ejector clear.  Always remember to place the silicone pad back into its slot before juicing, as the juicer will not work properly without it in place.

What is the best way to prepare for Almond Milk in the Slow Juicer?

We recommend soaking your raw almonds (raw is the best to juicer) in water for 12-24 hours prior to juicing.  Properly rinse the Almonds off before feeding into the food chute and insert into the juicer with the desired amount of water. For best results, the two should be fed into the juicer at the same time.