Vidia Slow Juicer SL-002 – Product Overview


Hey there, it’s Dan with eujuicers.com, and
in this video I want to take a look at the Vidia horizontal slow juicer, it’s model #SJ-002. And we here at EU Juicers, we sell all sorts
of juicers. There’s verticals, horizontals, centrifugals. We find even though in the market today most
people are buying verticals, or it’s the most popular, our customers prefer horizontals. So we’ve added this mid-priced horizontal. It’s, I would say a value-priced model. It’s a little less than the premium models,
but it’s still got the same quality. Vidia is an interesting brand. We have two other products from Vidia. We have their centrifugal juicer, which I’ve
reviewed in a different video. It was kind of nice with stainless steel parts. And their really cool vacuum blender. I encourage you to check that out. That’s the blender that sucks all the air
out for smoothies so you don’t have the oxidation. But this is their horizontal juicer. And a couple of things about it. It’s made in the same factory as the other
premium horizontal juicers. Actually I don’t know if there are any cheap
knockoff horizontal juicers. You don’t see that these days. The Chinese have made copies of so may verticals,
but no so many with horizontals. And this comes out of the same factories as
the other premium brands like Omega, Hurom, Sana, Kuvings and it’s not made in China. What about horizontal juicers in general. Why would you choose one instead of a vertical? Well, each have pluses and minuses. We might make a video later really comparing
the differences. But in general, verticals are maybe a little
more user-friendly. They take up less space on the counter. They’re basically self-feeding for the most
part. Maybe not so intimidating. This takes up more space, it looks a little
more complicated. Actually when I went to buy my first good
juicer, it was a horizontal. And I still have it and I use it just about
every day. Generally speaking, a horizontal will do better
with things like greens – leafy greens, hard root vegetables like carrots. I’m going to show you later on, let’s see
how it goes. Those things in verticals, if you throw a
lot of carrots in a vertical, it can struggle a bit or put a lot of pulp in there. Leafy greens, you probably need to alternate
something like a carrot or an apple just to keep those going in a vertical. But a horizontal does that fine. A couple of other advantages of a horizontal. They are really versatile. For example, this model and most models come
with a blank screen and this lets you do things like sorbets, nut butters, things like that,
sauces. I’m going to show you later peanut butter
in this guy. But what I want to do right now is just take
a look at the parts here. Let me show you what comes with it, and disassemble
it. And it’s super simple to disassemble. First of all, this model – similar to the
Omega NC series or in Europe it’s the Sana 707, 606 excuse me – has a pressure knob. This lets you adjust the back pressure and
typically I would leave it on max for most things that I do, which would be greens, carrots,
apples. But you can turn it down for softer things
– things like pineapples, berries, things like that. And that’s one thing where a vertical might
do a little better is those soft fruits like peaches and berries. Those might back up a bit in something like
this unless you’re alternating it with something a little harder like a Granny Smith apple
or a carrot. And you can also remove this for something
really soft. The zero setting is basically the same as
removed. Besides that, there is the cap at the end
that holds it all together. Here’s the juicing screen and this comes with
just one juicing screen. If you’re buying one of the higher-priced
models, like an Omega or a Sana, they’re about maybe 100 euros more, what do you get? You basically get more accessories. For example those typically come with a coarse
juicing screen. I know the Sana 707 that I have has a coarse
juicing screen which might do a little better with the soft things. You get a longer warranty. You get better accessories like a glass juicing
bowl, a stainless steel pulp catcher, things like that. But the core of the unit itself is really
the same. The motors, the augers, all the construction
is basically the same thing. And lets take a look at that auger here. This is GE Ultem – super hard. These things, it’s really difficult to break
these. And then there’s just the housing unit. BPA-free – all the juicing parts are BPA-free. I like this up here, this tray up here. It’s got a nice rim, the model I have doesn’t. And one thing I thought that is really cool
– the pusher has a little hook on it, you see that. And it will just hang on there, so if you’re
looking for a place, where do I put my pusher, just stick it there. Other things that come with it, like I said
before, it comes with a blank screen for your nut butters, things like that. Also comes with these four different nozzle
sets. Let me show you these too. These ones with the circles, these are for
pasta. And there’s another one there. Just different sizes. And then there’s this other one. I’ve used something like this on my horizontal
for sorbets, things like that. Just kind of crush everything together and
shoot it out that way. And besides that comes with a standard cleaning
brush. It has a little sharp end to get into places
and then the brush here. And that’s about it. It’s a 200 watt motor. It’s pretty strong. We’ll see when I juice and I’m just going
to put it back together. And I want to start with some apples. So let’s get this guy going here, and get
ready to juice some apples. You can notice with these little pieces, it’s
sort of self feeds. Not like a vertical, but you don’t need much
pressure to get it going. I’ve also got the pressure knob turned all
the way up to maximum, to 5. You’ll notice there’s a little bit of foam. I tend to get that from Granny Smith even
in a slow juicer. This one runs at about 70 rpm, and that’s
pretty normal. It’s actually funny. The ingredients I have today are my go-to
juice. Most mornings I like to make Granny Smith,
carrots, spinach, and I put some ginger in there for some spicy flavor. I want to strain it out, see how much pulp
I got. This is pretty dry. I can’t really get any juice out of there. One thing I did, I had it on 5 for full pressure. And I kind of played around with it and I
lowered it to see if it sped it up. And it made a bit of difference. So for sure it’s going to catch foam. It’s kind of hard to see if there’s pulp in
there because there’s maybe 2 tablespoons of foam in there. I can feel around. No, not really. It’s pretty clear. I don’t know it you can see, maybe from the
bottom you can see there’s really no pulp bits. Just some foam there. And I said I’m not doing a big yield thing,
but this gave me a half liter of apple juice from 4 apples. Definitely enough for a glass. Or a couple of glasses. Take a look at the color. And since I’m a caveman, I going to drink
directly from here. Yeah, absolutely clear. There’s no pulp in there at all. Next up, I’m not going to clean it until I’m
done with the carrots. Normally at home, I alternate things. Carrots always act as a natural cleaner so
that’s handy to do. A little trickier here. I just want to wash this up a bit. I’ll be right back, I want to clean up this
and my pulp container, and get to this spinach. So next up I’ve got spinach. And spinach is the longest thing to juice. We’ll definitely speed this up. That’s not all the spinach I’m doing. Right off camera I’ve got a box here. I’ve got about half a kilo, 500 grams of spinach. And one thing I can tell you right off the
bat, I am super glad for this rim because on my 707 it’s got a bigger tray here, but
it’s kind of rimless. It looks cool, but I tend to get spinach leaves
everywhere. And what I like to do is kind of smash them
in my hand, and just shove them into the tube. You get a lot more in that way. And yeah, for sure I’ll be dropping leaves
everywhere. That’s just normal with spinach. You see bit of the remnants of the apples
in there. They’ll come right through with the spinach. And if you’re doing this at home, you can
always throw a carrot in between, that will clean things right up. Alright, that’s the last of my spinach. Spinach is a great addition to juices, especially
if you’ve got kids who are afraid of greens, because spinach doesn’t add much of a flavor. When I first added spinach to my carrot apple
ginger juice, my older daughter, she’s 19 now, she commented later she said “Can you
make more of that green juice, that was really good. In fact, that kind of got my kids hooked on
spinach. An now when I go to the store they are always
saying make sure you bring home bags of spinach because they want to put it in their wraps
and their sandwiches they are making. You can see the pulp here, it’s still a bit
of, if I squeeze it I can get a couple of drops out. But it seemed to do pretty well. I’m going to run it through the strainer now,
there’s going to be a lot of foam. Spinach will do that too. You won’t see so much from the carrots. I’m looking just to see Yeah, you can see
there’s a bit of pulp, before all that foam gets in the way. Not much though. I’m going to have to shake this thing around
for a while. Because that’s a lot of foam. I’ll get a spoon and stir it around. Now I’m not brave enough to drink spinach
juice straight, I’ve tried it before. But like I said, it is a great addition to
just about any juice. I could probably get some more if I let it
sit longer, you see some still dripping through. Let’s move it along, I want to show you the
color here. Check this out. And again, a little of this will go a long
ways. This is also a great thing if you are making
smoothies at home, you can add half of this amount to your smoothie if you don’t want
that fiber in there. And last, but not least, I’m going to clean
up here and actually do a measured yield test with these carrots. Now I know I said I wasn’t going to clean
it in between, at least before I do the nut butter, and then I realized if I’m doing a
yield test, I really should clean it because some of that spinach in there, there could
still be some juice and that could kind of skew the result to make it look a little higher
than it really is. Now when I was preparing the carrots, notice
I cut it into these small pieces. It’s because for some reason I thought I was
doing a vertical. With a horizontal you don’t need to cut it
int these little pieces like you do a vertical. You can just leave the carrots in bigger chunks. So that’s also one advantage. And I’ve got the pressure, back pressure,
all the way on 5. I’m curious about the results. I recently did a comparison video with a Sana
808, which is the Omega VSJ843, in my opinion the best vertical out there. And I got about 500 ml of carrot juice from
a kilo, and the one I went up against only got about 350. That was a cheap knockoff juicer. Let’s see how this one looks. And looking at the yield, looks like it’s
just under 500. I’d say 490, 480. So again, just about there. It could also, you know the quality of the
produce can affect it. The freshness. These carrots weren’t the freshest. I peeled them to try to get a little better
yield, put them in water for a bit. That can make a huge difference. Let’s see how it looks here. And I’m going to try some out. It’s pretty good. It’s actually really sweet. Some carrots you don’t get very sweet juice. And in fact later I’m going to mix all these
three together and make a nice little lunch basically. So what I want to show you now is the cleanup
on it. And then I’m going to come back and do nut
butters, peanut butter. So I’m going to disassemble this, we’re going
to head to the kitchen and I’ll see you there. So the last thing I want to do is use the
blank screen to show you how to make nut butter. Now you can use the blank screen to make other
things like I said, sorbets, sauces, I make salsa with it, but this time I’m going to
try nut butter. So I need to disassemble – just swap the
screens out. Super simple, there’s the juicing screen,
here’s the blank screen. Just put the cap on. Now sometimes when I make nut butter I will
put on this big nozzle, sometimes I’ll even run it through twice. I’ll run the peanuts through once, let them
get processed, then I’ll put them in again and at that point it’s a little finer and
it will fit through here. I’m just going to try this way. Another thing to notice is make sure your
bowl is big enough to cover both the juice outlet and then what would normally be the
pulp outlet. This is where the peanut butter is going to
come out. Because it’s all just going to get crushed
and shoved through here, but oftentimes, because I add oil to the peanuts first, you’ll see
a bit of oil dripping through there. So what I do. Just get roasted peanuts. Not dry roasted peanuts, just regular. And these are already salted. And I like to add some oil to it. How much peanuts, how much oil? It’s up to you. This is probably going to make a lot of peanut
butter. I just add oil and I kind of play with it,
see with the consistency. Just depends how much you want and how thick
or thin you want your peanut butter. A big advantage of making your own peanut
butter is you see the ingredients. Just peanuts, oil, and in this case a little
salt already on the peanuts. You can also add things to it. We make cashew butter sometimes and you can
put in a little bit of maple syrup or honey, something like that if you like it a little
sweeter. I just prefer it straight. So I’m going to add some oil here. This is peanut oil. I think peanut oil works the best with peanuts,
but you can add canola oil, sunflower oil, something like that too. And what this does, it just helps to get a
creamier consistency of peanut butter. The more oil, the thinner it will be. If you run straight peanuts through, it’s
going to be like a chalky consistency almost. So you definitely need to add a little oil. And it also depends on how much oil naturally
the peanuts have that you’re using. So I’m just going to feed it in, and let it
do its thing. I probably used too many peanuts, you see
that made a lot more than I was thinking. And what you do at this point you can add
more oil if you want it softer. You can also run it through, oftentimes I
run it through a second time. It gets a little messy, putting this stuff
through the feeding tube. Just slightly more difficult to clean. It’s a little harder to clean nut butters. You’ve got to make sure you do it under warm
or even hot soapy water to break up that oil. I’ll add some more of that oil here, just
stir it up. But the actual process of making it is really
fast. So it gave me a pretty good consistency there. Put some in the jar here, maybe for my kids
for later. A nice thing about that blank screen, in a
way it gives you a mini food processor because there’s so much you can do. It’s just basically combining ingredients,
mashing them together, and you can make like I said spreads, hummus, you can even grind
coffee beans in there, make baby food out of fruits and things. Alright so that’s the Vidia SJ002 slow juicer. Just want to encourage you, don’t be afraid
of a horizontal juicer. They look maybe a little more intimidating
than a vertical, but they’re really easy to use and they’re actually easier to clean. I recently wrote an article, you can come
to our website and check it out, kind of rating all the juicers by ease of cleaning and I
found horizontals to be the fastest and easiest. Take a look again at these juices, there’s
the spinach, the apple, the carrot. It’s a good multi-purpose machine. It makes juice, makes nut butters, and all
sorts of things. If you want more information about this Vidia
horizontal juicer, come to our website. That’s at www.eujuicers.com. Thanks for watching, I’m Dan and I’ll see
you next time.

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