Proper clamping techniques for Mehu-Liisa

It has come to my attention (via several Mehu-Liisa owners who have contacted me) that the hose on the newer 11 liter juicers (2012+) is quite firm and needs to be clamped tightly to avoid leakage. So, here is a little tutorial addressing the issue. These techniques can be used with all models of Mehu-Liisa, Mehu-Maija and other steam juicers.

Always be sure your hose is clamped-off before you start processing. There is no shame as deep as that which you will feel upon walking into your kitchen 30 minutes into processing to find your floor drowning in juice. I speak from experience. SO, again, be sure to clamp-off that hose!! Here is a picture illustrating the correct position of the clamp on the hose:

The hose is tucked deep into the crotch of the clamp to get maximum pressure. The clamp is not too close to the ferrule (damaging to the hose) but far enough toward the end to allow hanging the clamp on the juice kettle handle for convenience:

Notice, the open-eye clamp lever is not the one attached to the handle; this is so that the open-eye wire doesn’t get caught on the handle making it difficult to remove. These two steps to proper hose technique should alleviate any drip issues. If your hose is recalcitrant and insists on dripping, you can still correct this by hanging the hose on the juice kettle handle as illustrated.

PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

Now, for all you power-users out there, I will illustrate the practice of leaving the hose LOCKED-OPEN to ease the drawing-off of juice:

Here, the clamp is opened and positioned on the ferrule toward the bottom of the clamp crotch. Once in this locked position, it is imperative that the open hose be positioned on the juice kettle handle to avoid the aforementioned horrors.

This time, however, the handle of the clamp is inserted into the handle of the juicer for ease of removal. I cannot stress enough with this technique:

YOU MUST BE VIGILANT TO AVOID KNOCKING THE HOSE OFF THE HANDLE OR DROPPING IT OUT OF YOUR HAND.
Hot juice is dangerous and can inflict severe burns.

Here is a picture and a video illustrating the drawing-off process using the LOCKED-OPEN hose technique:

I use a small sauce pan with handle for the hot, sanitized jar and a hot-pad for the hose.

This video shows how I apply the LOCKED-OPEN hose technique for a smooth, efficient drawing-off process (Yes, I am not using a hot-pad for the hose or handling the hot jar. I have tough fingers I guess. It is best to use hot-pads.) The raising and lowering of the sauce pan with the jar in it is the key motion to control the flow of juice. Again, I fervently stress:

YOU MUST BE VIGILANT TO AVOID KNOCKING THE HOSE OFF THE HANDLE OR DROPPING IT OUT OF YOUR HAND.

As soon as you are done filling the jars and no more juice needs to be drawn-off, clamp the hose tightly as illustrated and hang on the juicer handle.

I hope this tutorial will be helpful during your processing with Mehu-Liisa steam juicer. Please let me know if you have any specific questions.

Coming soon: To water-bath, or not to water-bath and Making Hard Cider and Perry with Mehu-Liisa steamed juice.

Take Care,

Daniel

About dheila62

Owner of Mehu-Liisa Products, importer of the Mehu-Liisa Steam Juicer from Finland.
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