When there is a lot of pulp, and it fills more than half of the filter glass, most of the mesh will be blocked. When this occurs, we should firstly, stir with a wooden spoon to let out any trapped liquid. Once, the pulp is at the half way mark, or below, we can use the mortar to help extract the last remaining drops of liquid.
We must be careful when pressing down with the mortar, as too much pressure may damage the filter glass or mesh. See, the picture on the left for the ideal position. It is safer to leave a little liquid in the pulp than attempt to extract all the remaining liquid out of the pulp.
2- HOW TO TAKE OUT THE PULP:
In Africa, there is a famous saying, “Hurry kills”. With this in mind, do not be tempted into turning the filter glass upside down and tapping, in an attempt to remove the pulp in haste. As the filter glass is the most important component of ChufaMix, it should be treated with care and as shown in the picture, the use of a wooden spoon to remove the pulp is recommended.
3- CLEANING THE FILTER:
Cleaning the filter glass is extremely simple and quick. You can use your hands, a sponge or a thin wired brush. If the drink that has been made is not oily, soapy water is not required. Simply, rinsing under the tap will suffice. However, when, drinks are made with ingredients which clog the filter or which are oily. Such as those made with grapes, oats and chia seeds, we advise to clean with hot soapy water. Natural cleaners, such as vinegar and lemon can also be used.
It is important to clean the filter, soon, if not immediately after use, to avoid the pulp drying out, otherwise, you run the risk damaging the filter glass if excessive force is used to remove the dried out pulp.
Even though the filter mesh is made with stainless steel, it is recommended to dry it thoroughly with a clean cloth. This will help to prevent contaminants in the water (e.g limescale) from building up and clogging the mesh over time.