Juicer Information for Newbies
When looking into juice machines there is a whole heap of confusion about what is the best juicer to buy. There are a lot of different types of juicers and they vary a lot in what they can do. This page on juicer information is to help you understand the differences and sort out which will be the best juicer to buy for yourself.
To be able to get the best value from your juices, they should be freshly extracted. And to do this, it is best to own your own juice extractor – so you can make those scrumptious and healthful drinks at home. Drink ’em fresh!!! There is a vast array of different types of juicers on the market and it all can be a bit mind blowing to the un-initiated
I have used quite a few different juice extractors in my own home over the years. This area of my website is being set up so as to help guide people towards making the best juicer choice if they are wanting to buy the perfect model for their own needs.
If you are looking to purchase a juicer, there are some questions to sort out first. You should do a little research into different types of juicers, what to look for in a juicer and what is the best juicer for you personally?
If you are serious about juicing, you will have to find a juicer machine that works best for you. Keep in mind that you will most likely be using your new juice machine every day, and at least once – if not more – per day.
The juicer that you choose must provide value for your money. It does not have to be the cheapest nor does it need to be the most expensive. However, you must be able to actually use your juicer and it should function the way you expect it to.
I hope to be able to provide you with a very personal approach here. I want for you to have all the information you need from masticating juicers reviews, comparisons of the different models and brands, where to get the best prices. And there will also be information on juicing itself.
Different Types of Juicing Machines:
Simply put, a juicer is kitchen utensil that’s purpose is squeezing, or extracting juice from various foods, mainly raw fruits and vegetables. Most juicing machines are easy to use, but because of the possible dangers involved with electricity and sharp blades – they should always be handled with care and know-how.
Firstly, there are either manual (hand-operated) juicers or electric juicers, which is relatively self-explanatory.
Juicing using a manual hand machine means you have to use your own “elbow grease” to do the hard work. With a citrus juicer, you place the fruit pieces cut side-down in the center of the juicer and then pressing down to squeeze the food. You move it around, and back and forth so the juice will run out of the rind and away from the pulp. The pulp and seeds are collected along the edges of the juicer. The skin or rind is usually discarded, but it can be added to recipes in some meals, such as soups, breads and sauces.
There are also manual wheatgrass juicers available such as the Miracle Wheatgrass Juicer, and these have a hand cranking action. The grasses are fed in through the chute and winding the handle moves the grasses through a spiral grinder which squishes the juice out.
Electric juicers mechanically extract the juice from fruits, vegetables and herbs. Proper operation consists of popping in the fruit or vegges and turning the juicer on. The electric juicer will automatically extract the juice out of the food. Because of its mechanical nature, electrical juicers can be more dangerous than manual juicers, therefore it is important that users understand how to operate them correctly and safely.
There Are Two Basic Types of Electric Juicers:
Centrifugal Juicer Information
Centrifugal juicers are definitely the most popular of the two types of juicers. These consist of blades and a sieve to separate juice and pulp from the rind or skin. The fruit and veges are inserted into the chute and they are finely chopped by the blades spinning at high speed. This separates the juice from the fiber using a grating action.
Centrifugal force caused by the high speed spinning action pushes the pulp or fiber against a fine strainer and squeezes out the juice – through the sieve into the juice catching container. The pulp and skin from the fruit and veges is flung out of the top of the sieve into the pulp catcher. The juicer’s motor can spin at 3,600 RPM up to 14,000 RPM.
Centrifugal juicers like The Breville 800JEXL (on the right) are usually extremely quick, and most of them do a great job of getting the most juice. However some can be a little noisy, and some can be massively noisy. However, the noise is only for a few seconds. Centrifugal juice machines are great for juicers who don’t want to spend a lot of time making their drinks. You can juice a couple of apples and say, a carrot in ten seconds flat, and be all finished with clean up in just a couple of minutes.
Slightly Lower Quality Juices From a Centrifugal Extractor
Centrifugal juicers make it very quick to prepare and serve your juices, but there is one downfall and that is the quality of the juice itself. The high speed spinning damages the cell walls of the juice and also exposes it to much more air, causing oxidation. Some nutritional elements can be lost. The more serious health oriented people also consider the negative energetic effect that the spinning imparts to the liquid. The juice is still very, very good for you, it is just not of the very high quality of the juices that is produced by the gentler and slower masticating juicers.
However, when all things are considered, the different in the nutritional value of juices from the two different types of machines is not a massive one. But it is still of some importance to the serious juicer. Or people who have a serious health problem where every ounce of nutrition is of vital importance. And to those who really want top value for money they are spending on their fruit and vegges.
Masticating Juicer Information:
These work at a much low RPM. The word masticate means to chew, and these juicers literally use a grinding action to chew the food to a pulp in order to extract the juice from the solids. When the food becomes ground, the juice is squeezed out of the pulp. Masticating juicers are able to break down the fibers in food, so they produce a much healthier end product juice than centrifugal juicers do.
Masticating juicers are the preferred juicer for the seriously health conscious, as the quality of the juice is excellent. The action of the centrifugal juicers in their high speed spinning of the juice causes fast oxidation, and therefore poorer quality and less available nutrients in the juice. Although it is always better than none, and still much healthier for your body than any drink you can purchase.
You need to be aware that they do not work fast! You have to prepare the food, normally by chopping into smallish pieces, and of course this all takes time.
The juicing process itself is also rather slow, and it can take a little bit of effort to force the vegetables and fruit down into the chute.
Masticating juicers have a huge advantage in that they happily and efficiently extract the nutrient dense juice from leafy greens and herbs such as spinach and parsley.
Plus, they are also very efficient at juicing grasses such as barley grass and wheat grass, which is why they are so popular among the natural health crowd.
You can also make nut butters, baby food, purees and such with a masticating juice extractor!
There are three different types of masticating juicers, and these are:
- The Single Gear Masticating Juicer
- The Twin Gear Masticating Juicer
- The Upright Masticating Juicer like the Hurom HU-100 pictured to the above right
The single gear masticating juicer grinds and chews the produce with it’s single gear or auger before pressing the juice out. Whereas a twin gear juicer has two roller gears which separate out the juice from pulp. Single gear and twin gear machines are quite similar to each other in their operation, however the twin gear triturating juicers will extract more of the precious juice for you.
Upright masticating juicers are very similar to the single gear juicers in the way that they operate. The only real difference between them is that the upright stands … well … upright. This is a big advantage with the upright juicers, because they will take up a lot less room on the counter top.
Many centrifugal juicers cannot be used to juice vegetables that contain leafy greens. Well – you can use them on grasses and leafy food, but you will not manage to extract very much of the precious juice! A good quality masticating juicer can extract much more juice than a centrifugal juicer machine will.
High RPM centrifugal juicing machines work a lot faster, making juicing in a hurry easy. However, the quality of the juice is not as good as the juice is exposed to more air and this will cause frothing. Oxygen in the air oxidizes the juice and destroys some of the nutrients.
On the other hand, low RPM masticating juicers do not expose the juice to a lot of air. The fruit and vegetable juices from a masticating juicer are much more nutritious and also they just taste better.
Juicer Information Advice from Kirsty
Kirsty says: In light of the above, here is my own juicer advice to prospective owners. I want to add that ANY juice is much better than no juice at all. If you are not the type of person who can afford the time it takes to prepare and process fruit and vegetables for a masticating juicer, then you should look at the quick and easy centrifugal juicers.
An expensive juice machine does absolutely no good if it sits unused, because it is too much work! I certainly found this happened myself with my expensive Champion Juicer and also an Oscar I owned, which is also a masticating juicer.
I now have a Breville centrifugal juicer and because of the speed and ease of use, I use it most days.
Tips For Choosing Your Juice Extractor
The very first thing that you need to have a think about is what you are going to need a juicer for .. like, are you a serious “Power Juicer” who will put big demands on your juicing machine … or are you a casual or a once a week juicer? Will a cheaper model do OK for your needs?
When buying a juicer machine, you should consider the value – and not the cost. Buying a cheap product that you end up not using – is a waste of money. When shopping for the right juicer advice, make sure any machine you check out is easy to operate. You should be able to juice your fruits and vegetables in a reasonable amount of time.
Find a juicer that requires minimal preparation of your raw produce, such as peeling and pre-slicing.
You will find that although there are plenty of different juice extractors on the market, they can have a widely varying range of quality, production output and the nutritional components available in the juice you are making. There is also the time it take to set up and to clean up afterwards. So, as you can see, there are a number of different things you should consider – with price not being the least of these!
Therefore it is good if you do some research first, so you can get a decent idea of what type of juicer will suit your needs – prior to you actually buying a juicer. Because, I am sure you will agree that there is not much worse than paying out a lot of money only to find out that your new juice machine just isn’t what you need, or that it is taking an hour to make one juice, or to clean it up when finished.
The juicer should be relatively easy to clean. A machine with lots of nooks and crannies make cleanup harder. If cleaning is too much of a hassle, you will find that your lovely new juicer finishes up as a dust collector. Look for a juicer machine with a powerful motor and a good warranty.
Avoid the cheaper machines with a warranty that’s less than a year – unless you are just wanting to “test the water” to find out if juicing is going to be a permanent thing for you. Most cheaper juicing machines will not be able to handle some juicing items, especially those that contain leafy green vegetables.
So, it is a good idea to see what features are on offer, and write up a checklist of those features that you think you would personally prefer to have in your own juice machine, and go from there. Once you have your checklist, then you can check out the different manufacturers and the wide range of juice extractor models there are available.
Here is a Juicer Buying Checklist to get you started:
- The juice output, do you just need one glass at a time, or will you be juicing for a family …
- The motor strength
- Machine durability and materials it is made from
- How easy is it to use
- Does it have a quick assembly time
- How quick and easy to clean up afterwards
- Your Price range
You will probably see more features that you would like as you go through some of the reviews, so keep your checklist handy for jotting down points.
Now, you can check out the juicers themselves. Please visit my pages where I have a list of the major players in the juice extractor market here: Juicers For Sale.
NOTE: I will be adding to the juicer information and reviews listing as time goes by.
Don’t forget to check out my pages on the benefits of juicing, juicing recipes and juicing for weight loss. If you are new to the juicing world, these pages will help you to learn just why drinking fresh juices is such a fantastic habit to get into on a regular basis. And you might like to bookmark my website, so you can come back another time for more great juicing information 🙂
What About Blenders?
Blenders are another appliance altogether, although similar to juicers they have a completely different purpose. The difference between juicers vs blenders is that a blender is unable to separate the juice out from the pulp and fibers. They certainly have their place in the kitchen, but won’t make you a freshly extracted juice to drink.
I hope to be able to provide you with the best juicer information here at my Masticating Juicers Review page. I want for you to have all the information you need from masticating juicers reviews, comparisons of the different models and brands, where to get the best prices. And there will also be information on juicing itself.
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