Juicers Juicers Everywhere!

Everybody is juicing these days. All different kinds of juicing machines are selling like crazy. 

Some people are turning fruits and vegetables into juice because it is a popular weight-loss plan. The theory is that only drinking juice for a set period of time, perhaps 3 to 10 days, will clean out all the toxins in the intestines and help the person lose weight. 

Some people believe drinking juices can reduce cancer risks.  Other people are juicing because it’s a great way to add more vegetables to their diet.  Sometimes it’s hard to sit down and eat a serving of carrots, or kale, or spinach.  But it’s easier to just drink a glass of juice made of various fruits or vegetables. 

Many people can’t stand the taste of green beans, or maybe the taste of okra or even peas.  But the taste can be disguised by mixing it with something better in the juicer.

Whatever their reasons, people love to make juice.

Many people think they can just use the blender as a juicer.  It’s possible but it takes more work.  First, the vegetables are processed in the blender until the mixture is smooth.  Then this puree is poured into a cheesecloth-lined bowl.  Then the person has to manually squeeze the mixture until the juice starts coming out the bottom of the cheesecloth bag.  

To Buy or Not to Buy

With the high cost of juicers, people wonder if they really should put out the money to buy a home juicer.   This depends on how much the person uses the juicer.

Some people would really like to have a fresh glass of juice every single morning. Some people don’t live anywhere near a juice bar.  Other people would like to have a juice drink made of unusual ingredients. In these cases, it makes sense to buy a home juicer.

It’s also important to realize that juicers have to be cleaned every time you use them.  At a juice bar, you don’t have that problem.   

What to Put in the Juicer

Making juice is not the same as making a smoothie.  The ingredients and the result are far different.  The vegetables that are commonly used when making juice are spinach, kale, beets, cucumbers, carrots, and lettuces.  Some people add parsley or ginger or turmeric. 

Some vegetables don’t work well in juices.  Cauliflower and broccoli can cause digestive upset.  Coconut and avocados don’t have enough juice in them to make it worthwhile.  Rhubarb is so fibrous that it can be hard on your juicer. 

Different kinds of Juicers

When they go out to buy their first juice machine, people are surprised to find out that there are several different kinds of juicers.  When looking for a juicer, people will find fast juicers, slow juicers, masticating juicers, cold press juicers, and citrus juicers.

To add to the confusion, there are arguments in the industry about how to define a slow juicer. Some companies market their slow juicer as a cold-press juicer.  But a slow juicer does not work the same way as a cold press juicer. 

Fast Juicers

Fast juicers are technically called centrifugal juicers.  Centrifugal means that it spins.  The vegetables are pushed through a tube until they reach a quickly-spinning blade. After it goes through the blade, the juice then goes through a screen into the drinking glass. The screen keeps the pulp from going into the glass.  

Slow Juicers

Slow juicers are also called masticating juicers.  The word masticate actually means to chew.  In a slow juicer, a large auger or screw crushes and pushes the food through a sharp screen. 

It’s called a slow juicer because it produces juice much more slowly than regular centrifugal juicers.  Sometimes they are twice as slow.

People who like pulp in their juice will be happy with a slow juicer.  Slow juicers let more pulp come out into the glass.  

The auger in a slow juicer is rotating.  It isn’t actually pressing anything, so technically it’s not a cold press juicer even though people call them cold press juicers. 

Slow juicers are good because they produce more juice.  Some people believe that slow juicers produce a juice that has more nutrients than a regular juicer. Slow juicers are able to get juice out of tough vegetables like spinach, kale, celery, and carrots.   

A downside for slow juicers is that they are more costly than regular juicers. Also, people who tend to always be late in the mornings will want the quickest juicer they can find.  Lastly, slow juicers are harder to clean.  

Cold Press Juicers

A cold press juicer is really an industrial-type machine.  It is sometimes called a two-stage juicer.  Produce is fed into the machine. In the first step, the machine chops the food into tiny pieces.  In the second step, a hydraulic press applies thousands of pounds of pressure to the vegetables.  The juice is literally pressed out of the vegetables.

It is possible to buy a true cold press juicer for home use, but the cost is huge.  Some home cold press juicers use pneumatic forces to press the juice out of the food, while others use hydraulics.  Home use cold press juicers are available for people who want to invest in them. 

Citrus Juicer

A citrus juicer isn’t a real juicer.  It’s an electric version of the old-fashioned kind where you take a half of an orange and push it down over a domed shaped object.  In this case, the citrus juicer has a dome-shaped bowl; the user puts half of a citrus fruit over the dome and closes the lid.  Then the machine pushes the orange down onto the rotating dome.  This machine can only be used on lemons, limes, grapefruit, and oranges.   

When people decide they want to buy a juicer, it is important for them to know something about the different kinds.  They won’t want to buy a slow juicer if they hate pulp.  They won’t want to buy a regular juicer if they are looking for more pulp.  And they certainly won’t want a cold press juicer if they are low on money.

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