Fresh juices taste sweeter and are pulpier than the processed alternatives. Also, freshly-pressed juices have a load of additional benefits besides tastiness, including the ability to boost immunity, initiate weight loss, and detoxify the body and so on. Though not yet scientifically proven, some claim that these extracts can contribute to the prevention of cancer. Obviously, you need a juicer to make home-made juice. What options do you have?
Types of Juicers
Currently, the types of juicers available in the market can be split into two broad categories; centrifugal (fast) juicers and masticating (slow) juicers. There is a third type called triturating juicers, though it is not as popular as the two above.
If you want to make your juice quickly, buy a centrifugal juicer. This category of juicers is hugely popular because of their speed.
A typical centrifugal juicer has a mesh chamber with serrated blades for shredding the foodstuff into pulp. The blades spin at incredibly fast speeds which can exceed 10,000 revolutions per minute. This means that you can make a glass of juice on under 2 minutes.
Most centrifugal juicers can easily accommodate whole fruits and vegetables. This saves the time you would have spent chopping the foods.
- High revolution speed results in faster production of juice.
- Easy to clean.
- Cheaper than slow juicers.
- Can handle hard foods such as carrots comfortably.
- Occupies small spaces.
- Produces low-quality juices than slow juicers.
- The juices go stale quickly because of oxidation.
Centrifugal juicers are ideal for low-scale juicing and those on a budget.
Masticating juicers are typified by single augers that slowly press and chew fruits and vegetables to produce juice pulps. With this type, you must chop everything before feeding the juicer. The speeds can barely go beyond 100 revolutions per minute.
The slow speeds, however, work to the advantage of the masticating juicers. It allows the juicer to extract all nutrients from the fruits and vegetables, producing high-quality juice as a result.
- Produces high-quality juice.
- Less oxidation means that the juice can remain fresh from longer.
- Versatility – masticating juicers can serve as grinders.
- Works with both soft and hard foods.
- Expensive than fast juicers.
- Difficult to clean.
Masticating juicers are suited for people who want high-yield juices, especially green juices. However, you should be ready to take longer times when juicing.
Triturating juicers are advanced versions of mastication juicers. The difference is that triturating juicers have two augers. Also, triturating juicers first crush the fruits and vegetable before pressing them to extract juice.
This type of juicers produces the best-quality juice. Moreover, the juice is very dense and lasts for long because of the lack of oxidation. Like masticating juicers, triturating juicers are also multifunctional.
- Produces best-quality and highly nutritious juices.
- Juice lasts longer because of no oxidation.
- Works with soft and hard foods.
- Very expensive.
- Difficult to clean.
- Occupies large spaces.
If you don’t mind spending large on a juicer and want dense and nutritious juicers, buy a triturating juicer.
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