The biggest thing trending in the food world right now is juicing. With its myriad health benefits, who couldn’t use a little extra help in the healthy-eating department? Buying a juicer, on the other hand, can be as complicated as making the perfect soufflé. There is a lot to consider when choosing the right juicer. Here is a rundown that can help the selection process. The two main types of affordable home juicers are centrifugal juice extractors and masticating juicers. Though they have the same result, they have a few fundamental differences in function and quality.
Centrifugal juicers use a metal blade spinning at high speed and a stationary mesh screen to separate juice from pulp. These are the most readily available juicers on the market, available online and almost any department or home goods store. They are also some of the most affordable on the market starting around $45. Another aspect of these juicers is their ease of use and juicing speed. They are less time consuming to deconstruct for cleaning and produce juicer faster, which can be a big plus for our busy lifestyles.
There are a couple of downsides to centrifugal juicers. For one, they only extract the juice that can be pulled out with centrifugal force, which is to say, not that much. A lot of the liquid remains in the pulp, which then gets thrown away. Another thing, the spinning action of the juicer produces heat which can then destroy the living enzymes and oxidize the nutrients we want from our fresh juice. Also, these juicers can be loud!
Masticating juicers, on the other hand, use a single gear to grind the fruit or veggies into a pulp, which releases the juice. This grinding method is effective for breaking down cell walls and extracting the most amount of juice from the plant. They rotate around 80 RPM versus 3,000 for a centrifugal juicer, so the juice comes out slower but more intact and not ‘frothy.’
Also known as a slow juicer, these are a relatively new addition to the home-juicing world and come with a lot of perks. To start with, the quality and quantity of juice are much higher. This system of juicing produces no heat which can render the juice less nutritious and even less flavorful.
Masticating juicers can also be multiuse. They are great for making popular nut milks and can even make nut butters, baby food, and ice cream, and can even be used as a fresh pasta extruder as well. With a few masticating juicer recipes, the possibilities are endless. Though they tend to be a little more expensive- around $90-$250- masticating juicers are quieter than centrifugal and hardier, with a wide range of capabilities. Most come with extended warranties, too.
There is a lot to consider when purchasing a juicer. There are many products on the market, with more arriving as juicing popularity grows. One thing is for sure, though, juicing is a significant next step on the path to better health!