Let’s get juiced! With the introduction of juicers into mainstream society, “Let’s get juiced!” means something far different than it did in the ‘80s. Today, juicing is a popular way to put clean, healthy food into your body in the form of a delicious drink. But I have a blender, you say. Why do I need a juicer? Well, sometimes the blender just doesn’t cut it when trying to get the most out of our fruits and vegetables. Blenders puree everything put into them, including the fruit’s fibrous parts. That’s where a juicer comes in. Juicers extract just the juice from any fruit or vegetable you put into it and leave out the fibrous material (like the skin). To help you compare juicers, we’ve written a few juicer reviews to help narrow the selection.
When shopping for a juicer, you’ve got to know the lingo. Not all juicers work the same way, but all fall under one of the three different methods of juicing: centrifugal, masticating or triturating. We’ll teach you the differences between the three types. We’d also recommend considering extra features and efficiency.
Type – Centrifugal, Masticating or Triturating
In layman’s terms, centrifugal juicers grind produce, masticating juicers chew and triturating machines press. Centrifugal juicers grind produce at high temperatures, possibly removing valuable enzymes from the juice; hence, they are the least expensive. Triturating units press the juice out of your produce, retaining the maximum amount of nutrients and are, subsequently, the most expensive. Masticating juicers are somewhere in between. They work by chewing the fruits and vegetables with a slow-spinning drill bit, efficiently juicing every last drop out of the produce.
Just like blenders, juice makers should have several different settings to choose from. Our favorites have up to five different speed settings for different types of produce. Some vegetable juicers come with a detachable pitcher that you can use to serve the fresh juice. Others have an onboard spigot or a measuring cup attachment that will dispense the juice. We prefer the detachable pitcher for cleanup and convenience.
A juicer with a high quality strainer is a must. The strainer is what catches the pulpy, fibrous material. The better the strainer, the less pulp in your juice. It is also helpful if the strainers, and all other parts, are dishwasher safe. That way you can pop the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and get right to enjoying your freshly made juice. Once you’re ready to put the electric juicer away, a cord storage area on the bottom of the unit is preferred.
Juicing whole fruits and vegetables is an easy way to consume those essential members of the food pyramid. Freshly squeezed juice is free from additives, preservatives or extra sugar. If you’re still on the fence, just think of adding a juicer to your kitchen tools as an investment in your health.
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