Well my juicing friends, in Part 1 of this series of juicing 101 we have seen Manual Juicers as simple as can be for citrus fruit as well as well engineered Citrus Presses to extract the most juice.
In Part 2 we looked at Electric Citrus juicers. Here in Part 3 we look at the world of juicing beyond citrus where we juice greens and veggies and wheatgrass.
Most of us find it hard to eat the portions of greens and other veggies that we know we should but drinking our greens and veggies is easy and very pleasant and fast too! Cooking a simple meal from scratch might take 30 minutes but a juice may only take 5 minutes to wash the ingredients.
Getting Technical about Juicers
Vegetables are a lot tougher to juice than lemons and limes so the electric motor powering a veggie juicer has to be a lot more powerful and the whole structure has to be bigger and better engineered.
The basics are the same though – a powerful motor spins a very sharp blade. This type of juicer is called a Centrifugal Juicer,
Centrifugal juicers work very fast and produce a lot of juice from the carrots and greens and other vegetables and fruits they juice.
But there are challenges that even a powerful centrifugal juicer cannot meet.
There are foods such as wheat grass and nuts where a slow juicing process is needed and in fact the really fast centrifugal juicers do heat the juice they produce a little so that some juicers prefer not to use them.
So There are 2 types of vegetable Juicers – those with very fast spinning blades Centrifugal Juicers and those with a slow powerful grinding action and these slow juicers are called Masticating Juicers.
Masticating Juicers work slowly and use a kind of auger and the food is forced through the juicer by an extremely powerful motor and these juicers will get the most juice from the vegetables they process.
Centrifugal vs Masticating juicers
Centrifugal juicers are what we are used to. For veggies the motor is more powerful and the juicer overall is more sturdy, but basically they look and operated the same as a simple low cost citrus juicer.
Masticating juicers are quieter and slower and get some more juice out of the vegetables used. The look and taste of the juice is different too with more of the juice of the vegetable in it you have to assume that the juice from a masticating juicer has more nutrients in it too.
Masticating juicers can also do some things such as producing nut butters and grinding through stringy grasses that a centrifugal juicer cannot do.
But there are other factors to look at before concluding that a masticating juicer is what you want.
Price masticating juicers usually cost more
Time yup they are slower – that is why they produce less foam in the juice and less oxidation too
Effort – more chopping is needed to prepare the veggies so that you can feed them into the juicer.
Specials – masticating juicers do special things like make nut butter – is this what you want?
There is no simple answer to the question, “Which is better?” The only sensible reply is another question, “Better for what?”
So if you are still on the fence then ignore this question and just look at the reviews and see if an individual juicer appeals to you and then you might want to check out whether the whole centrifugal vs mastication debate adds up to anything or whether it’s just foam!
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