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Blender vs Juicer
Juicer & Blender - What's the difference?
What is good for blending and what's better for juicing? A blender and a juicer is commonly mistaken for being the same thing, but the two things work quite differently.
Generally speaking the process of using a blender to process ingredients is quicker and more rough, whereas a juicer produces a finer texture which is one of the reasons that it is the preferred option if making juices.
Here I'll show you the main difference between them, and explain how to get the most out of your blender or juicer.
What do they do? What are they good for?
The basics of a blender that it rapidly cuts and breaks down everything that went into it. So if blending vegetables and fruit the juice is a mix of fibers, skin, stems, leaves, core, flesh etc. The blades quickly rotate and chops the entire produce faster than in a juicer. Blenders tend to be more noisy than juicers as they operate on higher speed.
Drink wise blenders are commonly used for SMOOTHIES and MILKSHAKES. But what is the difference?
I often get confused between the two,and there seem to be a bit of an overlap but generally speaking:
A SMOOTHIE consists of blended fruit and/or Vegetables and a liquid base in the form of either water, yogurt, milk, tea, coconut water, rice/soy/almond milk etc.
A MILKSHAKE consists of ice cream, milk and syrup (ex. chocolate, strawberry, caramel flavored). May or may not include fruit. So milkshakes are obviously not the healthiest choice.
Blenders are also great for making soups, dips, healthy desserts and drinks such as almond, soy and rice milk.
and their benefits
The biggest thing when comparing juicers with blenders is that they separate the juice from the fiber, and produce a light fluid which is quickly absorbed in comparison to blended drinks such as smoothies.
However, both smoothies and juices have their place on the menu and are both good ways of introducing more fresh produce into our diet. When juicing you'll be left with a smaller or larger amount of pulp (depending on your type of juicer) in comparison to blenders where you'll be using everything that you put in.
When juicing it's important to choose ingredients carefully as it's not all produce which is suitable to use in a juicer, such as banana and avocado, so having both a juicer and a blender certainly isn't a bad idea.
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What to put in a Juicer?
When it comes to juicing the variety of ingredients you can mix and match is almost endless. However some of the most common ingredients for juicing are:
Apples, pears, oranges: The basic ingredients of juicing
Beet: To maximize the nutritional value beets may be juiced with their tops.
Cabbage: High in Vitamin C and calcium
Celery: Celery is a great source of Vitamin B and is said to provide relief for headaches and help weight loss.
Root veggies: Carrots, sweet potatoes, radishes, beet root
Green veggies: Spinach, Parsley, cilantro, dandelion, cucumber
Citrus & Ginger: Lemon, grapefruit, lime, Ginger.
What to put in a Blender?
As you can see blender and juicers are two very different things which both have their place in the kitchen.
Some blenders do some fruit juices such as orange juice relatively well, but for best results use a juicer for juices and a blender for Smoothies, Milkshakes, soups, dips and other drinks.
However they work great in combination, so if you want to add ingredients to your juice which aren't suitable to run through a juicer, such as berries for example (I find you get more out of them by blending them), simply put the juice in the blender together with the berries and blend it all together, and finish the juice in that way.
Low water content fruit and veg such as banana, avocado, mango, berries and bok choy work well in smoothies as well as leafy greens such as kale and spinach in green smoothies.
Happy Juicing and Blending!
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