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Kinds of Juicers

Updated on February 22, 2011
Electric Juicer
Electric Juicer

Once you make your own juice, you'll never go back to the plain store-bought juice again. Besides being so much fresher and healthier, you have the control to blend your favourite flavours, including both fruits and vegetables.

If you are interested in getting yet another gadget for your kitchen, do some research before getting a juicer. They are actually pretty complicated and do come in a variety of styles and models. The price range is wide as well.

For now, I am just going to outline the different types of juicers (or juice extractors) that are on the market.

Masticating Juicers - With this juicers, the produce is chewed up to extract the juice. Masticating juicers leave you with juice that contains more fiber and enzymes than the other types. These machines are more versatile because their functioning allows for other uses, like making baby food or your own peanut butter (depending on the actual model).

Centrifugal Juicers - A centrifugal juicer also grinds up your produce, but then strains using a high-speed spinning action. These types of juices will produce more juice from a given batch of fruit or veggies, but will produce more heat than the other types, which can break down some of the enzymes that you're trying to capture. Some hard vegetables aren't juiceable with a centrifugal machine. On the positive side, these machines are usually the least expensive.

Triturating Juicers - Also called two-gear or twin-gear juicers. First your produce is crushed, and then the pulp is slowly squeezed to wring out all the juice. These machines are the higher quality ones, and will cost you the most money.

Pulp or No Pulp - The other feature that you need to look for, separate from the actual function of the machine, is what happens to all that pulp. The cheaper machines keep the pulp inside, and you have to frequently stop and clean out the filters. Not bad if you are only doing a little juice at a time. If you plan on doing a lot of juicing, you should choose a machine that ejects the pulp.

This article was originally published at Suite101


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