An Introduction to Juicers

April 2021

A juicer is a kitchen appliance that's used to extract the juice from fruits or vegetables. There are several different types of juicers depending on what you're using it for and how much time you have-from a quick blast in your microwave to hours of slow, tedious squeezing with your bare hands. Most can be plugged into an electric socket, but some require that you manually operate them by rotating a blade by hand.

The best juicers for most people are those which produce fresh, flavorful juice without seeds or large chunks of unchewable fruit pulp. The extracted liquid can be consumed immediately or stored in a bottle. Juicers are available for purchase in appliance stores and can be used to make juice for small households, restaurants, cafés, or hospitals.

They all vary greatly in terms of cost and features; several common types are discussed hereafter:

Centrifugal juicers quickly extract the juice with metal cutting blades at high speeds. They require relatively large amounts of produce per drink, but their efficiency makes up for the additional cost. These may be tall or compact on average, but most have a large base which can strain the motor. They are also made to fit in a standard refrigerator, thus taking up less counter space and eliminating the need to clean an additional appliance. 

Masticating/robotic juicers grind cold pressed vegetables and fruits at a very slow speed, extracting little juice in the process. These machines use force from a slow rotating auger to crush and press produce. The long auger is usually housed inside of a cylinder with two paddles which rotate at very slow speeds. The produce is then grappled between the paddles and squeezed through tiny holes in the cylinder for extraction.

Siphon juicers can be simple, pressurized or unpressurized types where the product is compressed into a tube using a pump along with commonly placed filters to remove unwanted solid particles from the juice. Their simplicity, ease of storage and ease of use makes them popular for small households. Although they are very affordable, they do not extract very much liquid per minute and thus do not provide much value for money. Furthermore they have to be cleaned after every drink making them more difficult to clean than other juicers.

A variety of juicers may even be obtained online. Commercial masticating juicers are often used for large operations, and the juice produced is combined with other juices to make bulk juice. The most popular juicer type is the centrifugal masticating juicer, which essentially separates juice from pulp by means of a rapidly rotating drum. Centrifugal juicers are inexpensive and widely available, but have a low rate of juice production because they require that a relatively high proportion of juice (about 60%) goes into the pulp chamber.

Juicing is all about making healthy, nutritious, plant-based juices that provide an array of benefits like weight loss, increased energy levels, and better skin. These extracts can also be used as natural remedies to treat specific health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Different types of juicers extract juice in different ways: some are slow while others are fast; some use centrifugal force while others might use auger rotation; some might be vertical while others may be horizontal.

Slow juicers are mostly used for extracting juice from leafy greens. These machines use a slow rotation of auger blades, generating very low heat and little foam to get the maximum juice. The juice yield is considered to be more nutritious and healthy. However, these juicers can take a lot more time than other models. They can also be quite expensive with a single model costing anywhere between $200-$1000.

On the other hand, centrifugal juicers tend to have lower yields and less nutritional values compared to slow juicers but they are generally much faster at extracting juice from fruits and vegetables. They are mostly used for juicing soft fruits and for making baby food.

There are many benefits to the use of a juicer. They can help in weight loss by removing the excess fiber and fat from your diet, helping you to regulate blood-sugar levels while also aiding in digestion. They are also considered to be a healthier alternative than using Sodas or other sugary beverages. Other benefits associated with juicing include: improved immune system strength, reduced risk of heart disease, improved skin health, greater vitality, lower blood pressure and an overall healthier lifestyle.

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