For enjoyable dining at home, a well-designed kitchen with good appliances is a necessity. One of the more useful food accessories is the juicer.
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Juicers are designed to separate juices in fruits and vegetables from their pulp. The best extract more amounts of tasty juice than the rest and also easily discard the remains. Juicing may or may not be necessary or even that healthy, and there’s no question that “drinking” your produce is no substitute for eating them whole with most fiber intact. Drinking a lot fruit juice does lead to much sugar consumption, so health-focused users should produce their juices more with vegetables than fruits.
That said, drinking juices is an efficient way of increasing nutrient intake. Some users add back some of the pulp and even use it for cooking. Vegetable juice mixes also tend to taste better than most vegetables as is.
Types of Juicers
Manual juicers are basic tool for when you need to extract a little lemon-lime or orange juice at times but don’t care to store bottles of the stuff. Many are handheld models which you place fruit in and then squeeze, others are countertop units with a small bowl into which the fruit is manually pressed. The pricier models tend to be more efficient and durable. These types are great tools for home bars as they are ideal for customizing mixed drinks.
Electric citrus juicers have small electric mechanisms which scour juices out of most citrus fruits. The better designs can handle the load of multiple batches, but even budget models can produce enough fresh orange juice or lemonade for a family. Many are not built for heavy use and none will work for juicing non-citrus fruits, but most do have built-in strainers.
Centrifugal juicers are the most popular type, for they can handle a large variety of produce most quickly and efficiently. The best models are easier to use and clean and are better at extracting more juice with less waste. Centrifugal units are more expensive and noisier than other types, though.
Masticating juicers are designed to extract juice from tough vegetables. Most can be also be good for grinding nut butters, spices, baby foods and even extruding pasta. The advantage they have is their crushing process, which slowly extracts every bit of green juice without need for heat. Many believe the extended process helps to keep enzymes and nutrients locked in.
- Versatility. The type of juicer needed will depend on whether it’s intended for mostly juicing wheatgrass or other fibrous greens, or for processing more varieties of fruits and vegetables. Masticating juicers do often perform other duties normally assigned to centrifugal juicers, and can be a great value.
- Wider feed tube. A wider opening minimizes the amount of slicing or dicing needed before juicing, saving much prep time.
- Dishwasher-ready. Parts which can go into the dishwasher are more readily cleaned down to their slits and crannies, where leftover pulp tends to get stuck.
- Multiple speeds. Centrifugal juicers with extra speeds at slower rates can make juicing greens more efficient.
- Stable base. Some inexpensive models are known to vibrate enough to “walk” across counters when running big jobs, and a heavier base helps prevent this.