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Juicers For Beginners – Choosing And Using – Power To The Consumer

Buying Guide

Juicers usually fall in to two categories i.e. a juicer and a juice extractor. A juicer is for citrus fruits only while a juice extractor chops up fruits and vegetables and will then separate the juice from the pulp.

So if you just want to make grapefruit, orange juice or lemonade, buy a citrus juicer. If a kale/spinach/carrot blend is more suitable then get a juice extractor.

Pick a juicer that has a height, width and depth that fits comfortably in your counter top and cabinet or wherever it is you want to store it. If there is limited cabinet space buy a small-sized juicer, or one that's easy to disassemble.

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JUICERS FOR BEGINNERS

TWIN GEAR JUICERS

HOW IT WORKS

A slower speed juicer that crushes fruits and vegetables between a set of interlocking roller gears, while pressing out the juice.

BEST JUICER FOR

Greens, wheat grass, sprouts, root vegetables like beets and carrots and most water dense (non-pulpy) fruits.

PROS

The slower speed tends to aid in retaining vitamins and nutrients.

CONS

Twin-gear juicers tend to be on the expensive side.

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CENTRIFUGAL JUICERS

HOW IT WORKS

Centrifugal juicers will grind the fruits and veggies to extract the juice by pushing the pulp against a strainer as it is spinning at a high speed.

BEST JUICER FOR

Green, leafy fruits and veggies like kale, spinach and  wheatgrass.

PROS

Generally more affordable than a twin-gear or masticating juicer.

CONS

The high speed will create foam and heat, leaving a  juice that has less vitamins and nutrients than a slow speed juicer.

wheatgrass in the juicer

MASTICATING JUICERS

HOW IT WORKS

This is a single gear juicer that chews up fruits and vegetables in a spiral rotating motion.

BEST JUICER FOR

Any fruits and vegetables including green, leafy vegetables like wheatgrass, spinach and kale.

PROS

The slower speed retains nutrients, enzymes, fiber and essential vitamins. Many masticating juicers can also double up as food processors and make ice creams, sorbets.

CONS

Tends to be more expensive than centrifugal juicers.

CITRUS JUICERS

HOW IT WORKS

The motorized reamer rotates, extracting juice from the fruit.

BEST JUICER FOR

Only Citrus fruits.

PROS

Citrus juicers tend to be smaller in size and are usually easy to clean.

CONS

Unlike a juice extractor, citrus juicers need you to press the fruit onto the reamer.

4 ADDITIONAL JUICER TIPS

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  1. A stainless steel juicer will go well with the finish of stainless steel utensils in the kitchen. Alternately, pick a finish that complements your kitchen.​
  2. It takes about 3 pounds of produce to make 1 quart of juice.​ Keep in mind the size of your family when evaluating the size of the juicer.
  3. A Juicer that doubles up as a food processor may give a greater bank for the buck - ​
  4. Evaluate if you should purchase a juicer that also has the blades and nozzles to make nut butters, baby food, dips and even soy milk.
juicer that doubles up as a food processor

JUICERS - NEED FOR SPEED - 5 HANDY TIPS

  1. Although a high speed juice extractor work faster, it can also create foam (oxidation) and heat.
  2. This can result in juice that has less vitamins and nutrients than one made in a juicer with a slower revolution speed.
  3. A high speed juicer will usually have a motor that works around 13,000 RPM, while a slow juicer works at about 80 to 90 RPM.
  4. Generally, centrifugal juicers work at the highest speeds while twin-gear juicers work at the lowest speed and masticating juicers fall in between the two (but at a closer speed to a twin-gear than a centrifugal juicer).
  5. For good results pick a juicer that has a horsepower of at least 450 watts.
JUICER SPEED SETTINGS TIIPS

WHAT ABOUT JUICER MAINTENANCE TIPS

ASSEMBLY

If you don't fancy snapping and locking appliances together or are generally lacking on a mechanical bent of mind buy an appliance that's easy to put together.

CHOPPING

To avoid spending a painful amount of time chopping, buy a juicer with a wide mouth that can accept whole vegetables.

JUICER MAINTENANCE TIPS

CLEANING UP

All juicers are NOT dishwasher safe.

When choosing a machine that needs to be hand washed, look for one that is easy to disassemble and is accompanied with cleaning and filter brushes.

EXTRAS

A lot of juicers come some extras such as a silent motor, adjustable spout that fit different sized cups, a drip-stop to keep the juice from dripping, a juice pitcher that can be stored in the fridge and even a removable pulp extractor.

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