Juicing is a tasty, easy way to reap the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables. Fresh juice is easy to digest, rich in vitamins and minerals and tastes delicious. Here’s what you need to know to select the right juicer for you.
How Juicers Work
There are two kinds of juicing machines: hand juicers and electric juicers. With hand juicers, you’ll need to twist or squeeze the juice yourself. Stainless steel electric juicers use a motor to spin the juicing mechanism, or reamer. This is a lot less work for the user.
Before choosing a juicer, consider how often you plan to use it, your budget, and your lifestyle goals.
Citrus Juicers. A citrus juicer is a simple, compact tool that works well for juicing a lemon for a recipe or making fresh-squeezed orange juice in the morning.
Centrifugal Juicers. Centrifugal juicers, or extractor juicers, use a blade to chop fruit and vegetables. The machine spins to push the juice through a fine mesh strainer. These machines are easy to set up and use. They can turn whole fruit into juice quickly. Some even automatically dispense the pulp. This allows you to juice greater amounts before you have to stop and clean the blades.
Masticating Juicers. These powerful machines are sometimes called cold press juicers or slow juicers. No matter what you call them, these professional juicers deliver great results. They use an auger to extract juice slowly and efficiently. They can pull out more nutrient-rich juice than other machines. They’re a great choice for juicing leafy greens and dense fruits and vegetables. Although a bit pricier, these juicers are popular with juice purists and health enthusiasts.
Keep in mind that some blenders and food processors also have juicer settings. Whether you want a small home juicer for occasional use or you’re looking for a heavy-duty machine for everyday life, a juicer is a great addition to your kitchen toolkit.