Have you considered getting your own juice extractor so that you can enjoy fresh juices that not only taste great, but have great health benefits for your body ?
Then let’s have a look at some of the important things to consider when deciding which model is best for you and your needs. Firstly, it would be good to identify what type of juice you intend to make, ie vegetable or fruit juices, what quality is important to you and what quantities of juice do you think you will be making ?
Most people just want a juice extractor that is quick to set up, fast at processing the juice, easy to dismantle for cleaning afterwards and not too expensive on the pocket. However, to achieve speed and low cost, you may be sacrificing the quality of the juice that the machine produces, which may defeat the purpose of making your own juices (assuming you want to make fresh juices to become healthy !).
There are primarily two types of juicers available, Centrifugal and Cold Press.
Centrifugal juicers are the most common for home use, are widely available in retail outlets and online and are the cheapest type to purchase. These machines extract juice by pulverizing fruit and vegetables against a round cutting blade that spins very quickly against a metal strainer. The centrifugal force generated by the spinning motion of the cutting surface separates the juice from the pulp.
Cold Press juicers (also known as masticating or slow juicers) will produce more juice from the fruit or vegetables you put in and it will be a superior quality juice giving you more energy and vitality. They operate at lower speeds and gently compress fruit and vegetables to ‘squeeze’ out their juice, and produce a much dryer pulp than centrifugal juicers, meaning that the highest possible amount of nutrients are extracted and there is less overall waste.
However, a cheaper centrifugal juicer may be a good start for beginners and certainly preferable to not juicing at all, if other models are too expensive for your budget.
Let’s look more closely at the positives and negatives of Centrifugal and Cold Press juice extractors.
• Fast juicing time
• Cheaper to buy
• Easy to operate
• Quicker food preparation time as handles larger pieces of fruit and vegetables
• Not good for juicing leafy green vegetable, grasses, sprouts or herbs
• Produces less juice (a lot of juice gets left in the pulp)
• Reduced juice quality because the fast-spinning blades produce heat that destroys beneficial enzymes
• More juice separation and foaming (ie your juice looks like it’s in two parts in the glass !)
• Noisy mechanical operation
Cold Press Juicers
• Ideal for juicing leafy vegetables, grasses, sprouts and herbs
• Produces a higher quantity of juice (approx 35% more !)
• Produces a superior tasting juice
• Juice stays fresh for longer, with enzyme integrity holding for up to 72 hours
• Lower speeds means less heat is generated, preserving more nutrients and enzymes
• Less juice separation and foaming
• Some models offer other food processing functions, such as being able to make nut milk, nut butter, sorbet, pasta and ice cream
• Pressing action is quieter
• More expensive to buy
• Food preparation takes longer, as smaller pieces are required for the narrow openings at the top of the machine where you insert the fruit or vegetables
Centrifugal juicers start from as little as US$100 – $250 with Cold Press juicers costing in the range of US$350 – $700, which is a big difference. Clearly, the Cold Press juicer is more expensive, but their slower and more thorough extraction rates produce a higher-quality juice, and more of it, which will be far superior than any bottled juices you can buy in a shop.
Cold press juicers are easy to clean, as most of the newer vertical models have innovative self- cleaning systems that keep the juicing screen clear and prevent pulp build up while they’re in use. Some even have brushes that clean the screen while you’re juicing, so the hard part of cleaning is done for you !
In between juicing, you can run water through the juicer to rinse it. It’s recommended that you rinse and clean your juicer as soon as you’ve finished using it. Once you get into the routine of cleaning your juicer each time you use it, it’s quite easy to keep it clean and ready for use again.
Nutritional tests by Michelson Laboratories Inc and the Korean Food Research Institute (KRFI), comparing differences between cold press and centrifugal juicers, found that cold press juicers extract up to 42% more Vitamin C and up to 60% more Vitamin A and cold press juicers often produce between 35 – 50% more juice.
Making your own juices enables you to add a wider variety of fruit and vegetables to your diet, improving your health while saving you money on buying bottled juices. Invest in a good juice extractor today and really start to live healthy with more energy, clearer skin and more vitality for work or study than you’ve experienced before !