So, you want a juicer, but with so many options it can be tough to choose. Let's start with the first stage, Centrifugal or Masticating? Both styles have their positives and their negatives, but which is best for you? Ask yourself what ingredients you think you're likely to juice the most of?
A Masticating juicer can be known by many names and some refer to them as either Cold Press juicers or Slow juicers. They function by crushing and pressing the juice out of ingredients through the use of a slow-rotating augur (screw) and a screen. Due to their slow turning speed, Masticating juicers are able to operate more quietly and they can extract much higher yields of juice from the same weight of ingredients. That covers the basics of masticating juicers, but there is more to them than that, as they can be divided into 3 further categories:
Each of these juicer styles has its own strengths and weaknesses, but we'll cover that later.
These juicers typically have spinning blades that spin against a mesh filter, separating the juice from its body. The juicer will then separate the juice and the pulp into two containers.
Centrifugal juicers are very quick at juicing your ingredients but with that comes a fair amount of noise. They often have two speeds for hard or soft fruit and veg, but certain ingredients such as leafy greens and soft fruits are not juiced as well in these types of juicers. The most common myth about juicing your ingredients in a centrifugal is that they heat up the juice which destroys the nutrients. This isn't always the case as they barely produce enough heat to destroy the enzymes in your juice.
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