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Buying a Juicer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paula Duvall   
Monday, 20 May 2002 23:49

Buying a JuicerJuices can be purchased at health food and department stores. You can also shop online where prices may be less expensive and you may be able to find specials. Just put “juicers” in your search engine to find lists of online marketplaces that offer juicers. Juicers can be purchased at health food and department stores.

There are a number of good juicers on the market. Choose one that is right for you; be sure to consider the size and quality of the machine for the type of juicing you want to do. Also, if cleaning the juicer is difficult — you’ll never use it!

The following is a sampling of the juicers that are on the market.

Masticating Juicers

Masticating juicers, like the Champion literally chew the fruits and vegetables; pulp is mechanically pressed through the screen. Although the juice quality is fairly good, you may want to strain the juice through a strainer since the juice might be pulpier. The Champion can juice almost every type of vegetable efficiently, but it cannot juice wheat grass effectively. By using the solid piece instead of the screen, the Champion can homogenize foods, making applesauce, tomato sauce, peanut butter and other nut butters, and baby food. You can also make a wonderful frozen banana or other fruit ice cream-like desserts that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. This is a good quality machine. The juicing parts are constructed of stainless steel and nylon and General Electric manufactures the motor.

Centrifugal Juicers

A centrifugal juicer works by pushing the vegetable or fruit part against a rotating disk whose teeth reduce it to pulp. Centrifugal force then throws the plant pulp against a basket screen through which the juice is strained, while the pulp remains be-hind. These juicers are probably the most popular, but be careful of the inexpensive department store varieties. They have a very small basket and they are made of aluminum and plastic that can contaminate the juice. And these less expensive juicers can break down after a few months.

The Acme Juicerator (made by Waring) and the Omega juicer are two high quality centrifugal juicers available. These machines use stainless steel baskets and ball bearing, induction type motors. These machines last a long time and the juice is a very fine, truly pulp free juice.

Some pulp ejection centrifugal juicers have a slant-sided container where the pulp slides out of the basket and is deposited into the container. Due to the short contact time of the pulp in the basket, these juicers spin very fast — 8,000 to 12,000 revolutions per minute (RPM), compared to 3,600 RPM for other centrifugal juicers. These pulp-ejection centrifugal juicers use brush-type motors that eventually wear out faster than other machines’ motors. They are also quite noisy. The Juiceman, the Juicelady, the NutriSource, the Lequip, the Phoenix, the Braun and the Hamilton Beach are examples of the pulp ejector machines. These juicers are lightweight, small in size, easy to operate and would be a good choice for someone with limited physical abilities.

Hydraulic Press

The hydraulic press machine is a juicer that separates the grinding and pressing functions. The pulp is triturated and put into 1-cup bags. The extraction of the juice is done by hydraulic pressing. Tremendous pressure is exerted by this pressing action. And you cannot believe how dry the pulp is. The Norwalk is a well-known brand that combines both operations into one unit. With this juicer you get an extremely fine quality of juice that really has no trace of pulp in it. It beautifully extracts juice from green leafy foods such as parsley, spinach, wheat grass and romaine lettuce. You can get a delicious cream from coconuts and you can even get a wonderful juice from a sugar cane stalk. This juicer will also make other things such as nut butters. It can also grind wheat berries or other grain berries into flour.

Triturating Juicers

The Green Power and the Green Star are the best triturating machines. These machines incorporate twin helical gears, which slowly rotate at 110 RPM; triturating (grinding, mashing and compressing) raw produce, expelling it and juicing or homogenizing it. The argument about the other juicers compared to the triturating juicer is the spinning speed of the grating process, which can heat up and oxidize nutrients and enzymes. In the masticating juicers, the speed is 1,725 RPM (15 times faster than the triturating machines). The Norwalk hydraulic juicer’s blade spins at 3,250 RPM (29 times faster). It is also true that the drier the pulp, the more nutrients and enzymes are in the juice. The triturating and hydraulic machines have the driest pulp. Triturating machines can do many other things besides juicing, though. They are a very good wheat grass juicer, a nut butter maker, a baby food maker, a sorbet or frozen food maker, a pasta maker and a rice cake maker.

Citrus Juicers

A freshly made glass of orange or grapefruit juice is a wonderful way to start your day. Every kitchen should have a citrus juicer. They are used for orange, grapefruit and lemon juicing only. You can get electric citrus juicers everywhere.

Wheat Grass Juicer

This is a juicer that is designed to extract the chlorophyll-laden juice of wheat grass, barley grass or kamut grass. This juicer slowly extracts out the juice. Using a wheat grass juicer is preferable with these greens because it does not destroy the enzymes and nutrients with high speed. Green grass juices are easily oxidized. Also, because the grass has so much fiber, it will often get clogged in other machines. A manual wheat grass juicer like the Manual Stainless Steel Wheat Grass and the Manual Cast Iron Wheat Grass are certainly economical and satisfactory. If you are doing a lot of wheat grass juicing a heavy-duty electric wheat grass juicer might be advised, like the Wheetena Electric Wheat Grass Juicer. Don’t forget, though, that the Green Power, the Green Star and the Norwalk juicers will juice wheat grass.

Whatever the juicing apparatus you use, here are some helpful hints:

Place your machine in a location in your kitchen near the sink that is pleasant to view.

Scrub and wash your carrots, apples, etc. in advance, and store in bags or containers.

Purchase vegetables and fruits several times each week to ensure freshness. Buy only organically grown produce.

After each juicing, disassemble the machine and wash the parts. Bacteria or other unwelcome microorganisms may be harbored in food debris.

It is best to make the juice and drink it immediately. Store juices in a Thermos if you must because of work or travel.


©Copyright 2002. All Rights Reserved. Health Science is the publication of the National Health Association. This article reprinted from the Spring 2002 issue.










 

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