Getting started with juicing can be an exciting adventure into nutritional delight; or it can be an nightmare of machinery and cleaning and resulting in yet another abandoned tool. Here’s what to look for in a juice machine, and other accessories that will make your juicing more pleasurable.
Have you been the later person or know someone who has? Or have you fallen in love with juicing and find it a remarkable way to get nutrition?
This may help you get started on the right foot. Whether you are juicing for therapeutic reasons such as fasting or for a specific health reason or you just want to be healthier, here are some things to look for in juicing:
First you really need a good juicer. It needs to be able to extract the juice and maintain the integrity of the nutrients. There are several types of machines on the market now. Basically there are four different methods of extracting the nutrients you want from fruits and vegetables.
The most common is the centrifugal-force juicer. This juicer cuts veggies into tiny pieces and spins them in a basket at a high speed. They are circular or cylinder in shape and spin the juice out by sheer force. The next method is “trituration” which operates by ripping or chewing up the veggies or fruit and forcing the pulp through a screen by the pressure of a rotating cutter. It has a ripping action to it instead of the centrifugal whipping action. It is supposed to tear open the cell membrane exposing nutrients and enzymes that might not be captured otherwise. Another juicing system is a twin gear masticator.
The crushing action or mastication process is caused by the two gears folding inward into each other, squeezes and pushes the veggies against a sieve, squeezing out the juice. The motor runs at a slow speed and doesn’t heat up like the faster machines and is said to have less oxidation because it doesn’t have the high velocity blades ripping the veggies. This process is also good for juicing wheat grass. The fourth process is the worm gear juicer, similar to the old hand crank meat grinders; this is good for wheat grass and fruit juices. It comes in manual or motorized machines; the gentleness of this type of machine is good for fragile nutrients. Can you believe there is this much to consider when getting a juicer!
The other thing to look for is the durability of the machine, based on your planned use. Make sure you get a powerful motor. Look how it disposes the pulp, and is the machine easy to clean. Take apart the machine for cleaning purposes and see how it works. Some machines eject the pulp as you juice and allow you to juice more. Other non-ejectors collect the pulp in a spinning basket that would have to be emptied after two quarts or so.
Space may also be an issue to you, some take up a lot of space too. All the machines can juice citrus fruits and some have special attachments for juicing just about anything. Ask yourself the most important question of all, will I use this if I buy it. Make sure it is convenient for you and fits your lifestyle, not to mention pocket book! Some are much more expensive than others are.
Other tools that you may want to invest in are as follows: a small grinder for nuts and seeds. This is great for sprinkling in to your drinks. I like to add flaxseed for plant based Omega-3. A blender is a great complement to the juicer to experience the wonderful sweetness of fruit smoothies’ etc.