Take a few moments to read this before you commit to buying a juicer machine. Basically there are two sorts of juicer machines, fast ones and slow ones. Does this sound too simplistic? What is meant is that there are two main types of mechanism that are commonly used, and that these affect the speed, and also the quality, of the juice you can make.
“Fast” juicer machines are the sort you commonly see in kitchen supply stores, or on display with other gadgets like toasters, blenders and the like. They usually look like upright cylinders, which is what they are inside. They work by having a large, fast spinning barrel in side them that is designed sort of like a cheese grater. As it spins, and you drop in your juicing ingredients, the spinning grater shreds everything up and the juice that runs out is collected. The advantage? Very fast juicing, easy to find, and relatively cheap. You can make most juicer recipes and they generally satisfy most customers. Disadvantage – the high speed of the spinning blade means that a lot of tiny air bubbles are incorporated into the liquid, causing what is known as oxidation (reaction with oxygen in air), making the juice go off and turn a brown color within several hours. Also, the shredding action of these juicer machines causes lower levels of beneficial enzymes to be found remaining in the final product.
The “slow” juicers on the market are sometimes sold as “masticating juicers”, this is because they use a chewing, grinding action to extract juice (masticating is the scientific term for chewing). What these juicer machines consist of is a big, slowly turning auger or screw, that continually crushes the ingredients through a small funnel or mesh screen. These machines are very distinctive, and not as commonly sold because they are slightly more expensive. But why would anyone buy a slower juicer, surely faster is better? Not really, if you consider scientific evidence that the juice made by masticating juicer machines is far richer in nutrients, vitamins, living enzymes, and also keeps much longer without going off. This is due to the slow grinding action, which incorporates less air and releases more of the components of the fruits or vegetables that you would be getting if you were to eat the ingredients as they are. They are also quieter to use because they run at slower speed, and have the advantage of being able to grind up nuts and beans, to make spreads and things like soy milk. The disadvantage is obviously that they cannot compete in terms of speed. Either way, juicing your own fresh fruit and vegetables is a great dietary choice. If an electric juicer sounds too costly, you could always try out a compact hand juicer, which is the ideal choice for a wheatgrass juicer incidentally. Small size and small cost makes them ideal for singles or people who only intend to make juice irregularly. Whichever juicer you decide to buy, the best deals are found in online stores who are able to cut the costs involved in retail sales. Shopping online is a fast, safe, and convenient way to buy.