Juicers are wonderful contraptions. They enable you to take leftover produce and to extract all of the juices out of that produce. Some of these juices are very tasty! On top of that, they’re super simple and easy to use! But, there is one question though. How does a juicer work?
Most people don’t know how a juicer works, and what goes into the juicing process. In this quick article, we’re going to be running through the two main types of juicers, and the specifics of how they work and function.
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So, What Is A Juicer?
A juicer is a device that squeezes out all of the juice from whatever fruit or vegetable is placed in the device’s chute.
There are manual ways to do this, of course, but a juicer makes things a lot simpler. Instead of having to deal with all of the pulp, you can just press a button, and have the juice extracted.
However, there isn’t just one kind of juicer. There are two types of juicers.
What Is A Masticating Juicer?
A masticating juicer is a very slow juicer. It runs using one single gear, and it is designed to give you all of the juice that is found in a fruit or vegetable.
Using this gear – or “auger”, as it is also known – a masticating juicer crushes the fruit or vegetable. This allows all of the juices to flow directly through a mesh. This mesh serves as a mechanism for extracting all of the pulp from the juice.
What Are The Advantages Of A Masticating Juicer?
One of the biggest advantages of a masticating juicer is the amount of juice it can yield. Unlike a centrifugal juicer – which we will get into in a moment – a masticating juicer is more than capable of extracting every last drop of juice from, say, a piece of fruit.
The second biggest advantage is that a masticating juicer isn’t very fast. Because of this, there is far less heat that is produced, during the juicing process. When the juice is exposed to heat, it leads to oxidation, which can damage and remove specific minerals and vitamins, meaning that the juice is healthier.
Finally, the third distinct advantage is that masticating juicers tend to last longer. This is because there is less speed applied to the gear, which puts less strain on the device. Enabling it to last longer than a juicer that has a lot of speed and strain applied to it.
What Are The Disadvantages Of A Masticating Juicer?
If you are someone that wants speed and efficiency, this isn’t the right juicer for you. It is a slow juicer, and depending on what you want, that may be a disadvantage.
The other disadvantage is that the chutes on most masticating juicers are quite narrow. Meaning that you’ll have to spend extra time preparing the produce, before juicing.
What Is A Centrifugal Juicer?
A centrifugal juicer is a juicer that works similarly as a blender. First, it uses blades to cut the produce open. Then, using a spinning method, not unlike that of a blender or washing machine, the centrifugal juicer can separate the juice from the pulp.
Once the juice has been extracted, it falls through a small strainer. This strainer separates the juice from the pulp. Then, this juice falls into a small container, once the filtration process has ended. You can do whatever you want with the pulp, which will remain on the surface of the strainer.
What Are The Advantages Of A Centrifugal Juicer?
With a centrifugal juicer, the juicing process is very quick and very simple. Due to the quick blade and the nice, big chute, the whole process doesn’t take very long at all.
If you want speed, efficiency, and convenience, then a centrifugal juicer is absolutely perfect for you.
Affordability is another nice advantage. Due to how common centrifugal juicers are, they are very affordable. You don’t need to break the bank to buy one, and you can find many inexpensive centrifugal juicers.
What Are The Disadvantages Of A Centrifugal Juicer?
Unlike a masticating juicer, the process of juicing isn’t as thorough. This means that you won’t be getting as much juice as you could be getting.
Due to the speed of the juicing itself, the oxidation process occurs quite fast. This means that you are losing a lot of the vitamins and minerals that make up the juice. If you want to get all of the vitamins and minerals, you’ll have to drink the juice right when you’re done.