Juicing is important for people like me.....people like me that don't like raw vegetables at all. I can barely tolerate a salad. So I juice my vegetables to get the vitamins and nutrition I need. FYI cooking your vegetables diminishes nutritional value - so if you can eat them raw, do so. In turn, choosing my juicer to juice my vegetables, to get my vitamins, to get my proper nutrition levels is so important! There are tons of different kinds of juicers you can choose from, narrowing those down to what you need is key.
Before we delve into the different kinds of juicers let me just say - unless you go to a juicing bar, juicing is never convenient, easy, or fast. At least that's the case for my juicing experience. What causes the most headache is the prep required prior to juicing and clean up afterwards. Prepping includes washing your vegetables and fruits and chopping them to appropriate size. Clean up includes scrubbing the filter/strain basket, trashing the vegetable and fruit remains, cleaning the counters, and washing all of the different juicer baskets/catchers.
Like I said - not convenient.
Now that we have that out of the way. Let's talk about why I love to juice. It's easy, quick consumption of vitamins. All of you have to do is drink it! It's tasty - seriously, I love the taste of juice. It's not bad for you and isn't high in unnecessary calories - key good things right?!
So which juicer should you get? If you are just starting out I suggest a cheap, break in juicer. These typically are the centrifugals. The key thing about these is that you can't juice ahead of time - the nutrients and vitamins oxidize out in under 20 minutes! So with these you have to juice quickly and consume quickly. Yeah, they can cramp your morning routine - but it's good for when you need a quick vitamin boost or energy high (FYI cucumbers contain loads of all kinds of B vitamins - like B12).
This little gem was first juicer ever. It was/is a centrifugal juicer. This means that I put the fruits and vegetables in the top of my juicer and it spins really fast and separates the juice from the pulp. The juice comes out the spout and the pulp gets thrown into the little trash can in the back of the juicer. These are great because (1) they are cheap and (2) they get the job done - if you intend to drink the juice right away.
This is how the juicer works:
Over Memorial Day weekend, however, I was upgraded to the big kid juicer. Mama's got a masticating juicer.
I have been pining for a masticating juicer since like February. Big thanks to my mom and pappy for giving me one!! We love it! Holla Holla!!
We hadn't purchased a masticating prior to getting this one because of how expensive they are. The masticating juicers start at about $200 versus the centrifugal juicer starting at $50.
Masticating juicers are different because they have augers that turn slower. This means that juice is extracted slower which keeps the nutrients and vitamins from oxidizing out quicker. Juicing with a masticating juicer allows you to juice about 24 - max 48 hours ahead of time.
Chris does the juicing for us - such a sweetie, I know. He does it all the night before so we can both juice for breakfast and lunch. The proper storage for juice from a masticating juicer is in a airtight, glass container in a dark cool place - i.e. a mason jar in the fridge.
So which one should you get?
That depends. Are you good with juicing and drinking the juice right away? Are you new to juicing? Then the centrifugal is the juicer for you. The centrifugal is a less expensive option and is perfect for the newbies - it's not such a large commitment!
If you are a dedicated juicer, don't have the time to clean up for a breakfast juice or lunch juice - then the masticating juicer is for you. Yes, they are more expensive but they allow for a more flexible juicing schedule.
Have any questions or suggestions? Let me know in the comment section below!