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Nutrition and Taste
It's well known that a diet rich in fruits in vegetables is best for our health. Juicers can help retain vital enzymes in raw vegetables and fruits that are sometimes damaged by heat or cooking. For people who can't tolerate raw fruits and vegetables (or simply don't like them), juicing is a way to still receive the goodness from both.
Juicer Basics — Construction and Use
A manual citrus juicer (also known as a citrus reamer) is used for squeezing juice from soft citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruits and limes. People often invest in citrus juicers to enjoy the taste and benefits of fresh-squeezed juice each morning. Manual juicers are straightforward and simple to use. Centering the fruit halves cut-side down over the juicer, simply press the fruit down and turn the fruit back and forth to extract juice, discarding the rind and excess pulp.
Today you can also find electric models.
A juice extractor separates juice from the pulp of most fruits, herbs, leafy greens, and vegetables. The pulp can be thrown out, but is useful for composting. It can also be used as a base ingredient in muffins and breads.
Juicers fall into three main categories:
- Centrifugal juicers use blades and a sieve to separate juice from pulp, and spins at a high speed to completely extract the juice
- Masticating juicers "chew" fruit to a pulp to create juice
- Triturating juicers have twin gears to crush fruit, then press it.
-Masticating and triturating juicers are recommended for juicing wheatgrass.
Single auger masticating juicers crush fruits and vegetables against a static screen, allowing juice to flow through the screen while pulp is expelled through a different chamber. The lower speed of single auger machines minimizes oxidation, maintaining beneficial enzymes.
Twin gear triturating machines offer the best juice yield. Twin gear juicers crush juice out of fruit and vegetable fibers.