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Different Kinds of Juicers
DescriptionA juicer, which also referred to as a vegetable juicer, is a device used to extract juices from vegetables, fruits, leafy green leaves and other kinds of fruits in a method called juicing. Basically it squeezes, crushes and grinds the vegetable pulp to extract the juice. A juicer can be made out of various types of materials such as glass, stainless steel, plastic or metal. Most juicers use at least two separate compartments for juicing while some use three or four compartments. However, today juicers are generally made up of a single piece which is called a "juicer chamber"". The outer part is called the bowl or chute, where juice is poured into.
In the past, juicers were manually operated, but nowadays they are mostly automatic. Manual juicers are used for extracting juice from peaches, pears, apricots and other sweet fruits. The juices are extracted by running the blades of the juicer over the fruit flesh. But while this is an efficient process, it can also harm your fruits because of its sharp edges.
However, automatic juicers have added a shield against damage by incorporating a shield that surrounds the fruit and the pulp to prevent any damage. This is called the "enzyme wheel" and it consists of an inner portion that collects various types of enzymes that help in the breakdown of various kinds of foods. Enzymes, when used in the right proportion, form a protective layer around the fruit and prevent bruising. Moreover, because juicers are now designed to make the extraction of nutrients easier, they have also become more nutritious by utilizing enzymes that have antioxidant properties.
Another important function of juicers is that of blending. They can blend several fruits or vegetable varieties to create one single juice. For instance, if you wanted to make a raspberry juice concentrate, all you would need is to blend together three varieties and store it in your fridge. The good thing about juicers that make use of blending techniques is that they can be programmed to create a specific mixture for certain fruit or vegetable varieties.
Cold press juicers can also be used to make masticating juices. Masticating juicers extract juice through a cold press process that extracts the nutrients from the natural ingredients of the fruits or vegetables. Cold pressed masticating juicers are often preferred over the hot compress method because they do not heat the vegetable or fruit pulp to unbearable temperatures that can destroy the enzymes. Moreover, they create a consistent extraction of nutrients from the fruits or vegetables.
The newest juicers, however, take automation to a whole new level. There are now juicers that are equipped with an automatic processor and have the ability to process multiple ingredients at the same time. There are even some juicers that have the ability to process wheatgrass, nuts, and many other ingredients. This kind of technology is ideal for many people who enjoy making their own juice and would like to be able to produce a large quantity of high quality juice.
Some juicers still require manual labor such as chopping, crushing, etc. However, there are now many masticating juicers available that can perform all of these tasks using just one hand. Most masticating juicers are fairly compact and are designed to be cleaned easily with soap and water. A sharp screen is installed in most masticating juicers to prevent particles from flying out during the extraction process.
One more kind of juicer is the centrifugal juicer. These juicers use centrifugal force to rapidly spin the raw vegetable pulp and can be used with all types of fruits and vegetables. Most of the cost of this type of juicer is due to the motor which requires electricity to operate. Some centrifugal juicers use a triturating motion which is quieter and consumes less power.