Author Bio: Chris Wimmer is from HealthSmartLiving.com where he blogs about cooking and juicing as ways to improve your health.
So you want to join the mega health trend of drinking supercharged juicers for improved health? If you have purchased a few at the local juice bar, you probably have realized how great they are but also how expensive they can be if drank daily. They make Starbucks look cheap!
If you haven’t tried a juice cleanse or just a few daily fresh juices, this is a must before you dive into juicing at home. A juicer is a significant investment and you should make sure you will truly enjoy and like the juice. My wife and I purchased a few 3 day cleanses at Pealed with a Groupon. After the third one, we knew wanted to continue but just not at that price!
A great way to juice on a budget is to invest in your own juicer. And please take special notice of the word INVEST. I said invest vs. purchase because these aren’t cheap. A good juicer will cost several hundred dollars. However, a good juicer should also last well over a decade and provide you a steady stream of healthy juice at a discount to purchasing the juice.
If you are at the point of investing in a home juicer below is a brief overview of juicers.
Types of Juicers
The 2 most common juicers are Cold Press and Centrifugal. A centrifugal juicer uses a sharp cutting surface to break open the produce into small pieces and the juice is extracted by the centrifugal force of a spinning basket screen. A cold press juicer operates by applying extreme pressure to the produce by squeezing it down a tube and auger system.
Cold Press: Pros and Cons
- Juices a wide range of produce including fruits, vegetables, grasses, and nuts.
- Gets more juice (yield) than Centrifugal
- Higher quality juice – more nutrients & less foam
- Quiet operation
- Costs more
- More food prep time
- Heavy. Most are about 20 pounds
Centrifugal: Pros and Cons
- Fast juice extraction
- Simple to operate
- Juices popular fruits and vegetables
- Easier to clean
- Large food tube requires less food prep
- Method heats up the juice destroying some nutritional value
- Juice contains more pulp, foam, and will separate
- Can’t juice wheat grass, leafy greens, or nuts
- Loud. Difficult to have a conversation while juicing
So which type do I recommend?
My answer is it depends on what your juicing goals.
I personally purchased the Omega VRT350 which is a cold press juicer but that was only after a lot of research and carefully considering what I needed in a juicer.
I found answering these 4 questions very helpful in determining what type of juicer we needed.
- What will I juice?
- Why will I juice?
- What’s my budget?
- How often and how much will I juice?
If you are interested in my answers and their implications I posted them on my blog.
Thank you to Pamela for letting me share my passion for home juicing. If you are interested in learning more about juicing I invite you to check out my Juicing Area on HealthSmartLiving.com.
Before I go, I’d like to give you a few more tips:
Cold Press juice is better than Centrifugal juice but BOTH are better than pasteurized juice in the grocery store.
Fresh juice will last about 72 hours before the vitamins begin to significantly degrade.
Always clean your juicer immediately after use. I can clean mine in 3 minutes. Trust me it gets harder and is kind of gross to do it the next day. I always pour a couple gallons of water in at the end and it really helps.
Happy Juicing! – Chris