All doctors today recommend eating fruits and vegetables for a healthy life. Our diet should include between two and four servings of fruit and between three and five servings of vegetables each day.
These portions are smaller than you would expect, an apple or a banana are for example a portion of fruit, while three quarters of a glass of juice is a portion of vegetables. It is often easier to drink a glass of juice than to eat raw fruits and vegetables, especially when you are in a hurry.
The natural juice of freshly pressed fruits and vegetables offers a unique combination of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and other bioactive compounds that our body needs. Many of these nutrients are destroyed by cooking or processing, so fresh juice offers the easiest way to benefit from them all day. Nothing is simpler than drinking a glass in the morning or taking a bottle of juice with you to work!
A good juicer is therefore a must-have accessory today. To get used to drinking juice every day and to have a healthy lifestyle, you need a quality device that works as efficiently as possible.
How do you choose the best option and what are the aspects that you must take into account? What functions do you need? It is easy to get lost in the details because the market currently offers many options and the ads assault you with misleading information. In this article, we aim to explain how such a device works and help you choose the one that suits you best.
A press juicer offers you many advantages. You could of course extract the fruit juice by hand, it is an equally healthy method, but it takes much longer. In addition, no matter how hard you try, you will not be able to extract all the juice from fruits and vegetables in this way and a large part of it is lost. We therefore recommend that you choose an electrical appliance that is much more efficient.
Transforming fruits and vegetables into juice preserves their entire nutritional content but helps you save space and save time. Even with a low-cost juicer you can quickly turn any fruit or vegetable into a delicious blend. Nothing is simpler than to quickly drink a glass of juice at breakfast, which provides you with the necessary vitamins and minerals for the whole day.
Juice is a good choice especially for children. Many times, it is very difficult to convince them to eat raw fruits and vegetables, as opposed to a glass of sweet juice, in which you can mix ingredients that they like less.
Why do you need an electric juicer if you can buy juices already prepared from the store? First of all, commercial products are not as healthy as the ones you prepare yourself. If you read the text on the package you will find that very few have a 100% fruit content, most contain only half or even less. They include preservatives and other unhealthy chemicals. In addition, you cannot be sure what kind of fruit was used for the juice, while at home you choose with your hand only some fresh and clean ones.
There are two main types of juicers: those that work by centrifugation and those with cold pressing (or chewing).
A cheap juicer is usually of the centrifugal type. Devices of this kind are the most common and are characterized by high working speed and low price. The principle of operation is simple: in the center is a metal blade that turns fruits and vegetables into a paste that is pushed into a filter, where the juice is separated from the pulp.
If you do not want to invest too much, a centrifugal device is the cheap and good fruit juicer that suits you in most situations. It works very well with most fruits and vegetables which are usually turned into juice, such as apples or oranges. However, centrifugal juicers have the disadvantage that they are not effective when you want to prepare leafy vegetables, spinach gel or kale, which are now very popular among nutritionists. However, they are a good option for an initial investment, because they work quickly and are very easy and intuitive to use and clean.
The second category includes the juicer of fruits and vegetables by cold pressing, a process also known as chewing. As the name suggests, these devices crush fruits and vegetables to extract the juice through cylinders. They manage to imitate the way we naturally chew food, with the help of teeth and cheeks. This process does not generate any heat and is much more efficient than centrifugation, the resulting juice percentage being higher. The disadvantage, however, is a much lower processing speed and often a larger machine size.
A professional fruit and vegetable juicer by pressing is also able to process leafy vegetables and offers some additional benefits. The quality of the juice obtained is much better, which allows it to be stored in the refrigerator for a longer time. In addition, the mechanism retains a greater amount of beneficial natural substances, a very important aspect for those who put nutrition first.
The main disadvantages of these models are the high price and complexity. It is not easy to clean a pressure washer, which works quite slowly anyway, so it is not suitable for people who have very little free time.
In addition to these categories, there are also citrus juicers, which are very similar to manual ones. They have a very simple construction and cannot process any other type of fruit or vegetable.
The number of elements of a juicer depends on one model to another. As a rule, the more parts a device has, the higher the number of available functions. A professional juicer is also useful for other tasks in the kitchen and can be used, for example, in the preparation of butter or homemade pasta.
The basic structure of all appliances is similar, with a central body in which the engine is located, the squeezing circuit and a container in which the juice is collected. A few elements, however, are of special importance. The wider the feeding tube, the more fruit it can fit and you no longer need to cut it into very small pieces. It is good for the pulp discharge area to be as large as possible because this way it is easier to clean. The tank must also have at least one liter, so you can prepare more juice at once without interrupting. Some models also come with many useful accessories, such as a foam separator, while the cheap variants only include the strictly necessary parts.
No matter how much a juicer costs, it must have a user manual. The most affordable devices often come with minimal instructions for use, nothing more than a poorly printed scheme and poorly translated into Romanian. Pay attention to this aspect, which is an indicator of product quality, any serious manufacturer provides a detailed manual in physical or at least digital format.
Read the manual leisurely because a juicer can be dangerous if not used correctly, you would be surprised at how many accidents they cause each year. In addition, the devices have many less obvious functions, which you can only discover from the instructions. Also from there you learn how to properly maintain the object to ensure a long service life.
Most home appliances now have a two-year warranty period, however, check this and find out if it applies in Romania . If you live in a smaller town, it is important that you receive a replacement appliance in the event of a malfunction or that you have to send the juicer to service and wait a longer period.
Depending on the price, the fruit and vegetable juicer offers various functions that you need to know. Let's start with the analysis of general characteristics. The most important thing is of course the engine, the stronger it is, the higher the processing power and the harder products can be squeezed. Some models also have a motor direction reversal function which is very useful when the route is clogged and allows quick removal of blocked parts. If pressure juicers usually have a safe speed, centrifugal ones allow the motor power to be adjusted according to the raw material.
The more expensive devices are multifunctional and can be used for other purposes, for example to make baby puree, nut paste, salads or even as a coffee grinder.
It is important how easy it is to clean the device because many users quickly abandon them precisely because of this. If you have a dishwasher, look for juicers that are compatible and get rid of a worry. We recommend that you choose a model that collects the pulp in an external container, those that collect debris inside the machine require its disassembly and are much harder to wash.
Depending on the space available in your kitchen, the size of the appliance matters a lot. It is useless to buy your best fruit and vegetable juicer by pressing if you do not have room for it.
Unfortunately, professional juicers are quite large so you will have to compromise. There are also models that are both compact and strong but their price is higher.
We hope our tips have helped you choose the best juicer for your needs. At the end, we offer you some useful information to use it to its full potential.
Choose very fresh vegetables and fruits as raw material and drink the juice as soon as possible after you have prepared it. The reason is simple: oxidation quickly destroys the nutrients in its composition.
It is ideal to consume it immediately, and the maximum duration should in no case exceed 24 hours. If you still have a larger amount of juice, store it in an airtight refrigerator to minimize the action of oxidizing agents.
It is very tempting to mix in the juicer all the fruits and vegetables you find in the kitchen or refrigerator but we do not recommend you to do this. Too many ingredients produce a juice with a rather unattractive taste and often give it a brown color. For best results, do not combine more than three types of fruits or vegetables, to which you can possibly add a spice. Experiment as much as possible and in time you will discover delicious mixtures and which products go best together.
Not every fruit is suitable for juice. Paradoxically, it is very difficult to squeeze peaches, avocados, mangoes or even bananas, which are instead very good for fruit purees.
If you have a garden or some potted plants, do not throw away the remains of the pulp. They are rich in organic matter and you can add them to the compost or even mix them directly with the soil to improve their fertility.
One last tip can help you gain time if you hurry in the morning. Wash the fruit the night before, cut them into suitable pieces and put them in the fridge. This way you will prepare the juice from breakfast much faster.
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