A juicer is a juicer, right? Well, kind of.
All juicers will get juice out of a piece of fruit, or a vegetable but there are different ways that a juicer can achieve this.
But what is a masticating juicer?
Here we answer that for you, and even tell you how it works!
We will also add in a snapshot of the benefits you will get from using a masticating juicer.
There is another post with full details on, including a list of the top benefits in using one, instead of using a regular centrifugal juicer.
SO, WHAT IS A JUICER?
A juicer is equipment that can be found in many kitchens.
It is used to extract juice out of fruits and vegetables.
Depending on the juicer, the method used to extract the juice differs.
The two main types of juicers are:
A masticating juicer
A centrifugal juicer
Juicers come in many forms, and the price of juicers varies from very cheap, to extremely expensive!
You will be pleased to know that the expensive ones are set aside for commercial uses, so unless you need to be banging out 2000 litres of juice a day, you don’t need to be spending a small fortune on one.
Having said that, if you are creating that much juice, you must have a pretty big kitchen to fit all the fruit in.
Anyway, I digress…..
WHY USE A JUICER?
Juicers are used to create fruit juices where you know exactly what the ingredients are.
You can buy juices from a local shop, but they are likely to be filled with additives and preservatives.
Additives and preservatives are added by the manufacturing companies to extend shelf life. The juices you buy in the shops are likely to have been made a few days before they even get into a shop, so they need preservatives to make sure they still taste fresh when a consumer drinks it.
Homemade juices are much better for you than shop bought, simply because you know that YOU made it with 100% fruit or vegetables.
When you make your own juice, you can keep it in the fridge to ensure it is fresh for up to 72 hours.
Juice made at home using a juicer can be used as an easy breakfast or quick lunch.
It is vital to get a decent intake of fruit or vegetables per day, it is very important that your body gets the nutrients!
WHAT IS PULP?
I am not talking about the British 90’s band here, I am talking about the wastage that is left when your juicer has finished getting as much juice as it can from the ingredients you added.
With a masticating juicer, you will notice that the pulp is much drier that a centrifugal juicer. This is because the slow speed enables it to extract more juice and substance from the fruit or vegetable you added. This will result in a much better tasting juice, that will be thicker that a regular juice.
WHAT IS A MASTICATING JUICER?
A masticating juicer can also be called a single auger or single gear
An auger is defined as a drill bit, where the rotating screw blade can pass the material out of the hole it is drilling.
They work in a very similar fashion to a corkscrew, so picture that, and you can picture an auger.
Single gear means it works at one speed, which compared to regular ‘centrifugal’ juicer, it is much slower.
A masticating juicer crushes the fruit or vegetables at a much lower speed, allowing the extraction of more juice and more importantly, more goodness from the fruit of vegetables.
Let’s compare the speeds of a masticating juicer v a centrifugal juicer:
Centrifugal Juicer: 12000-1800 RPM
Masticating Juicer: 60 – 180 RPM
Wow – that is some difference!
If you were a piece of fruit, that is the difference between knowing nothing about being juiced and knowing way too much! Let’s take a minute to think about how that will make the fruit feel.
Better? Ok, let’s move on.
As the fruit is crushed slowly, it reduces the risk of oxidization, which is where the oxygen starts to damage the fruit.
Have you ever taken a few bites out of an apple and left it for a few hours? It starts to turn brown, right? Well, that is oxidization.
As a bonus, as the masticating juicers works very slowly, you don’t have to worry about it vibrating off the kitchen side and landing on the cat.
Masticating juicers will produce a much better, much healthier juice. It will be packed full of vitamins and minerals that will otherwise be lost in a regular centrifugal juicer.
Other benefits of using a masticating juicer:
The warranty on a masticating juicer is much longer than a centrifugal juicer. Due to the slow working speed, the parts do not overheat and break quickly.
More Juicing Options
You have more options for juicing. Take wheatgrass for instance, you will really struggle to get wheatgrass juiced at high speeds.
Some juicers will fling out smaller items up to the top of the juicing container and keep them there until you give it a bit of a shake. A masticating juicer will not give items a chance to escape. Imagine a steam roller – they must move slowly to make sure it all stays compact. It is very similar here, the slow, grinding action will really punish the fruit for your juicing enjoyment!
Now you know how a masticating juicer works, it is time to decide if it is something you would like to add to your kitchen. It is simple, if you would like:
- To juice wheatgrass
- Better Quality Juices
- Longer Lasting juicer
- To juice at 2am and not wake anyone up
Then you should really consider getting a masticating juicer. As I mentioned above, you are sure to find one that fits into your budget.