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Friday, 15 January 2010

Centrifugal Juicer

The centrifugal juicer is a very good introduction into the juicing world. On the whole they do a good job and are very reasonably priced. They range from around £25-£200. The cheaper ones tend to have mostly nylon parts with the expensive ones being stainless steel.

The centrifugal juicer has three main benefits over a masticating juicer namely, they are much cheaper, they tend to be easier to clean (a real factor for consideration when you juice regularly) and they have much bigger feeder tubes (enabling whole fruit juicing).

The disadvantages are they yield less juice (around 30%, particularly when juicing soft produce) resulting in higher produce bills over time, they retain less nutrients (up to 60% less) due to the heat produced by the high speed spinning and they cannot juice wheatgrass or sprouts/shoots.

How it works: The produce is fed into the feeder and enters the main chamber where a grater grates the produce into a pulp which is then 'spun out' at high speed against a fine mesh basket. This basket holds the pulp while the juice passes through the mesh and is gathered in a collection cup via a spout. Meanwhile, the pulp is ejected into an attached container.

As a recommendation I would seriously suggest buying a centrifugal juicer first and trying it for a couple of months before investing in a masticating machine and I say this because the juicer is the number one kitchen appliance for relegation to a life in the cupboard! It even beats the breadmaker! But if you really can't afford a masticating juicer or have no intention of juicing grasses/sprouts then invest in a good quality centrifugal juicer with at least a 700w motor, stainless steel basket and you won't go far wrong for good all round healthy juice!

I recommend that you use free range and organic produce for every recipe, diet, juice and detox found within this site. There is no substitute for good quality food!

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