Do you belong to one of the great clans of juicing? Are you pro-masticating or pro-centrifugal? Wherever your allegiances lay, we are sure you have good reasons for this. But what about beginner, amateur juicers? How can they know the difference between these opposing juicing tribes and how can they choose which path to follow? Keep reading, and we will tell you enough so you can understand what the key differences between these appliances and which one better suits your needs and preferences are.
Centrifugal juicers – cons and pros
Centrifugal technology was dominant up to a few years ago. Practically every household had a centrifugal juicer on its countertop. These are excellent for people who like fresh juice every morning, who keep their fridge stacked up with fresh produce and for people who adore the morning routine of juicing pounds and pounds of fruits and vegetables. If you are fast enough to finish all of this in ten or twenty minutes before you are off to work, then a centrifugal juicer is perfect for you. Otherwise, be prepared to spend an hour in the kitchen, cleaning up a sizeable mess and tasting a merely ok juice.
The key advantage of centrifugal machines is their price. These appliances are cheaper when compared to cold press (masticating) juicers. Also, they are simple to operate; they involve only a couple of procedures and a few buttons.
What the key disadvantages of this juicer and the one cold-press proponents always point out is that the juice prepared in a centrifugal juicer needs to be consumed right away or in less than 30 minutes if you want to keep all the nutrients. It is due to the preparation method: the blades of the juicer destroy the cell walls of the fruit, causing it to break down quickly, losing its nutritional value.
Masticating juicers – cons and pros
Also known as cold-press juicers, these machines were reserved for juice bars up until a few years ago, mainly because of their size. Now, masticating juicers come in table-top sizes, and they are easy to use and maintain. They have no spinning, sharp blades. They produce juice with high pressure and without almost any heat and oxidation.
The main pros of cold pressing are that it produces juices without almost no heat at all. It preserves the nutrients and enzymes. It also means that the nutrients are available for longer, giving us juice with a longer shelf life, up to 5 days. A centrifuge juicer shelf life is only 4 to six hours.
The key negative aspect of these juicers is their price. They come with a heftier price tag when compared to centrifugal counterparts, mostly due to more complex engineering involved in their construction. However, as the technology advances, more and more companies offer cold-press juicer with competitive prices, so we expect to see a masticating juicer on every kitchen countertop soon.
Whichever juicer you go for, make sure you treat them right and maintain them properly. Then you can expect a lot of good juicing days in the future.