Planning a juice detox? Or following a cooking recipe that calls for a fresh vegetable or fruit juice? Either way, the first step you’ll need for a juicier and healthier lifestyle is to know where to buy a juicer. Whatever your motivation may be to make juice in the kitchen yourself, it’s all good. Maybe you’ve decided to go extremely healthy with a raw only diet. Ok, maybe not. It could be that you want a less extreme approach to health by simply introducing fresh fruit and vegetable drinks to your meals. Or you may just want to beat the heat with a cool glass of juice, but you’re tired of the canned, bottled, stale and factory-made bunch. We’ll point you in the right direction, from online shopping to department stores to specialty stores.
CHOOSING THE TYPE OF JUICER
In the same way that motivation varies from one person to another, so does the intended use for a juicer. So let’s talk about this a bit. Juicers are generally divided into two categories; Centrifugal and Masticating (Cold-Press). Centrifugal types are the most common juicers around. (They get this name from how they utilize centrifugal force in splicing and spinning the fruit or veg around in high speed, causing the juice to separate from the pulp.) These are the machines you usually see in homes and restaurants, because of their low price, ease of use and short juicing time. They can juice fruits and vegetables, even the harder ones like celery and carrots. Since their blades spin thousands of times per minute, centrifugal juicers can fill a glass in as quickly as thirty seconds. That’s fast! Let’s see the downside. With this kind of speed, their motors make a lot of noise. Also, heat and air are mixed with the juice, accelerating oxidation. This can destroy nutrients. However, drinking the juice within 15 or 18 minutes retains majority of the nutrients. Naturally, if you’ll use the juice in cooking, then it’s perfect.
If you’re not doing a juice therapy for anyone, say a cancer patient, or if you’re not going hard core healthy with a raw-food-only diet, then centrifugal is the best for you, and your pocket too. From $30-$60 and $50-$70 range, you can get a centrifugal juicer (usually called juice extractors), with top end models at the $150-$300 range or higher. Drive to the nearest Walmart, Target, K-mart, Sears, Costco, Best Buy, Khol’s, Home Depot, J.C. Penny, Macy’s (whew!) or other department stores since these juicers are widely carried. Better yet, you can just go on their websites and they’ll ship it to you. Amazon has them too.
In the category of masticating or slow juicers, there are several specific types; single auger, twin auger (or triturating), hydraulic press, and manual juicers (hand cranks with no motor). They may each differ on their exact mechanisms of juicing, but these cold press machines (another term for masticating juicers), have one thing in common. They all extract the juice from the fruit or vegetable by slowly crushing them with great effectiveness. The absence or negligible level of heat, ensures that the juice retains its nutrients, and that it doesn’t warm up, as in the centrifugal. This is perfect for the dedicated and raw food purists who want to squeeze every last drop of juice and nutrients. Masticating juicers are also able to process leafy vegetables and wheatgrass efficiently, unlike the centrifugal which does this poorly, or even not at all. Baby food, sorbet and almond milk are also some of the other things you can make with this juicer type. The downside with this bunch is they need more investment of time and cash. Juicing is slower, and it takes longer time to clean them. The price is also higher than the on centrifugal ones. While you can find manual juicers (hand cranks) for as low as $30 -$90, most of the slow juicers are in the $150-$250 range. For the loaded buyers, there are machines like the hydraulic press that retails for, oh, only $2,495.
Most models of masticating or cold press juicers are also available in department stores and on their websites and on Amazon. Specialty stores sell the less common models in addition to usual models of slow juicers. You can buy from Bed, Bath and Beyond, or from other independent specialty stores like The Cook’s Warehouse in the greater Atlanta area, Georgia; Orange Tree Imports in Madison, Wisconsin; Georgetown Market in Indianapolis, Indiana, or from a specialty store near you. Many of these smaller stores even offer educational seminars with healthy-living tips. They can show you how to use the juicers and how to cook with fruit and veg juices.
Now that you know where to buy a juicer, go and get your very own! Make life juicier.