You’re probably looking at juicers and trying to decide which type to buy. So, you’re planning to start juicing at home … or maybe you’re just wondering what all the hype about “cold-pressed” is about?! We’re going to focus on the ‘juicing at home’ aspect of this question here, but read-on and you’ll learn a little about the advantages of cold-pressed juice as well!
Whether you’re doing it because you absolutely love it and need juice in your life whenever you’d like, or you’re thinking maybe the wallet might feel more hopeful if it was putting some green towards a pay-off versus $10-15 per visit, you’re made the leap!
There are actually many types of cold-press juicers, and the ones most common in the home (because of smaller-size and lower-costs) are called “masticating juicers.” In general, they are called cold-pressed because the juice temperature does not increase during the processing, and stays below room-temperature. Cold-pressed juices have a refrigerated shelf life of three to six days without additional preservation.
By Contrast, centrifugal juicers are not cold-press juicers (and, there’s no such word as “hot-pressed juicer”). In general, juicing with a centrifugal juicing machine raises the temperature of the juice to well-above room temperature, and at least as importantly the centrifugal process aerates and oxidizes the juice being processed. The resulting juice has a ‘shelf life’ of under an hour.
There are many, many more differences … these are just the most important beginnings.
You’re Wondering: Between Centrifugal and Masticating Juice Machines, Which is Right for Me?
If you’ve just started juicing … perhaps feeling super-inspired by seeing the juicing movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” or a ‘juicer infomercial’ (do they still have those?), many sites suggests that a centrifugal model is the way to go. They’re inexpensive (under $100), juice fast, and are easy to use.
Centrifugal juicers come with large ‘mouth’ openings for the produce (so, you’ll spend less time chopping cucumbers, apples, and other fruits and veggies. Centrifugal juicers also save you whole lot of time by grinding through produce in just a few seconds. They’re really effective (not efficient … effective) at fruit and vegetable extraction.
For function as well as taste, fruit juicing is always the easiest to begin with. Then, over time, transition to veggies (carrots are great!) and add some leafy greens. (More on “the juicing progression” in a future blog!).
As for taste, fresh juice taste amazingly fresh and alive compared to the pasteurized stuff on grocery shelves!
Ok, so what are the cons?
While they’re very powerful (and could cost you a finger if you don’t pay attention), they’re not great at producing yield. They’re LOUD(!), and because of the RPM’s, they produce a fair amount of heat, so as previously mentioned, it quickly oxidizes the liquid which no longer has its cell walls to protect its nutrients. Quickly spun and oxidized juice tends to foam and froth as well … at first this may even look appealing. However, oxidization can destroy the enzymes. For some folks, the fact that it’s a time-saver is enough for them.
If you know you want to juice greens, herbs, or wheatgrass and not just fresh apple juice on occasion for the kiddos, then you’re going to want a Masticating Juicer.
Masticating Juicers are in the “cold-press” family of juicers. They require more prep (chopping the produce into a size that will fit into the shaft where it is ‘chewed’ by the machine), and crushed at much slower speeds.
But, if you’re juicing for nutrients, you will call it “my precious.” It’s yield-output is very high, and by getting a high output-yield, you’re getting the MOST out of your fruit and veggies.
Masticating juicers also typically come with attachments that let you make everything from frozen sorbets to nut milks. The low oxidation rate means your juice will stay “fresh” for longer — much longer. Plus they’re much easier to clean than centrifugal juicing machines.
When it comes to spinach, cilantro or kale, a masticating juicer will simply kick a centrifugal juicing machine off the field in terms of output yield.
So, What Are The Cons to a Centrifugal Juicer?
One word: buckaroos. Cost makes most people grab a centrifugal juicer such as the Braville (which is a good centrifugal juicer). Good masticating juicers will run between $250 to $400 or more, depending on motor size, ‘mouth’ size, speed and accessories (which are, frankly and IMHO, mostly gimmicks).
Still Unsure Which Juicer is For You?
DO you want to juice greens? There’s only one choice — a masticating juicer. Masticating juicers are also the best option for those that are serious about getting the most health out of their juicing.
If you are just getting started and don’t know if you’re going to go full commitment, or if juicing will be something you’re going to struggle to stick with? Then a centrifugal juicer is an inexpensive ‘best’ way to start out on a budget.
But, whatever your choice of juicer, congratulations on taking another step into a healthier, delicious world!