Overview of Tools Needed to Begin Juicing

 

Juicing can be done with a juicer or a blender and a strainer; it just depends on how much money you want to invest. Juicer prices start around $100 dollars and increase up into the thousands of dollars, again depending on how much you want to invest and what type of results you hope to get. Let’s go over the various tools you need to get started juicing as well as the various choices between like items.

 

Cutting Board

 

HomeWarez - Flexible Cutting Board

The best cutting board is a plastic cutting board because it won’t ruin the knives and it won’t collect bacteria or other contaminates and is easy to clean. One of the issues with juicing is the risk of contamination from unwashed produce and this can cut down on the problem.

 

Sharp Knives

 

DALSTRONG Infinity Blade - Professional 8" Ceramic Chef Knife - 5 Piece Gift Set

Invest in a good cutlery set if you’re going to get involved in juicing. You’ll need to be able to quickly prepare the produce and the better set of knives you invest in, the faster the work will be. Also, the better the knives, the safer the work is because you are more likely to cut yourself with dull knives.

 

Juicer

 

A lot goes into ensuring that you get the right juicer that will work for you. But first, you need to understand that there are essentially two types of juicers, cold-press juicers and centrifugal juicers.

A cold-press juicer has a process that grinds up the produce, and then presses it through a filter of some kind to separate the juice from the pulp.

A centrifugal juicer pulls the produce through a higher powered center whereby it grinds it and forces it through a filter where the pulp and juice are separated.

A cold-press juicer is said to produce the most flavorful and best textured juices, while a centrifugal juicer offers a less expensive option that most people are perfectly happy with.

Within those two types of juicer categories are several juicers to choose from.

 

  • Citrus Juicer

     

    Epica Powerful Stainless Steel Whisper-quiet Citrus Juicer-70 Watt motor

    These come in a few varieties in both manual and electric versions. It’s always nice to have a small citrus juicer on the countertop so that you don’t have to get out the big juicer just to squeeze a few oranges or a lemon.

 

  • Wheatgrass Juicer

     

    Handy Pantry HJ Hurricane Stainless Steel Manual Wheatgrass Juicer
    Many regular juicers have a hard time juicing leafy vegetables and herbs. This is where a wheat grass juicer can come in handy. This can be used for juicing any leafy greens as well as wheatgrass.

 

  • Cold-Press Juicer

     

    Omega J8003x Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer, White 8003

    A slow juicer that essentially chops up and then strains the produce to make a very healthy juice. Most people say the pulp with these types of juices is very dry and cannot be used for cooking or baking afterwards since all nutritional value has been removed.

BELLA 13695 NutriPro Cold Press Juicer, Stainless Steel

 

Sometimes called a masticating juicer, this type of juicer is often recommended because of the superior quality of the results. However, they are quite expensive and many require a two-step process to produce the juice.

 

  • Centrifugal Juicer

     

    Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor, Black

    The easiest to use of all the juicers, this is what you’re probably used to seeing on those “seen on TV” advertisements. These juicers spin the produce down and grind it up, filter it, shooting the pulp into a collector, and the juice in a container for juicer. The pulp from these types of juicers can often be used in other recipes.

 

  • High Speed Blender

     

    Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

    If you don’t feel like buying multiple products you can also use your blender as a juicer. Just put the produce in the blender, add some water, and blend on high until liquefied.  Then, using a mesh strainer or milk bags, drain the juice out of the pulp into a serving container, then wash the strainer immediately.

 

Investing in the right tools to start your juicing adventure is important. It’s always a good idea to start with a less expensive option first to make sure juicing is right for you before shelling out thousands of dollars on one of the more expensive choices. While the benefits of juicing are clear, try it out before spending a lot of money.

 

 

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