Before you begin juicing, do some research on the basic juicing equipment needed to make juicing efficient and fun. There are many options out there in the market, many with pros and cons so just figure out what works for a juicing lifestyle. Some consider juicing as an investment in health, so buying a high quality juicer at a higher price point might make sense. Some just want to try juicing and give it up in a few months. It may not make sense to make a large investment under those circumstances. That said, you will need a juicer.
So What Are The Differences Between Juicers?
There are basically two kinds of juicers, masticators and presses. Which one is best for you? Let’s learn the differences…
Mastication juicers are more common and are usually more economical. They generally are centrifugal juicers that have metal blades at the bottom of a cylinder in the juicing well and can not only oxidize your juice before you even drink it, but can cause you to throw away most of your juice because these types of juicers are notorious for extruding wet pulp. Though you can use the pulp as well, most people discard it because they don’t know what to do with it.
The other kind of juicer is a juice press. Juice press machines are more common because of their features, but they can cost quite a bit more. Juice presses do not have blades, they produce juice with pressure – some even use hydraulic pressure. Juice press machines do not heat up as much as masticating juicers and they literally press almost every ounce of juice out of the fibers, leaving little to waste. You want to make sure to buy the juicer that best fits your lifestyle, your commitment and your budget.
Other Juicing Tools That Keep Your Efforts Organized
Having a juicer is a great way to jump start this healthy habit, but you can make juices without a fancy juicer. For example you can juice citrus fruits with a hand held juicer, melons are easily blendable and cucumbers will release enough water for juice after sitting in salt for a while, but that won’t taste that great by itself.
So, Is A Juicer REALLY Necessary?
Using blenders can also make drinkable beverages, but they will be less like juice and more like a smoothie. A smoothie will contain a lot of the fiber and can be a good substitute if the thickness is tolerable, though adding water or coconut water will make it thinner and potentially easier to consume.
Have a few large bowls, a colander, a cutting board and a good, sharp knife are all basic kitchen tools that make adding juicing as a healthy lifestyle easier.
Lastly, juicing can, and should be fun – especially when you have the right tools. When you know you can do something really positive for your health now, whether you have a health imbalance or if you are healthy in general, you can make it a lot of fun. Remember to be creative once you learn the fundamentals so that you can share juicing with your family and friends.