The right equipment sets you up for success!
When you want to start juicing at home, it can be a very overwhelming experience to try and figure out what you need. So, in this section, you will learn more about the equipment you will need, for example, which juicer do you need to get.
Finding and buying a juicer
Finding a juicer is easy. Knowing which juicer to buy can be a bit trickier. Here are a few things to consider when you buy a juicer.
TYPE OF JUICER
Start by understanding the different types of juicers and the benefits of each one. You can select from several types: centrifugal (high-speed), masticating (slow or cold-pressed) and hydraulic press juicers. Each type works differently, and each type has benefits and drawbacks. It is about understanding which one will suit your requirements best.
- Centrifugal juicers (also known as high-speed juicers) is generally very affordable, fast and efficient. You can juice fast, clean it fast and the good ones (the ones that are in the higher price range) extract a lot of juice. The produce is fed down a feeding chute, and a serrated cutting blade spins at a high speed (anything from 12 000 rpm or more) which shreds and slices the produce. The pulp is flung into the pulp extractor. This is a great juicer for people who are time-poor and need something fast. On the downside, the centrifugal juicers do not handle leafy greens well, and the juice lifespan is a maximum of 5 to 7 hours. Best to drink it immediately.
- Masticating juicers (also known as slow or cold-pressed juicers) yield a higher quality juice that retains more nutrients and enzymes. Very little heat is created in this process. Masticating juicers include single gear or twin gear juicers. In the center of the juicer is an auger (single gear) that slowly rotates, crushing the produce, while pressing the produce against a strainer to release the juice and separate the pulp. With a twin gear juicer, there are two gears that crush and press the produce against a strainer to release the juice and remove the pulp. Juice made in these juicers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The juicers are typically more expensive than centrifugal juicers, and takes a little more effort to clean.
- Hydraulic press juicers are the most expensive of the juicers. Produce is placed in a bag which is then placed in the juicer. Hydraulic plates are then used to squeeze the juice.
If you know that juicing is for you and that you will be juicing regularly, I recommend you invest in a masticaing juicer. If you are testing the juicing waters, it might not be smart to buy the most expensive juicer available. But I also wouldn’t recommend that you buy the cheapest model you can find. Look for something in the middle, which will give you a good combination of features without costing too much. If you love juicing, I recommend you invest in a masticating juicer, and then, buy the best one you can afford.
So you want a juicer that looks good on the counter? A vertical (upright) juicer might be just the thing you are looking for. If counter space is tight and you need to pack it away in a cupboard, then a horizontal juicer might be a better option.
EASE OF CLEANING
Some juicers are easier to clean than others. Look for a model that is easy to put together and take apart. And check if the parts are dishwasher safe, just to make it a little easier.
- A blender. When you start juicing, you will need to have a high-speed blender as well. This is to make blended juices (blending in avocado, berries, seeds and powders) as well as smoothies. Because sometimes a decadent smoothie is what you need.
- Sharp knives. Invest in quality knives. You will be peeling, dicing, cutting and chopping, and sharp knives make life just so much easier.
- Glass bottles. I love using glass bottles to store my juice. Plastic bottles, even the BPA-free ones, can still leach toxins into your juice.