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Masticating Juicers / Single Gear / Single Auger Juicers
use a single gear or auger that literally chews fruit and vegetable
fibers and breaks up the plant cells, resulting in more fiber, enzymes,
vitamins and trace minerals.
Masticating juicers are generally more efficient than Centrifugal
juicers because they can extract more juice from the same amount of food
(i.e. the pulp comes out drier). Masticating juicers are very capable
at juicing virtually any fruit and vegetable, and single gear juicers
will also extract juice from leaves and grasses, like wheatgrass,
parsley, and other leafy greens and herbs. (Note: the Champion Juicers
are the exception and do not juice wheatgrass or greens very well).
benefit of masticating juicers is that they operate at slower speeds
(RPMs) than centrifugal juicers, resulting in less foam and heat, which
means more nutrition in your glass. The low speed also increases the
shelf life of the juice so that you can generally store your juicer for a
few days. Masticating juicers are also more versatile than centrifugal
juicers because, in addition to extracting juices, these juicers also
homogenize foods to make baby foods, pates, sauces, nut butters, banana
ice creams and fruit sorbets. Some of these juicers can even extrude
pasta and make bread sticks and rice cakes!
Upright Masticating Juicers are a revolutionary new patented design
juicer with all of the high yield, low speed qualities of a standard Single
Juicer but in a space saving, upright design. With these juicers, the
juice is first extracted through a crushing stage
and, before the pulp is ejected, it is then squeezed during a second pressing
stage; resulting in more juice, and extremely dry pulp.
The low RPMs of these juicers ensure high yield and low waste. Upright
Masticating juicers are very capable at juicing virtually any fruit and
vegetable, and single gear juicers will also extract juice from leaves and
grasses, like wheatgrass, spinach, lettuce, parsley, and other leafy greens and
Twin-Gear (Triturating) Juicers
are the most expensive type of juicers, but they offer the most
benefits. Twin gear juicers turn at even slower speeds (RPMs), resulting
in even less oxidation from foam and less destruction of nutrients from
heat. The low speeds also decrease the aeration and oxidation of the
juicer, meaning you can refrigerate and store your juice for a few days.
gear juicers are the most efficient type of juicer available and can
extract higher yields of juice from fruits, vegetables, wheatgrass, pine
needles, spinach, and other greens and herbs. The pulp that comes out
of twin gear juicers is the driest of all the types of juicers. These
juicers extract as much juice from wheatgrass as the wheatgrass-only
type of juicers.
Twin gear juicers operate by pressing food
between two interlocking roller gears. This juicing process yields a
larger volume of juice. The high pressure squeezing force of the twin
gears breaks open tough cell walls and releases more enzymes, vitamins
and trace minerals.
Twin gear juicers do more than just extract
juice, they homogenize to make baby foods, nut butters, fruit sorbets
and many have optional or included attachments for making pasta, bread
sticks, and rice cakes.
are the most popular and generally the most affordable type of juicer.
In fact, most juicers available in department stores are centrifugal
juice machines, but beware of machines with warranties of less than one
year. At Harvest Essentials, we only offer the highest quality juicers
with multiple year warranties.
Centrifugal juicers are great at
juicing most any fruit or vegetable and get the job done very easily and
quickly. However, centrifugal juicers have a more difficult time
effectively extracting high yields of juice from grassed and leafy foods
like wheatgrass, spinach, lettuce,
parsley and other greens and herbs. Centrifugal juicers will extract
some juice from these greens, but far less than single or twin gear
Some Centrifugal juicers are available with large
feeding chutes that allow whole foods to be juiced without the need to
cut and prepare food into smaller pieces. Most, centrifugal juicers,
however have oval shaped feeding chutes that are large enough for a half
or at least a quarter of an apple.
Centrifugal type juicers
first grate the fruit or vegetable into a pulp, and then uses
centrifugal force to push the pulp against a strainer screen by spinning
it at a very high RPM.
The advantages of centrifugal juicers are
the speed at which a juicing job can be done, especially when juicing
with a wide mouth juicer. There are several disadvantages as well. As
mentioned above, centrifugal juicers are not effective grass and leaf
juicers. Additionally, the pulp generated by a centrifugal juicer is
still relatively wet, meaning that some juice goes to waste. Single gear
juicers and twin gear juicers have higher yields (drier pulp) than
Another disadvantage is the shelf life of
the juice from a centrifugal juicer. Because of the high speed required
to extract juice, the juice gets aerated, or in other words a great
deal of oxygen is dissolved into the juice. The oxygen bubbles in the
juice causes the juice to oxidize (spoil) quickly. As a result, the
juice from a centrifugal juicer should be consumed right away and can't
be effectively stored for any length of time without loss of nutritional
value. If you wish to store juice, consider a low speed juicer like a
single or twin gear juicer.
are made exclusively for extracting the juice from wheatgrass and other
leafy greens, as well as some soft fruits like grapes. Wheatgrass
juicers are not made for extracting juice from vegetables and most
fruits. Wheatgrass juicers are available in both electric and manual
(Note: all of the masticating (Champion requires an attachment) and twin gear juicers are capable of extracting juice from wheatgrass)