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can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping onions with a food
processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food processor, make fresh
smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite fish - the list is endless.
For advice on selecting the perfect small appliance check out our quick
reference guide to small appliances. If you need further assistance contact
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Juicers and Juice Extractors
Home juicing can be creative and healthy way of drinking juice. Instead
of drinking store-bought, pre-packaged juice, you can drink a freshly
extracted juice that retains more nutrients. You can also experiment with
all kinds of exotic fruits. With the right juicer and good produce, you
only have to use your imagination to create delicious beverage and add
juicy flavor to salad dressings, marinades, sauces and desserts.
There are two types of products that you can use to make fresh juice:
juicers and juice extractors. A juicer is an electric appliance that removes
juice from citrus fruit. The juice is removed by pressing a halved citrus
fruit onto the machines cone. A juice extractor uses tiny, extremely
sharp teeth to separate the pulp and peel from the juice. Entire fruits
and vegetables can be placed into the machine, although in the case of
a citrus, the peel must be removed first.
There are so many different models of juicers and juice extractors on
the market and choosing the right one can be confusing. Here are some
things to consider when selecting one:
Centrifugal juicers are probably the most popular and the most
affordable type of juicers. They are great at juicing almost any kind
of fruit or vegetable, but they are not very efficient in extracting juice
from wheatgrass, leafy greens or herbs. This type of juicer first grates
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. It also creates oxidation that degrades over time, so juice needs
to be consumed right away.
Masticating juicers use a dingle gear that chews fruit and vegetable
fibers and breaks up the plant cells, resulting in more fiber, enzymes,
vitamins and trace minerals. They are more efficient then centrifugal
juicers because they can extract more juice from the same amount of food.
They also extract juice from wheatgrass, spinach and other leafy greens
and herbs. Masticating juicers operate at lower speeds resulting in less
foam and heat, which means more nutrition in your glass.
Twin-gear juicers are the most expensive type of juicers, but they
offer the most benefits. Twin-gear juicers operate by pressing food between
two interlocking roller gears. They turn at even slower speed then masticating
juicers. They can extract larger volumes of juice from fruits, vegetables,
wheatgrass, pine needles, spinach, and other greens and herbs.
Wheatgrass juicers are made exclusively for extracting juice from
wheatgrass and other leafy greens, as well as soft fruits like grapes.
Wheatgrass juicers are not made for extracting juice from vegetables and
most fruits. They are available in both electric and manual models.
Another thing to consider when buying a juicer is how important it is
for you to have a pulp-free juice? Juicers that eject the pulp outside
the machine yield less juice than juicers that keep the pulp in the basket.
Also, pulp is a good source of fiber, but most nutrients are contained
in the strained juice.
The recommended horsepower for juicers are 450 watts or greater.
But be careful, you do not want juicer that is very powerful because it
can destroy the produce with oxidation.
Some other things to consider are the juicer capacity, type of the pitcher
(clear or with the viewing window), size of the feeding tube, noise level
and the storage capacity. When in comes to the feeding tube, larger opening
is better because you dont have to cut fruit as much as you would
if the tube was smaller.
Considerations for all small appliances:
- Determine your cooking needs and wants - both current and future.
Is your family growing or growing up and moving out? Are you interested
in increasing your culinary endeavors? Are you wishing to simplify and
reduce time in the kitchen?
- Evaluate your kitchen counter space. Where are you going to put all
those new small appliances?
- Check the height of the appliance compared to the height of your
Appliances that mount under the cabinet are available.
- Decide on the color of your new small appliance.
- Determine the appliance capacity. The number of speeds and settings
on an appliance usually increases with the size of the machine. Those
who have large families or like to entertain may choose to buy larger
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