The Six Best Tools for Juicing

Dorian Martin Apr 18th, 2014 (updated Jun 9th, 2015)
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A wooden spoon and a container
A wooden spoon and a container

One juice option, the agua fresca, actually doesn’t require any fancy equipment. Instead, you place the produce in the container you want to use and then mash them lightly with a tool, such as a wooden spoon. You also should bruise any herbs or spices gently to get them to release their flavors (and scents) and then add them to the mix. Once you have those ingredients in place, add water and refrigerate for a couple of hours. Strain out the produce and then serve within two days of preparing this juice. 

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Manual juicers
Manual juicers

These juicers are operated by hand and are relatively cheap. They also are easy to clean. However, they are limited as far as the types of fruits and vegetables they can juice. One type is the citrus juicer, which only juices these types of fruits (which must be peeled). There also is the wheatgrass juicer, which can process some other types of produce.

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Blenders
Blenders

This kitchen staple can work in helping you make blended drinks. However, cheaper models may not be powerful enough to handle grinding frozen fruits. Therefore, you may need to spend a few more dollars to get a stronger blender that will work. Additionally, you can opt for high-speed blenders, but these are going to be more costly. 

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Centrifugal juicers
Centrifugal juicers

These juicers are the most affordable of the electric juicers. This juicer uses a cutting blade to chop the produce and then spins it at a high speed. The juice is pushed through a strainer basket that has little holes. These juicers are less efficient than single or twin-gear juicers and also create heat and friction, which can lower the nutritional quality and alter the taste. 

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Single-gear masticating juicers
Single-gear masticating juicers

These juicers use a single gear to turn produce into pulp, from which juice is released. This process turns out a lot of juice and smaller amounts of dried pulp. This juicing process takes longer since it runs at a lower speed. It also lowers the rate of oxidation, so there’s no froth and enzymes and nutrients are preserved. 

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Twin-gear titrating juicers
Twin-gear titrating juicers

These juicers turn slowly using twin gears to crush the produce. These juicers create no heat; thus, the nutrients were well-preserved and there isn’t any foam in the juice. They are, however, more time-consuming as far as cleaning. While these juicers can be pricey, these juicers can do everything related to juicing.