,So we have talked about WHY juicing is good for you and maybe you are thinking you want to give it a go but what if you invest money in a juicer and it doesn't get used and just lurks at the back of the cupboard collecting dust? well you have a few options with the first being ordering a few deliveries so that you can see if it makes you feel more vitalised or if you enjoy getting up every day with a zingy morning shot followed by a green juice or maybe pop one in your bag to drink at work when you get that afternoon energy slump. There are lots of companies that do this or if you are local to me you can order via from my home delivery page here Home Delivery and know that they are juiced and delivered all within a couple of hours, no freezing no long travelling distance and we also deliver in returnable glass bottles too...then once you decide YES this is for me you can go out and purchase a juicer...but which juicer do you go for? Well that all depends on your budget there are two types of juicers the cheaper Centrifugal Juicers you can pick up for under £30 or at the higher end of the budget we have masticating juicers or also known as Slow juicers and cold press juicers that range from £100-£350 but what is the difference? let me explain
CENTRIFUGAL JUICERS These juicers (pic 2 below)are the types with a big metal sieve in the middle that spin really fast so that the veggies have the juice extracted and the pulp shoot out of the back into a container. The pros of this juicer is that they are cheap in fact you can pick them up in charity shops for less that a tenner but the cons far outweigh the pros. For a start when the juice is extracted it is heated up due to the centrifugal speed so the nutrients in the juice start to deteriorate straight away and will keep on doing so, the juices must be made and drank straight away to ensure you are getting optimum goodness, this in turn means that you would have to juice every single day, they are also a faff to wash hence why they end up in charity shops because people loose the will to juice. But if you go down this route and endure it all and still love it then it is time to invest in a better juicer as you have just past the test of the do I want to have juice in my life every day question so the next step would be a Slow Press Juicer...
SLOW PRESS JUICER. How a slow press juicer works is via a corkscrew that slowly turns, the veggies enter via a tube so you can put the whole fruit in so no chopping and the screw turns slowly and pulls the veggies in, breaks them down and pushes the juice out through a fine sieve to a shoot where you catch it in a jug and the pulp then passes through a very small hole, the pulp comes out dry compared to the centrifugal juicer so proof that you get more out of your produce which is a plus as you get more juice. You can also reuse the pulp if you choose, carrot pulp could be used in carrot cake or veg pulp could have ingredients added to make homemade veggie burgers. The second pro for this juicer is that as you are not heating up the nutrients so you could juice 3 days worth at once and keep in the fridge, you could even juice a weeks worth and keep in the freezer, you will loose about 6% of the nutrients when you freeze but if you have a busy schedule it is a game changer. When pre juicing and freezing you need to remember to leave an inch empty at the top of the bottle as it will expand when freezing and the bottle could crack if you use glass bottles. Juices are best stored in glass bottles in the fridge. These juicers are also very easy to clean.
There is also one other type of juicer which is a slow juicer but rather than being upright it is horizontal (See pic 1 Below) and mostly used for wheatgrass as the hole for popping the veggies in is so small so you have to chop your veggies up small which takes a lot of effort, I have one of these that I also use as my travel juicer(yes I love my juice so much that I take my juicer on holiday), this style is electric or you can also get them with a manual handle which is a perfect option for when you don't have electricity access.
I personally use either Kuvings Juicers or JR Juicy Retreat Juicers. They are both in the same price bracket and can be picked up for between £250-£350 as there is always an offer on somewhere or keep a watch on ebay as you find some people decided it is not for them and sell them on within 6 months so bargains are there to be found if you look hard enough. Please feel free to ask me any questions and tune in next week for our HOW to juice with some fab recipes too.
Paula donaldson, Recipe Writer, Retreat Chef, Wanderer and Dog Lover