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If you are looking for information on masticating juicers, chances are you are already well-read on juicers and their pros and cons. Still, for those of you who have no idea what a masticating juicer is all about, let me elucidate a little bit before getting to the tips and tricks part of this post.
What is a masticating juicer?
A masticating juicer is a machine that extracts the juice of a fruit or vegetable really slowly, hence earning itself the name ‘slow juicer’. It slowly grinds the fruit or vegetable against the auger, which means next to no heat is produced.
Since it grinds the produce to break the fibers to release the juice, as opposed to cutting through the cell walls, the process of oxidation slows down. In addition to keeping the nutrients intact, it also allows you to store the juice for longer as the taste is preserved well.
- Has higher juice yield
- Has drier pulp
- Gives better tasting juice
- Makes longer lasting juice
- Is less noisy
- Great for leafy greens
- A bit expensive
If you consider all the pros, there’s really no reason to buy a centrifugal juicer. You can literally put all produce into the juicer; it juices all the leafy greens and wheatgrass, and veggies like carrot, celery, etc. These things have a very low juice yield when juiced in a centrifugal juicer, and the pulp is very wet.
Tips and Tricks to Keep in Mind When You Use a Masticating Juicer
If you decide to invest in a masticating juicer, or if you already have one, you might want to have a few tricks up your sleeve so you can get the most out of your juice machine. Here’s how:
1. Cut into pieces
The urge to put the entire fruit or vegetable in the juicer one fine morning when you’re running late might be strong but resist it. Your masticating juicer will thank you for it. Carefully cut the fruit or the vegetable into parts that are suitable for going into the chute comfortably. It won’t do to put a piece of fruit that is too big into the juicer and have it choke the mechanism.
Vegetables like celery or wheatgrass are a bit tough so putting in too much at a time will put unnecessary strain on your juicer. Cut them into pieces and put them through the juicer gradually, allowing the machine to have the time it needs to properly break the fibers and extract the maximum juice possible.
While you’re at it, make sure you remove pips and stones. There’s no point in subjecting your juicer to that kind of trouble.
Masticating juicers are slow; you have to be patient with them. Since they aren’t shredding the produce to get the juice, they need time to grind the items between augers in order to extract the juice as naturally as possible. The dry pulp that you end up with is proof that all that time is worth it; you are getting the most juice out of your fruits and veggies.
2. Don’t peel if you can help it
You should cut the fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces, but you should also refrain from peeling them whenever possible. Peels have a lot of nutritional content in them and a masticating juicer can get most of it out for you through its slow grinding and chewing process.
This will also save some prep time for you since you’ll only have to de-seed and cut the produce into small pieces. Also, the combination of harder peel and softer fruit/vegetables will allow the masticating juicer to work better. More on that later/
However, keeping the peels might change the flavor of the juice subtly. If you find that changed taste is not to your liking you can certainly peel your produce.
Also, if you tend to use peels in your juice, make sure you buy organic ingredients. This will ensure that you have fruit and just fruit in your juice. Waxed fruits and chemicals on the surface of the produce can alter the taste as well as the nutritional value.
3. Get maximum yield
This links to cutting your fruits and veggies, but also to the technique of juicing. If you spend some time prepping your produce before juicing you will give your juicer the breathing room to squish and grind the fruit or vegetable adequately. With no jamming, you’ll end up with a higher yield.
Also, since we rarely drink juices of a single fruit/vegetable at a time, it’s better to alternate your soft and hard ingredients so the insides of the juicer get cleaned out. This will result in a higher yield.
When you’re running soft ingredients through the juicer, the insides will end up coated with the pulp. When you put a hard, fibrous ingredient like celery through it will wipe the insides clean, pushing the rest of the pulp through the juicer as well. This results in you getting the maximum yield out of your produce.
4. Keep it clean
As already mentioned, and various times, masticating juicers take a lot of time; not for nothing are they called ‘slow’ juicers. So it is safe to assume that once you’re done juicing you might be quite tired. You will think to yourself, “ I can wash that after a couple of hours, no biggie!”. But yes, it is a biggie. It is a huge biggie.
If you leave the juicer for a while, the pulp will end up sticking to the insides. Not only will it be that much harder for you to clean up, you might also end up missing a few spots. This will be seriously unhygienic, and you don’t need me to tell you that it is bad.
Once you’re done juicing, take the juicer apart and soak the pieces in a sink full of warm water. That is, if you don’t have time to wash right away. If, however, you do have the time, wash the juicer before the juice can dry on the parts.
A masticating juicer is an investment. If you have made the wise decision to splurge a little on a machine that will really pay you back in the long run, you must also make a little effort in maintaining it. Like every good investment, it will age well.