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Various Types of Juicers Explained

A juicer is a piece of kitchen equipment that allows us to extract the juices from fruits and vegetables. A juicer is a convenient kitchen appliance since it works very quickly and provides us with a quick drink and in some cases snack even. Juicers come in various shapes, sizes and prices and there are many things that can set juicers apart from each other. One of the greatest differentiating points between juicers is the kind of extraction mechanism they employ. The method they use pretty much sets up their price. The other thing that sets their price is the brand of the juicer. There are some brands which may not offer the greatest quality but their prices are still higher than most deserving brands. In this article I will be explaining the different types of extraction mechanisms the juicers use and what sets them apart from each other.

Cold Press Juicer

These juicers are relatively smaller in size but are also much more efficient than your normal centrifugal juicer. The way these types of juicers work is by pressing the fruit against a surface and extracting the liquid to the point where the pulp has dried up. The pulp is then released into a different compartment and the liquid is in another one. Some cheaper versions of the cold press juicer may not contain a pulp catcher so you will have to place a plate underneath to avoid a slippery mess. These kinds of juicers are much more efficient than a centrifugal juicer as less heat is produced due to the improved juicing action. The pressing of the fruit produces little to no heat and allows the nutrients to stay in contact. The pulp is also squeezed till the last drop which means more produce is extracted per fruit.

Vertical Single Auger Juicer

This is just like the cold press juicer in the sense that their extraction mechanism is the same. The difference these juicers have is that they have their feeding tube on the top and in a vertical position. This allows more fruit to be put in at once. 

Centrifugal juicer

The centrifugal juicer is perhaps one of the most basic and mostly used juicer types out there in the market today. This is what your normal juicer looks like and is the simplest and quite possibly the least efficient producer of juice you can have. If you go to the store to get one and just ask the salesperson for a juicer without specifying any type, this is what you will probably end up with. This type of juicer produces a lot of heat and easily destroys the nutrients the liquid extract contains therefore it is cheap and easy to find. If you want something more efficient, you will have to look for something else. This type is only good for those who want the simplest kinds of juices and do not care about the efficiency. Currently these types of juicers are what people are buying more frequently nowadays.

Smoothie recipes to make in your blender

Countertop blenders are best known for their utility in making smoothies and milkshakes. If you are a big fan of smoothies and don’t have a blender already, don’t delay buying one. With a good quality blender you can make, in a matter of minutes, all the delicious smoothies you have been craving. Homemade smoothies are so much more tastier, healthier and cheaper than what you would get from the market. All you need is your blender and some of your favorite ingredients! Smoothie blender buying guide 2018 can help in making purchase for a smoothie blender. Here are 3 very easy smoothie recipes you can make in your blender.

Banana Ginger smoothie:

This is a very nutritious recipe that helps in digestion, relieves heartburn and deals with other stomach problems. In addition to its health benefits, it is also very tasty to drink!

Ingredients:

  1.   1 banana (cut into pieces)
  2.   1 cup plain yogurt
  3.   Few drops of vanilla essence
  4.   1 tbsp honey
  5.   ½ tsp fresh ginger (chopped)

Method:

  1.   Add all the ingredients together to the jug of your countertop blender.
  2.   Secure the lid tightly.
  3.   Pulse the blender for a few seconds. Pause a while. Pulse it again. Repeat till you get a smooth texture.
  4.   It is always a good idea to hold down the lid while blending to prevent the lid from coming off.
  5.   Your drink is ready to be served. You can garnish with a few mint leaves or banana slices.

Peach mango banana smoothie:

This is also a very refreshing and healthy drink like the previous one. Start you morning with this nutritious breakfast and feel the difference!

Ingredients:

  1.   ½ cup peaches (cut in pieces)
  2.   ½ cup mangoes (cut in pieces)
  3.   ½ a banana (cut in pieces)
  4.   1 cup plain yogurt
  5.   1 cup ice
  6.   1 Tbsp honey

Method:

  1.   Add all the ingredients to the jar of your countertop blender.
  2.   Secure the lid tightly.
  3.   Pulse the blender for a few seconds. Pause a while. Pulse it again. Repeat till you get a smooth texture.
  4.   Your drink is ready to be served.

Strawberry Shortcake:

This is a very innovatively delicious recipe. Share it with your family. Kids will love it for sure!

Ingredients:

  1.   2 cup strawberries
  2.   1 cup cake of your choice preferably plain cake
  3.   1 cup milk
  4.   1 cup ice
  5.   1 tbsp honey
  6.   ½ cup whipped cream

Method:

  1.   Add all the ingredients to your blender leaving behind 1 strawberry and ½ cup whipped cream for topping.
  2.   Secure the lid tightly.
  3.   Pulse the blender for a few seconds. Pause a while. Pulse it again. Repeat till you get a smooth texture.
  4.   Your drink is ready to be served.
  5.   You can top it with whipped cream and strawberry.

Note: for recipes that require the addition of ice, make sure your blender is designed to crush ice. This would be mentioned in the instruction manual. If it isn’t, do not add ice in your blender as it would harm the motor. You can skip the addition of ice and follow the rest of the recipe or add cold water in place of ice.