If you don’t own a juicer, you need to buy one. Old juicers don’t always extract maximum juice. With the price of food, this adds up and costs you.

If you are serious about juicing, and own an old model, evaluate if it’s time to buy a new one.

When I started juicing, I used a juicer we purchased five years ago. It worked, but the soggy pulp was saturated with juice the machine didn’t extract.

We bought a new centrifugal juicer, the Breville Juice Fountain. This was a wise decision. The new juicer yielded 1/3 more juice. The pulp was virtually bone dry. This translated into huge savings in food costs over the duration of our fast.

Considering we intend to juice regularly, the new juicer will pay for itself many times over. I sent the old one to a friend who wanted to start juicing but couldn’t afford his own machine.

There are two main types of juicers: centrifugal and masticating.

Centrifugal juicers are cheaper. They are noisy and need to be cleaned after a juicing session. Drink the juice soon after extraction or it tastes a bit ‘off’ and you’ll throw it out. Some makes and models let you control the amount of pulp, or make it pulp free. You can adjust for soft or hard produce. It gives off fine quality juice and captures enzymes and nutrients. For most people this is the type to buy. These brand names have some centrifugal and centrifugal ejection juicers: Omega, Lequip, Juiceman, and Breville.

Masticating juicers are expensive. They preserve nutrients better and therefore produce healthier juices. They capture a higher quality of enzymes and nutrients, especially from dense green veggies. There is usually some flesh in the juice. It is a quieter machine to run, and doesn’t get blunt. An example is the Champion Juicer made by Plastaket, and it has been on the market since the 1950’s.

A new juicing model, somewhere between the two, is currently emerging. Omega and Hurom make these, known as an upright, or slow juicer. It is upright like a centrifugal model but operates like a masticator. It takes less counter space and is said to extract more juice than previous models. It’s a bit pricey but worth considering.

Citrus juicing has needs of its own. There are citrus press juicers and reamer juicers if you juice lots of citrus.

There are other considerations besides price. Cleaning up after a juicing session can be time consuming. Noise is a factor, as well as warranty. Look for good safety features, such as the blades not being able to be activated while you have the cover open.

Masticating juicers are the most expensive models. They extract every drop of liquid from produce, are high quality and well built. Although your investment is high, your machine lasts ages and gives you the best return on the price of your produce.

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