Posted on 22 March 2022
The juice extractor, for better nutritional quality
The juice extractor works with an auger system, which presses the fruit (whole or in pieces depending on the size) slowly to extract the juice. This is known as cold extraction and is known to retain the nutrients and vitamins of the fruit and vegetables.
After several minutes, a liquid juice is obtained, without fibres or pulp, which can be kept for 12 to 24 hours.
This appliance can also be used to grind herbs or seeds to make juices and milks, but is also suitable for making smoothies, compotes, sorbets and even fresh pasta.
In terms of space, vertical models are slightly more practical than horizontal ones, but the juicer is still a bulky appliance. The cleaning of the machine is quite simple, but must be done regularly.
The electric juicer, the fast alternative
The electric juicer works by centrifugal force, i.e. the grater will grind the food and crush it against a sieve to separate the juice from the skin and possible seeds quickly. Due to the speed of rotation, the food is subjected to some heating which will further alter its nutritional quality.
The juice obtained is thicker than with an extractor, as it preserves the fibres of the food. However, the result is usually very smooth. It is a juice that must be consumed fairly quickly because its shelf life is limited to 1 or 2 hours at the most.
The juicer is as cumbersome as the juice extractor in terms of maintenance. It is difficult because of the numerous parts that have to be cleaned one by one. The sieve, in particular, must be cleaned thoroughly after each use, as pulp residues accumulate in it.
The main difference between a juicer and a juice extractor is the speed of operation. However, it should not be forgotten that this factor affects the nutritional quality of the juice obtained.
The electric juicer is more economical and ideal for those who want to enjoy their morning fruit or vegetable smoothie without wasting time. On the other hand, the juice extractor is recommended for lovers of detox drinks, those who prefer quality over speed, despite its higher price.