Slow Masticating Juicer: Does it Work Better?

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Juicing has become the new talk of the town, especially for people who have always been looking for healthier ways to enjoy their daily meals. After all, veggies and fruits are full of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants! (1) (2)

To be honest, any kind of juicing is better for you than not juicing. However, people who take juicing very seriously know that there is no cheap approach to it. Even if you somehow manage to take a cheap way out, it's going to come back to you. Because as far as juicing is concerned, the more you invest, the more efficient appliance you can get. So even if you are not really into spending big bucks on a juicer right now, chances are you are eventually going to get frustrated and do something that you should have done long ago- buy a slow masticating juicer.

What is a slow masticating juicer extractor? How is different from its other variants and what health benefits can you achieve by using one? Keep reading to find out.

What is Slow Masticating Juicer? 

Wheat grass

Also known as a masticating, slow juicer, or a slow press juicer, this type of juicer is true to its name i.e. they take a lot more time than any other type of juicer to process the materials added to them. Such types of juicers normally have a smaller chute which means that everything has to be pre-cut before adding it into the machine, resulting in more preparation time.

While a higher preparation time and a slow speed may discourage you from buying a slow masticating juicer, the truth is these juicers are extremely efficient in terms of performance. They work extremely well irrespective of the consistency of the materials added to them. Additionally, the juice you get is of high quality and freshness with very little foam in it.

Most masticating juicers are multifunctional i.e. you can either use it as a grinder or a food processor. They also have more parts with them; hence, they can be a little expensive. However, if you are a hardcore juicer who loves to juice down everything in their refrigerator, a slow masticating juicer is worth the investment.

How It Works

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What makes a slow masticating juicer different from other types of juicers is the presence of an auger in its mainframe. This auger crushes down whatever veggies or fruits you put into the juicer. Then, it slowly squeezes the produce to separate the juice from the pulp. The separated juice will come out through a mesh filter while pushing the pulp in an entirely separate container.

Comparing Slow Masticating Juicer Vs Vacuum Blender Centrifugal Juicer Vs Triturating Juicer

Comparing juicers

It is common for a newbie to get confused between different varieties of juicers in the market. You may find yourself searching the internet about the differences between masticating vs centrifugal juicer or compare slow juicer vs vacuum blender.

Before you get distracted by all the random stuff posted on the internet, allow me to explain. There are three basic types of juicers: centrifugal juicers, slow masticating juicers, and triturating juicers.

Take a look at this table to better differentiate between the three varieties:

Slow Masticating Juicer

Centrifugal Juicer

Triturating Juicer

In addition to juicing, it is also used in food processing and power grinding.

Its main function is to extract pure juice while separating fiber.

In addition to juicing, it is also used in food processing and power grinding.

It works at 40 to 100 rpm

It works at 3000 to over 1000 rpm

It works at 80 to 100 rpm

It has an extremely low oxidation rate.

It has a moderate oxidation rate.

It has an extremely low oxidation rate.

It hardly produces any noise.

It produces moderate to high noise.

It hardly produces any noise.

Juice quality is very high with minimal foam.

Juice quality is moderate with foam.

Juice quality is very high with minimal foam.

Works best for both soft and hard foods.

Works best for hard, thick vegetables and fruits.

Works best for both soft and hard foods.

Moderately expensive

Relatively cheaper

Extremely expensive


Pros and Cons of Slow Masticating Juicer

Pros and cons to a slow juicer

Now that you know about different types of juicers, let's get back to our slow masticating juicer and explore its good and the bad sides.

Pros 

  • It provides a higher juice yield with low oxidation level.
  • It can be used to juice fruits and vegetables such as kale, spinach, and wheatgrass.
  • It produces a juice that lasts longer than the ones made from other types.
  • It is multipurpose and can be used to make nut milk and baby foods.
  • It provides juice with higher nutritional quality. (3)

Cons

  • It has a smaller chute which means you have to spend more time on preparation.
  • It can be difficult and time-consuming to clean.
  • It can be slightly more expensive.
  • It is bulky and may occupy a lot of space in your kitchen.
  • The juice it produces has a high amount of pulp which sometimes makes it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients.

Nutritional Benefits of a Slow Masticating Juicer

Juicing pros and cons

Mentioned below are some nutritional benefits that you can attain by using a slow masticating juicer.

Fiber-rich Juice

To enjoy the full benefits of veggies or fruit, you need to consume all of its fiber content. (4) Unfortunately, with the typical juicers, almost 90% of the original fiber in the produce is lost. But not anymore. With a slow masticating juicer, you can enjoy the delicious taste of the juice along with all of its fiber content. Research has shown how amazing fiber is for the body. It can cut down the risk of diabetes and heart diseases, and may also improve the cholesterol profile of the blood. (5) (6)

Longer Storage Time

If you habitually use the typical fast juicers, the juice is best consumed immediately if you wish to get the full benefits. However, with a slow masticating juicer, the juice can be consumed for up to three days without deterioration of its nutritional content.

High-quality Juice

What is your preference when it comes to selecting the type of juice? Obviously, more juice and less foam. And using a slow masticating juicer is the best way to achieve it. With this type of juicer, you can juice out every single part of the produce, including the seeds, without producing much foam.

Less Waste

Using a slow masticating juicer might seem expensive, but it's a one-time purchase. Once you have gotten your hands on it, you can actually save a lot of money. How?

A slow masticating juicer provides a high yield of juice without wasting a lot of the produce. If you try comparing the amount of juice produced by a slow masticating juicer and a centrifugal juicer with the same amount of produce, there will be a notable difference.

Versatility

Centrifugal juicers are terrible when it comes to juicing certain products like leafy green vegetables like wheat-grass and spinach. However, if you have a slow masticating juicer, this is not the case. It will slowly take out all the juice from any delicate leafy green with minimal wastage.

Low Noise

Don't we all hate the sound of a loud juicer buzzing while it shreds all those fruits and veggies? I know I do, especially if I’m afraid of waking others early in the morning. If you are anything like me, getting a slow masticating juicer will help exponentially. You'll probably find the machine's sound output to be more peaceful. It's more like a gentle hum, than like a weedwacker or chainsaw.  With a speed as low as 80 rpm, this is almost a noise-free device.

How to Use a Slow Masticating Juicer

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There are different types of slow masticating juicers on the market, each with a different design and features. However, the core features and the basic engineering of these juicers remain the same. So, if you learn how to operate a basic masticating juicer, you will never feel any difficulty ever again, no matter how complex the design gets.

  • Put two separate containers at both shafts; one will collect the pulp and the other will collect the juice.
  • Plug in the juicer and turn it on.
  • As soon as you see the auger moving, put the produce into the juicer via the chute. Now push it down and sit back as the auger slowly grinds it bit by bit. Use the pusher if the produce gets stuck.
  • Wait until the juicer expels the juice. Once it stops, pour the juice in a glass and enjoy!
  • Once you are finished, separate all the parts including the auger, filter, and tray. Use soap and water to clean them and let them air dry before assembling them again.

Wrapping Up

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Investing in a slow masticating juicer can make your life a lot healthier in a much easier way. While you get to enjoy the flavors of your favorite juices for up to three days, you also get to enjoy the complete nutritive value of the produce without wasting much of it. All in all, the experience is delicious, healthy, and cost-efficient! So, what are you waiting for? Make your life healthy and happy. Get juicing today!

To your health and happiness, Doctor Danielle

 

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