To masticate means to grind or chew. These juicers work by grinding and crushing fruits and vegetables to a pulp and then squeezing out the juice. Extracting juice in this way yields more juice that is also richer in nutrients than the juice you would get with a centrifugal juicer.
Most of the juicers you see in retail stores or on late-night television are centrifugal juicers. A centrifugal juicer users sharp blades rotating at high speeds to get juice out of fruits and vegetables.
Centrifugal juicers are popular because they are a lot less expensive but the blades spinning at high speeds create heat and oxidation which actually deteriorate the nutrients and enzymes you are hoping to extract.
Masticating juicers work at much lower speeds typically around 80 to 120 RPMs. By operating at lower speeds they create less foam and less heat and they are able to extract juice without destroying the nutrients of the plants we are juicing.
A masticating juicer is also a much more versatile machine because they are able to extract juice from a wider range of fruits and vegetables. Centrifugal juicers will sometimes struggle with things like leafy greens or wheatgrass while a masticating juicer can effectively extract juice from these items.
Masticating juicers can also be used to grind coffee beans or to grind grains for flower to make bread. With special attachments they can even be used to extrude pasta or make baby foods.
Masticating juicers are a great choice but not all of them are created equally. There are a number of things you should look for when you are shopping for a masticating juicer. One thing to look for would be the revolution speed.
The lower the RPMs, the more nutrient rich your juice will be. Another thing to look at is the size of the feeding tube. You want to make sure that the tube is large enough to feed in your fruits and vegetables unless you prefer to cut them up into smaller pieces before juicing.
Another thing to look out for is whether the masticating juicer comes with attachments or if attachments are available for later purchase. The basic attachments include oil extractor, slicer, a pasta maker and an ice shaver.
One of the most important things to look at before buying any juicer is reviews from customers that have used the machine you are considering.
By hearing about what other people think of the machine, both good and bad, you will be able to make your decision with confidence. It will give you a good idea of whether the machine is a good purchase or a waste of money.
You could always buy a machine, try it for yourself and then return it if it’s not working for you but getting feedback from other customers before purchasing can save you a lot of trouble and help you make the right decision the first time.