matthewsoft wrote:Thanks for all the great info sdc100! Now I'm curious what you think about Masticating juicers? Also known as cold press? I like the idea that they're quieter and preserve more pulp to drink. Do they take significantly longer? Do they not work for certain foods? I'm specifically looking at the BJS600XL: Juice Fountain Crush.
For the leafy vegetables it says it excels on, would these be fine blended? I like the idea of feeling more full by consuming some pulp, but I don't want it to be "stringy" with using leafy vegetables or celery. And what about nuts?
I've never owned a juicer, but I have been wanting to invest in one as I want to increase my use of fresh vegetables and fruits. A lot of times I will buy fruits like oranges and then don't feel like dealing with all the stringy bits. It's not necessarily the taste of those bits, but I don't like the texture. I think if they were blended well, I wouldn't mind it so much, and still feel more full from all that fiber.
I do have a Ninja BL700 Kitchen System.
Thanks for all the great info!
You're welcome. I considered a masticating juicer but cost, speed ease of cleaning convinced me to buy the Breville. For those who don't know, a masticating juicer uses a low speed, high torque auger (cork screw) to chew up and squeeze juice out. Here are some pros and cons.
CJ = Centrifugal juicer; MJ = masticating juicer
1) Arguably uses less electricity. Most MJ use a 200-300 watt motor while good CJ have a 600-1000 watt motor. This can matter if your juicer is on the same line as another high wattage appliance. For example, you shouldn't run this 900 watt Breville simultaneously with a 1200 watt microwave on the same line. That said, you finish so much faster with a CJ that electrical usage probably evens out in the end.
2) MJ are better on leafy veggies because they lack bulk. I don't juice leafy veggies so it wasn't an issue for me (I do purée them in a blender sometimes).
3) MJ supposedly preserves nutrients because the CJ supposedly get hot. I haven't found my juices hot or warm so I don't know if this is true. And contact with the blade is so short that I don't think it really matters.
4) MJ doesn't aerate the juice. If you don't like foam in your juice, MJ may be preferable. The spinning blades of CJ blows air into the juice. The Brevilles do come with a foam filter. That said, I don't buy the claims that aeration "oxidizes" the juice, removing nutrients. The people who claim that don't know what oxidation is.
5) MJ are much quieter. This may matter if you juice in the morning when people are still sleeping.
1) MJ are generally much more expensive. You won't be able to find one less than $200, and most will be $250+. CJ can cost as little as $30, and these top-of-the-line Brevilles are only $120 refurbed.
2) Lots of prep time. The small opening requires that you cut everything into bite size pieces. With these Brevilles, you can literally drop in whole fruits, i.e. a small apple. A carrot can be continuously fed.
3) Slower extraction. These Brevilles can extract 3 apples in 30 seconds. I can't even tell you how long it takes the MJ.
3) Slower cleaning. Opening these Brevilles is a breeze, and then all you have to do is rinse most parts with hot water. The filter can be cleaned with a stiff brush. MJ are harder to disassemble, and the parts have lots of crevices.
4) The MJ that look like a meat grinder are too short to place a glass under. You need to use their small container.
5) MJ seem to extract less juice in harder produce but many people disagree with me. Let's call this a draw.
Ultimately, a juicer is only useful if used. I know several people who stopped juicing because their MJ was such a hassle. Yet if you juice a lot of leafy veggies, the trouble might be worth it.
As an aside, if you juice citrus fruits, consider a traditional motorized reamer. Not only is there almost no prep time, but the juice also tastes better because you avoid the bitter white pith. With both CJ and MJ, you need to peel the citrus fruit.