Nothing is more refreshing than a fresh, tangy glass of orange juice on a hot summer day. Imagine it. You walk inside, pick up a glass, take a sip, and drink in the refreshment. But, what if this refreshment came from a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice? That would be even better! Having a juicer in the kitchen at home offers the opportunity to not only make fresh squeezed orange juice. It also offers the opportunity for more natural, fresher, and more varied juice. Aside from the variety of juice options, the juicers themselves come in different assortments with diverse add-ons and functions.
As production takes time, many store-bought juices are made from fruits and vegetables harvested months prior to the juices' arrival on the shelf. To preserve such items, companies often have to add preservatives and other artificial flavorings. Owning a personal juicer presents the opportunity for making juice the day of purchase of the fruit, or even the day of picking depending on how it is harvested. Also, juice made at home is in its most natural form, as it has no preservatives and no artificial flavorings. Home squeezed juice is fresher and healthier.
Because juice made at home can be created using any number of ingredients, the possibility for juice types made using a personal juicer are endless. Juices can be made using fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, herbs, and even wheatgrass. A tasty and nutritious combination can be made by juicing two apples, one lemon, and one one-inch slice of ginger together. The result is a lemony apple concoction full of flavor as well as vitamins and minerals. (Note: A healthy juicing tip-Leave the skins or peels on of any fruit or vegetable you would eat with its skin. The skin is the most fibrous part of the fruit or vegetable and holds the most nutritional value. juice slightly cloudier, but the taste is unchanged and the health benefits are worth it.)
Just as the juice made from a personal juicer has great variety, the actual juicers themselves come in diverse assortments. The most common juicers are citrus juicers, juice extractor, and centrifugal juicer. A citrus juice is made to squeeze the juice from soft-centered, pulpy fruits such as grapefruits, lemons, limes, and oranges. The citrus juicer has a conical ridged center upon which the fruit halves are centered, cut side down, and then pressed to release the juice. A handheld version of this juicer is also known as a reamer. A juice extractor is a mechanical juicer that separates the juice from the pulp of the fruit or vegetable. The fruit or vegetable is run through the machine, macerated by the machine, and then returned in separate compartments as juice and pulp. Finally, the centrifugal juicer is one that cuts the fruit or vegetable with a flat cutting blade and then spins it at a high speed to separate the juice from the pulp.
Whatever your juice or juicer preference, a home juicer is an essential kitchen utensil. You need a juicer in your kitchen.