Juice Machine – Fast or Slow?
Fast Juicer | Slow Juicer | Storage | Easy to Clean
For most of us, we naturally assume fast is better – like fast, red cars – right? 🙂
Well, when it comes to juicing, fast just doesn’t cut it. Well, it does if you want to use up heaps of produce and you don’t mind the sound of a ‘small jet engine’ as it goes about its thing. Or, if you don’t mind the separation and froth that a fast juicer will produce – it’s all good as long as you drink it down fast.
FAST, FAST, FAST being the operative word.
But, what if you want to use juicing to support your body to heal?
What if you want to juice to feed your cells?
And, what if you want your juices to look good (to entice your kids), with vivid colours and not just taste good?
Well, for that – you are going to need a slow juicer!
FAST JUICERS are known as ‘centrifugal juicers’ – why?
Well, if you look up the word ‘centrifuge’ Wikipedia will tell you that…
“it is a device that uses ‘centrifugal force’ to separate various components of a fluid. It is achieved by spinning the fluid at high speed within a container, thereby separating fluids of different densities or liquids from solids.”
The first thing I notice right off the back with that statement above is ‘force and separating fluids’ – so, if we are separating particles, how is that a good thing for my body? Don’t we eat whole foods (fruit/vegetables/herbs) to get the goodness from nature deep into our cells?
And, that’s only part of the story.
The bigger and most important part is that a centrifugal juicer has metal blades that spin really, really fast, which means it rips and tears your produce apart, so not only do you end up treating your produce really badly, but you get less juice and end up with lots of discarded produce in the pulp container.
But wait, there is more…
The force created by the fast-spinning blades sucks oxygen into the container, which means your produce is oxidising right before your eyes, even before you’ve had a chance to make a juice and drink it! You can also forget about trying to get any juice (aka goodness) out of any herbs or spices in a fast spinning juicer – it’s just not going to happen!
Fast juicers use force to rip and tear apart you produce. Fast spinning also causes more oxidation before you even drink the juice!
SLOW JUICERS are known as ‘cold press juicers’ – why?
Well, if you look up the word ‘cold press juicers’ Wikipedia will tell you…
a ‘Cold-pressed Juice’ refers to juice that uses a hydraulic press to extract juice from fruit and vegetables, as opposed to other methods”
What I notice about this explanation is ‘extract juice and press’ – without knowing anything, it sounds better and you get a sense of it treating your fruit/vegetables/herbs with much more respect.
And, yes, you’d be right.
Cold Press Juice Machines are all about squeezing and pressing the most juice out of your produce. They take their time to wring every last drop of ‘fruit/vegetable/herb water’ out. They are not in a hurry, they have nowhere else to be, they simply exist to give you the most nutrition, enzyme-rich juice that is packed with vitamins and minerals (and colour, did I mention vivid colours?).
A slow Cold Press Juicer is the ZEN of juicing.
A fast Centrifugal Juicer is the AGITATOR of juicing.
I know which one I would rather take into my body to feed my cells – what about you?
And, whilst both of them give you juice to drink, only one of them actually gives you juice packed with food for your cells to use!
Slow juicers squeeze and press at around 50 – 60 RPM. Slower is better for retention of nutrients, storage and vivid colour.
How to make SLOW juicing FAST?
The other benefit of using a slow juicer is you can store the juice in glass bottles in the fridge for up to 3 days.
What this means is, cold pressed juice can be made in larger quantities and stored in the fridge, ready for when you are.
That’s how you make SLOW juicing FAST juicing!
It’s simple when you follow these four steps:
Step 1. Buy your produce in bulk at your local Farmers Market (save time/money)
Step 2. Juice in large batches (save time/effort)
Step 3. Store your juice in glass bottles in the fridge for up to 3 days (save time)
Step 4. Grab a juice and go! (fast juice).
And, a slow juicer allows you to extract juice from herbs and spices; ginger, garlic, basil, mint, coriander, thyme and turmeric, just to name a few!
I don’t know many people who would happily sit down and eat a whole head of broccoli or a bunch of spinach or ten carrots in one sitting – but, all of this is easily juiced and stored in the fridge for a few days to drink as you need it. Delivering your body with raw nutrients, which is so beneficial to maintain optimum health!
Slow juicing is more than just a drink, it’s a way to deliver all of your daily goodness to your cells through concentrated nutrients, vitamins and enzymes.
And, a cold press juicer is a fantastic way to do that.
Easy to clean
Yes, you have to rinse your juicer parts!
No, they are not dishwasher-friendly. But, it doesn’t have to be a chore – here are some tips to help make cleaning a breeze:
Tip 1: Put a ‘fruit/veg bag’ into the pulp container, no need to rinse this part, you simply tip the pulp into your compost and reuse the bag.
Tip 2: Run 1/2 a lemon or orange through the juicer after you have finished to give it a final clean and push out the last bit of pulp.
Tip 3: When you have finished juicing, give the machine a rinse by pouring some water through it with the cap closed letting the juicer run until the pulp stops pushing out.
Tip 4: Do a second rinse (until the container is full) and turn the machine off. The juicer will happily sit here ‘soaking’ until you have a bit more time to wash it thoroughly. You can also take the lid off and give it a quick rinse under water and slide it back while letting the rest soak.
Tip 4: Use your green cleaning tool (comes free in the box with every juicer) to easily clean the strainer under running water.
Slow and steady wins the race for me!
So, if you are in the market for a new juicer, I highly recommend Kuvings Cold Press Juicers. They simply are the best of the best. They have a number of models to suit your budget, but overall, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
We use the CS600 Chef Juicer at home (I am married to the Juice Chef), so this serves us really well, it’s for the more serious juicers, people who drink juice every day and like to buy produce in bulk so they can make juice once and store in the fridge for a ‘grab and go’.
My next ‘go to’ would be the EVO820 – it’s the top model for the Kuvings domestic range and it is so easy to use and clean.
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I wrote a book – it’s called Juice Fasting: A Foodie’s Guide to help people do a 7 day juice fast. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I know what it’s like to go without the very thing you love the most and so…I feel I have a lot to offer as most people don’t think they can go without food, let alone fast!
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