Juice of fruits and vegetables can rightly be considered an integral component and a symbol of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Experts agree that this type of drink the human body perceives as food, nourishing and useful. And you can get a really useful product using such an irreplaceable item as a juicer.
Features and Functions
Even a small glass of juice drunk at breakfast gives a charge of cheerfulness for the whole day and provides a person with vitamins. Moreover, natural juice is necessary for maintaining health both in winter, when there is less fruit and fresh vegetables, and in summer. A variety of juices like all children and adults, without exception, and you always want to try another new variety of delicious drink. It is easy to make fresh juice from grapefruits and oranges, lime and lemon. To do this, you only need to squeeze out two or three ripe fruits for breakfast each morning by picking up a mini juicer.
To squeeze a significant amount of root vegetables, such as carrots or beets, or to get apple juice, large aggregates are used, often combining two functions in themselves - juicers and juice cookers. A compact juicer, small or very tiny, is intended for squeezing a small amount of juice - just for one glass or a maximum of two such glasses. This portion of the invigorating drink given by the capabilities of the compact model is sufficient for a family of two or three people, and the volume from 300 to 500 ml is recognized as optimal, because the juice must remain fresh and not be prepared for future use.
The unit for squeezing juice from natural raw materials was invented more than 70 years ago. Since then, a large number of interesting models, combining user-friendly design and versatility. All juicers can be divided according to the principle of operation. They are named:
- for citrus;
Queen of the model compact series is considered to be manual juicer for citrus fruits - oranges and lemons. A cone-nozzle and a juice-collecting bowl are the main elements of this mini miracle. Using a juicer is quite simple - cut the fruit into two halves, one of them is planted on a ribbed cone and scrolled. The juice gets inside the pan and then flows through the holes into the container. There are models with filters that delay the seeds and films when squeezing the juice.
Centrifugal machine It is intended for processing and obtaining juice both from fruits, and from fruits and vegetables. In order to collect the juice, you need a separate glass, which is substituted to the spout during operation of the juicer. The more powerful such a device, the faster it works. Small models are able to squeeze up to half a liter of juice, having a capacity of 200-300 watts.
Screw - This is a juicer, working on the principle of the press with a special screw. A small-sized model occupies a very small place on the shelf, since the engine is placed vertically in it. The screw is easy to clean, and the juicer is extremely user friendly.
The raw material for it can be any kind of fruit and berry products, fruits, and even herbs and nuts. With cold pressing, which occurs in this case, the vitamins are stored the longest in the resulting juice or oil. A glass for filling with liquid is inserted into the bottom of the model. Fruits or vegetables are pushed from top to bottom and crush, falling under the movement of a special auger screw.
How to choose
Compact juicer quickly gained popularity among people who prefer a healthy lifestyle. It is light in weight, takes up very little space, fits in a small bag, which is especially appreciated by families who often move, live in a small apartment and a hostel. A miniature juicer is usually inexpensive. This is another factor that allows families with any, even modest, wealth to purchase such a model.
First of all, when buying, you should decide what your purchase will be intended for - squeezing citrus fruits, stone fruit with pulp or harder fruits, or it should be universal for all types of fruits and vegetables. The screw and pressing devices, recognized as one of the most reliable, proved to be excellent.
The harder the fruits will go to you for processing, the more power in kilowatts chosen device. Owners of gardens and areas with fruit trees may be advised to purchase a centrifugal juicer, ideal for getting apple and pear juice, followed by boiling it. In this model, the internal mesh should preferably be made of stainless steel. In the universal and combined juice extractors two speeds are provided - for berries and fruit. This model will allow you, using slow speed and squeeze the maximum amount of juice from the berry mass.
Perfect squeezing is provided by a cylindrical view of the separator. Products with this design allow you to get up to 90-95% of juice, so the pulp accumulates inside the separator quickly enough, and it is advisable to monitor its garbage manually. When squeezing the juice from carrots and apples, the cake can take up two to three times more volume than the juice obtained from these fruits. And in this case, there are convenient models with automatic removal of the press of a button.
In compact juicers for one or two glasses, the opening for laying fruit is not always large, so they have to be cut into pieces.
The best purchase can be a model with a sufficient width of this hole and a polished mesh, designed for quick cleaning after use.
A common mistake is the opinion that high-quality juicers do not require frequent washing. Any, even the smallest model, must be washed after each use. Models from the best manufacturers, made according to modern technologies, are easy to wash, for which a regular soft sponge is suitable.
For a home, powerful and at the same time small juicers are considered the best. Such famous companies as Polaris, Philips, Panasonic, Bosch and Braun produce them. Consider the most miniature of them, with the output of juice up to 400-600 ml and a capacity for waste up to one liter.
- Budget option for a small family - inexpensive juicer Polaris REA. A convenient wide entrance mouth with a diameter of 65 mm, the volume of a glass for juice - 550 ml. Allows to process vegetables and fruit, type - centrifugal. Reliable product, case and centrifuge are made of stainless steel. Appearance will appreciate the modern design, low noise with fast and efficient work. The engine in the model heats up quite quickly, so it is best to stop it after preparing two or three glasses of juice for breakfast. It is also not very suitable for citrus fruits - for these fruits you need to purchase a separate device that can easily cope with their fibrous structure.
- Panasonic MJ-L500STQ- the screw model, is considered one of the best in the row. The yield of juice is small - 400 ml. It is designed for any solid and even frozen ingredients - thanks to the system of preserving drops it allows you to collect all the volume of squeezed juice. For a compact system with small dimensions, this model, with a power of 150 kW, has a sufficient number of functions: two-speed operation, automatic pulp ejection and a smooth start of the engine, which protects it from overload during active operation. The mesh has to be washed often enough, as it is easily clogged,
- Any kind of citrus is easy to squeeze using a juicer Bosch MCP 3000 | 3500, having, moreover, a democratic price. Feedback about it from users is the most positive. A small power of 25 kW with a rotation characteristic of 56 rpm did not prevent this device from surpassing many competitors. The plastic practical case easily washes, and the indicator of overflow of capacity for juice allows to stop process of an extraction in time. Compact juicers from the second well-known German manufacturer, Braun, have similar characteristics.
- Among the combined devices that combine the functions of centrifugal and citrus juicers, experts call the leader Philips HR 1870. It is characterized by the combination of several functions and modes - the product is intended for hard vegetables and fruits, soft fruits and berry products. At the same time, the engine capacity of 800 W is enough for processing two kilograms of apples or pears, which gives up to one liter of juice. Tanks are filled under automatic control of the system.