Have you decided to kick start a healthier lifestyle, and want to get more fruit and veg into your everyday diet? Making your own juices and smoothies is an easy way to get the benefits of fresh produce.
JUICERS & BLENDERS CENTRIFUGAL JUICERS
These machines pulverise ingredients against quick spinning blades, creating a centrifugal force inside a strainer, separating juice from pulp.
Pros: Affordable, easy to use and has a large chute for whole ingredients.
Cons: Lower juice yield and enzyme content compared to cold press juicers; juice separation and foam.
COLD PRESS JUICERS
This low speed juicer minimises heat generation and comes in vertical and horizontal models.
Pros: Increased juice yield and nutritional content, less froth and separation.
Cons: Expense, however juice yield is higher. The smaller chute requires ingredients to be small or chopped first.
These blenders are ideal for single portion drinks, and even though you are blending small amounts, you still want a machine with a powerful motor. For a drink to−go, choose a model with a BPA− free blender jar that doubles as a sports bottle, with a spill−proof drinking lid.
Today’s blenders come with lots of bells and whistles. For drink making you will need a machine with a powerful blending vortex and efficient blades to crush ice, whizz through tough−stemmed vegetables like kale and create velvet− textured smoothies without clogging. With so many good models on the market find a kitchenware shop that demonstrates to help you decide.
TO PEEL OR NOT TO PEEL CITRUS
Juice a washed wedge−sized piece of mandarin or lemon rind, it contains 20 times the flavonoids of the flesh. Avoid large citrus.
Peeling is unnecessary, however a quick rinse is a good idea. The benefits of the skin are minimal.
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