A Brief Historic evolution of juicers
A Brief Historic evolution of juicers
Human beings have been drinking fruit juice since the dawn of time. During the pre-juicer era, people used improvised ways to extract juice from fruits. Juicers, however, came much later into existence in the 20th century. The evolution of juicers has been a fantastic and intriguing journey. People have gone to extreme lengths to come up with some of the best ways to extract all the cherished juice from fruits. No fruit has been exempted from juicing in the search for all kinds of exotic juices.
Researchers have discovered evidence of juicing in 150BC - 70AD. They pounded a pomegranate with figs until the juice was extracted. Cultures that followed used the mortar and pestle to grind their fruits and extract the juice. Occasionally, they would add herbs and other greens to enhance the taste of the juice.
This also improved the health benefits of the juice as the Koreans saw it. However, over the years as mankind improved, so did the juicer. Modernized ways emerged with inventors coming up with better ways of extracting juice as opposed to their ancestors.
The Norwalk Juicer (1933)
The Norwalk juicer also goes by the name Norwalk Hydraulic Press Juicer. Invented in the 1930s by the juicing pioneer Norman Walker. This juicer was quite impressive because it is still sold in the market today and still producing great results.
First, the Norwalk Juicer cuts and grates the fruits/items. Followed by pressing the resulting pulp in linen using a hydraulic press. Mr. Norman’s invention was quite revolutionary because even today hydraulic presses are one of the best juicing methods.
Norwalk later published a book “Raw Vegetable Juices”. Owing to a life full of healthy fruits and juicer Mr. Norman lived to a ripe age of 98+ years.
Today, Norwalk Juicers in the market provide various excellent features. It provides complete extraction of the juice from the fruits, very easy to clean up, easy to store Norwalk juices in a frozen state for up to 6 months, low oxidation of the juice hence no loss of important nutrients. Finally, the Norwalk juicer is quite simple and efficient to use.
Citrus Juicer (1945)
The first citrus juicer was invented in 1945. Mainly used in hotels around New York City. The citrus juicer is much quieter than other juicers. Very easy to use in your hand and it is quite cheap.
However, the citrus juicer does not come with a pulp controller or a jar. When juicing you run the risk of spilling some bitterness into the juice. Today there are various types of citrus juicers in the market. Breville 800CPXL, Cuisinart, Proctor, Hamilton Beach among others.
Masticating Juicer (1954)
Invented in the middle 1950s. Later, it was named the Champion Juicer. It was probably juiced up because it worked very fast. 400 revolutions per minute were quite the feat back in the day. However, this high rate produced a lot of heat which destroyed most of the nutrients and enzymes from the juice. At the time, it was considered to be the best juicer because it could juice almost every type of vegetable or fruit.
Today, masticating juicers have improved. They knead fruits and vegetables down to the fiber in order to produce more juice. In comparison to other juicers, masticating juicers are more capable. This is because they package more features and options on juicing.
Green Power twin-gear Juicer. (1993)
Invented in 1993, the twin-gear juicer used the principle of the mortar and pestle. Just like those in the pre-juicer era used. It was invented by a Korean man named Mr. Kim. This juicer is specially designed to juice green juices. It is known for producing juices with high nutrient content.
This method was very beneficial because the pressing of the vegetables and fruits at a slow speed prevented oxidation. This maintains the enzymes and nutrients of the juice efficiently. The 1990s saw juicing chains start to pick up. Jamba juice created in the 1990s provides smoothies and juices of a wide variety.
Today’s green-power twin juicers continuously juice fruits. This prevents pulp and clogging, leading to a dry pulp rich in nutrients.
Owing to their ancestry to the Norwalk juicer developed by Mr. Norman in 1933, centrifugal juicers have changed drastically over the years. A centrifugal juicer looks a lot like traditional blenders . A chamber filled with blades shreds fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients into a pulp. High-speed rotations separate the juice from the pulp and both are collected in different parts of the juicer.
Centrifugal juicers are more affordable than masticating juicers today. This makes them a great choice for customers and they can be found in almost every household. However, centrifugal juicers are not able to extract as much juice from fruits as masticating juicers. Implying that you need a much greater amount of fruit to get the same amount of juice as would a masticating juicer with less amount of fruit.
The steam juicer used to be a type of harvest juicer. It prepared juice for bottling in well-sized batches. The first units were made from aluminum which was easy to fabricate the spinning metals. The steam juicer was historically found in various countries like Germany, China, and Portugal.
The steam juicer operates by using steam to transfer a stream of gentle heat directly to the fruits above. The fruit is supported above a pot of boiling water in a perforated basket. Juice collection happens in the middle section and is let out through a small hose while it is still hot. The juice is then collected in bottles for unrefrigerated storage.
The process is very safe and convenient because pulp and fruit particles do not leak into the juice. When storing the juice some sugar may be added accordingly. Other additives like pectin or ascorbic acid improve the shelf life of the juice.
In conclusion, the future of juicers is already here. Companies are looking at ways to minimize the food/fruit wastage that occurs during the juicing process. The aim is to make sure the pulp is completely dry and free from the juice. Juicers have played a major role in the healthy living of human beings. Juicers have brought anti-aging benefits as well as improved mental health.