Types of Juicers are available in India
Types of Juicers are available in India – what to choose and where to buy it
If life gives you lemons; make Lemonade. We all have probably heard this proverb since our childhood. Think of it the lemon squeezer was probably the world's first juicer model! It was initially available in aluminium, then in plastic and finally evolved into steel.
Juicers evolution has come a long way and we today we are flooded with a plethora of juicers available in the market/online. They range from manual juicers to extra attachments in mixers, electric juicers, battery operated juicers to the more recent rechargeable, USB portable juicers. We try to explore here the various options available in the market today.
This is perhaps the most basic and very simple of kitchen equipments. The Lime juicer and Lemon juicers are the most popular in this category. One will easily find it in almost everyhousehold. In the recent past, we have the manual juicer for fruits and vengetables join in this category. It is again a simple equipment, consisting of a vaccum base that helps it lock on the surface, the main juicer and waste collector. There is provision to press in the fruits and vegetables with a top on it. These machines are cheap, available at a price range of Rs.200 – Rs.500. They come in trendy colours and most importantly are easy to detach and wash.
The main drawback is that there has to be a lot of manual pressure applied, to extract the juice. It may not be used for hard vegetables. User needs to cut the fruits & vegetables into small pieces to be able to extract the juice. The vaccum bottom also tends to slide away when applied too much pressure.
These started off as the evolved version of manual juicers and are electrical in nature. The popular juicers in this category are the electrical Citrus press juicers, Juicer jars in Mixie, Centrifugal Juicers, Cold press juicers and the more recent USB run portable juicers cum blenders.
The Citrus press juicers are very convenient to use and easy to clean. They can only be used for Citrus fruits like Orange, Grapefruit,Lime etc. The price ranges from Rs.800 to Rs.1500.
The Juicer jars that are available with Mixie are again popular because they are only an addtional attachment to the multi purpose mixie. Customers are enthused with this additional jar as this is an additional utility for their Mixer grinder. These dont occupy additonal space as it is an attachment jar to the multi purpose Mixie. The motor is usually powerful and starts from 500W onwards. Some juicers jars have an addtional extractor in the Juicer jar. This jar will help sieve the fruit pulp. These range from Rs. 1500 onwards. They are relatively easy to clean. Almost every mixie available in the market today comes with an additional blender jar. Hence there is plenty of brand options to choose from. Another advantage is that they come in multiple price ranges to choose from.
The drawaback however, is that fruits and vegetables need to be cut into small pieces for use. The filter does not always filter the pulp seperately & completely. It is again a bit difficult for hard fruits and vegetables. Its a bit of hassle to clean the filter, as it has very tiny pores & pulp always seems to get stuck in those pores.
The Centrifugal juicers or Pure Electric juicers are equipment’s specialized in extracting juices from Vegetables and fruits. They have a large spacious jar for placing fruits and vegetables, separate containers for the fruit pulp and the juice. They have a good strong motor of about 500W & above. They are available at a starting price range of about Rs2000.
The drawback is that they are bulky and occupy space & expensive when compared to other options available in the market now.
Cold press juicers are the perhaps the most exhaustive juicer equipments available in the market. They claim to extract the maximum juice out of each fruit or vegetable. The juice extracted can be stored for upto 2 weeks as well.
Traditional juicers have fast sharp spinning blades that tear the fruits and vegetables and then extract juice. Unfortunately, essential nutrients are lost during this tearing process. The heat generated during this process also kills the essential nutrients.Cold press juicers do not slice or tear the fruits and vegetables;instead they press and grind fruits and vegetables without generating any heat. There is a lot of pressure used while extracting & harmful bacteria gets killed during this process. Hence the food gets preserved better and safer usng this high pressure technology. Therefore, the juice extract is more nutrional retaining more nutrition from each fruit and vegetable used. Also most of these juicers do not make noise. They are available with a starting price range of Rs. 8500 onwards.
The drawback is that they are expensive & is not affordable to everyone. The machine is a bit bulky with multiple parts. The cleaning may not be completely easy and convenient.
Saving the best for the last, lets review the recent entrant into the jucer market - portable USB run juicers cum blenders.
These juicers are all about convenience and portability. These juicers come in handy sizes and are light weight, making it convenient to carry anywhere. It is available in trendy vibrant colours, appealing to the younger, health conscious audience. These come with a powerful motor with mutli blades that help in producing more juice from the input fruit and vegetables. These juicers jar serve multi purpose as they can be used for blending and can then used as a container. The containers are BPA free making it safe for storage. Another key feature is that these are USB chargeable and can be charged anywhere and one need not search or look out for a power chord always. Since they are USB chargeable, one can charge these juicers in one's car, laptop or even mobile phone. Another interesting feature is that these juicers come with an addtional jar, that can used for grinding. This grinding feature can be used for making masala,chutneys etc.
These are priced affordably starting from Rs999 and above. They occupy minimal space. Cleaning this portable juicer is totally easy as one can pour a cleaning liquid into the juicer and run the juicer – its almost like self cleaning!
The drawback is that it may not rank equal when compared to a cold press juicer. It will otherwise be ideal to term these juicers are the most convenient and “on the go” piece of kitchen equipment.
With juicing made this simple, its good time to get “juicing” into a healthy way of living!