Juicing Vs. Blending: What’s The Difference?
Since I proposed (and y’all accepted) a 30-day investigative challenge on celery juice, the question on whether to have, use or buy a juicer or a blender has presented itself. I received so many Instagram DMs about it that I decided I would share all the info in one place. I thought it would be most beneficial to break down the differences between a juicer and a blender first. While it might seem that juicers and blenders can do the same job—take something from its solid form to a more liquefied form, these two appliances work very differently.
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Blenders pulverize fruits and vegetables entirely. They process everything you add and as their name suggests, blend it all together producing a thick, voluminous substance. That’s why they are the go-to kitchen appliance for smoothies. From a wellness perspective, what’s most beneficial about blenders is that (because you are using fruits and veggies in their entirety, ) fiber is retained. With a blender, you can also add ingredients of different textures like seeds, nuts, and powders to increase your nutritional intake. Blenders are mighty machines that can handle everything from making a smoothie to whipping up a soup to crushing ice.
When it comes to producing juice from a blender you have to keep in mind that you will need to go through an additional step of straining the pulp out, you can easily do that by passing the contents of the blender through a jelly strainer or a nut a bag. It’s just that, that one extra step has to be done. Almost always you will also need to add water to keep your produce from getting caught in the blender’s blades. The additional water can alter the taste of your juice.
Juicers extract the liquid from your fruits and veggies. They remove the pulp from the juice creating a concentrated liquid made up of essential nutrients and plant chemicals. Some researchers believe that the process of juicing makes those vitamins and minerals more readily available to your body because there is no need to break down the food before absorption. A considerable part of the “juice vs. smoothie” debate is the concern that beneficial fiber is stripped away during the juicing process. The truth is including both juices and smoothies in your daily life is a great way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake and help kickstart a healthier way of living.
It’s is important to know that there are two types of juicers, centrifugal and masticating.
Centrifugal juicers are more commonly found in at-home kitchens because of their easy to store, upright designs and because they are more affordable. A few years back, the most significant debate regarding this type of juicer was about their tendency to heat your produce due to the grinding process in which they use. That heat has been shown to affect the nutritional value of the juice. Juices made from centrifugal juicers can only be stored for 24-48 hours versus the ability to store juices from a masticating juicer for 72 hours. Either way, it’s honestly best to drink your juice freshly made as soon as possible. (Making your juice one night before is acceptable and is a great time-saving hack.)
Masticating juicers crush and press produce slowly, breaking down fruits and vegetables to create a cold-pressed juice. These juicers are considered to be superior, according to certain research because the liquid produced is supposed to retain higher nutrient content. Masticating juicers do also produce more fluid each session and because there is no heat involved the juice will last longer, but these machines work slower and come at a much higher price point.
If you are going to go with a centrifugal juicer, you’ll want to invest in one of the better performing models to be sure you’re getting a high-quality juice. I have both types of juicers… centrifugal and masticating. For years, I strictly used a masticating juicer, but as my life got busier (hello motherhood), I’ve found that a centrifugal juicer is faster and more convenient. I’ll be using this one for during our 30-day celery juice challenge.
I want to add that I don’t think anyone needs to go out and buy anything new to start our challenge next Monday. Use what you already have at home until you decide you’re ready to invest in an upgrade. I’ll be sharing how to make celery juice using both methods in my next post.