What in the world is the difference between a juicer and a blender? Don’t they both crush and turn into juice whatever foods are put into them? Quite a number of people misconstrue both of these kitchen appliances, and more often than not always consider them to be the same appliance. There might already be countless stories about people purchasing a juicer, when they actually wanted a blender. Below is a short, but detailed informational account listing the similarities, but more particularly the differences of a blender from a juicer and vice versa. You might want to grab a smoothie or a juice for this one.
In The Blue Corner—The Juicer
The juicer is probably one of the most utilized tools used by individuals who claim to “live healthy”. A juicer is in essence, a tool used to separate the juice from fruit, vegetables (leafy greens or herbs), and other juice-extractable foods. A juicer has more or less, four different types of itself:
- Triturating Juicers
- Centrifugal Juicers
- Masticating Juicers
Reamers are essentially the most basic of the four types of juicers (they are also the most economical on account of their lack of need for electricity). They separate the juice from the fruit by squeezing the fruit against the squeezer. This type of juicer is mainly used to extract citrus from fruits rich with them, like oranges or lemons, and grapefruit.
Centrifugal juicers utilize cutting blades to separate the juice from the produce. The more powerful juicers are both the masticating juicers and triturating juicers, which make use of a single auger and twin augers, respectively, to crush the juice out of the fruit or vegetable.
Juicers basically do what their names let on: they juice fruits, vegetables, and other fresh produce. But what about juicing other types of fresh, natural food, such as raw nuts or beans and legumes? Can juicers do that? Unfortunately, a juicer can only juice fresh, natural food with juice inside them, hence its name. What the juicer cannot answer however, maybe the blender can.
In The Red Corner—The Blender
A blender is quite a bit trickier than a juicer. It does more than just separate pulp from fruits or vegetables; it also mixes, emulsifies, crushes, and even purées anything and everything put into it. A blender’s home is most commonly the household, where it’s part of a whole set of kitchen appliances. Laboratories, however, have found great practical uses for blenders. Food scientists and microbiologists, just to name a few, have specially integrated and modified blenders handy in their laboratories.
A blender’s primary applications may be to:
- Mix fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other ingredients into smoothies
- Crush ice and mix other ingredients to make cocktails and other alcoholic beverages
- Dissolve solid foods into liquid
- Emulsify and blend different sorts of mixtures
- Purée certain kinds of mixtures
As its primary applications clearly show, a blender is more versatile in what it can blend, compared to what a juicer can juice. But just because a blender can do more things than a juicer can, doesn’t necessarily mean a blender is better.
Let’s Get It On!
The main difference between a blender and a juicer is, of course, the mechanical functions of each. A juicer’s main mechanical function is to simply turn produce into juice, by means of squeezing or cutting them out of the said produce. Though electric-powered juicers may employ the services of functions similar to that of blenders, they do not crush the fruits or vegetables inserted to them as much as blenders would.
Blenders, on the other hand, will slice and dice anything put into it and make it as smooth as water. An herb, for example, if juiced, will still have some of its stems and small pieces of leaves in the end product, which is the juice. If you blend an herb, it will completely turn into a green puddle of liquid, as smooth as silk. Given this fact, a juicer has quite the advantage over a blender in a very specific way.
Since blenders more or less turns whatever is put into them into plain liquid in the same container where the blending process is done, they would also destroy very vital nutrients and enzymes within fruits and vegetables. Juicers extract only the pulp from the produce which then exits into a separate container, and not emulsify the whole thing inside one container. Using a juicer, in technicality, is “healthier” than using a blender. A blender, in technicality, can be utilized more than a juicer can.
Both juicers and blenders have their pros and cons. If one looks at it from strictly a health and “ingredient output” standpoint, one can say that the juicer is the victor by way of submission. If one looks at it from a multi-function point of view, the blender is clearly the winner by way of knockout.
And The Winner Is…
You decide who the winner is. It is really up to you whether you prefer a less versatile, but very practical juicer, or a multi-functional, but sometimes overachieving blender.