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What Are Centrifugal Juicers and How Does It Work

December 2, 2013

Centrifugal juicers are the most common and cheapest juicers on the market nowadays. This kind of juicers got their name centrifugal from centrifuge. This means that this juicer has an internal system that extracts pulp with the use of a spinning technique that is operating at high RPM.

Inside of this centrifugal juicer, there is a round shaped shredder disc that has sharp, flat cutting blades that look much like a blender. This shredder disc simultaneously spins the fruits or vegetables at very high speed of about three thousand to sixteen thousand RPMs while chopping, grating, and grinding the vegetables and fruits into tiny pieces in order to extract the pulp and separate it from the juice.

These juicers basically work by pushing or dropping food into an upright steep, the food inside will then be grinded down into a fine mesh filter chamber. After that, the high speed motion of the juicer works in order to separate the pulp from the juice. The juice is then extracted through the sheer power of the centrifugal force – very much like how washing machines spin to relieve the wet clothes from excess water. The juice will then be filtered through the mesh as well as funnelled to the juicer’s front spout. The pulp with then remain behind the strainer basket and can be removed afterward.

Some models of centrifugal juicers also have the pulp ejector feature – an additional delivery area which automatically ejects the pulp behind the basket when it is already full. The benefit of this feature is the fact that you can be able to save more time and effort by not having to pause in what you are doing and remove the pulp that has been accumulated behind the basket.

The centrifugal juicers can give you lots of benefits and here are the main ones:

  • They are fast and cheap compared to other juicers - a good one for beginners
  • They are much easier to clean
  • They are efficient at juicing especially citrus fruits
  • Extract fresh juice much quicker than single gear juicers
  • They are a lot more affordable compared to other class of juicers
  • Does great job for those who are juicing infrequently
  • It is most commonly available at any electrical or departmental store
  • Reasonably very easy to use, after purchasing, just assemble and enjoy your juicing experience
  • Some models have a wide/large feeding chute that actually allows for feeding of some whole fruit juicing, which can definitely help you save time during the preparation
  • Juice output is much faster compared to other juicers since it is using a high speed spinning

Just like many other things in the world, the centrifugal juicer also has its downsides. Below are the common downsides of centrifugal juicer.

  • They can be loud during the entire juicing process
  • They typically produce many wet pulp (waste)
  • The discs and blades might get worn down quickly
  • Not so great for leafy green vegetables like spinach, wheat grass and kale
  • They don’t have very long life span
  • They tend to produce much frothier juices
  • They also tend to be more messy and wasteful, as well as produce lots of excess wet pulp

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