Single gear juicers are also known as single auger or masticating juicers.
They have many functions making them quite popular.
How These Juicers Work:
These machines use a single auger that rotates in a forward action. This action chews grinds and kneads produce into a pulp then pushes it through a stainless steel mesh screen which separates the juice from the pulp.
Because these units run at a low RPM (80-120) they create little heat when being operated.
This is important because slow rotation and less heat help preserve the nutrients and enzymes in the juice retaining much of its healthy goodness.
Low speed also helps eliminate oxidation that occurs in high speed machines such as centrifugal units.
It is like that freshly cut apple that turns brown when left on the counter.
Oxidation simply depletes juice of its natural goodness literally speeding up the spoiling process, so the less oxidation the better.
A good single auger juicer will be able to juice a wide variety of produce including leafy greens and wheat grass.
Most masticating juicers can also homogenize foods to create baby foods, nut butters, sauces, frozen desserts and some even offer attachments to extrude pasta.
Advantages compared to centrifugal juicers:
Most models can juice leafy greens and wheat grass with ease
Produces more juice from the same amount of produce
Low speed and heat operation produces healthier juice
Low speed also makes them a quieter running machine
Disadvantages compared to centrifugal juicers:
Units are more expensive to purchase
Takes longer to produce a glass of juice
Machine weighs 20 plus pounds. If portability is important to you purchase a unit that has a handle
Produce has to be cut into smaller pieces due to smaller feeding chamber
Please note that we are not knocking centrifugal juicers as they still produce a very healthy beverage compared to processed store bought juices but it is important to know that the juice they produce are more oxidized due to their high rotating speed.
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