The difference between a citrus squeezer and a juice extractor is abysmal: the first is used to obtain juice only from citrus fruits, while with the extractor, it is possible to extract juice from most fruits and vegetables including leafy vegetables and aromatic herbs.
Advantages and disadvantages of the juice extractor
The juice extractor is a small household appliance that allows you to obtain fruit and vegetable juices while producing a few wastes.
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Thanks to the extractor, it is possible to extract the juice of most vegetables, including leafy vegetables and aromatic herbs. In this way, it is possible to make juices also obtained from lettuce, spinach, and wheat grass and add the flavor and properties of medicinal herbs to the juices.
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The juice extractor works thanks to an auger placed in a filter with a very dense texture, similar to that of a centrifuge. The screw, by rotating, separates the juice from the pulp, which is expelled by the extractor separately. The work carried out by the juice extractor takes place at low speed: this translates into negligible noise from the appliance and greater richness in vitamins and enzymes inside the juice compared to other extraction methods such as a centrifuge. The mechanism by which the extractor separates the pulp from the juice is similar to chewing, so much so that this appliance is also called a “chewing machine,” and the juice extraction process ends in about a quarter of an hour. At the end of the juice extraction, the appliance can be disassembled and cleaned easily.
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Advantages and disadvantages of the citrus juicer
The citrus juicer can be manual or electric: in the manual version, it has the advantage of taking up very little space and not consuming energy; on the market, there are also electric juicers also sold as accessories for the food processor.
The citrus juicer is composed of a hard plastic part on which the citrus fruits cut in half are pressed and rotated, thus obtaining the juice from the fruits, which is collected in a container below. Between the part used to squeeze the citrus fruits and the one used to collect the squeezed juice, there is a plastic grate useful for filtering the seeds and pulp of the fruit.
The electric juicer works in the same way as the manual one but facilitates the operation since it is placed on a motor that rotates clockwise and counterclockwise following a slight pressure. The fact that the juicer has no metal parts ensures that the citrus juice retains its properties almost unchanged.
Thanks to the citrus squeezer, we can therefore obtain healthy juice from lemons, oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits, which are useful to drink as well or to add to sweet and savory recipes. If we buy a food processor that has the juicer among its accessories, we add an extra function to a very useful appliance in the kitchen to make many recipes without effort.
In conclusion, the manual or electric juicer takes up little space but allows you to get the juice only from citrus fruits. Thanks to the juice extractor, on the other hand, we can obtain juices from any raw fruit or vegetable and make healthy drinks in a few minutes.