Three Types of Masticating Juicers: Single Cutter, Auger, and Twin Gear
The main idea behind a masticating juicer is that it presses the juice out of the food item by applying extreme force or pressure. This is done in two stages. First, the masticating juice slices the produce for juicing. Next, it presses the produce to extract the juice. It pressing motion mimics our chewing meaning the juicer literally chomps through the produce to extract its juice. The result is an extract with high nutrient content and longer shelf life. The masticating juicer has no match in its ability to break through the tough walls of food items. This is the juicer of choice when juicing leafy vegetables like wheatgrass or spinach.
There are three types of masticating juicers. These types all aid in the extraction of juice. Let’s do a quick rundown of these types.
There is the masticating juicer with a single cutter. This juicer has stainless steel teeth built into its cutter. The “teeth” aid in the chewing of the produce. After chomping, juice is extracted by pressing on a screen at the bottom on the juicer. There is the masticating juicer with a single auger. An auger is a tool with a helical shaft used for boring holes. The single auger is placed inside a conical shaped sieve. The food item is crushed and ground by the auger upon insertion in the masticating juicer and then pushed against the sieve for juice extraction. This is very useful when juicing tough produce. The third type of masticating juicer is the twin gear masticating juicer. It has two spiral gears fixed close together that crushes and grinds produce at slow speeds.
The main effect of masticating juicers is to extract juice from any food item, soft or tough, with as little oxidation as possible, as little pulp left over, and as much nutrients kept in the juice as possible. It is unrivaled in this task. The matter of choosing which type of masticating juicer is a personal choice.