The difference between Juicers and Blenders

By on August 27, 2014
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While most people know that there is a difference between a juicer and a blender, the majority don’t know of what those specific differences are. Each device has its own culinary niche and unique functionality. In general, blenders are great for chopping up ingredients for smoothies while juicers are ideal for juicing foods to create less bulky juices. Let’s take a closer look at the nuances of each machine.



The difference between juicers and blenders

A blender is used to liquefy foods like fruits and vegetables. Many people purchase a blender to turn solid foods into a mush-like substance that is used to create smoothies. Blenders are operated electrically and contain very sharp blades to finely chop foods. The blades spin at high rates of speed in order to cut through the food and slice it up into very small pieces.

A blender serves more functions than a juicer as it can be used for more than a single purpose. Blenders can make smoothies, baby food, cocktails and provide the general mixing of two or more foods. Anyone who doesn’t have a small food processor can lean on his blender to slice and dice foods for a variety of recipes.

Blenders do not separate parts of food that are put into it like seeds and peels. This means that such items will be blended into the mixture and included in the end product. The typical result is a very nutritious mixture that is oftentimes high in fiber. This means that blenders can be used with a wide variety of foods, even if they are low in water content. Feel free to blend tough foods that can’t be processed by the typical juicers. These include items like avocados and tomatoes. Just remember to cut up the foods before attempting to blend them. This will help the blender process them in an efficient manner and not put too much of a strain on the blender’s blades. If you don’t cut the foods finely enough, they could become jammed inside of the blender.

Feel free to add in powdered supplements, salsa, soups and dips to blenders as well. If you choose your blender’s contents wisely, you’ll be able to use the resulting creation as a meal replacement. The most popular way to use a blenders is to create a smoothie. Many smoothie aficionados carefully pick out their smoothie ingredients to include numerous fruits, vegetables and supplements in the proper amounts in order to drink their meal instead of eating it. Most blender users will brag that their machines are easy to clean and that smoothies take little time to make. Smoothies can also last upwards of two days in the refrigerator while juices typically have to be consumed within a couple hours of their creation.


The difference between juicers and blenders

A juicer is an appliance that extracts the juice predominantly from fruits and vegetables. It functions to remove the liquid juice from a fruit’s pulp. This oftentimes results in an end product without the fiber that is produced from foods that are blended. The juicer completely separates the juices from the fibers by sending the fiber and pulp to a separate chamber of the juicer. The sieved juice flows out of the juicer’s spout and is collected for the operator to pour into a glass. This means that users of juicers will only be able to use them for foods that have a high amount of water content. Don’t try to use a juicer to juice a banana or an avocado as there’s not enough water or moisture in them to be processed by the machine.

Users of juicers don’t have to cut up items that will be juiced unless they are significant in size. Juicers are designed to operate with real food and it is not advisable to add in other ingredients like powdered supplements. Yet there are some juicers than can be used for liquid items with small bits of solid food like soup.

While it might seem like juicers have less advantages compared to blenders, they allow users to easily create concoctions to cleanse the body and provide energy boosting nutrition with few calories. Many people value their juicers as juice can help to cure digestive problems from the inside out and provide a quick influx of vitamins and nutrients. Since a juicer removes the pulp and fiber from foods, the leftover nutritional content can be more easily and quickly absorbed by the body and its bloodstream. This provides a fantastic kick start and supplies cells with a fast and direct source of nutrition.

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