It seems like the concept of extracting nutritious juices from various fruits and vegetables, as well as grasses and herbs, has been around forever. There are actually some sources that state juicing was even mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls that date back before 150 BC. Throughout history, there have been many people that realized the benefits of consuming juices from raw fruits and vegetables.
As a result, many commercial juicers were developed. The initial cumbersome machines removed the juices by using a hydraulic press and this concept is actually still used today, although there have been many upgrades and alterations to streamline the juicing process and make the machines more user-friendly.
Most of the improvements to the juicing process were done by a man named Dr. Norman Walker who did a lot of research on the benefits of consuming the juice of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. Around 1930, he developed a line of juicers called the Norwalk juicers which are still available on the market today. Many authors, including Dr. Walker, described the benefits of drinking juices made with these machines. They told everyone that eating whole fruits and vegetables is definitely good for the body, but the juicers are capable of extracting even more enzymes, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, and minerals from those foods. Dr. Walker did not just tell others of the benefits of juicing. His own diet consisted of mostly raw and fresh fruits and vegetables, including juices that he made with his Norwalk juicer. Some records claim that he lived a healthy life until he passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of ninety-nine.
The public was easily convinced that consuming this type of juice would help them live longer and healthier lives. The health conscious people of the world took note of Dr. Walker’s work and the popularity of juicing grew, especially in the 70’s. Various types of juicers, including the centrifugal and twin gear juicers, were developed for easy use in the comfort of people’s homes everywhere. As technology developed along side the manufacturing of the juicers, innovative new machines were created. The price of owning a juicer decreased due to the fact that manufacturing them became easier and more efficient. With lower pricing, it was not long before consumers around the world were producing their own raw fruit and vegetable juices right in the comfort of their own kitchens.
The development of the juicing process has come a long way since the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The juicers that are available on today’s market are based on the same concepts that formed the original juicing machines. However, today’s models are more streamlined and compact in size. Some of them can even be considered to be decorative enough to leave out on the kitchen counter instead of quickly being hidden away in cupboards whenever company comes to visit. On top of their appealing looks, today’s juicers are extremely simple to take care of with many of them having removable parts that can be safely cleaned in a dishwasher.