Originally, juicers were large, awkward and difficult to clean because they were full of parts that needed to be removed and carefully washed by hand. Through innovative technology, it has been possible to stream line juicing machines and make them more friendly to use and much easier to clean up afterwards. On today’s market, there are two main types of juicing machines that are the masticating juicers and the centrifugal juicers. We will give an example of each of the three types of juicing machines and how they are cleaned to get an idea of what this necessary process entails.
A good example of the masticating juicer group is the Champion 2000. Masticating juicers use a single auger gear that slowly rotates spirally to “chew” the fruit or vegetable and actually break down its cellular structure and then press it through a straining basket. The pulp, consisting of the foods solid matter, comes out very dry from masticating juicers which means that the majority of the juice has been extracted. After a juicing session is completed, the removable parts should be washed immediately to prevent the residue from drying onto the parts.
For masticating juicers, such as the Champion 2000, you will need to clean the feed chute where the produce enters the machine, as well as the auger or gear structure, the straining basket that separates the liquid juice from the solid pulp and the receptacles that catch the juice and the pulp. All of the parts can be washed in cold water with a mild dish detergent. Most masticating juicers come with a special brush that makes cleaning the straining basket much easier.
Omega makes a great line of centrifugal juicers, including the Omega J8006. Centrifugal juicers grind the produce until it is a mushy consistency and then rapidly spin it to separate the juice from the solid pulp. Under this category, the juicers are subdivided by whether the pulp is automatically expelled from the machine or it needs to be manually removed. Obviously, the ones that automatically expel the pulp are much easier to clean. To ease in the cleaning of the centrifugal juicers that do not automatically expel the pulp, it is suggested that a paper filter, such as a coffee machine filter be placed inside of the straining basket. When it is time to clean out the pulp, the entire paper filter can be lifted away and the screen will not become clogged with pulp.
If a coffee filter is not used, cleaning the straining basket will require the use of a brush to clear the pulp from the holes. The parts of a centrifugal juicer that need to be cleaned are the feed chute and pusher, the straining basket, and the receptacle for the juice. In addition, if it is one that automatically expels the pulp, you will need to clean the pulp receptacle. Another cleaning trick is to line the pulp receptacle with a plastic grocery bag for easy cleanup. Some of the centrifugal juicers have parts that can be cleaned on the top rack of a dishwasher while others need to be washed in cool water with a mild dish detergent.