Difference Between Masticating and Centrifugal Juicers – Plus a Kale Juice Recipe

In the summer, I tend to eat a lot more fruits, veggies and drink more smoothies and juices. It’s just too hot to cook anything. Follow me on instagram to get my latest juice recipes.

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If you are looking to invest in a juicer, I have you covered. Here is the difference between matriculating and centrifugal juicers and also a very easy and affordable juice recipe.

Centrifugal Juicers

How they work
A spinning basket shreds the fruits and vegetables using a sharp disc, pushing the juice through a fine strainer by centrifugal force.

Perfect for:

  • Anyone new to juicing
  • Making juices quickly
  • Budget shoppers


  • Easy to use
  • Juices quickly
  • Inexpensive


  • Adds oxygen to the juice, which means juices don’t keep as long
  • Added oxygen also decreases the nutritional value
  • Greens can be a little harder to juice
  • Cannot juice wheatgrass, sprouts  or nuts

Price Range:

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Masticating Juicers

(Also known as slow juicers, wheat grass juicers, cold press juicers, single gear juicers  or single auger juicers)

How they work
Masticating juicers “chew,” or masticate your produce by grinding (like teeth) and then squeezing the juice out.

Perfect for

  • People with a moderate-high budget for a juicer
  • People who juice frequently


  • High juice yield and less pulp
  • Generates less heat and foam, preserving more nutrients and enzymes
  • Can juice most fruits and vegetables including wheatgrass, cranberries and nuts
  • Versatile; depending on model and brand, some can be used to make baby foods, pates, sauces, nut butters, nut milks, banana ice creams and fruit sorbets


  • Usually have many more parts to clean than a centrifugal juicer
  • Longer prep time – shoots tend to be smaller requiring cutting fruit and vegetables into smaller pieces.
  • More costly than centrifugal juicers

Price Range: About $200 – $400

The explanation of juicers are courtesy of Reboot with Joe.

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Now that you know the difference  between juicers. Here is a great juice recipe for you to try.

What you will need:

  • 1 large bunch of organic kale
  • 3 medium sized organic gala apples
  • 1 large organic lime
  • Optional: 1-3 pieces of turmeric

Wash all fruits and vegetables. Cut apples and lime into small slices. In a matriculating juicer, alternate juicing kale leaves and apple slices. After kale and apples are juiced, add the turmeric and lime in juicer.

Strain and enjoy!

Makes 12-18ounces

Cost: It cost me $3 to make the juice.

  • Kale: $1 (Central Market)
  • Apples: $1 (Krogers)
  • Turmeric and Lime: $.50 (Central Market)

I recommend drinking 6 to 8 ounces of green juice a day. A 3 day supply costs roughly a $1 a day. Affordable!!!

Don’t let the cheap price tag fool you. This juice is amazing and packed with nutrients.

Benefits of Kale: Full of antioxidants, vitamin K and C. It also contains important minerals like iron, amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids. Compared to milk, Kale contains more protein and double the amount of calcium.

Benefits of Apples: An apple a day truly keeps the doctor away. Apples are naturally sweet but also contains polyphenols, which offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection to slow aging and deter illness. Polyphenols also aid in the battle against chronic health problems, such as cancer, heart disease and asthma.

Benefits of Lime: Limes and lime juice are have a plethora of benefits they can cure scurvy, constipation, diarrhea,  gout, ulcers and much more.

Benefits of Turmeric: The health benefits of turmeric have been recognized by Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. It has been used to treat everyday problems such as indigestion and flatulence, as well as more serious problems such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV, high cholesterol, heartburn, jaundice, liver disorders and menstrual disorders. Turmeric can also be applied topically in poultices to reduce inflammation and to relieve wounds, cuts and bruises.

Affordable and easy green juice


Tips for Beginner Juicers: Add an additional apple and/or a 1/4cup of fresh orange juice to the juice.

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1 Comment

  • shon gables says:

    I went the cheap route… and bought my juicer for 30 bucks or so from WalMart.
    I make a great lemonade juice!
    1 cucumber
    spearmint leaves to taste
    1 lemon.

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