The Great Debate:
Juicing vs Blending
Juices vs Smoothies
Last Release the Grease we had, we told folks who had a blender that they couldnt participate. Because this is a REAL Juice Cleanse. So lots of people who wanted to join in on the healing had to bow out because they thought that they had something with their little Nutribullet or Vitamix. I think what gets me the most is that even though these are great tools, for some reason people keep calling the product of using these units – JUICES. They are not Juices. And I really want to know where that wrong information is coming from.
This time around we said, to hell with it….folks want to get healthy! So let them! So we have a whole nother group of people who are juicing or blending or doing both. Because at the end of the day, getting healthier is getting healthier. So let’s look at the differences between the two so we can understand better. If you are bored someday and want to stir up some trouble, walk up to a juicing friend and tell him that you bought a new blender so you can make juices, too. Then look out!
Die-hard juicers are adamant that “juicing” refers only to creating juices in a juice extractor appliance. In fact, juicers who favor the centrifugal machine (lowest priced and most common) will even take sides with owners of pricier “auger” machines when they have to defend against the blender/smoothie/Vitamix™ crowd.
Smoothie aficionados seem to have more of an open-door policy. They are often amused at the strict juicing rules and have two questions for juicers:
* Why are you wasting all of that good fibrous pulp?
* What do you do about getting enough protein?
So what distinguishes a juice from a smoothie? Asked another way: what is the difference between juicing and blending?
Smoothies and juices are both made from raw vegetables, leafy greens, or fruit.
* Organic fruit and vegetables are washed and added to the machine for both methods.
* Non-organic produce must be peeled first.
* Frozen ingredients are acceptable.
* Certain soft seeds (melon, tomato, papaya) are allowed into a juicer, which would pulverize them.
* Seeds are normally not included in smoothies.
* Liquids such as milk, water or yogurt are added to smoothies.
* Very rarely, coconut water is added to juice, after extraction.
* Supplements like protein powder or chia seeds are put into the smoothie mix.
* Juicerians would never allow this.
Manual citrus squeezers exist, as do electric blending wands, but most juicing and blending takes place in electrical counter-top appliances.
* Blenders can be bought for as little $19 at discount stores.
* Juicers start at around $50 and can go for an much as $2500.
* Deluxe blenders that can even blend soup start around $400.
* Blenders are simple to clean after use. The base of the carafe unscrews so the blades can be washed.
* Juicers take a little more work to clean. The stainless steel mesh screen must be scrubbed, the pulp catcher needs to be rinsed or cleaned, and the feeder chute and main bowl and pitcher need to be washed.
* For smoothies, everything can be added all at once to the blender.
* The operator can choose between settings (puree, whip, mix).
* Liquid can be trickled in through an opening in the top to better control consistency.
* For juices, the produce must be fed through the top and pushed down into the machine.
* This can be a slow process.
* All output from the blender is consumable immediately.
* The juicer separates water and nutrients (juice) from fibrous pulp. The pulp can be discarded or used for baking or frozen for future smoothies.
Do some households own both types of machines, a juicer as well as a blender? Absolutely! In fact, there are some recipes that call for extracting juice and then continuing by adding the juice with ingredients in a blender.
Go experiment if you have two machines. But for goodness’s sake, just don’t call a smoothie a juice!
How is day 5 going? Well, its Saturday! So Let’s finish this off with a BANG!
Peace and Love