There are some common juicer and blender problems, and learning to avoid or fix them will help elongate the life for your juicer or blender.
Blender problems will include motor over heating, dull blades, and little openings where leftover juice and liquids store, grow bacteria and ultimately start to smell. If you are having these problems it's probably because you don't have enough power in your blender, or the blades are not strong enough for use in the jobs your expecting to execute. Whether you are using an inexpensive blender or a high priced one, it's important to find one that covers a few basic characteristics that make using, cleaning and storing a snap.
Here are some key things to look for when shopping for a blender.
- Check the rpm's on your blender. Look for one that is built for frozen drinks, crushing ice and other heavy duty jobs that would require a bit more power.
- Be sure to look for the manufacturer's warranty. DO NOT buy a blender with less than a two year warranty. Be sure your warranty covers over heating, and motor damage. Sometimes you can find warranty's that cover or guarantee the blades will never dull.
- Look for overload and power on safe guards to ensure the safety and for prolonging your blender.
- Check out the ratings on specific blenders you decide to purchase. You can easily find them on line on sites such as "Good House Keeping" etc. You might even want to look up the specific brand name which you choose to purchase on their independent website.
- Choose a name brand you trust. Chances are if you own an appliance from that name brand and it serves you well your blender will probably live up to the reputation.
- Choose a blender that will be easy to clean and store. Most blenders are made dishwasher safe which can be a big help in cleaning, so be sure to look for the sign "Dish washer safe."
A Juicer, on the other hand, is designed for an entirely different purpose than the blender. The first problem with a juicer is that you may have purchased it with the understanding it will perform as a blender. A juicer is designed to squeeze, press or suck the juice out of the fruit or vegetables you put into it. The pulp remains in the machine and only the juice is extracted.
Physical concerns of a juicer are similar to a blender in respect to power, cleaning and food preparation before using. Other considerations include:
- The power to juice the pulp dry. "Wet pulp" means than there is still juice within the food and not just pulp is being wasted. It is also harder to clean when there is wet pulp still in the machine.
- Larger feed chutes. Larger chutes will require less pre cutting of fruits and vegetables to fit into the chute. This will save preparation and clean up times.
- A stronger motor, that is not for speed but for strength. The motor should be able to easily process fruits with harder textures without over heating. Look for over load protection in the machine as well.
Another concern with a juicer is nutritional. What is removed during the juicing process is the fiber, which is vital to aid in the digestion process. Several fruits and vegetables processed through a juicer, the highest nutritional content is left in the skin, which the juicer discards. It is not an unusual symptom of "juicers" to become constipated.