If you’ve recently taken an interest in learning about the benefits of juicing or finding out what is a masticating juicer, then you know that the juice produced by these machines is able to retain the nutritional value of the juice and it can also produce a higher yield compared to other types of juicers. However, if you’ve ever seen a centrifugal juicer in action, then you also know that the masticating juicer operates at a much slower rate in comparison. Which is why reviewing the SKG slow masticating was especially interesting, considering it’s supposed to be one of the fastest masticating juicers around, thanks to its wider chute design.
Read on to learn more about this lower-priced masticating juicer and find out if it has what it takes to handle daily use.
Overview and Features
This juicer’s larger chute can shave several minutes off your next juicing session. This is a vertically designed model that has a three-inch wide chute that can reduce the amount of time you spend cutting up produce, since it can easily handle larger chunks of fruits and veggies. The juicer’s self-feeding design allows the juicer to handle most of the work without the need to use a food pusher.
The low speed of the juicer makes it a great choice for the juicing enthusiast searching for a model that’s able to produce a juice with a higher vitamin and mineral content. The juicer’s sturdy build and the anti-oxidative materials used in the juicer’s construction are just some of the reasons why SKG has a hard time keeping this juicer on the shelves.
This is a dual stage masticating juicer, which allows the machine’s auger to efficiently squeeze a higher juice yield out of each batch. Versatile, you can easily extract juice from hard veggies such as sweet potatoes and carrots, or difficult veggies such as kale and chard. The dual stage juicing process is what ensures maximum extraction capability.
This machine comes with a ten year warranty on the motor and a two year warranty on all other parts.
The juicer runs on a two hundred and forty watt motor that rotates the auger at sixty RPMs. This will reduce foam and oxidation.
The machine is made out of high-quality anti-oxidative materials. It comes equipped with an impressively hard auger that features a design that’s similar to the popular Ultem auger, which you’ll find in higher priced models.
This model comes with a few strainers. The first strainer is for making purees, while the main strainer is designed for juicing. The third strainer is specifically designed for tofu. Unfortunately, the machine doesn’t come with a strainer cleaning tool, but it can be easily cleaned with a wire bristled brush immediately after juicing.
On the juicer’s bowl outlet you’ll find a cap attached, which will prevent any juice from spilling or dripping when you remove or replace the juice container. When you close the cap you can thoroughly mix the ingredients. However, closing the cap will allow the pulp to soak up more of the juice before it’s ejected. This can result in wet pulp and a much lower yield.
This model consists of ten parts, in addition to a cleaning brush and a tofu strainer.
Like most models of vertical juicers, you should juice your fruits and veggies in sequence. Begin with some hard fruits and veggies and switch to soft, before going back to hard produce. This sequence will keep the mesh working at the optimal level since the hard fruits and veggies will force the softer produce through the mesh. To make clean up easier, make sure you finish up with some hard produce.
When juicing, as you push food through the chute, you’ll want to use as little pressure as possible in order to prevent clogging. This model can easily handle soft ingredients such as mangoes, kiwi, and bananas.
This is one of the best cold press juicers on the market. It offers an excellent yield, which is what you would expect from a juicer that offers sixty RPMs. The juicer produces a minimal amount of pulp, which results in a better tasting final product.
Reverse Motor Function
The reverse motor function should be used if fruits or veggies get trapped in the auger. The reverse function will allow the auger to move in reverse in order to free the debris.
Cleaning this juicer is also pretty easy. You can expect to spend the majority of your time on the filter. Using the included brush you’ll want to first soak the mesh filters in warm soapy water, then scrub it down thoroughly in order to remove any tiny bits and pieces of fruits and veggies. We recommend cleaning the juicer immediately after use, which will prevent the produce from drying and sticking to the surfaces. In order to cut down on cleaning time, line the pulp container with a ziplock bag to catch the pulp.
This model comes with a few parts that you can use to make a variety of different beverages and foods. The smoothie strainer can be used for both smoothies and sorbets, while the tofu strainer is designed for making tofu.
If you love juicing, then a masticating juicer is the way to go. The reason this model operates at a much slower speed compared to your average centrifugal machine is to minimize oxidation, which occurs when heat is generated during the juicing process. Since the masticating juicer squeezes the fruits and veggies instead of using a fast spinning blade to shred them, no heat is generated. This allows essential enzymes to remain intact. This juicer is also able to produce more juice compared to a centrifugal juicer, so there’s less waste. In terms of results, this model can yield up to ninety percent.
Weighing in at sixteen pounds, this is a durable, well-constructed juicer. The stainless steel design improves the juicer’s stability during use.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Wider than average chute
- Quiet operation
- Large juice container
- High juice yield
- Comes with three strainers
- Juice cap with drip-free design
- Can struggle to juice softer fruits and veggies
The juicer does a great job of juicing a variety of fruits and veggies. However, unlike the Omega NC800HDS Juice Extractor and Nutrition Center it tends to struggle with leafy green veggies, and requires the user to keep a close eye on the juicer in order to prevent a clog.
The veggies must be cut down into at least 1/8 -inch pieces in order to prevent clogging and to promote a smoother, fast extraction process.
You should avoid using products that are very soft, especially overripe fruit. This is because the auger will be unable to squeeze it efficiently, which will result in a lower juice yield.
The machine’s lower RPM means that the juice will not rapidly oxidize once extracted, which is what normally happens when you juice with a centrifugal model. The juice can also be stored for a longer period of time. With masticating juicers, the juice will remain fresh for up to seventy-two hours.
When you set up the machine to make a smoothie, make sure you close the juice cap. Additionally, the spinning brush and juice container can be removed since all of the processed fruits and veggies will end up exiting through the pulp outlet.
The SKG slow masticating juicer is a low priced alternative to many other models of vertical masticating juicers that easily cost twice the price. It has a larger than average feed chute that helps to cut down on prep time, however, some types of produce will still need to but cut into smaller pieces. This juicer can handle harder produce well, but does struggle if juicing soft fruit and veggies only. Overall, this model is worth a second look, especially if you’re on a tight budget. We gave this model a rating of four and a half stars.