Steam juicers are getting more and more famous everyday as everyone starts to know how excellent the juice made from steam juicers is. Steam juicers are simply juicers which use steam to extract the juice from the fruits. Usually, there are three compartments in a steam juicer: In the bottom there is the water pan where the water is heated until it produces steam, above which is the juice kettle where the juice is collected and placed on top is the steam basket where the fruits that are going to be juiced are placed.
Steam juicers are usually built from stainless steel or aluminum, or both with the body being constructed from stainless steel and the bottom from aluminum. Although a stainless steel steam juicer is sometimes preferred over the other due to many allegations that eating/cooking using aluminum kitchen utensils may cause “Alzheimer’s Disease”.
Now into a more detailed explanation of how a steam juicer works. Steam juicers work by heating the fruit using steam, which breaks the cell walls to allow the juice to be extracted into a juice kettle. It can then be stored in jars or bottles. Because of the requirement of heat and the way the juice is extracted, the produced juice is in a concentrated form. As a result, steam juicers are just perfect if you plan on making concentrates, jellies, jams and syrups. A disadvantage to steam juicers, however, is that they may only juice certain soft fruits and are unable to juice vegetables.
To juice fruits using the steam juicer, you must first pour water into the water pan until it is full. Place it on a stove and leave it there to boil. Place the juice kettle atop the water pan. It is here where the juice will travel to when it is extracted from the fruit. Next, rinse the fruits that you want to juice and place it inside the steam basket and leave it there to steam. After nearly 40 minutes, the juice will start to gather in juice kettle, and it will take another hour for the entire procedure to be completed.
There are two chief producers of steam juicers: A Finnish firm called Opa, who manufacture the Mehu-Liisa Steamer and Back to Basics who also manufacture a similar appliance. Both recipes and instructions are included with the steamers, even though they are quite user-friendly, with easy and simple usage. They are also very easy to clean as no moving parts are involved and they require no electricity.
Other benefits of steam juicers, which also include the Mehu-Liisa and the Back to Basics, are that they may also be used as a steam cooker. Simply by removing the juice kettle, it turns into a steam cooker which is the healthiest way to prepare vegetables. Other food items such as rice, poultry, fish, etc. may also be steamed using the steam juicer. The steam basket can also serve as a colander and used to drain spaghetti, vegetables and other garden produce quickly. As well as that, the water pan may also be used as a sizeable pan for simmering, stewing and boiling.
Even though steam juicers are ideal for producing jams and jellies, and that the produced juice may be stored without the need for refrigeration, they have a major drawback when it is compared with a conventional juicer. A standard juicer produces juice using methods that require grinding, shredding or pressing to break the cell wall and release the juice from the produce. The juice which is produced is fresh juice rich in enzymes and numerous other beneficial nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Steam juicers, however, do not produce fresh juice. The juice is cooked while being extracted from the fruit. As the juice is heated, all the enzymes are destroyed as well as most of the other valuable nutrients found inside the juice. Most of the canned or bottled juices available in markets are heated so as to make the juice shelf-stable by depriving them of the enzymes. Juices of this sort are lower in the quality of nutrients available, when compared to fresh juice. It is claimed that one of the most beneficial properties of fresh juices are the enzymatic activity found in the juice, and is wasted once the juice is heated.
The steam juicer is mostly advantageous for people who need a method to preserve their produce so that they may be used to make concentrates, jams and jellies in the future. But when it comes to juicing, it is not the best way to go, as it does not produce the healthiest juice possible.