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Different Types of Commercial Juicers

Juicing for your business can come in many different forms, so knowing the different types of juicers will come in handy as you decide which model matches your goals! With this juicer buying guide, we will walk you through the options to help you choose the right one.

Choosing the Right Commercial Juicer

Squeezing a lime with a stainless steel citrus reamer on a wooden table

When you are looking for a commercial juicer, there are two big questions you need to ask.

What Are You Juicing?

Not all juicers are created equal. Different types of juicers are ideal for juicing different types of fruits and vegetables.

If you only want to juice citrus fruits, then a manual or electric citrus juicer is a great choice for you. If you want to juice herbs or wheatgrass, you will want to go with a wheatgrass juicer.

How Much Are You Juicing?

The amount of juice you want to produce is an essential factor in picking the right juicer for your application. If you only want to squeeze some fresh lemon juice for cocktails, then a hand juicer might be just the thing for you. On the other hand, if you want to bottle juice for sale, you will want a higher volume unit like an orange juice machine or a centrifugal juicer.

Types of Juicers

The right type of juicer makes all the difference! Make sure you know which one best matches your business's needs and goals.

Manual Juicers

There are several different types of manual juicers - hand juicers, citrus squeezers, and manual juice presses - but the qualities they all have in common are that they are non-electric and they extract juice through squeezing or pressing the fruit. Typically, these juicers are used for citrus fruits like limes, lemons, oranges, and sometimes grapefruit.

Chef using a wooden reamer to juice half of a lemon into a glass measuring cup

Reamers

Application: Low-volume, infrequent use in bars or cafes

Used for: Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Grapefruit

How to Use: Halve the fruit. Press the reamer into the cut side of the fruit and twist firmly to release juice.

Worker using a citrus squeezer to juice half an orange into a white bowl

Citrus Squeezers

Application: Low-volume, infrequent use in bars, bakeries, or cafes

Used for: Lemons, Limes, Oranges

How to Use: Halve the fruit. For maximum efficiency, place the fruit in the extractor with the cut side down. Squeeze the handles together to invert the peel and extract the juice.

Chef using a manual juicer to juice half a lemon into a glass measuring cup

Juice Presses / Manual Juicers

Application: Low- to medium-volume use in bars, cafes, or concessions

Used for: Lemons, Limes, Oranges

How to Use: Halve the fruit. Place the cut side of the fruit down on the extractor. Pull down on the juicer’s handle to close the press and extract the juice.

Electric Juicers

If you need a unit to juice many different types of fruit, vegetables, greens, or herbs, or want to produce juice in higher volumes, then an electric commercial juicer is the way to go. High-volume electric citrus juicers are great for busy bars, while centrifugal juicers can handle many other types of fruits and veggies for juice bars and hotels. Plus, wheatgrass juicers are perfect for creating health-promoting wheatgrass shots to add to drinks and smoothies at spas and retreat centers.

Worker juicing celery with a centrifugal juicer

Centrifugal Juicers

Application: Medium- to high-volume use in juice bars, spas, restaurants, or cafes

Used for: Apples, Oranges, Celery, Limes, Lemons, Tomatoes, and other hard or firm fruits and vegetables with thick peels, large seeds, and stems removed

How to Use: Centrifugal juice extractors use a spinning metal mesh basket to pulp fresh foods and remove juice. Prepare fruits by removing thick skins, large seeds or pits, and stems, and cutting down to size. Turn on the juicer and allow it to reach full speed. Slowly add fruit and vegetables.

Worker juicing oranges using an electric citrus juicer

Citrus Juicers

Application: Medium-volume use in bars, restaurants, and concessions

Used for: Lemons, Limes, Oranges

How to Use: This type of citrus juice extractor uses a motorized spinning reamer to remove juice from citrus. To begin, halve and prepare the fruit. Turn on the machine. Press the cut side of the fruit firmly downward against the reamer, but not so hard that the reamer stops.

Masticating juicer set up to use with a clear juice container and a black waste container

Masticating Juicers

Application: Medium- to high-volume use in juice bars, spas, restaurants, or cafes

Used for: Spinach, Kale, Apples, Oranges, Celery, Limes, Lemons, Tomatoes, and other hard or soft fruits and vegetables with thick peels, large seeds, and stems removed

How to Use: Masticating or cold press juicers use an auger and strainer to remove juice from even tough greens. Prepare room temperature fruit and vegetables by removing peels, stems, and seeds, and cutting in half. Turn unit on. Slowly add foods to the chute. If needed, press down with the provided pusher.

Wheatgrass juicer sitting on a stainless steel table with a glass of green juice and a white pusher

Wheatgrass Juicers

Application: Medium- to high-volume use in juice bars, spas, restaurants, or cafes

Used for: Grasses, Sprouts, Herbs, Leafy Greens; not for use with fruit

How to Use: Cut grasses above the roots. Remove woody stems if present. Turn the unit on. Feed grasses or greens through the chute. Use the provided pusher to help feed the product into the machine.

Chef juicing foods using a Robot Coupe sieve

Sieves

Application: Medium- to high-volume use in restaurants, bakeries, or hotels

Used for: Cut fruits, whole berries, chopped olives, pre-cooked vegetables, sauces, bisques, ground fish

How to Use: Sieves use a strainer to separate seeds and skins from juice. Before beginning, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to prepare foods for processing. Load the product tray. Turn the unit on. Slowly feed product into the feed chute.

Commercial orange juice machine loaded with fresh oranges, dispensing juice into a glass

Orange Juice Machines

Application: Medium- to high-volume use in markets, spas, hotels, restaurants, or cafes

Used for: Oranges

How to Use: Ensure the machine is set up for operation. Add fruit to the feeding chute. Orange juice machines may vary, but in general simply press the lever to begin squeezing and press the stop button to stop squeezing.

Benefits of Fresh Juice

There is no doubt that fresh-squeezed juice is full of healthy vitamins and nutrients. And offering this option to customers at your health club, spa, restaurant, or hotel can be pretty healthy for your bottom line, too!

How Juice Can Grow Your Business

Plastic glass of fresh orange juice in brunch setting

If you are looking for a profitable way to expand your menu, adding fresh juices may be the way to go.

  • Reduce Waste: If produce is past its prime for serving whole, you may be able to use it in juices and smoothies rather than throwing it out.
  • Big Profits: Fresh juice products can have high profit margins and minimal overhead.
  • All Day Sales: Juice can be paired with breakfast orders, sold after mid-day workouts and spa treatments, or stirred into specialty cocktails at night.
  • On Trend: Fresh juices are popular and trendy, plus you can cash in on consumers' growing desire to eat healthy.
  • A Healthy Option: Cater to a wider customer base by providing health-conscious customers with an option that fits their lifestyle.
  • Switch it Up: Seasonal juices made using local ingredients can show a commitment to your community while drawing customers back to see what's new, all year long.

The Health Benefits of Juicing

Green wheatgrass juice pouring from the spout of a juicer into a plastic glass

Juice contains many beneficial nutrients and it can be a great way to add more variety of fruits and vegetables to the diet. For customers who are looking for that benefit, or just want a healthy and refreshing alternative to sugary sodas or coffee drinks, fresh juice is a delicious option. Many types of juice (like wheatgrass) are also great for adding boosts of energy and nutrients to smoothies and drinks!

One thing to keep in mind is that health experts don't recommend using juice as a meal replacement. Also, eating fruits and veggies whole will still give you the most benefit. Many types of juice just don't contain the same amount of fiber and certain other nutrients as their whole food counterparts.

So, is fresh-squeezed juice good for you? The short answer is, yes! But remember that there is more to the story.

Juicing Safety and Regulations

Chef wearing gloves and feeding wheetgrass into a wheatgrass juicer

Creating homemade juices can be a healthy and profitable addition to your menu - or a great business on its own! But keep in mind that there are some special considerations when you are selling, bottling, or distributing fresh juice.

Juicing Regulations and Licensing

Many municipalities and health departments have special requirements for juicing operations. Be sure to check with your city and state regulatory agencies before starting your juice operation.

HACCP Guidelines

Because juice is prepared from fresh foods and is often not processed further, it is especially important to ensure that fruits and vegetables are clean, follow food safety guidelines, and have documentation procedures in place.

A HACCP plan is a great way to ensure safety in any food operation. It is highly recommended for juice-making operations and sometimes even required if you will be selling your product off site. Be sure to check all the necessary regulatory codes to see if you are required to have a HACCP plan.

Using Juicers Safely

Commercial juicing equipment has moving parts that break down fruits, vegetables, greens, or herbs to remove the juice from the solids. Because of this, you will want to follow a few simple safety guidelines.

  • Read the manufacturer's instructions for use of your unit to ensure safe operation.
  • Ensure that all staff members who will be using the equipment are properly trained.
  • Never push food through a juicer using your hands or cooking utensils. Use only the provided pusher.
  • Be sure food is properly prepared before placing it in the juicer. Depending on the type of produce used and the type of juicer, large seeds, stems, and thick peels should be removed. You may also need to cut up large items.

Keeping Juice Extractors Clean

To make sure your juice production equipment is always ready to use, it is important to clean the units right away after they have been used. Waiting to clean a juicer allows residual juice and pulp to dry in the machine, making it difficult to clean later. Many types of fruit juice are quite acidic, too, so cleaning your unit right away will help reduce corrosion.

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