How to Use Steam Juicers – Best Steam Juicer Reviews

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If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard of masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers.

Masticating juicers, also known as slow juicers, are the type of juicer that “chews” your ingredients.

The centrifugal juicers are the type of juicers that are quite similar to a blender.

So, what on earth is a steam juicer?

And, if you’re interested in possibly purchasing one, how do you know what the best steam juicers are?

What makes them good?

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I will answer all of those questions and more as we continue on through this article. Sit back and get ready to learn, and then juice!

Ok so first off, what is a steam juicer?

Well, before we answer that, what is steam?

Juicer machines usually do not operate on steam, but it is in fact quite effective.

Steam is the moisture that rises up as water is boiled. It can be quite hot so you need to be careful around it!

Steam juicers look very similar to a double boiler.

If you’ve never seen a double boiler, it’s basically two pots (one on top of the other) that you set on the stove. The bottom one is filled with water. The top pot is heated by the steam that rises up from the water in the pot below.

A steam juicer works much in the same way, although the juicers have three pots instead of two.

Steam juicers, just like double boilers, are a stack of pots that sit one on top of the other on your stove.

Unlike double boilers, a steam juicer has a tube that comes out of the pot stack to feed the juice out into another container.

How do you know how to use steam juicers?

Using steam juicers is super simple!

All you do is wash your fruit and/or veggies and throw them into the juicer.

No need to peel or cut the ingredients!

You are throwing your ingredients into the top pot. The pot below the top pot is where the juice collects (the top pot has holes in the bottom of the pot so the juice can drip through and collect in the middle pot). The tube I mentioned before comes out through the middle pot for the juice to be stored in another container.

The very bottom pot is where the water is kept and boiled in order for steam to be produced for the juicer to work.

You need to make sure that pot doesn’t boil out all the water.

It can be difficult to keep checking the water level though with two pots sitting on top!

One suggestion I have is to put a few glass marbles into the boiling water. Once the water level drops, you’ll start to hear the marbles rattling against the bottom of the pot. When that happens, you’ll know to add more water!

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What are the pros and cons of steam juicers?

First, let’s focus on the pros:

Steam juicers are easy, easy, easy to use!

As I mentioned, the only prep work required for the ingredients you are using for the juice is to wash them and toss them into the pot. Couldn’t get any easier than that!

Steam juicers are also excellent choices for making large amounts of juice

Traditional juicers are excellent except you usually have to keep feeding the ingredients into the juicer as you make the juice. That’s fine if it’s just a cup or two of juice. However, if you want to make several gallons of juice that take a lot more effort on your part.

Steam juicers, on the other hand, can have lots of ingredients put in it right from the start. Then your only job is to fill up the bottom pot with water whenever it runs low. You can put up your feet and watch the juice as it’s made!

Another benefit is that you get very little pulp in the juice made from a steam juicer

I know some people prefer pulp, so this is more of a preference thing whether it’s a benefit or a disadvantage but I’m one of the people who prefers juice without pulp so for me this is a definite win!

What are the cons of steam juicers?

One con is how the juice is made.

Steam juicers use steam to heat the ingredients until they burst and juice is produced

The heating of the ingredients will destroy some of the nutritional benefits of the juice that would otherwise stay intact in other types of juicers (particularly in masticating juicers).

Another disadvantage is that steam juicers produce juice with practically no pulp

As I mentioned before this is a disadvantage or an advantage depending on how you look at it.

If your goal is a really nutritious juice, though, having at least some fiber in your juice is healthy so in that case, the lack of pulp is a disadvantage.

One last disadvantage is that steam juicers aren’t very child-friendly

Steam juicers get very hot and would be difficult to put together for a child who may not be particularly tall or strong yet.

More traditional juicers can be easier for a child to operate so if you want your children to be drinking juice regularly, it may be helpful to have a safer, easier machine for them to use.

Considering everything, though, steam juicers are an effective simple way to make homemade juice.

Making grape juice with a steam juicer or making a grape-apple with a steam juicer are two examples of popular juices to make. Many people enjoy making jelly, juice, cider, or even wine with the juice produced. Canning apple juice and canning grape juice and canning all sorts of other juices are excellent ways to use the juice and preserve it for later.

Many people enjoy making jelly, juice, cider, or even wine with the juice produced.

Canning apple juice and canning grape juice and canning all sorts of other juices are excellent ways to use the juice and preserve it for later.

So, if you want to buy your own steam juicer, which are the best steam juicers available to buy?

I’ve picked three of my favorites to show you below.

#1. Mehu-Liisa – Stainless Steel Steam Juicer & Food Steamer

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One awesome juicer is the beautiful stainless steel one.

It’s not only able to make juice, but you can even use it as a traditional food steamer if you so desire.

It is very durable and should last you a good long time.

The tube on it to release the juice from the juicer has a clamp on it so you can decide when you want to release the juice.

One thing that should be noted is that the tube for the juice to be let out by is at the bottom of the middle pot. Since it’s at the bottom, it tends to let more pulp flow out than is normal for a steam juicer (since the pulp settles at the bottom). As we’ve already discussed, you may or may not want pulp so it’s something to keep in mind.

If you would like this juicer but don’t want the pulp, an easy fix is to run the finished juice through a strainer at the very end to make it a clearer juice.

Here is a video tutorial on steam juicing sweet Bing cherries with the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer:

 

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#2. Deluxe Stainless Steel Steam Juicer with Tempered Glass Lid

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Another beautiful juicer, this one is especially nice in that it has a glass lid topping the juicer.

This way, you can see how things are progressing inside without needing to raise the lid and release the heat and steam that’s been building up.

The product is quite light and easy to move around. The heaviest part of the whole thing is the lid.

Outside of juicing, another use for this product is that it is an efficient way to make distilled water.

Either way, whether you are making water or juice, the juice section holds a good four quarts of liquid (which of course you can empty as many times as you want through the attached tube).

#3. Cook N Home 11-Quart Stainless-Steel Juicer Steamer

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Last but not least, this is another high-quality steam juicer.

The lid on this one is not glass, but it is tight fitting and holds heat and moisture inside very well.

You can use it on any stove top, and it is very easy to clean. No little blades inside to clean like other types of juicers!

One little thing to watch for is that the handles can heat up on this one.

Just to be on the safe side to avoid burning yourself, it would be best to use pot holders while handling the pot during its time juicing.

Overall, another great juicer worth every penny spent on it!

There you have it.

A little guide to the world of steam juicers.

Obviously, there are lots more juicers out there, and we could go quite in depth on some of the different recipes of ingredient combinations (Don’t get me started on recipes. There are so many delicious fruit ones!), but I do hope this overview has been helpful.

 

To review what we’ve talked about, remember how this type of juicer uses steam to break open the fruits and vegetables to then produce juice.

The steaming processes are much simpler and take less work on your part that other types of juicing because you only have to wash the ingredients.

No need to chop it up or peel it!

Steam juicing is also on the easier side because once it starts making juice, you can sit back and relax. No need to constantly keep feeding veggies and fruits into the machine.

Also, remember how steam juicers don’t make much pulp.

You need to decide for yourself whether having pulp in your juice is important to you or not.

Also, steam juicers are using steam, and thus heat, to produce the juice it’s giving you.

As I mentioned before, this means some of the nutrients from the juice will die.

Is that ok with you?

If you just plan to drink the juice you may want a different type of juicer that will preserve the nutrients.

However, if you plan to make the juice into a type of heated product (such as jelly) then having the juice heated as it’s made won’t make much of a difference at all.

Also, keep in mind that steam juicers aren’t particularly child-friendly, at least not if you’re wanting your child to make the juice.

With the heat of the steam and the temperature of the heating pots, it would be better for children to not be involved in the juice making process with a steam juicer.

If you want your children to help you make juice, and perhaps make their own juice by themselves, it would serve you better to get a smaller masticating juicer that won’t have the danger of hot steam or fast-spinning blades. Masticating juicers are the type that slowly “chew” food and are in general a bit safer for children.

However, if children aren’t the ones making the juice and you want a juicer that can make large quantities of juice in a fairly fast amount of time, steam juicers are hard to beat!

Steam juicers are particularly nice for individuals or families with large amounts of produce.

Whether they have a farm or just a large garden or a long grapevine, if people have a big amount of produce, steam juicers are great ways to use up and save the produce before it goes bad.

Final Verdict

There’s no right or wrong answer about whether you need a steam juicer or another type, it’s just up to your preferences!

Think through the type of juice and amount of juice you want to make, and consider what is important to you in juice.

Are you doing it mainly for the nutrients or for the flavor?

Do you want your children involved?

Do you have a large amount of produce?

Once you’ve thought it through, you may even want more than one type of juicer!

Either way, following any of my guides you’re sure to end up with a product you can rely on for great quality juice for many years to come.

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