Tips and Tricks Before You Start Juicing

by Best Juicer on March 15, 2013

Purchasing a juicer is more than just buying a normal food processor. It is about a changed lifestyle. It is a chosen lifestyle towards a healthier and fitter you!

If you have just bought a juicer or are considering investing on one, here are some important tips and tricks before you start juicing.

Fruits and Vegetables:

Tips and Tricks

  • In general, soft or squashy fruits do not create juices very well. Some examples of these fruits are ripe pears, berries, and mangoes. These types of fruits turn out to be slushy once processed in your juicer. If you really
    want them in your diet, mix them up with harder and crunchy ingredients like apples and celery.
  • When it comes to vegetables, take note that the leafy green types have stronger taste. If you are new to juicing green vegetables, it is advised that you start by cutting  heir leaves off. Take for example celery, the stalk of celery may taste neutral in contrast to its leaves that have strong taste. It takes time to get used to it. Once you are ready, you can later on try incorporating the leaves into your diet.
  • The healthiest types of juices are actually those that have dark green leaves. However, as mentioned above, the flavor its juices may not taste as good compared to tomatoes and broccolis. As a solution, you may opt to add other flavors or neutralizers like apple and pears to balance the taste of the drink. However, also take note that adding more than one stabilizer such as apple and carrot may not blend well with vegetables. Knowing the right mix requires experimentation and research. So do not hesitate to explore different mixtures. What may taste good to you, may not taste good to others.


Appliance:

    • Once the motor is started, plunge your fruits or vegetables down halfway, keep topping up your ingredients, and continue to juice until everything is juiced. Keep the machine on for about 15-30 seconds. It will surprise you to see how much more juice can come out of the machine.
    • Unlike other food processors, juicer machines take time to process the ingredients inserted down its chute. In order to make the juicing process smooth, do not put too much force and pressure when you put the ingredients down its chute, especially for hard pieces like carrots.
    • If you like pineapples, always juice them at the end. Some fibrous fruits like pineapple do not juice very well compared to other fruits like apple and mangoes. These fibrous fruits contain fibers that can block the filter of the machine. Hence, take note to juice them last.
    • Juicing vegetables like cabbages and kale can often cause the chute to jam. To prevent a jammed chute, which usually happens with leafy vegetables, try to rub oil around the chute before processing. Another way to avoid this problem is by chopping them off before putting them in the chute of your juicer.

 

Cleaning:

  • Wash your juicing machine right after using it. Leaving it alone unclean can cause the juicer to stain. Left over pulps has the tendency to harden which can make the cleaning more difficult.
  • Whether it is Centrifugal, Masticating or Triturating, hand washing you juicer machine is necessary in cleaning. As any type of cleaning, make sure that your juicer is unplugged for safety.
  • Juicers have components that are dishwasher safe. In cleaning your juicer, it is important to rinse all the gunk and sludge left over the juicer. DO NOT forget to check the label if the materials are safe to clean with either bleach or soap. Some juicers are made out of plastic materials that can be damaged by harmful bleach and soap chemicals.
  • If your juicer comes with a pulp bin, one way to save time in cleaning is by lining it up with biodegradable bag or waste bag. This will help you avoid washing the pulp bin of the juicer. This method can help you collect the pulps easier while cleaning.
  • Lastly, it is important to practice washing the blades by hand even if the manual says its dishwasher safe. This will avoid the blade to become dull.

Storing Juices

Storing Fresh Juice

  • Is suggested that you store you juice for 24 to 48 hours in the fridge.
  • Also, make e sure to store them in an airtight container. If you do not have one, BPA-free plastic will do. Storing your juice with these containers can help preserve the flavor and nutrients of your juices. Seal your juice tightly to prevent oxygen from getting in.
  • If you plan to take your juice out of your fridge, put it in a cooler for longer preservation.
  • If you plan to stock up your juice, freezing it can be a good option. Do it immediately right after juicing. Freezing can store you juice from 7 to 10 days.

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