So you have decided to try juicing your way to good health. To make your juicing foray easier and quicker, here are the top ten tips on juicing.
- Buy the right juicer – you may not want to splurge on a top of the line juicer till you know that you are actually going to use it. There is a vast range of different juicers available in the market and, if you are first time juice aficionado, you may want to buy a basic model that fits in your budget but is powerful enough to do the job.
- Decide on what fruits and vegetables You want to start with and do your shopping. Remember to mix dense textured vegetables and fruits with those that contain more water. It is also a good idea – if you mix your fruits and vegetables – to roughly have fruits at 25 percent and vegetables at 75 percent.
- Wash all the produce well and prepare it so that it is ready to be juiced. Some items may need to be peeled or de-seeded or stoned. It will also need to be cut up into the size that will easily go into the juicer chute.
- Line the pulp container of your juicer with a biodegradable bag or a paper bag. This will make the juicer much easier to clean and you get all the pulp in one place for throwing away or for re-use. (You can use the pulp for compost or even add it to soups and stews.)
- Get all the elements that go into your juice together, including herbs, condiments and add-ons like lemon or citrus fruits.
- Run the juicer and add the fruits and vegetables, starting with the ones with high water content and keeping the very dense and fibrous ones till the end, otherwise the fiber will clog the mesh and make the juicing process slower, also putting additional load on the motor.
- Even after all the fruits and vegetables are juiced, run the juicer for a few seconds more and you will get a bit more juice out of it.
- Remove the bag containing the pulp and put it to use or throw immediately (or refrigerate in an air-tight container if you want to use in soups.)
- Clean the removable parts of the juicer with soapy water, dry and store. Clean the mesh/filter with a brush to remove any bits of fiber that may be stuck. Use a damp cloth to wipe any spills or spots on the main body of the juicer. Dry and put the now clean juicer together – ready to use when you need it.
- Drink the juice immediately if possible or at least within 20 minutes. Alternatively store it in an air-tight glass container in the refrigerator and try and have it as soon as possible. You may need to stir or shake the glass if the juices have separated.
You may want to combine the vegetables and fruits that you like to eat together as you will be familiar with the flavors. You should also not add too many ingredients at the first instance of juicing or you may end up with juices of weird colors and tastes. Once you get adept at juicing, you can experiment with your own combinations.