You can make a juice in a few minutes if you know how to prepare your produce for the juicer. Here are my tips on how you can start juicing like a pro!
Wash your produce thoroughly. Unwashed produce can have dirt and bacteria on, so it is important that you thoroughly wash your produce. This is especially important for your leafy greens, celery, apples and the like.
Cut your produce before you juice it. Cutting it before you start juicing ensures that the produce will fit through the opening of your juicer. It is very annoying to stop while you are busy to cut something into smaller pieces.
Avoid juicing the pits of stone fruits. The pits are hard and can damage the juicer. Just keep this in mind when you juice stone fruits such as peaches, apricots and mangoes.
Don’t juice the carrot greens. The leaves of carrots are a no-no for juicing, as they contain substances that can act as toxins in the body.
Keep your recipes simple. While it may be tempting to just add a whole bunch of fruits and vegetables in a juicer to make a juice, you can end up with a juice that doesn’t look appealing and may taste funky. Often, the fewer ingredients you have, the better!
Respect the ginger. I love ginger in juices, and you can add ginger to many juices. Don’t go overboard with ginger, as it is a very strong herb. Start with a small amount and build it up until you know how much ginger you like.
Feed your produce through the juicer. Don’t just try to cram as much produce into the juicer, as you can damage your juicer. Also, remember that most juicers have different speed settings for different types of produce.
Run your juicer for a few seconds after you finished so that most of the juice comes out of the juicer and into the container.
Re-juice the pulp. If the pulp is still very damp, you can put it through the juicer again to get more juice from the left-overs.
Some produce is just not ideal for juicing, such as bananas, avocados, mangoes, eggplant and berries. Keep these produce for the blender.
Clean your juicer as soon as you are done making your juice. It is a good habit to clean before you drink so that the pulp doesn’t get all sticky. Carefully scrub the washable parts with soapy water and place them on a drying mat.
Compost the juice pulp. The pulp is great to make compost from and to great healthy soil for your garden.
Now, enjoy your juice or store it. You now have a fresh juice ready to drink! Drink your juice as soon as possible for the maximum amount of nutrients. Juice made with a high-speed centrifugal juicer can last for 4-6 hours in the refrigerator, while juice made with a slow-speed cold-pressed juicer can last for up to 2 days. If you want to store your juice to enjoy later, see the link below for storing and freezing tips.