Juicing is a great way to eat more fruits and vegetables and nutrients they provide. Making your own juices is far better than buying them because store-bought items contain added sugars which are bad for you. Juicing is not the most complicated process in the world, but there are still many things you should know to maximize your experience. This post brings you useful tips and tricks to get the most out of your juices and equipment you use to make them. Let’s start!
Buy the right juicer
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The quality of the juice you make depends on the appliance you buy. Most of us don’t put much thought into buying the juicer, but that is a big mistake. Ideally, you should buy a juicer that suits your needs and preferences. We can divide them into three categories: centrifugal, masticating, triturating juicers.
Centrifugal juicers feature a wide feeding chute, meaning you don’t have to dice produce; you can just put whole fruits or vegetables into the machine. That is a huge timesaver! These appliances use high speed to make your juice and the entire process is finished in a matter of seconds. They do make noise, but it is far from “jet-like” as many people describe it. Also, high speed makes juice oxidize faster.
Masticating or single-gear juicers, basically, chew up fruits and vegetables in order to extract juice. They are slower than centrifugal juicers but they don’t oxidize your juice, thus allowing it to have a longer shelf-life. Moreover, feeding chute is usually narrow which means you have to cut produce into little pieces. On the other hand, masticating juicers are quiet and produce very little foam.
Triturating or twin-gear juicers are similar to masticating appliances, but thanks to two gears, they extract more juice than other types. They work by grinding and pressing the produce between two interlocking roller gears and slowly squeeze out the juice. Like masticating juicers, they don’t oxidize the juice but have a slow operation and narrow feeding chute.
Based on your needs, you can determine which juicer to go for. If you’re looking for speed, convenience, and affordable prices then centrifugal juicers would be a great fit. On the other hand, if you don’t mind the slow operation and want more juice or juice that can last a little bit longer, then masticating or triturating are good options.
Re-juice the pulp
When the juicing process is completed you just pour the juice into your glass and wash the appliance, right? Although most juicers promise “dry pulp” in most cases that doesn’t happen and you’ll notice the pulp is still damp or completely wet. Instead of throwing it away, you can pass it back through the juicer in order to get more juice from the leftovers. Isn’t that practical? If you’re looking for more ideas to reuse the juice pulp check out this article.
Don’t wait too long to drink your juice
Store-bought juice lasts long because it contains preservatives that prolong its shelf-life. One of the most common mistakes that people make when juicing is waiting too long to drink the juice. As the time passes, your juice starts losing its nutritional value. Plus, it can also start changing color while it oxidizes. Since there are no preservatives, freshly made juice can go rancid quickly. Depending on the juicer used, it’s best to drink your juice in 24 hours, but some appliances allow up to 72 days. Check the user’s manual to get informed about this aspect.
Clean the juicer immediately
Although it seems completely innocent to set juicer aside and clean it later, when you come back from work, you should avoid making it your habit. Typically, clean the juicer as soon as you’re done with it. If you don’t rinse the appliance immediately, the juice and pulp will get sticky and dry. As a result, it will be more difficult for you to clean the machine later on.
Store juice in glass container
Plastic containers or bottles may seem more convenient and they come in different shapes and colors, glass is a safer option. Why? It’s simple, plastic leaches chemicals that clash with nutrients from the juice. If you want to store the juice for the next day, find a glass bottle or a glass and place it in the fridge.
Don’t mix too many fruits and vegetables
When you watch ads for store-bought juice or check the label in a store, you’ll notice some of these items have a plethora of ingredients. Having a juicer somehow propels you into thinking that you should add a whole range of produce in a single juicing session. That said, mixing too many fruits and vegetables at once gives your juice a weird taste. After all, you are making a natural juice, without additives that control the intensity of flavors. While variety is important, keep it in moderation.
Add a few ice cubes into a juicer
This is a useful thing to do on a hot summer day when you need refreshment. Adding ice cubes in the blender will cool down your juice easily. Also, use fruits with high water content to stay hydrated and drink something delicious at the same time.
Rotate the ingredients
Juicing is all about experimenting; that is the only way to determine your likes and dislikes. When you find a perfect combination, the last thing you should do is to focus on the same ingredients and drink the same juice day after day. Remember, your body needs different nutrients, which are present in different foods. Rotating ingredients provides these nutrients to your body and allows you to enhance your juicing experience.
Don’t overdo it with fruits
Yes, fruits are delicious and good for your health at the same time. They also provide natural sweetness, meaning you don’t have to use sugar or other sweeteners. However, don’t add too many fruits, they still contain natural sugars. Again, moderation is the key and depending on the type of juice you’re making, still to 1-2 per serving.
In order to take the juicing experience to a whole new level, you should make sure you opt for a right juicer that matches your needs. Also, be mindful regarding the amount of fruits you’re using and keep it in moderation.