New juicer? Guide to getting the most out of your machine
Maximize the use of your juicer by arming yourself with the following tips and tricks…
1. Get to know your juicer, and what he’s good at…
There are three general types of juicers and each one differs somewhat in terms of what produce to use, waiting times, cleaning and maintenance strategies. Make sure you read the user’s manual first before setting out to use your juicer.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Centrifugal juicers work faster and give you juice without the wait. However, they make juice which is a little lower in quality because of the heat and foam. Centrifugal juicers are also not very good at juicing leafy greens.
Masticating and triturating juicers give high quality juice as they do not generate heat and foam. However, you may have to wait for about 20 minutes for your juice since they operate at slow speed. They also multitask as pasta machines, baby food maker and sorbet maker.
2. Juice stuff that you would want to eat together…
Fruit and vegetable combos that you like to put together into a salad would more likely suit you. On the other hand, you cannot probably take in those produce or herbs that are totally repulsive to you in the first place. The idea is to start with familiar produce before moving on to exotic ones.
3. Master the art of blending fruits, vegetables and herbs…
For juicing to become a regular part of your lifestyle, you need to enjoy your juice. Your juice should marry taste and nutrition. While recipes may be in order for newbies in juicing, you really could have fun experimenting with various combos on your own.
In general, you should have the following elements in your juice:
- Something high-yield to give the main volume — cucumber, melon, fennel or celery
- Something sweet to give a pleasant taste — apples, grapes, pears, watermelon, oranges and berries
- Something tart to balance out the taste — lemons and limes
- Something earthy to give depth — root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, parsnips
- Something spicy or herbaceous to give a kick — parsley, mint, cilantro, basil, ginger, cayenne pepper
- Something green and leafy for more antioxidant power — kale, spinach, broccoli, lettuce, arugula, etc.
4. Learn the tricks of getting the most juice out of your produce…
- Sneak in leafy greens between two harder vegetables (such as carrots) to get the most yield out of them. Alternatively, roll the greens into a ball before feeding them into the spout or tube.
- Softer produce should be juiced at slower speeds.
- Run the high-yielding produce last as the watery volume does a good job of flushing your juicer clean.
5. Clean your juicer as you go…
It is such a headache to clean up the juicer when there are hardened bits and pieces all dried up in the tube. For your convenience, rinse your juicer in warm, soapy water as soon as you’re done juicing to unclog and flush out the pieces.
Following the above tips, and caring for you juicer will ensure it lasts long, and it continues to perform well, supplying you with awesome, life-bursting delicious juice for as long as possible! Check out some of our other awesome, top rated juicers here.