At-home juicing is great because it’s fresh, you control the flavour and it’s way more affordable
Here’s everything you need to know to get started on a being juicing pro.
When you’re on the go it’s a lot more convenient to sip on something to get the nutrients you need, so why not make juices yourself.
At-home juicing is great because it’s fresh, you know exactly where the veggies came from, you control the flavour, and it’s way more affordable than an expensive juice-bar habit.
1. Choose a Juicer
Start with a small model and work your way up once you juice regularly. No matter how fancy you go, remember to factor in convenience: how long it takes to clean, how much storage space it takes up. You can also juice in a blender!
2. Choosing the Right Fruit
It might go without saying, but for maximum benefit and the best tasting juice, use ripe, organic, fresh fruit. Once you start juicing regularly, buy large bags of greens and carrots or shop the farmers market if there’s one near you. Whenever you go grocery shopping, make a separate juicing list and grab those items while you’re out.
3. Wash, cut, clean in advance
Most veggies can be washed, cut and prepped a couple days in advance. Store pre-cut celery, carrots and other items that won’t absorb too much water in a container with cold water to prolong their shelf life. Wait to cut more fragile/quick-to-brown things like cucumbers and apples right before you juice.
4. Caring For a Juicer
If you’re going to spend the money on a juicer, keep it clean and in good shape. Juicers will get stained and etched. It just happens. Gunk will also collect in the tiny crevices. Fill up a bowl with soapy water and use the brush that comes with the juicer to scrub the strainer clean. Don’t put any of the parts in the dishwasher, as mineral deposits will build up. Periodically, clean every part of the juicer with a paste made of vinegar or lemon juice, baking soda and salt, which will clear out those mineral deposits.