Welcome to Juicing 101!
For those just starting out, juicing can be a frustrating challenge that ends up wasting time and a lot of money.
In this juicing guide we will teach you everything you need to know to get started, from choosing the best juicer machine to how to create your very own easy juicing recipes.
By the end you should be able to avoid some of the common mistakes that prevent most from becoming successful juicers!
1. Get The Best Beginner Juicer
The term “juicer” is used to largely describe all kitchen appliances that have been specifically created to extract the juice from fruits and vegetables. You're going to need one and not all are created equal.
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There are several types of juicers to choose from, all of them implementing different juice extraction methods and yielding different amounts of juice. It can be confusing, so let's look at the two main types of juicers!
We think the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus might be a great juicer to begin with!
Centrifugal juicers are recognized for their ease of use and price convenience, which make them ideal for juicing beginners.
These juicers have an upright design in which fruits and vegetables are pushed into a mesh chamber spinning at between 6,000 and 12,000 rotations per minute, with sharp teeth that shred the produce.
The centrifugal motion will then pull the juice out of the pulp through a mesh filter, funnelling it out of the juicer via a spigot.
Centrifugal juicers have a separate chamber where pulp is collected once the juice is extracted to prevent clogging the machine.
A major drawback, however, is the fact that they yield less juice as compared to masticating and twin-gear juicers.
If you have a larger budget and are serious about juicing, the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer might be the juicer for you.
Pricier but more efficient than centrifugal machines, masticating juicers have a horizontal design with a tube containing the auger that extends out of the base.
The vegetables and fruits are pushed through the top of this tube, where they are crushed and squeezed by the auger. While the juice will drain out of the underside of the tube, the pulp will be squeezed out at the end of the tube.
Masticating juicers process fruits and vegetables slowly, at an average of 80 rotations per minute. This also makes them ideal for extracting juice from leafy green veggies like spinach and kale, not to mention that they yield larger quantities of juice and less pulp at the end of the process.
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We had to mention these juicers such as the Tribest Green Star Elite. However, we don't recommend them for beginners because of their high entry point.
Twin-gear juicers work on the triturating concept, which entails crushing, grinding, or pounding vegetables and fruits very finely to extract the juice.
In general these machines have two gears with augers that rotate inwards with a fine hairline gap of about 0.1mm. Twin-gear juicers operate at low speeds of 80-160 rotations per minute, and they tend to yield larger amounts of juice during the extraction process.
These types of juicers can produce rich-colored juice that is denser in nutrients as compared to the juice yielded by either centrifugal or masticating juicers.
2. Get the Formula for Juicing
Simply throwing a couple of fruits and vegetables in your juicer might be good, but not sufficient for producing healthy juices packed with important nutrients.
The best vegetables for juicing should mix up different tastes, which also adds variety of nutrients from each group. The following list contains top picks from each taste category.
See our Juicing Cheat Sheet for a picture guide and more details.
3. Prepare Your Produce For Juicing
Many centrifugal juicers on the market have been specifically designed to work with whole fruits and vegetables. But for your juice to taste its best, you need to take some time to prepare your produce before juicing it.
Wash Your Produce
This helps remove dirt and debris, as well as other pollutants that might get into your juice which could impact your health negatively.
Core Fruits & Vegetables
Coring might be necessary for fruits such as apples, whilst stemming might be required for some vegetables like kale.
Citrus fruits, cucumbers, tomatoes, pineapple, and other such fruits and vegetables should be carefully peeled to ensure that your juice will not have any extra unwanted bitterness.
Cut Smaller When Needed
Once washed, cored, stemmed and peeled, the produce should be chopped into smaller pieces to make it easier for the juicer to extract the juice. If you are preparing them ahead of time, use a zip-lock bag or lidded container for storage to preserve their freshness.
Keep in mind that fruits and vegetables will gradually lose their nutrients as time passes, so it is best to prepare them right before you juice to ensure that they will yield maximum amounts of vitamins and minerals.
4. Drink Your Juice ASAP!
Many beginners to juicing make the mistake of leaving the juice sit for too longer without drinking it.
Drink the juice within 24 hours after extracting it, and make sure to store it in a glass air-tight container in your fridge for maximum freshness.
Let’s not forget that raw juice does not contain any preservatives, which means that it will go rancid very quickly.
Letting the juice sit for too long will result in it losing most of the nutrients you initially extracted, not to mention that it will develop a different color as it oxidizes.
5. Clean Your Juicer After Every Use
Cleaning your juicer goes a long way towards keeping it functioning properly and keeping it free of harmful bacteria.
The pulp and remaining juice will get sticky and may make it difficult for you to clean the machine. You should take some time to read the cleaning procedure of your specific juicer for best results.
6. Best Juicing Recipes for Beginners
If you are new to juicing and want to try out a couple of recipes, we’ve got you covered. Let's start with 3 very simple recipes in this video:
And once you've got a handle on those, here are 3 more delicious, nutrient-packed juice recipes that are simple to put together.
Simple Detox Juice
This recipe includes root vegetables that are high in fiber to help improve digestion and regulate energy levels.
This Detox Recipe can also be made with a blender if you haven’t purchased a juicer yet.
This immunity booster juice recipe packs nearly thrice your daily vitamin C, thought to be a cold-busting nutrient that goes a long way toward keeping you healthy. Check out Health.com’s Immunity Boosting Juice.
Note: These ingredients are quite delicate and may need some help to be pushed through your juicer. Be sure to use the plunger that came with your juicer and do not substitute with a finger or other foreign object.
This juice recipe will help you consume all of the vegetables you would normally add to a salad in just one glass! See the Vegetable Juice Recipe here.
Note: When making this recipe, juice the carrot last. The hardness of the carrot will help push any remaining produce through.
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To recap everything we've covered:
- Pick a juicer: We mentioned the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus might be a great choice for beginners.
- Get a recipe or create your own forumla.
- Prepare your produce and juice it!
- Drink and enjoy!
- Clean your juicer.
Steps 4 and 5 can be changed, just remember you need to consume your juice fairly quickly before it oxidizes.
There are methods to juice without a juicer, but you will struggle and it might make the whole process more hassle than it's worth.
Knowing how to mix up your own combos of fruits and vegetables is an art that you will be able to master only once you have learnt the general formula for juicing.
Did you enjoy this guide? Let us know in the comments with your juicing experiences and favorite juice recipes for beginners.