Juicing may seem like a simple process but if you get it wrong, you can miss out on lots of flavor and nutrition. The good news is that once you know the tips and tricks for making a perfect juice, you’ll be able to do it every time. In this article I’m going to be sharing 10 top juicing tips with you which will ensure that every juice you make tastes great and is packed full of nutrients.
1) Add Some Herbs Or Spices
Herbs and spices such as cayenne, cinnamon, ginger and mint are a great way to add some extra flavor to your juice. Different herbs and spices work best with different fruits and vegetables. For example, cinnamon goes very well with apple while cayenne perfectly complements red vegetables and mint works well with citrus fruits. Simply start experimenting and you’ll quickly find what works best for you.
2) Be Creative
It may be natural to stick with what you know and only juice certain fruits and vegetables. However, by doing this you’re seriously limiting the nutritional benefit you get from juicing. So be creative, constantly try juicing new fruits and vegetables and enjoy all the nutrients they have to offer.
3) Buy Organic Fruits & Vegetables
While you may be tempted to save some cash and avoid organic fruits and vegetables, doing this has a noticeable negative impact on the flavor of the finished juice. Going organic may cost a little more but it makes a huge difference to the taste of the finished juice and is a worthwhile investment.
4) Clean The Juicer Immediately After Juicing
While it’s tempting to leave the cleaning till later, by doing this you risk staining your juicer and you also allow the leftover pulp to harden which makes the cleaning a much more difficult task when you do get to it. So even if cleaning’s not your favorite thing in the world, getting it done immediately after juicing is the quickest and easiest option.
5) Don’t Juice Low Water Fruits
Low water fruits such as avocados and bananas do not juice well and will clog up your juicer while yielding little to no juice. If you want to enjoy these fruits in your juices, finely blend them and then add them to the finished juice.
6) Drink Your Juice Quickly
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices lose their nutritional value very quickly. To get the most nutrition out of your juice, drink it immediately after juicing. However, if you prefer to juice in batches, make sure you store your juice in the refrigerator in an airtight container and keep it for a maximum of three days.
7) Focus On Vegetables
Fruits contain more fructose and calories than vegetables, so by focusing on veggies you can lower the total calorie count of your juice without missing out on any nutrients. If you aim to make your juices with no more than 30% fruit, you’ll get enough sweetness to flavor the juice while also keeping the total calories under control.
8) Keep The Juicer Running
One big mistake many people make when juicing is that they turn off the juicer as soon as all the produce is juiced. However, if you keep the juicer running, you’ll find that more juice comes out. Therefore, for the best juice yield, don’t turn off the juicer until the juice fully stops coming out of the tube.
9) Line The Juicer’s Pulp Basket
The pulp basket is often the most difficult and time consuming part of the juicer to clean. By lining the pulp basket with a plastic bag, you eliminate this task and cut down your cleaning time significantly.
10) Use The Plunger
Even if you own a powerful juicer, using the plunger ensures that you get the maximum juice out of the fruits and vegetables. For the best results, plunge the fruits and vegetables down half way, re-fill the chute and repeat until all your produce is juiced.
As you can see, making a good juice isn’t difficult and if you follow these tips, you’ll be making perfect juice every time. So go grab your juicer, make up a fresh batch while putting these tips into action and enjoy your best tasting, most nutritious juice to date.