Juicing Tips and Tricks

Juicing Tips and Tricks

Here's Your Ultimate Guide to Juicing

Juicing is truly one of the best things you can do for your health. Incorporating fresh, healthy cold press juice into your daily regimen can help reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, remove toxins from your body, aid digestion and help you lose weight. What's not to love? Our range of amazing cold-press juicers is great on their own, but even better utilized when you know exactly what you're doing. To help you maximize the health benefits and quality of your homemade juices, we have some incredible tips to share with you today! So, what are you waiting for? Grab your Optimum juicer and read on to find out more about our best-kept juicing secrets!

Start With The Best Ingredients

Juicing tips and tricks   If you want your homemade juice to taste even better, be sure to buy your fruits and vegetables when they are in season and from local markets. When produce is in the season it is fresher, healthier and simply tastes so much better. When juicing veggies such as carrots and beetroot that are not in season, you can expect less juice and extra pulp, so be sure to keep it fresh and seasonal.   

Do not press/shove food into the juicer

Most of us have juiced with the old-style centrifugal juicing machines. If you recall, those machines require you to forcefully press/shove food into them and allow large items like whole apples. You are required to push hard on carrots and apples to shove them into the spinning blade where they are shredded into tiny flying pieces.  Juicing tips and tricks Do not use this same pushing/pressing/shoving force with the Optimum Juicer or any other slow juicer. There is no spinning blade and no dizzying shredding taking place. No pressing is required. Instead, simply let your food fall into the "chewing auger." Virtually no force is necessary, and forcing more food into the chute can cause too much vegetable mass to clog in the auger, resulting in pulp overflowing into your juice, or the juicer becoming blocked.    

Alternate between juicier and more fibrous fruits and vegetables

Here’s a really important tip: It is best to alternate between the juicier and more fibrous fruits and vegetables. For example, you can alternate between juicier ingredients like apples, carrots, cucumber and citrus fruits and more fibrous ingredients like greens such as kale and spinach, celery and wheatgrass. We also suggest saving carrots for last, as this helps push out the last of the pulp.   Juicing tips and tricks  

Stay away from these fruits!

Avoid juicing pulpy fruits such as mangoes, bananas and avocados as they are low in water content and their dense consistency makes it difficult for any juicer to separate out the juice. Such fruit is better off blended into a smoothie, or frozen and processed through the juicer to make a fruit sorbet.   

Specific tips for juicing certain fruit & veggies

Juicing Celery

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For most effective juicing we advise cutting the celery into 2-3cm pieces. It is the same with most slow juicers on the market that produce with high fibre should be cut into pieces to create the perfect juice. This will allow you to juice bigger quantities of celery and other fibrous vegetables and will avoid clogging. Even if you alternate between juicing celery and other produce we recommend cutting fibrous produce into pieces. Juicing tips and tricks

Juicing leafy greens

When juicing grasses, feed the Optimum cold press juicer a small amount of grass at a time, cutting the grass into short pieces approximately 3cm long. This ensures the waste can easily come out of the waste chute. You do not need to "clump" the grass into a ball. In fact, you can slowly feed small strands of grass, coriander, parsley, kale, spinach, and other leafy greens without any force necessary.   Juicing tips and tricks A great tip for large leafy, stringy or fibrous vegetables is to remove the leaf from the stem, cut both leaves and stems into 3-5cm lengths and feed through gently, letting the auger pull the ingredients into the juicer, using the tamper only gently if required.

Juicing Citrus

For fruits, especially citrus, that means peeling away tough outer skins, peels and pith. They can add bitter and unpleasant flavours to your juice. This applies to oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and blood oranges.

Juicing Apple

We advise always using fresh and crisp apples for juicing. Soft apples won’t work very well.   Juicing tips and tricks  

Making Nut Milk In Your Optimum Juicer

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Step 1: Place one cup of raw nuts in a large cup or bowl. Fill it with cold water and let the nuts soak overnight. This will soften the nuts in order to ensure that you don't damage your juicer. It will also help to activate key enzymes in your nuts.  

Step 2: The next day pour out the water and rinse the nuts thoroughly. Make sure you rinse until the water runs clear.  

Step 3: Add fresh water into your bowl of nuts. The more water you add, the lighter the milk will be. Don’t add too much. Start with just a cup as you can always add more when the juicer is running.  

Step 4: When the juicer is running, spoon a ladle full of almonds and water into the top of the juicer. Carefully add more and don’t go too fast, or your juicer will get stuck.  

Step 5: Continue adding more nuts and water into the juicer. When finished, the milk should be frothy, delicious and ready to enjoy! Juicing tips and tricks

Caring For Your Juicer

Finally, let's touch on how you can care for your juicer to ensure it lasts you a lifetime! One of our biggest tips to help with the clean up process is to line your pulp basket. Even the most efficient slow juicers create plenty of solid waste. Here's a good way to make cleaning up a snap. Line the pulp collection bin of your juicer with plastic wrap first. After juicing your items, just pull the wrap out and throw it, pulp and all, into the trash. Be sure to always wash/clean your juicer immediately as tiny bits of the pulp can quickly harden in your strainer, making them much more difficult to remove later. Prompt cleaning will also prevent the decay of food particles. More and more often, we are seeing juicers damaged due to poor cleaning. This happens because dried juice residue or limescale can build up in the fine mesh strainer, thus blocking juice from flowing out and causing a build-up of pressure. This can often lead to a cracked strainer or in more extreme cases, the juicing chamber can crack and your motor may overheat and burn out.  And there you have it — everything you need to know about becoming a juicing pro! Have any questions? Simply leave us a comment or send an email to support@froothie.com.au and we'll be more than happy to assist!   And if you are still looking for recipes have a look here: https://froothie.com.au/blogs/articles/how-cold-press-juicers-work and you will also find a lot on our Youtube Channel