Here's Your Ultimate Guide to JuicingJuicing 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 IngredientsIf 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 juicerMost 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. 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 vegetablesHere’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.
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
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.View this post on Instagram
Juicing leafy greensWhen juicing grasses, feed the Optimum 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. 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 CitrusFor 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 AppleWe advise always using fresh and crisp apples for juicing. Soft apples won’t work very well.
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