Your friends told you about the sweet taste of fresh fruit juice. Every morning they enjoy a healthy glass of juice extracted from fresh oranges, lemons, grapes, pineapple, you name it. And now you want a piece of the action for yourself. No more stale and lifeless store-bought orange juice for you. You want the fresh, healthy stuff, so you ran to the local dealer and got yourself a juicer.
So, you unpacked the machine, assembled what needs to be assembled and plugged it in. And now what? If you are one of the people who are at this point, keep reading, and we will tell you everything you need to know about juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. And don’t worry, it is as easy as it sounds.
Basic thing to know
We already established that you own a juicer. Therefore, we will skip the part where we explain which juicers are better than others. This is a topic for another article. The job at hand is to show you all the steps you need to accomplish so you can enjoy a tasty glass of juice before you run off to work in the morning.
Step one: buy fruit and vegies
Step one will cost you a trip to the supermarket. You can find many different kinds of fruits and vegies there, especially in the better-equipped ones. If you prefer organic, which is our recommendation, you might want to go to your local market where organic producers offer their products. Organic produce, even if it visually does not satisfy our ideals about fruit, is a healthier alternative to regular, industrially grown fruit.
You should also keep in mind that stacking up your fridge with produce is not the best idea. Even though it will save you time and gas, you might be tempted to visit the market more frequently when you know that fruit degenerates in quality over time. This means that it will have fewer nutrients after a week or two in your fridge. So try to keep your fridge with enough fruit and vegies for a few days of juicing and replenish your stock frequently.
Step two: preparation
This is an important step many people choose to ignore. Fruit and vegetables, if produced industrially, contain pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals used to protect them from bugs, diseases, and other contaminants. Also, they are never completely clean of dust and dirt. So, a good washing with cold water is always important. Other than that, different types of fruit demand either peeling (citrus) or coring (apples), so pick up that knife and get to work.
Step three: Actual juicing
Once you prepared and cut up your fruit into smaller pieces, it is time to place them in the machine. Make sure you have all the elements of the juicer ready, in the correct positions, and start juicing away. Once you’ve fed all the produce into the juicer, pour yourself a cup of wonderful, fresh juice for a great start of the day!