Did you get a juicer as a present during the holidays, but you don’t know much about the juice making process? Don’t worry! You can use this guide to get you started on making juice right at home. Once you get the hang of things, you’ll be juicing every chance you get.
The Juice Making Process Defined
Juicing means extracting liquid from uncooked fruits and vegetables without pulverizing the raw materials. It might remove more fiber from your drink compared to making a smoothie, but it helps detoxifies your body by introducing concentrated nutrients into your system.
The Best And Worst Plants To Juice
Your juicer will likely appreciate juicing the following fruits and vegetables because they are among the best raw materials for the kitchen appliance to work with:
- Hard fruits, such as cranberries, apples, pomegranates, and pears
- Soft fruits, such as tomatoes, grapes, mangoes, pineapples, berries, nectarines, peaches, citrus, plums, melons, and kiwis
- Soft veggies, such as kale, cucumber, chard, spinach, parsley, cilantro, and mint
- Hard veggies, such as celery, sweet potato, cabbage, fennel, ginger root, beets, and carrots
The worst fruits and vegetables for the juice making process would include the following:
- Figs and dried fruits
What To Do with The Pulp After The Juice Making Process
When you’re done juicing, don’t simply dispose of the leftover pulp in the trash bin. There fun ways that you can use them instead of just adding them to your weekly garbage pile up. Here are some pointers that you can try:
- Put the leftover in the compost pit.
- Give it to chickens. If you’re not raising some, look for a neighbor who might have chicken coops or find local poultry.
- Use it in some of your dishes.
- Add to a smoothie for a more fibrous drink.
- Put it in a soup.
- Boil it with other ingredients as broth.
Don’t Commit These Rookie Mistakes
When you start the juice-making process, be prepared to experiment with the machine, the process itself, and the combination of raw materials until you find the best mix that works for you. But even if these are experiments, you still need to avoid the following mistakes:
- Making the same juice repeatedly. Your body needs variety and you can’t give if that if you keep juicing the same ingredients. Mix and experiment to give your body the nutrients and natural enzymes that it requires.
- Not consuming it right away. Drink the juice fresh off the blender or juice maker right away to avoid wasting nutrients. The produce’s natural nutrients tend to break down the longer you delay in drinking it.
- Using too much fruit. Don’t overdo your fruit to vegetable ratio to avoid overloading on sugar from fruits. Instead, follow the 2:1 ratio of fruits to veggies.
- Not washing the ingredients thoroughly. If you are not using organic produce in the juice-making process, make sure to wash them well. Otherwise, drinking your juice will be as good as drinking pesticides and dirt voluntarily.
- Not paying attention to your body. Observe how your body reacts after drinking your fresh juice. This will tell you what juice works best and when the ideal juicing time will be for you.
- Drinking juice as a meal replacement. Fresh juice helps detoxify the body but it should not be treated as an alternative to a proper meal.
Trying The Juice Making Process Without Using A Juicer
Yes, it is possible to start the juice making process even if you don’t have a juicer at home. You can work with a blender instead. Use the blender to puree fruits and vegetables, then strain it using a fine-mesh sieve.
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to enjoy the juice making process. Have fun juicing!