Back to the Basics: Juicing for Beginners

juicing-for-beginnersOn this site we often speak as though everyone is a veteran juicerhead, but here is one for the newbies. If you have never juiced before, it can seem rather daunting at first. If trying to juice with zero instruction, many juices will come out less than palatable, and some of the foods may not be juicer-friendly.

To keep it simple, here is a list of square one basic juicing tips:

  • Do not juice soft pulpy foods such as bananas and avocados
  • Clean the juicer immediately after use
  • Drink juice within fifteen minutes
  • Choose sweeter or more neutral foods to start out, such as apples and cucumbers
  • ¬†Make sure foods are cut up enough to fit in the juicer

Know Your Juicer

Many people acquire juicers as gifts or at thrift stores, so find out what kind of juicer it is before attempting to use it. Centrifugal juices have a spinning blade set with a screen, and quickly tear apart food in order to juice it. This does not do well with more delicate foods like wheatgrass or sprouts. If you wish to juice these types of foods, or to make your own soy milk or almond milk, you want to get a cold-press or masticating juicer. These juicers press and extract the juice at slower speeds. However, cold-press and masticating juicers are much more expensive. If you are just hoping to try out the juicing lifestyle, a centrifugal juicer is an inexpensive way to get started. Happy juicing!