If you have been reading this blog for a while then you know I am a serious JUICER! From my partnership with Farmivore since June 2014 to always searching and trying out new juicing recipes…I have been hooked. I even wrote a blog post on how to shop and find the right juicer for you.
Learn how to juice in 5 easy steps.
Step 1: Wash your produce
This step is EXTREMELY important. Fresh organic produce is very much that and should always be washed thoroughly before juicing. While it won’t have pesticides and such, it will have dirt, bugs and other contaminates that you will need to wash off. I wash my produce in a sink full of COLD water with about 3 capfuls of white vinegar. I let it sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse off everything fully while scrubbing it with a brush and my hands. NO your juice will not smell or taste like vinegar but if you look at the bottom of the sink, you will see all of the dirt and sentiment from your produce.
Step 2: Cut up your produce
Make sure you cut up all of your produce so that it easily fits down the chute of your juicer. This step is essential and very easy to do. For my apples and pears I use my Pampered Chef corer but you can find one anywhere like Walmart, Target, the grocery store or Bed, Bath and Beyond. OR just simply cut it up by hand and discard the core with the seeds which are slightly arsenic.
Step 3: Juice your produce
I don’t have a photo of it right now because I didn’t want to bore you but simply place your cut up produce down the chute easily and in a manner that won’t clog the chute or your juicer motor. If you have a masticating juicer that is easy to do so make sure you feed it slowly and use your plunger as needed but don’t force anything.
Step 4: Strain your juice
If you want less pulpy juice you can strain it with a strainer into a bowl so that is smooth. I prefer mine without the thick pulp so this is what I do. It’s an extra 3 or 4 minutes but well worth it because it is then really JUICE with no chewy bits in it. It tastes just like the cold-pressed raw juice you purchase online or Whole Foods.
Step 5: Put your juice in jars
After you have strained your juice simply pour in mason jars with the top on and store in the refrigerator for no more than 3 days. Mine don’t last that long, I can drink a single jar in 1 sitting. I know I’m greedy. LOLOL.
Remind you of the steps you need to take to make your very own juice.