How to Start Juicing

Now that you know why fresh juices are such an enriching feature of the diet, it’s time to get started. A well-thought-out juicing programme can be the first step towards a new you!

Equipment

The first thing you need to do, if you don’t already have one, is buy a juicer, and if you are planning to venture beyond citrus juice you will need one of the high-speed electric juicers. These not only work for citrus fruits but can also extract juice from hard fruit and vegetables such as carrots, beetroot, apples and potatoes.

It is always a good idea to check with the supplier whether the juicer can be washed in a dishwasher, since high temperatures can warp some plastic parts.

There are several good quality juicers on the market, the most popular being the centrifugal juicers which have revolutionised juice making. These have an electrically driven highspeed blade which separates the juice from the pulp. The juice goes into one container and the pulp into another. Centrifugal juicers are also relatively inexpensive and easy to clean, which makes them an attractive choice for any kitchen.

Three very popular centrifugal machines are the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor, the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor, and the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor. All of these juicer machines claim to be easy to clean and have an automatic separation of juice and pulp. At the more expensive end of the centrifugal juicer market is the Jay Kordich PGP001 Juice for Life PowerGrind Pro Power Juicer, which can extract proportionally more juice than the less expensive models because it has a much more powerful motor and which gives perfect results every time.

Top of the range are the more expensive masticating juicers which mash the fruit and vegetables before squeezing the juice through a stainless steel sieve. They are much more efficient than centrifugal juicers and can extract up to 25 per cent more juice. It’s worth noting here that the more juice that is extracted from a single piece of fruit or vegetable, the higher its concentration of nutrients. This is why those following the Gerson Cancer Therapy diet need to use a high-quality masticating juicer to get maximum health benefits (such as the Champion Juicer G5-PG710 – ALMOND Commerical Heavy Duty Juicer).

If you are intending to go the whole hog and juice from wheatgrass, herbs and sprouted beans and seeds as well, then you may want to consider buying a juicer such as the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer, Black and Chrome. This type of machine is better suited to extracting juice from stringy, fibrous material like wheatgrass, hailed for its high chlorophyll content, or herbs such as parsley, which is rich in iron and vitamin C. The Omega Nutrition Center machine will also juice apples and carrots, etc.

As the name implies, a citrus press is only for citrus fruit, and so it has obvious limitations for a juicing revolution in your home. The  most commonly sold at the time of writing is the Jupiter Large Commercial Juice Press in Black.

07. August 2012 by Sue
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