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Wednesday, 10/22/2008 1:32:19 PM

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 1:32:19 PM

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Fruit and Vegetable Juicing Tips

A great benefit to juicing fresh fruits and vegetables at home is that your juice is made without any additives or preservatives! Also, you are making 100% pure juice within minutes, with no added sugars or other additives.

Using Your Juicer

When searching for a fruit and vegetable juicer, it is best to choose one that is going to give you the most juice possible. A juicer that will eject the pulp outside the juicing machine will give less juice than the juicers that will keep the pulp in the basket. Certain people prefer to have pulp free juice, so this may also be something to think about when purchasing your fruit and vegetable juicer. The recommended home juicing machine has a motor rating of 450 watts. If you have a more powerful juicer, the heat from the juicer will damage the nutrients in the fruits or vegetables. If you have a less powerful juicer, the motor will try to work too hard and eventually break down.

You should use your fruit and vegetable juicer on a hard, flat surface with the plastic or rubber legs of your juicer planted firmly. In doing this, you will reduce any vibration which will then extend your juicer's life. You should make sure that all the parts fit together snugly and properly, and you haven't left any parts out. Be sure to keep your fruit and vegetable juicer unplugged until you are ready to start juicing.

To clean your fruit and vegetable juicer, you should start by first cleaning the blades under warm running water. You should use a brush to remove the particles from the basket. You may be able to wash the removable parts in your dishwasher if your fruit and vegetable juicer manual approves. Dry all parts before putting the juicer back together.

Choosing and Cleaning your Fruit and Vegetables

Fresh fruit is always better to use, as they carry the most vitamins! Organic fruits and vegetables are also better than non-organics. This is because they don't carry all of the preservatives and pesticides that other fruits and vegetables carry. If you're not able to invest in organic foods, then just make sure that you wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly with lukewarm soapy water. You may scrub your non-organic carrots under cold water to remove the soil, but you should try to peel them to remove pesticides and fertilizers. It is not necessary to wash them if you decided to peel them. Carrot and rhubarb tops should be removed prior to juicing. This is because they are considered toxic and they can be very bitter or sandy and full of soil.

You should never juice fruits and vegetables that are overripe or have gone bad, particularly tomatoes, because of botulism. You should remove all the bruised or damaged parts of the produce before you begin your chopping. Chop them just prior to juicing (this reduces enzyme damage and loss of precious vitamin C).

Juicing your Fruit and Vegetables

Apple pits do contain a very tiny amount of cyanide in them; you should remove them prior to juicing your apples. However, some people do include them while juicing. Other, larger stones or pits can damage your juicer, like peach or plum pits. You should remove these before juicing such fruits to prevent damage to your juicer. Grape and strawberry seeds are fine for juicing and do not need to be removed.

If you have large pieces of produce, you should always chop them first. This helps the motor and it also safer. You should also always use the plunger provided to push the material through the hopper.

Certain fruits like bananas and avocadoes are not easy to juice because they don't retain very much water. If you would like to use these fruits, or even dried fruits, they are better placed in a blender.

Fresh juice tastes best and is most nutritious when the juice is at its peak: poured right from your juicer. Since modern home juicers are simple to put together and clean, it's not a task to make a fresh glass of homemade apple juice or carrot juice in your own versatile juicer. Juice can be left refrigerated over night, but it takes away from the freshness, the flavor and the nutrients. It's better to drink the juice immediately after making it. If you must store your fresh juice, do so right away in a small, tightly-closed glass jar in the refrigerator. Carrot juice stores reasonably well for a couple days, while cabbage juice turns foul within 24 hours.

Fruit and Vegetable Juicing Tips

Starting your day with vitamins and natural sugars is the best and only way to go. You should try to have something solid with your juices in the morning. Whole-wheat brown toast is an exceptional choice. It will help to absorb any acids in your stomach when they become activated.

If you have never juiced before, you should try to use simple combinations to begin. The best choices to start with are carrot and apple juice. Even if you don't like carrots or apples to eat them, this is the gentlest juice for beginners. It does taste great, and they are both a sweet produce.

Juicing watermelons in the summertime is another great addition to the carrot/apple juice combination. Watermelons also work very well for liver cleansing.

Good bases for vegetable juices include carrots, rutabaga s, parsnips, or other such vegetables. These vegetables actually taste quite sweet when juiced.

A great addition to green juices is to use a tomato base. This way, the green juice is much more appetizing and less challenging for your digestive system. You can also make a delicious tomato soup. Put your tomatoes through the juicer, add some garlic and then slowly heat the mixture on your stove.

Neat green juice may burn the throat. Be careful if you are too eager with green juices as you can find yourself sitting in the restroom often. When you do something new, your body needs time to get used to it. So, it is always better to take things step by step to avoid overdoing things. Even though drinking green juices is very beneficial to the body, your colon and kidneys have to adjust to all of the new things you're putting into your body.

A great morning supplement juice would include pineapple, kiwi, and papaya. It tastes great, and will give you a good appetite before lunch. It's also great for the digestive system. Pineapple is a known source of Bromelian - a natural anti-inflammatory agent for arthritic joint difficulties.

Beetroot is a great detoxing element. It's very powerful and has an earthy taste, maybe even a little bitter for certain people. You should be careful to use small amounts at first. Try not to use more than 2 oz. Also, remember to be careful when you're chopping beetroot because it stains!

Celery and cucumber are natural diuretic additions for your juice if you suffer from fluid retention or PMS.

Pears are a hypoallergenic fruit. They're great for a delicate digestion with low fruit tolerance, juice in small amounts.

Some Naturopaths use healing juices including potatoes to treat stomach ulcers.

After juicing your fruits and vegetables, you should keep the pulp and freeze if you have to. You can use it in making cakes, sauces, meat loafs, muffins, desert toppings, and whole-grain breads.

Make your juice taste great

If you would like to make your juice taste a bit more appetizing, particularly in the beginning, you can include these basics:

Coconut: You can purchase the whole coconut or use shredded coconut. It adds a soft, delicious flavor and is a fantastic source of fat to balance the meal. Coconut has medium chain triglycerides, which have many health benefits.

Cranberries: You can also add some cranberries, providing you like them. Researchers have discovered that cranberries have five times the antioxidant content of broccoli, which means they may protect against cancer, stroke and heart disease. Also, they are chock full of phytonutrients and help many women avoid urinary tract infections. Limit the cranberries to about 4 ounces per pint of juice.

Lemons: You can also add half a lemon (leaving much of the white rind on). If you are a protein metabolic type you will not want to use lemons, as they will push your pH in the wrong direction.

Fresh ginger: This is an excellent addition if you can tolerate it. It gives your juice a little "kick"! Fresh root ginger has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to improve circulation and to prevent colds and chills. It has also been used to calm and promote good digestion. It is commonly used to counteract nicotine addiction. You'll find it widely used in the winter months, because most people find it too hot to use in the summertime.

Be sure to check out all of our pages on the different types of fruit and vegetable juices that you can make and all of the benefits associated with them. We also have lots of different recipes for tasty combinations of fruits and vegetables. Order a juicer today, and be on your way to better health through fresh and tasty juice!

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