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Juicing in the Kitchen

Updated on June 9, 2020
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I have been juicing for over 20 years and have experienced several different juicers and juicing methods.

Juicing is not a fad but a lifestyle choice!

Juicing in the kitchen is something that I am very passionate about and something that I practice as well as preach, at least to anyone that will listen!

However, we need to be perfectly clear you should not rely on juices as a meal replacement because you need fiber.

You should use juices as a supplement, we all know veggies are good for us but they are so boring that is where juicing comes into play.

Add an apple or lemon to your veggies mix and suddenly you no longer have a bland tasting smoothie.

There really is no excuse not to juice, many would argue that juicers are too expensive, however, you can juice with a manual juicer that our grandparents used years ago and still get all the benefits.

It is much more convenient to have a nice juicer but if being healthy is more important to you the manual route can get you started.

Another common argument is juicing is too complicated or hard; it is a lot easier than you may think.

The simple act of squeezing a lemon slice in your glass of water is juicing.

It is not rocket science or that complicated unless you make it so.

Ideally, it is wise to start slow just a few items at a time and work your way up to the more complex recipes.

There are numerous videos and books for beginners some I have featured below to help you.

Helping you with your juicing journey is why I created this lens so I hope it helps you start your healthy juicing lifestyle!

Most people don't obtain enough nutrients from their diet alone!

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Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Centrifugal Juicer, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Centrifugal Juicer, Brushed Stainless Steel
Extra-wide 3-inch feeder on this powerful 850-watt juice! Some of the great features of this juicer: Easy to clean design which is nice because you don't want to be thinking about cleaning! If the clean up is a major chore are you are not going to juice as much. It needs to be simple and or the machine parts need to be able to be put in the dishwasher, which they are. Extra-wide chute so you can put in large chunks of fruits and vegetables, go ahead the motor can handle it! This is a real plus for this machine because it will save you the hassle of cuts all your fruit and vegetables into small enough pieces for the chute to accommodate them. With an extra-wide chute you only have to slice an apple in half as an example, also other fruits like oranges, tangerines and more can just be halved. The 850 watts of power will make it a breeze when it comes to putting in your fruit and veggies. The reoccurring theme here is the ease of use when it comes to usage and cleaning because if the whole juicing process is an ordeal you are not likely going to do it as much. I have timed my juicing routine on numerous occasions and from start, to finish the entire process is less than 15 minutes. Surely your health and well being is worth 15 minutes!
 

Your different juicing options.

There are four different major kinds of types of juicers:

  • Centrifugal force juicer - works by using a flat cutting blade on the bottom of a rapidly spinning strainer.
  • Masticating type juicer - features an auger that crushes the fruits and veggies after they pass through the chute.
  • Twin gear juicer - also referred to as a triturating juicer (has two gears that are assembled very close together giving a higher yield), which means a juicer that can rub, grind, and pound into fine particles.
  • Manual juice press - as the name implies this juicer is a manual hand-operated device that squeezes the juices out of the produce.

There are numerous brands of juicers because juicing has become popular the major manufacturers have jumped on board with their models as to not be left behind in the marketplace.

I have listed several here that got excellent reviews and different price ranges.

You need to consider your needs, your budget, and then select which model makes the most sense to you.

Basically there are two options you can invest in a power juicer or you can opt for a manual juicer featured below.

The ideal way to get started juicing is to start small with very simple recipes (some listed below) and get a feel of what it will be like.

You then may want to plan your grocery list to include some of your favorites but don't overdo it because you don't want the product to spoil.


The manual juice extractors.

If you want to ease into juicing without the high cost of a high-quality juicer then using a manual citrus juicer is an excellent approach.

Juicing fruit first is enjoyable and you can start with breakfast and work your way into the rest of the day when you are ready to take your juicing to another level.

Whatever you decide it is wise to go with a high-quality unit the last thing you want is to have equipment failure especially when you are starting out because you may get discouraged and give up.

If you are just starting to juicer a manual option may be the best way to go rather than making an investment and then finding out it is not for you.

Raw food, and especially fresh juices, are digested very easily!

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Have you thought about juicing to improve your health and well being but the cost of a juicer is just not within your budget? If that is the case then you should consider using a manual juicer, they cost far less than the power juicers and are easy to operate. Another advantage of using the manual version is it will allow you to get involved in juicing without the investment of a power juicer. Nothing would be sadder than putting out a large investment for a power juice and it ends up in a cabinet collecting dust because you realized juicing is not for you. Another feature of the manual juice is you can do small batches of juice, as an example an apple and a carrot for one small glass and easy cleanup. This manual juicer is so easy to operate… Commercial grade just simply pull the lever of this high-quality juicer to extract the most fruit and vegetable juice possible and not worry about the seeds because they will not end up in your juice! The manual juicing option is ideal if you are not sure you will like it because it is a small investment and easy to use.
 

Juicing recipes for the beginner.

If you are just starting out the ideal approach (if you do not want to fast first) is to start nice and simple.

Start with a simple juice of apple and carrot, it is easy to prepare and has an excellent flavor, use half an apple and two carrots.

Remember the greener the leaf the more powerful the effect or benefit however your stomach needs to make the adjustment.

It is not wise to juice heavy greens like kale, collard greens, etc without mixing it up with some apple or carrot.

Another great equalizer is the lemon, it will help offset any harsh taste.

There are no hard and fast rules to juicing it is best to start small and work your way according to your likes and dislikes.

Listed below are a few juicing recipes and ideas to get you started and also which juices are better for certain health conditions.

For more juicing recipes try this juicing recipes page.

Do not use juicing for meal replacement!

Healthy Juices Recipes For:

  1. For Better Circulation:

    1 Fuji apple, cored and sliced.

    1 lemon, peeled.

    1 orange, with the peel.

    2 carrots, whole.

    6 kale leaves, rinsed.

    1 inch of ginger root.

  2. Your Complexion:

    ½ half of seeded apple.

    ½ cucumber.

    2 slices of pineapple (you can leave the skin on).

  3. Boost Of Vitamin E:

    3 asparagus spears.

    5 carrots.

    a handful of spinach.

  4. For A Cold:

    one apple.

    one carrot

    tiny bit if dandelion leaf.

    a tiny bit of parsley.

    a sliver of ginger (careful it is strong).

  5. Start The Day With A Kick:

    Small beet.

    3 carrots.

    1 apple (no seeds).

    A small handful of mint sprig.

Compact size juicer yet powerful.

Breville BJE200XL Juice Fountain Compact Centrifugal Juicer, Silver
Breville BJE200XL Juice Fountain Compact Centrifugal Juicer, Silver
Heavy duty and compact juicer from Breville! This juicer brand is one of the most popular and my choice. It may be small in size, but it still delivers all the power and performance you would expect from a Breville juicer. Why does power matter? If the machine slows way down because it can’t keep up with the demands you are placing on it you are not going to be encouraged to juice as often. A great feature is it conveniently collects pulp within the footprint of the unit to conserve counter space. This is a biggie if you are going to give up tons of counter space or it has to be put in a cabinet somewhere you are not likely going to juices as often. Out of sight out of mind. Another deterrent to juicing is the clean up, if it is time-consuming and difficult then again you will not be juicing as much. Not with this machine! Clean up is a breeze which is a huge part of juicing because if it is a major chore for you each time you have to juice then you are not going to be motivated to do so. So there you have it, great power to handle everything you throw at (within reason), and easy to clean up once you are done! Just enjoy your juice and repeat it!
 

Checking codes on fruit

Whether you want to juice fruit or vegetables, or both it is always a good idea to start with quality produce.

The next time you are at the grocery store pay attention to the codes on the fruit before you put them in your shopping cart.

The numeric value on the small oval sticker will tell you how healthy a particular item is and how it was grown.

The variety of codes will tell you whether the fruit in question was grown by conventional methods, are organic or GMO.

If for some reason there are no stickers ask the individuals that work in the fruit and vegetable area of your grocer.

If this is important to you selecting the right fruit will make your juicing practice even healthier.

Use the chart below to reference the type of fruit you may be using.

Codes You Should Know
Codes You Should Know

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Is juicing better than eating fruits or veggies?

Is there any health benefit of juicing an apple rather than just eating an apple or other fruits and vegetables?

Okay at the risk of sounding like Captain obvious juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables.

Okay…

The juice contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals (phytonutrients which are a substance found in certain plants that are believed to be beneficial to human health) found in the fruit.

That is a good thing…

However, whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which is lost during most juicing; you can opt to eat half an apple and juice the rest.

It has been said that juicing is better than eating whole fruits and vegetables because your body will absorb the nutrients better and it gives your digestive system a rest from digesting fiber.

Seems to me that a little of both would be an excellent option, just because you are juicing doesn’t mean you would stop eating fruits and vegetables all together.

It has also been mentioned that juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, remove toxins from your body, aid digestion, and help you lose weight.

All of that may be true but it would depend on how much juicing you are doing, what your lifestyle is like.

To think you can offset a pepperoni pizza with a juiced apple is just silly talk.

The ideal juicing lifestyle would be a balance of juicing fruits and veggies, eat some as well, and include some exercise.

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Steven Barnhart is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

© 2013 Steven

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    • wahponywoo2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven 

      9 days ago from Las Vegas

      You are welcome ... I have done the same thing at times, go on vacation get out of my routine and have to start over.

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      Mary Norton 

      9 days ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had been planning to do this but just have not chosen the juicer yet. We used to juice and even carried our juicer wherever we went but I can't remember why we stopped. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Diana Carol Abrahamson 

      6 months ago from Somerset West

      A very healthy way to drink your fruits and veggies :)

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      PennyHowe 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for a super informative lens. Love your photos and all of your great information. I am just now looking into juicing and will start giving it a try soon. Thanks again and have a great day. Salud!

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      James Jordan 

      7 years ago from Burbank, CA

      Just bought a new juicer and have started up doing it again at home. Seems like everything can be mixed together. Are there any fruits/veggies that you don't want to mix together?

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      angus28 

      7 years ago

      A very informative lens and good introduction. I started juicing about 30 years ago. The good juicers were very expensive and the cheap ones were just that; not very efficient and messy to clean. Today there are many more fruits and vegetables available in the off season at reasonable prices.

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      Gardener Don 

      7 years ago

      My daughter convinced me to buy the movie of Joe Cross's - Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, and our kitchen has sported a Breville Juicer ever since. Not that it's used everyday, but every so often we will do a "re-boot" to get back on track.

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      renagirl 

      7 years ago

      I have a juicer and I love it Nice lens!!

    • wahponywoo2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      @Bill Armstrong: Thanks for stopping by ... there are a lot more people that juice than I thought ... for years I was keeping a low profile... not anymore.

    • wahponywoo2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      @employmentresources: Thanks for stopping by... I juice fruit and then take the juice and make my breakfast smoothie with a banana .... love it!

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      Bill Armstrong 

      7 years ago from Valencia, California

      Nice one, have my juicer up and running!

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      employmentresources 

      7 years ago

      I'm really into healthy eating (smoothie every day). Great lens, thanks!

    • wahponywoo2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      @SheGetsCreative: Thanks for stopping by it is very much appreciated ... now get juicing... I will wait :))

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      Angela F 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Good tips and recipes. I confess - I should really be more diligent about juicing. *blessed

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