My Juicing Tips

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    Follow your own taste buds - Don't be afraid to switch up recipes or make up your own. A sure way to avoid drinking NASTY juice is to stick to combinations that you enjoy.
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    Experiment - You can juice pretty much any type of fruit or vegetables. Don’t be scared to experiment to suit . Just think “the more the merrier.” As you walk through the supermarket, consider trying something you never have before.
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    Use a Grocery List - Get out your recipes and make a list of all the ingredients you will need. Planning makes it much easier to juice when you need to.
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    Prepare your vegetables and fruits the night before a morning juicing session. This means washing the produce, peeling them if needed, and storing them overnight in airtight containers.
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    Nuts and Seeds - You should never juice nuts, grains or seeds, but instead grind them and add stir them into your ready-made juice. Adding nuts and seeds is a great way to boost the nutritional value of the juice and get many health benefits, but remember a little goes a long way.
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    Choose organic – Organic produce is more expensive, unless you buy from local farms when available, but you will ingest less pesticide and more nutrients.
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    Thoroughly wash your produce - This removes bacteria and some of the pesticide residue if you did not buy organic. This is especially important with leafy greens where dirt can be stuck in between the leaves.
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    Line the pulp basket in the juicer - If your juicer has a pulp basket, you will need to line it with a plastic bag. This makes cleaning up the juicer afterward much easier.
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    Cut the produce so it fits - You can tear up the greens or cut up the larger vegetables so that it fits through the feeding chute of the juicer.
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    Juice leafy greens first, followed by soft fruits and vegetables (lemons, bananas, etc.). Use harder fruits (like apples and cucumbers) to push softer foods through the juicer.
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    Rerun the pulp - In order to get the most nutrients out of the juice, take out the pulp, and run it through the juicer again to get more juice from the damp, left over pulp. This is especially helpful for kale greens and carrots.
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    Clean the juicer IMMEDIATELY after use - You will save yourself from frustration and from having to soak and scrub your machine! You should also do this right away so as to keep bacteria from building up inside the juicer. If it is dishwasher safe, you can put those parts in the dishwasher. Otherwise, you should scrub the juicer out with hot or warm water and a mild dish soap. Allow the juicer to dry on a drying mat rather than drying it out with a towel as this can get towel fibers in your next batch of juice.
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    Drink your juice while its fresh!!! - The nutrients will go away if you keep the juice sitting too long and also remember that this is not store bought juice full of preservatives so it will not keep fresh as long. Put any leftover juice in a glass or BPA-free plastic airtight container in the refrigerator for no longer than 3 days. Most importantly, this helps you to avoid NASTY juice!!!

Tips For Storing Juice:

If you are making a double batch, separate the batches and put the juice you are not drinking in the refrigerator right way.

Fill the container to the top. You want to have as little space in the container as possible. If you have too much space, the oxygen in the container will begin to destroy the delicate micronutrients.

If you want to freeze your juice, make sure you do so immediately after juicing, and for no longer than 7 to 10 days.

** Read your juicer’s user manual – This is very important because you will learn best practices for cutting produce, and also which speeds should be used for which fruits and vegetables. This will not only yield you the best juice, but will prevent breakage of the machine. For example, usually harder vegetables are best juiced on high, while softer vegetables, such as cabbage and spinach, are best juiced on a lower setting. **