Juicing fruits and vegetables ensures that you retain all the nutrients available in your recipe. Juicing is very different from cooking or even chopping, and this is why fresh juices have been used to achieve health plans. The overweight are usually advised to consume liquid diets (usually raw fruit and vegetable juice) for some duration of time, in order to gain an attractive shape. The same advice is also given to those who are looking for natural ways of eliminating diseases such as cancer.

How To Juice - Fruits on Barcelona market

Fruits on Barcelona Market (from Wikipedia)

          Knowing the right fruits and vegetables to include in your recipe is the main task, since different plants contain different types of nutrients. Combining the wrong types of plants can leave you many health complications, and so it is also important to know the right recipes for each health goal. Though fresh juices are usually natural, they can generate some unbearable effects and thus it is also important to know how a specific juice works, the recommended daily allowance and possible reactions. The following is a guide to juicing fruits and vegetables.

Preparation process

          Select as fruits and vegetables from each sub group. Fruits and vegetables are sub divided into various classes, and each of these sub categories supplies you with different types of nutrients.

          Choose only the most fresh fruits and vegetables in order to boost your yield. Fresh fruits and vegetables also ensure that your juice contains all the vital nutrients required by your body. Fruits and vegetables are perishable products that lose their nutrient value with time. Therefore, it is advisable to juice them when fresh. If you have a fridge, you can buy them in bulk and keep them there. However, it is important to note that some fruits and vegetables cannot be refrigerated.

How To Juice - Fruit_Basket (Balthasar van der Ast 1593-1657)

Fruit Basket – Balthasar van der Ast (1593 – 1657) (Wikipedia)

          Always wash your fruits and vegetables with cold water before juicing. This ensures that you obtain clean juice for your health needs. Washing also cleans away any bacteria or dirt that might have attached themselves to the fruit or vegetable.

          Sometimes, you will be required to chop your fruits and vegetables into small pieces in preparation for juicing. This depends on the type of juicer you are using, since some juicers have enough knives to do the cutting. If your fruits and vegetables are extremely fibrous, you may have to go through some extra step of zapping it to release the juices held between the fibers.

The juicing process

          This is the most crucial time. The real juicing process may not take long, but you need ample time to do some thorough work. The average juicing time is 25 minutes, depending on the amount of juice you want and the type of juicer you are using. Some juicers are slower than others, and some ingredients take longer than others.

          The most important thing to consider here is the type of juicer you use. Select a juicer that is suitable for the types of fruits and vegetables you are juicing. Different ingredients require different types of juicers. Tougher fruits and vegetables require a more advanced juicer than softer fruits and vegetables. In addition, you need to consider hygienic value of your juicer.

How To Juice - The farmer's market near the Potala in Lhasa (Tibet)

The Farmer’s Market in Lhasa, near the Potala palace – Tibet (Wikipedia)

          Some juicers give a yield that is full of pulp, while others have a filter that separates pulp from juice. You also need to consider your juicing experience and select a juicer that matches your current juicing experience. There are juicers for everyone, from the first time user to the most advanced users. Generally, the best juicer might be costly but will give you value for your money.

Serving time

          It is always recommended for you to serve juices immediately, because most of them are oxidized by air thus losing their nutritional value. Juices work better if served in the morning, or as a mid morning snack. Your body requires more nutrients in the morning in order to be able to accomplish the daily tasks, and so the best time to take fruit and vegetable juices is during the morning hours.

          Juices also help with the natural detoxification process, which is effective during the early morning hours. People who take fresh fruit and vegetable juices as the first meal of the day are stronger and healthier than those who take the same juices later in the day.

How To Juice - Vegetables in market

Vegetables in market (Wikipedia)

Preservation and storage

          Fresh juice is better when taken immediately. However, you can keep your juice for later consumption. In this case, you can keep it in an airtight container especially if you will consume it in the course of the day. However, some juices can be kept in their frozen state for even up to 3 months. It is important to know the best storage method of your juice in order to obtain maximum benefit. Nevertheless, it is advisable to avoid artificial preservatives as they reduce the value of your juice.

          Juicing fruits and vegetables is the best health alternative for people who are concerned about wellness, and so it is good to learn how to handle each ingredient in your juicing recipe.

Some Good Books:

1. James PetersonVegetables, Revised: The Most Authoritative Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking, with More than 300 Recipes

2. Matthew BiggsVegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

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