Think of your juicer purchase as an investment in your long-term wellness, energy, and radiance.
Crappy juicers can produce crappy yield.
If you're going to spend money on high-quality, organic fruits and vegetables, and time preparing them for juicing, you might as well be sure that the machine you use helps maximize their nutrients and power.
In general, there are two main categories of juicers for non-commercial use.
I'll explain them more thoroughly in a moment, but the basic difference is that one works quickly and is easy to clean but isn't necessarily top-of-the-line when it comes to the longevity of your juicer.
If you're a hardcore raw foodie who wants to invest in a killer machine and you have some extra time on your hands, you might go full tilt with a masticating or twin gear juicer.
It all comes down to whether or not you'll actually commit to juicing.
So for best results, choose the juicer you'll actually use!
Since everyone has different needs and budgets, I want to show you how I evaluate the many juicers on the market today so that you can choose a juicer that fits your life.
Centrifugal juicers have a wide mouth to feed your fruits and veggies into, which means you don't have to cut produce into itty-bitty pieces beforehand.
The produce is shredded and spun, sending the juice through the mesh and into a pitcher while the pulp goes into a separate basket.
On the downside, they're pretty loud, and the high-speed spinning causes the juice to oxidize faster than it would with slower speed juicers.
For this reason, it's best to drink juices from a centrifugal juicer right away to ensure the most nutrients and best flavor and color.
If saving some juice for later means that you drink more juice, then, by all means, store your juice in an airtight mason jar and keep it in the fridge till you're ready to enjoy it-I won't tell the health police.
Popular choices for centrifugal juicers: BrevilleJuice Fountain Compact and the Omega and my favorite Vitamix 5000
These lovelies operate a bit like our teeth-they use a single gear that chews up your produce in order to break down the fibrous cell walls and extract the juice, which is gently squeezed through a stainless steel screen.
Masticating juicers tend to have a higher yield than centrifugal juicers, and therefore dryer pulp.
Score! And if noise is a concern, masticating juicers are the way to go.
Twin gear juicers operate at even slower speeds than masticating juicers, which means these rockstar machines extract the highest yield and retain the most nutrients in your liquid sunshine.
Because there's less oxidation, you'll get up to72 hours of nutrient-rich juice-provided you store your juice in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge.
The other advantage of twin gear juicers is that they make the most of leafy greens and even wheatgrass, which, as I mentioned earlier, don't yield as much juice when processed with centrifugal machines.
Both masticating and twin gear juicers are powerful, health-producing machines but they have a few downsides: the whole process of making a juice tends to take a bit longer than centrifugal
Feeding the juicer takes time because of the gears turn slowly.
Consider all of these factors when you're thinking about the juicer you want; there's no point having a fancy machine if the time you need to spend cleaning it outweighs your juice craving in the first place!
This powerful juicer provides 50 to 100 percent more juice than other machines, and the juice itself will stay very fresh for up to three days.
Because Norwalk machines are so expensive, they're used mostly at healing centers or for commercial purposes-including the cold-pressed juices you may have come across in juice bars.
How much prep time am I willing to invest in my daily juicing?
What's more important: the shelf life of my juice or the time/effort it takes to prepare it?
You can't go wrong with any of the juicers I've recommended.
Plus, if you have a pushy partner or husband like I do, cleaning the juicer right away will ensure a heavenly, lecture-free morning.
For centrifugal juicers that have a catch basket, you can line it with a biodegradable bag for no-fuss-or-muss cleaning.
Many juicers come with a scrub brush; this is essential for cleaning the basket or the nooks and crannies of the gears.
If your juicer doesn't come with a brush, grab one the next time you're at the grocery store.
You've taken your first step toward a glowing new you! Celebrate by drinking your first green juice in a champagne glass and toast to your health.
In addition to the outrageous array of delicious recipes, Crazy Juices includes literally everything I know about juicing and blending.
Instructional video for cleaning juicers
All three methods involve a similar procedure of soaking the juicer parts in a cleaning solution and then brushing them to remove the deposits.
If your juicer parts have a coating of mineral deposits or hard water scale, use a mixture of 1 part water to one part vinegar, with the juice of one lemon added to it. Allow it to soak at least an hour, and preferably overnight.
For the brown coating of dried juice particles or mold on the silicon parts, it’s better to use a solution of 2 parts water to one part Sava Original disinfectant (bleach).
If you prefer not to make your own mix, you can soak all the parts in the juice cleaner Citroclean.
For the best results, use warm water (to 50˚ C). For very stubborn build-up, use a more concentrated mixture with less or no water.
FOR GREEN GODDESS JUICE:
- 3 stalks of celery
- 1/2 large cucumber, cut into quarters
- 1 medium green apple, cut into eighths
- 1 medium pear, cut into eighths
FOR GINGER ZINGER JUICE:
- 2 medium apples, cut into eighths
- 5 carrots (no need to peel)
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger
- 1/4 lemon (remove peel to avoid bitterness)
FOR TROPI-KALE JUICE:
- 1/4 of fresh pineapple, skin, and core removed, and cut into 1” strips
- 4 kale leaves
- 1 ripe banana, peeled
FOR ANTIOXIDANT BLAST JUICE:
- 2 medium beets, cut into quarters and the greens
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup halved, hulled strawberries
FOR IMMUNE BOOSTER JUICE:
- 2 oranges, quartered (remove peel for less bitterness)
- 1/4 lemon (remove peel for less bitterness)
- 1 medium apple, cut into eighths
- 1/2” fresh ginger
FOR NOT-SO-SOUR APPLE JUICE:
- 2 tart apples, cut into eights
- 5 kale leaves
FOR KALE KICKSTART JUICE:
- 1 orange, quartered (remove the peel for less bitterness)
- 1 cup halved and hulled strawberries
- 2 kale leaves
- 3 carrots
- 1 ripe banana
FOR CUCUMBER COOLER JUICE:
- 1/4 ripe cantaloupe, seeds removed, cut into chunks (no need to peel)
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/2 cucumber, cut into slices
- 1/4 lemon (remove peel to reduce bitterness)