Now is the time to learn what to juice and how to juice it and there is an art to it, we dont all have time to juice and wash juicers everyday so today i am going to give you a little advice to help keep that mometum going so that yoyr juicer doesnt turn into a lurking piece of kitchen equipment at the back of the cupboard.... you need to learn how to use it and it will be your friend. first lets start with the what to juice... you cant juice all fruits so stay away from berries, bananas and mango save them for smoothies but when it come to veg there is no holding back...here is a little list of my fav juicing ingredirants that i have catatgorized
Sweet veggies: Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips, Cucumber, Red Peppers
Herbs and roots: Lemongrass, Mint, Ginger, Parsley, Coriander, Basil, chilli, garlic
Earthy Veg: Beetroot, Greens, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery
Fruit: Kiwi, Green & Red Apple, Pineapple, Oranges, Lime, Lemon, Pears
What you need to do is find a balance of flavours whilst attempting to have 80% veg 20% fruit, but when you are starting out dont worry too much as your taste buds will change over time and the more veg heavy juices will start to appeal to you more than the fruity ones once you become adjusted. So Iensure that when I am having a green veg I pop in some lime, lemon or ginger to over-run the "green" taste and turn it into a zingy thirst quencher. Beetrot sits well with lemon and ginger and topped with carrots and thirst quenching cucumber teams up with pineapple perfectly. The juicing recipe process is just all trial and error, you will soon learn what flavours you like whh vegies yield more juice and what to pair together. Herbs are a great way of getting a flavour punch in there, basil is one of my favourte herbs to juice followed closly by mint especially on a hot day. When it come to fruit kiwi is fab for getting in lots of vitamin C and try to favour green apple over red apple to not overdo the sugar content whilst lime and lemon give that xing withut adding loads of fruit. Then tyou have root ginger and if you love ginger this is a little saver as it overrides allsorts of flavours. We dont just taste our drinks but we also take in the colour before we drink and brown drinks can be off putting for some so dont mix reds and yellows with green otherwise you will get a murky brown drink which some dont mind but try giving that to a newby juicer or a kid and see what happens. Here are a few of my favourite recipes to get people started that you can reduce the fruit if you want to and still have a great tasting juice.
1 green apple
2 celery stalks
1 broccoli stalk.... using what most wouldnt use in the kitchen
4 or more kale leaves
1 red apple
inch ginger or more depending on taste
4 carrots or fill untill your glss is full
These are also the order in which i would juice them too.
Remember all recipes are approximate as each fruit or veg can vary on juice output.
When it comes to actually juicing believe me we have perfected it over 7 years and there is an order in which to juice to get the best out of your produce... first of all ensure you wash all fruit nd veg, buy organic where possible or check out the clean fifteen and dirty dozen online and when it comes to the latter try to buy organic if you can. We dont peel any of our produce apart from the citrus as the skin and pif can make it taste bitter...and clog up your machine. Depending on your juicer type you will either be able to put in whole or in half or if your feeder chute is small then work needs to be done to chop it down to fit. Here are a few tips to get you started.
,So we have talked about WHY juicing is good for you and maybe you are thinking you want to give it a go but what if you invest money in a juicer and it doesn't get used and just lurks at the back of the cupboard collecting dust? well you have a few options with the first being ordering a few deliveries so that you can see if it makes you feel more vitalised or if you enjoy getting up every day with a zingy morning shot followed by a green juice or maybe pop one in your bag to drink at work when you get that afternoon energy slump. There are lots of companies that do this or if you are local to me you can order via from my home delivery page here Home Delivery and know that they are juiced and delivered all within a couple of hours, no freezing no long travelling distance and we also deliver in returnable glass bottles too...then once you decide YES this is for me you can go out and purchase a juicer...but which juicer do you go for? Well that all depends on your budget there are two types of juicers the cheaper Centrifugal Juicers you can pick up for under £30 or at the higher end of the budget we have masticating juicers or also known as Slow juicers and cold press juicers that range from £100-£350 but what is the difference? let me explain
CENTRIFUGAL JUICERS These juicers (pic 2 below)are the types with a big metal sieve in the middle that spin really fast so that the veggies have the juice extracted and the pulp shoot out of the back into a container. The pros of this juicer is that they are cheap in fact you can pick them up in charity shops for less that a tenner but the cons far outweigh the pros. For a start when the juice is extracted it is heated up due to the centrifugal speed so the nutrients in the juice start to deteriorate straight away and will keep on doing so, the juices must be made and drank straight away to ensure you are getting optimum goodness, this in turn means that you would have to juice every single day, they are also a faff to wash hence why they end up in charity shops because people loose the will to juice. But if you go down this route and endure it all and still love it then it is time to invest in a better juicer as you have just past the test of the do I want to have juice in my life every day question so the next step would be a Slow Press Juicer...
SLOW PRESS JUICER. How a slow press juicer works is via a corkscrew that slowly turns, the veggies enter via a tube so you can put the whole fruit in so no chopping and the screw turns slowly and pulls the veggies in, breaks them down and pushes the juice out through a fine sieve to a shoot where you catch it in a jug and the pulp then passes through a very small hole, the pulp comes out dry compared to the centrifugal juicer so proof that you get more out of your produce which is a plus as you get more juice. You can also reuse the pulp if you choose, carrot pulp could be used in carrot cake or veg pulp could have ingredients added to make homemade veggie burgers. The second pro for this juicer is that as you are not heating up the nutrients so you could juice 3 days worth at once and keep in the fridge, you could even juice a weeks worth and keep in the freezer, you will loose about 6% of the nutrients when you freeze but if you have a busy schedule it is a game changer. When pre juicing and freezing you need to remember to leave an inch empty at the top of the bottle as it will expand when freezing and the bottle could crack if you use glass bottles. Juices are best stored in glass bottles in the fridge. These juicers are also very easy to clean.
There is also one other type of juicer which is a slow juicer but rather than being upright it is horizontal (See pic 1 Below) and mostly used for wheatgrass as the hole for popping the veggies in is so small so you have to chop your veggies up small which takes a lot of effort, I have one of these that I also use as my travel juicer(yes I love my juice so much that I take my juicer on holiday), this style is electric or you can also get them with a manual handle which is a perfect option for when you don't have electricity access.
I personally use either Kuvings Juicers or JR Juicy Retreat Juicers. They are both in the same price bracket and can be picked up for between £250-£350 as there is always an offer on somewhere or keep a watch on ebay as you find some people decided it is not for them and sell them on within 6 months so bargains are there to be found if you look hard enough. Please feel free to ask me any questions and tune in next week for our HOW to juice with some fab recipes too.
We started our Juicing journey even before we set up Pulp fiction in fact the reason we actually set up Pulp fiction was due to a stint i had in hospital with a punctured lung for a whole week (drunken gymnastics so no sympathy please) and having to survive on hospital food which i have to admit as a vegetarian at the time was pretty grim and got me thinking about the fact that nobody could grab me a healthy plant based take out. So the overall reason we founded our little fledgling of a business was HEALTH. Mickey had suffered for over 5 years with IBS, multiple hospital visits to check is inner workings all to no avail then after watching Jason Vales Superjuice Me he decided to give red cabbage juice a go, sounds random I know but after literally trying every holistic therapy (apart from juicing of course) and every medication the doctor threw at him, some worked but not for any length of time so our journey commenced into the world of juicing and eating to heal, so Mickeys go to cure became red cabbage juice, taking a shot a day for at least a month and then cutting down and just including red cabbage in a couple of his daily juices a week and here we are 7 years later without a visit to the doctors and broken sleep due to discomfort... So why is juicing so good for you? Read on to find seven reasons why you need Juice In Your Life.......
Dont miss out on my next blog which will talk you through the steps from buying juicer to the tricks of the trade that i have learnt after literally making several thousand juices over the years for myself and my clients.... Paula xx