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.
Paula donaldson, Recipe Writer, Retreat Chef, Wanderer and Dog Lover