I don’t want to brag, but I recently landed my dream job. Not my dream career, mind you, but my dream job. I currently work as a barista in a raw, organic, and vegan juice and smoothie stand, and I absolutely love it. Not only that, but I’m actually pretty good at it. I’ve learned a lot about the art of juicing, so I think it’s only right that I share my top five advanced tips and tricks. Even if you consider yourself a juicing pro, you still might learn something from my guide.
1. Go hard or go home.
Always juice the hard (texture) fruits or vegetables before the soft ones. For example, if you want ginger in your juice, a piece of ginger should be the very first ingredient you put into the juicer. Then, you’ll want to juice harder fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apples, celery and save the softer fruits like watermelon, grapes, and peppers last.
2. It is easy being green.
If you want to make a juice containing greens like spinach, kale, or chard, you need to literally smush the greens in between two halves of an apple, pear, or another hard fruit or vegetable. Otherwise, the greens just won’t juice. (This technique also works well with juicing berries and really soft fruits.) If you’ve sworn off trying to juice greens in the past, try it this way and see if you get better results. (I think you will…)
3. Rinse between juices.
This tip is only necessary if you’re making multiple different juices one after another. However, if you have your own juicer, then you probably are making different juices perhaps for different people. You’re probably used to emptying your juicer after a full day of juicing, but rinsing is something you can do multiple times a day between juices. You simply keep your juicer running, pour water down the shoot, and let it pass through into an empty glass. All the gunk left behind from the last juice will come out, ensuring the juicer is clean for the next juice. By rinsing between juices, not only do you improve the flavor of the juice itself, but you can also lengthen the life of your juicer.
4. Time and nutrition are of the essence.
People love raw juices because of their amazing nutritional value, but what most people don’t know is that the nutritional value greatly decreases after 15 minutes. Therefore, you should consume your juice as quickly after making it as possible. Unfortunately, this is a reason why a juice made in the morning isn’t the best lunch or afternoon snack. Drink it, and drink it now.
5.Take your time.
When it comes down to it, the best tip for juicing is a simple one: don’t rush the process. If you do, you won’t get as much juice out of the fruits and vegetables, so you’ll have to use more to get the same ounce amount. You can either spend more money or spend more time, and in this case, it’s definitely worth it to take the extra few minutes.
If any expert juicers have any more juicing tips, I’d love to hear them! (Seriously though, Momma needs a new pair of shoes, and I’m planning on juicing my way to the bank.)