A juicer is a small kitchen appliance that has recently become very popular. Health conscious people now prefer to use a juicer as opposed to buying fruit and vegetable juice that may contain harmful chemicals or additives. A juicer is fairly simple to use. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. One of the most important tips when using a juicer is to make sure you keep it very clean. Wash it in warm soapy water and rinse well after every use. An electric juicer is the type most often used these days, but there are still hand juicers available if you wish to use that type.
No matter which types of fruits and vegetables you choose to use with your juicer, make sure you wash each article thoroughly. Keep a god supply of fresh fruits and vegetables in stock to use. To make your first batch of fresh juice be sure you have the proper equipment on hand. Juicing can be messy, but is well worth the effort. Have a roll of paper towels on hand so you can lay the peelings on one. You can also use one for catching any juice that drips. Newspaper will work just as well if you don't have paper towels.
Wash all of your fruits and vegetables before cutting the fruit into half pieces. Put the juicer toward the center or back of your counter space. Use one of the fruit or vegetable slices you have prepared and push it down over the pointed part of the juicer - this is called a reamer. You don't have to use excessive force to do this. Turn the half piece of fruit slowly in a single direction until all of the juice has been extracted.
Pour the juice through a strainer if you don't want as much pulp in your drink. Pour it into a pitcher. Pour it in a slow manner so the strainer doesn't get clogged with pulp. If you like extra pulp in your drink, strain it first to remove any peeling or seeds that may have slipped through, then simply pour the pulp back into the pitcher. Studies have shown that the pulp in freshly squeezed juice is quite healthy and provides extra anti-oxidants.
Another juicing tip is to roll citrus fruits on the counter before juicing them. This will soften the fruit and help it release more liquid. As far as the fruit and vegetable choices to use in your juicer, almost any will work. Keep in mind that there are a few fruits which don't juice as well, such as bananas and peaches. Some of the vegetables that are most popular for juicing are carrots, celery, tomatoes, parsnips, bell peppers, cucumbers, asparagus and even turnips.
A few of the most popular fruits are apples, grapes, oranges, grapefruit, pears, lemons, kiwi, pineapple, mango, strawberries and blueberries. Some people prefer a tart drink made of fresh pineapple mixed with another fruit such as a mango. You can mix fruits and vegetables until you find a favorite combination. If you need or want extra sweetness in your juice, try adding honey to the mix.