A juicer is one of the most beneficial items in your kitchen, as is brings you life-giving nutrients form fresh fruits and vegetables. Those who put their juicers to good use should have the appliance out almost every day. However, the cleanup can be cumbersome if you do not follow a few simple rules. So, don't get left behind and avoid your juicer just because the mess is a burden. Here are a few easy steps to make your cleanup a snap.
- Rinse Immediately. The juicer contains tiny produce fibers that are devoid of their moisture, as it was extracted for the juice in your glass. When the residue has completely dried out, it has also dried onto to your unit. Be sure to disassemble your juicer and rinse it quickly with the kitchen sink spray gun. The elements collected on the juicer components will dry within minutes, thus making the cleaning action a scrub, rather than just a rinse.
- Soaking. If you are not ready, willing or able to rinse your juicer immediately after its use, then soak the components until you are ready to clean it. If the produce fibers harden onto the juicer in places where a scrub brush cannot reach, you are in danger of food contamination the next time you use your unit. Tiny crevices between the parts and mesh areas must be thoroughly cleaned each use to ensure the unit is free from rot and decay that could seriously injure your health.
- Plastic Bags. Most juicers will contain a separate compartment for the pulp extracted from the fruits and vegetables. One trick to speed up the cleaning time is to not get this compartment dirty in the first place. Take a standard sized plastic bag, such as what you would get from a grocery store, and line the pulp catching compartment. This will catch all the debris and save you an extra few minutes with the cleanup. Not only does the plastic bag serve you well in keeping that portion of the juicer clean, but it's a great way to store and tie up the refuge for the garbage can.
- Blade Cleaning. The blades can be a dangerous component to your juicer, so be sure to handle them with great care. This is one job you do not want to rush or delegate to children to clean. For safe handling of the blades, remove them slowly and rinse with warm water. Take a soft scrub brush and gently swish in the direction of the blade's edges. For safety reasons, this is the one part of the juicer that you do not want to soak, as you may forget the sharp instruments are in the sink and slice your fingers when you reach into the water. The blades must be done right away before the pulp has a chance to harden. Once your blade is clean, pat dry it and place it away from children and animals.
Juicers are here to stay and we need to use them every day. The key to hassle-free cleanup is to get the pulp fibers off of the unit immediately. This will not only save you time in the kitchen, but will ensure that your juicer is bacteria-free for tomorrow's healthy drinks.