What juicer should I use?
Masticating juicers are said to be the better choice because they don’t create as much friction and heat as the centrifugal juicer. Heat reduces the potency and power of the live enzymes in your juice, so if you’re really looking for maximum benefits, masticating juicers are a good choice. But…..(yes, there’s always a catch) they also tend to come with a higher price tag and take longer to extract juice.
What do I have? A centrifugal juicer. It’s the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Deluxe and I got it barely used on Kijiji for $60 (more than half the original price). It does a great job, it’s relatively easy to clean, and I can have a juice made and ready to drink in less than 5 minutes. Overall, I’m totally happy with it.
What about using a blender?
Yep, totally possible. As I said above, prior to buying my juicer I was using my Vitamix and straining the pulp out of the juice with either a pair of tights or a fine mesh strainer and the back of a spoon. I’m told that nut milk bags work equally as well – just make sure you clean them really really thoroughly or else you’ll have some nasty stains to deal with. If you’ve got a similarly high-powered blender, such as a Blendtec, you can totally make your green juice with it as well. One advantage to using a blender rather than a juicer is that you can throw softer items into your concoction, but more on that in Juicy Tidbits 103.
Do I have to strain my blended juice?
Nope! I’ve found that if I leave my Vitamix spinning for long enough, the pulp gets so broken down that I don’t feel the need to strain it. (I’ll even prove this to you in an upcoming post!) This does however, create heat which decreases the potency of the nutrients. (Just like a centrifugal juicer, all that spinning means friction!) If you really can’t stand pulp and want to preserve as many enzymes as possible, I’d recommend doing only as much blending as you need to, then straining to separate the pulp from the juice.
Ok, it’s recipe time! Below is one of my go-to basic green juice recipes. Of course, you can tweak it with whatever greens you like. If you’re brand new to juicing, you may want to stir in a little stevia or other natural sweetener at the end. I always like a big squeeze of lemon for some extra tartness, but taste and add as you go.
Basic Green Juice
by Angela Simpson Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 0 mins Keywords: blender raw no-cook beverage snack dairy-free gluten-free low-fat nut-free vegan vegetarian kale vegetables
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