Juicing is a delicious and easy way for us to enjoy our recommended daily allowance for fruits and vegetables. More and more people are starting to realize its benefits. The nutrients you get from fresh juice include vitamins, minerals, plant-purified water, carbohydrates, phyto nutrients, chlorophyll and lipids among others. If you want to try juicing but you don’t know which kitchen appliances or gadget you need, read on.
Juicers are not created equal. A centrifuge juicer (extractor) is perfect for juicing apples, carrots and the likes, whereas a twin gear juicer is best for green leafy vegetables. If you decide on a centrifuge juicer, buy one where you can juice apples and carrots without cutting them. Three of the most popular centrifuge juicers are Breville, Hamilton Beach and Jack Lallane. For a twin gear juicer, try Green Star.
2.) Lemon/Citrus Fruit Squeezer
Adding lemon or any citrus fruit to fresh juice will balance out that strong taste from green vegetables. Lemons are also used by many to keep the juice fresh. They are rich in antioxidants that can help slow down oxidation. For a lemon/citrus fruit squeezer, you really don’t need anything fancy. An old school squeezer will do the trick. You can also go for an automatic citrus juicer such as Black & Decker CJ625 Citrus Juicer or Oster 3186 Juice-n-Serve Citrus Juicer.
3.) Kitchen Knife and Cutting Board
If you do not own a very powerful juicer, cutting your fruits and vegetables into manageable portions is necessary. Obviously, you need a good kitchen knife and a cutting board for this job. If you want a reliable knife, try Kyocera 5-inch Slicing Knife or MAC brand Santoku Knife w/Bolster. For a great quality cutting board, you can go for Core Bamboo Cutting Board or MIU Flexible Cutting Board.
4.) Juicing Recipe Book
Technically, this is not a kitchen tool but you need this if you can’t figure out which fruits or veggies go well together. Believe it or not, a combination of certain fruits and veggies tastes like sewage! Why waste your time experimenting when you can easily go through a recipe book? Some of the best juicing recipe books to try are The Juicing Bible, The Healthy Green Drink Diet, Juicing Recipes From FitlifeTV Star Drew Canole and The Big Book of Juices.
5.) Mason Jars
These canning jars are a must if you like to make a big batch of juice in the morning for later use. Plastic containers are a no-no because they tend to create rapid oxidation. Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Wine Enthusiast Mason Jar Glass and Kerr 0518 Wide Mouth Mason Jar Pint are all wonderful for storing fresh juice in the fridge.