FAQ’s

I can’t afford a juicer right now, what should I do?

In my opinion, an inexpensive juicer is better than no juicer at all.  It is important for you to get started and to start developing the habit of juicing.  Many department stores sell juicers as low as $50.  Additionally, you would be surprised at what you might find on EBay and Craigslist; you can even find top of the line juicers on those sites.  Make it a priority, and go after it. 

How much juice should I drink?

The amount of juice really depends on the individual and their goals.  If you are doing a juice fast/feast then you should be consuming at least 24-32 oz. every 2-3 hours.  If you are new to juicing, then you can start by adding one or two 12-16 oz. juices a day.

How long does fresh juice last?

The amount of time that you can store your juice depends on what type of juicer used, the type of produce used for juicing, and the way the juice is stored. As a general rule, juices made using a masticating or triturating juicer can be stored longer than juice made using a centrifugal juicer, certain fruits and vegetables degrade faster than others (i.e. the vital nutrients in oranges are almost all gone within 30 minutes after juicing), and proper chilled storage will extend the life of your juice. 

When I store juice, I follow the general rules of no longer than 8 hours for a centrifugal juicer and no longer than 24 hours for slower masticating or triturating juicers.  Pay attention to your juicer’s manufacturer instructions.  Some say up to 72 hours for storage.  I always drink my juices within 24 hours. 

What is the best way to store juice?

Juice is best consumed immediately.  However, that is not always practical for everyone’s schedule.  To store your juices properly, keep your juice in a glass or stainless steel container.  Fill the container to the very top to reduce exposure to air. Keep the juice refrigerated until ready to drink.

Can I pack juices to go for later in the day?

Yes! For proper storage please see the answer to the question “What is the best way to store juice” for proper storage.  To take your juices on-the-go, pack them in an insulated cooler.  You can use an ice pack if you are going to be away from a refrigerator for a long period of time. 

How do I pick  a juicing/blending appliance?

There are typically 8 factors that you should consider when shopping for a juicer.  They are: speed of the juicer, quality of juice, size of the juicer, price, preparation time, yield, noise level, and ease of cleaning.  For more information about each factor read this article 8 Things to Consider When Shopping for a Juicer that Will Make Your Decision Easy.

 

Can I freeze fresh juice for later in the week/day?

Freezing juice should be used as a last resort and is not really recommended.  Juice begins to degrade immediately after juicing.  Freezing suspends this, but the thawing process causes more enzyme degradation than just storing juice in the refrigerator.  However, if you are going to freeze your juice, pour the juice into ice cube trays and place it in the freezer.  Once the juice cubes are frozen they can be transferred to a Ziploc bag.

How do I begin juicing?

The short answer is to make up your mind to start juicing, purchase a juicer, purchase produce, and just do it!  The longer answer can be found in my free ebook titled Juicy Bits.  Download it to get the bonus 11 Steps to Jump Start your Juicing Journey. 

What is the difference between juicing and blending?

Juicing uses a juice extractor or juicer to remove the pulp and fiber from fruits and vegetables, leaving the juice and vital nutrients.  Blending combines all of the ingredients that you put in the blender leaving the fiber and pulp in the drink.  For a lengthier explanation, read my free ebook Juicy Bits.

How do I prepare juices and vegetables for juicing?

Before juicing any fruits or vegetables, it is important to wash your produce.  Here’s Jay Kordich’s (the Father of juicing) recipe to clean your produce:   Fill your sink half full of cold tap water. Add four heaping tablespoons of salt and squeeze the juice of half of a lemon into the salt water.  This solution will help you remove the fungicides, pesticides, chemicals and preserves that are sprayed on produce.   Soak your produce in the salt and lemon solution for three to five minutes. Swish them around in the water and then rinse them under cold water.