This week - a little sneak peek at a workshop I presented at the Kitchen School this week - on juicing and super salads. I cover off on what this juicing thing is all about, and what to look for in a juicer - want to learn more on this? I will run this workshop again on November 1st - you can register here.
Why Should I Juice?
Juicing is the way to extract concentrated liquids from foods – generally through squeezing the food through an extraction process that separates the liquids from the solids. Becoming common in the 16th century, juicing has been used to extract mostly fruit juices into a readily consumed beverage.
Extraction of Nutrients
Juicing is a process that extracts nutrients that are locked up within the structure of the food, concentrating it into the liquid. Juicing removes insoluble fibres from foods (whilst fibre is an important part of an overall healthy diet, the removal of fibre allows improved absorption of enzymes in the food along with soluble fibre).
Many of us tend to have a boring fruit and vegetable diet – we stick to what we love, sometimes only eating between 10-15 different fruits and vegetables for most of our lives. Juicing provides an opportunity to add variety and incorporate fruits or vegetables you may not regularly eat – add some beetroot, some celery or some salad greens to give your juice a boost.
By removing the fibres and drinking fruits and vegetables in liquid form, a convenient nutrient delivery system is created for our bodies that allows individuals who may have difficulty consuming whole vegetables, an opportunity to reap the benefits vegetables have to offer. You can then add that fibre pulp back into a recipe so you don't miss out on the insoluble fibre!
What to look for in a juicer
You can buy juicers for $50, in the case with juicers, you get what you pay for. The higher the investment (generally) the higher the quality. Fortunately there is a new space in the market which combines affordable juicers with high quality – some with warranties of 20 years!
There are 4 major types of juicers:
- Centrifugal - the noisy, enzyme damaging juicer - fast, low-cost, but low quality juice result;
- Masticating - the slow, grinding cold press juicer - slow, mid-range in price, but great juice result;
- Triurating - complex, gear-grinding cold press juicer - slow, hard to use, but great juice results;
- Bag Press - expensive, multi-step juicer - slow, takes a while to juice what you need, provides the best juice results!
Ease of Use
Many juicers can be complex to use, with many parts to keep on hand. Unless you LOVE juicing, it is recommended you look for a simple juicer.
Juicers range in price from $50 to $2,000. The good thing is, there is something for everyone in the price range. Although, refer to the quality of the juicer, you do get what you pay for.
Juicers can be incredibly noisy,
In line with the the Kitchen Coach ethos of saving time and having less gadgets in the kitchen – we highly recommend a juicer that can be multi use. Some juicers have the ability to make sorbets, nut butters and even tofu!
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