How to clean a juicer
Tips for cleaning your juicer
There are many benefits to drinking fresh juice. It’s a quick and convenient way to get essential vitamins and nutrients. You can opt for juice that contains fruits, vegetables, herbs and other ingredients — the choices are virtually endless.
That said, buying premade juices gets expensive after a while. Plus, you’re limited to the store hours of your favorite sellers. Making your own juice at home offers savings and access to juice anytime.
Thankfully, cleaning a juicer isn’t time-consuming or a hassle if you know the right way to do it. Keep reading to find out.
Benefits of juicing
Packed with nutrients
By extracting the juice from fresh vegetables and fruits, juicers retain the nutrients they provide. This includes essential minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. While there’s been no conclusive evidence that juicing is better than eating these foods whole or vice versa, it’s a good way to add them to your diet.
Getting enough vitamins, minerals and nutrients is important not only for your body’s daily function but for its long-term health as well. If your body is lacking in them, you’re more vulnerable to serious health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.
When you consume plenty of nutrients, you give yourself an advantage in preventing life-altering health issues. Phytonutrients found in fruit are a great example of this: they dissolve free radicals, reducing your risk for developing disease.
Inflammation can cause many health issues, from pain to chronic diseases. A diet that’s packed with fruits and vegetables — leafy green vegetables in particular — has the potential to reduce inflammation and its effects.
If you struggle with arthritis or suffer from a chronic illness like Crohn's disease, decreasing the inflammation in your body can help ease the pain associated with these health conditions.
You don’t have to depend solely on coffee for an energy boost. Unlike caffeine which will eventually cause you to crash, the B vitamins in certain foods fuel your energy throughout the day. Incorporate citrus fruit, leafy greens, ginger and beets into your juices to get valuable B vitamins.
Supports weight loss
This benefit comes with a caveat — don’t drink a lot of fruit juice if you’re trying to lose weight. Instead, make vegetable-based juices a cornerstone of your daily diet. Most vegetables are low in sugar and are loaded with good stuff that can improve your health.
It’s important that you don’t replace solid food with juice for your meals. Juice is best used as an alternative to snacks or as a complement to solid food at meals. You need whole foods to get the full spectrum of the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, fiber, proteins and fats required for your body to function properly.
Types of juicers
There are several types of juicers from which you can choose. Make sure you carefully review the features of each to decide which one is best for your lifestyle, preferences and needs.
While masticating juicers take longer to generate juice, their performance is superior. They take on both soft and hard materials with ease and are especially proficient at processing leafy greens. Since masticating juicers produce very little heat, they retain more of the antioxidants and enzymes in fruits and vegetables. The majority of masticating juicers can also act as a grinder and food processor.
One of the few cons is the preparation time they require. You must cut food before feeding it into the chute because it’s smaller than those on other juicers.
If you want a juicer that works fast and doesn’t require cutting up large foods, a centrifugal juicer may be for you. Operating at a high speed, these juicers can whip up juice in less than one minute.
The drawbacks include the significant noise, oxidation and heat they generate. Oxidation is detrimental because it robs the juice of a large percentage of its nutrients. Using a centrifugal juicer when you’re juicing primarily to improve your health is rather counterproductive.
Orange juice is among the most popular juices, so it’s no wonder the fruit has its very own juicer. You can also make lemon, lime, pomegranate and grapefruit juice with one of these handy machines.
Citrus juicers are universally loved, and with good reason. They preserve the majority of nutrients because they generate a minimal amount of heat. They’re also easy to clean since they’re designed with detachable parts.
Also called a twin-gear juicer, the triturating juicer processes root vegetables equally as well as crunchy fruits. It’s also proficient at processing leafy greens. Triturating juicers produce juices that are rich in nutrients.
Since these machines are used primarily for commercial purposes, triturating juicers tend to be expensive. They’re also heavy and bulky.
Instructions for cleaning a juicer
Cleaning a juicer isn’t difficult, but it does require a certain time investment. Once you’ve got the process down, you should be able to clean it relatively quickly.
What you’ll need
Using the right tools will make cleaning your juicer much easier. You should have the following items handy:
- Lemon juice
- Mild dishwashing soap (if you don’t want to make your own cleaning solution)
- Soft cloth
Juicer cleaning instructions
Unplug the juicer before you clean it — applying liquid of any kind to an electric tool while it’s connected to a power source is extremely dangerous. Next, disconnect any removable parts. Doing so is important because juicers contain nooks and crannies that are easily missed when all the parts are assembled.
Now you’re ready to begin cleaning. Use the spatula to remove any pulp left in the juicer. The spatula is helpful because pulp tends to stick to the interior.
Once you’ve removed the pulp, use mild dishwashing soap or a one part water/one part vinegar/one part lemon juice solution to wash the container. Washing the detachable parts is the next step. Pulp tends to get stuck in the mesh strainer, so this part requires extra attention.
A toothbrush will allow you to scrub the parts thoroughly without damaging them. If you’re using dishwashing soap, make sure you mix it with lukewarm or warm water.
The parts that are permanently attached need special care, as running water could damage the cord or motor. Instead, use a damp soft cloth to clean them. Apply elbow grease carefully to avoid damaging any of these components.
Letting the parts air dry on a drying rack is best. If you don’t have one, you can lay a towel on the counter. Let the parts dry completely before reassembling the juicer. When you do reinsert the parts, make sure you refer to the juicer manual until you’re completely familiar with the proper placement of everything.
Megan Oster is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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