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So, you have discovered juicing, or you have been juicing for a while and you want to get yourself a new juicer. So you ask yourself, what juicer do I want or need?

The first question you need to ask is, what do I want to juice? What do I need my juicer to do for me?

For example, if you want to juice mostly green leafy vegetables and herbs then you would be better off buying a slow masticating juicer.

Whereas if you want to just juice in general then you can easily get by with a centrifugal juicer.

You also have to consider cost, a masticating juicer in general is going to be more expensive than a centrifugal juicer.

Next you need to decide how much time you’ll have to spend juicing. Depending on how much time you have you might want to get a juicer which is very quick to clean. Also you want to get a juicer with a wide feeding shoot so as you don’t have to cut up your produce as much, preferably a juicer which you can fit whole apples into.

Masticating juicers tend to be more time consuming than centrifugal juicers, however they do usually give you more juice in the end.

Another thing to consider is that some people complain that the spinning blades of a centrifugal juicer can heat up the juice therefor killing some of the enzymes in your juice, but the slow masticating juicers stay cooler and keep most of the enzymes intact.

I would recommend if you’re new to juicing or on a budget to get a centrifugal juicer which is easy to clean and has a wide feeding shoot. This will be the best machine to introduce what juicing can do for you. Also I think centrifugal juicers are more fun.

This Breville would be a great juicer to start off with, click the image to check it out. It's a good option because it has a nice wide feeding shoot, it's easy to clean, dishwasher safe and has several different speed settings which are labeled so as you know what speed you'd need for citrus fruits as apposed to hard root vegetables and everything in-between. If the price is too steep for you then don't worry, there are loads of cheaper juicers which will get the job done too.

 

If you are a juicing veteran then you might want to spend a bit more money and get yourself a nice masticating juicer. There are upright slow juicers which have wide feeding shoots which give you a lot of bang for your buck. Plus they are generally easy to clean and easy to use too.

This is a good example of an upright slow masticating juicer, click the picture to check it out. It's a bit more expensive than a centrifugal juicer but you really do get what you pay for in terms of quality with your juices, it has a wide feeding shoot which is rare for slow juicers. I have a juicer very similar to this one and they are very quick and easy to clean. There is also an attachment to this juicer which will allow you to make frozen fruit sorbets, absolutely gorgeous in the summer :)

 

But at the end of the day, the best juicer for you is the one that you use regularly.

I hope this helps answer any questions you might have had, if I missed anything you wanted to know about juicers please feel free to leave a comment or visit me on my facebook page ‘Juicing With Dan’.

Thanks for reading and as always, have a nice day :)

Daniel Carton (Juicing With Dan)

I think that we’ve all been in the situation where we are new to juicing, not really sure what to put into our juices and start making concoctions which make us feel like pinching our nose and just downing them or even pouring them down the drain.

Does that sound familiar?

I know I was guilty of it too :)

But then I began to experiment with different flavours and started to really fall in love with the way my juices tasted. So I’m going to share my experiences with you and help you to make your juices taste amazing (even the greenest of juices can taste great).

Depending on what your goals are your ingredients might vary, for example you might not want to use too many fruits because you’re worried about the fruit sugar content or you might only use fruits because you have a super sweet tooth, either way I can help you with some tips.

First of all, if you’re not using that many fruits, you need to be quite clever to mask the flavour of the really earthy vegetables such as beets and spinach. So I would be inclined to use at least one fruit, I usually opt for an apple or two but it’s personal preference. Another thing to keep in mind is that the more you drink the vegetable juices (especially the bitter ones) the more you will get used to them.

Also you want to add in sweet vegetables such as carrots and parsnips, yes they have some sugar in them, but much less so than fruits and they will still taste amazing. Next I would use something to enhance the flavours of your juice such as lemon or lime and perhaps ginger or turmeric. I find this helps especially when you’re not using many fruits.

If you still find your juice to be bitter then simply use less of whats making it bitter, I’d rather enjoy juicing everyday than to juice once and get sick of the taste. Plus juicing is meant to be fun and enjoyable :)

If you aren't worried about the amount of fruit sugars you’re drinking then you can really have fun. Just juice what you like and enhance the flavours with ginger or lemon. Try using unusual vegetables as well which work great with sweet fruits such as fennel and sweet potato.

So whatever your goals are just make sure that your juicing experience is fun and enjoyable :)

I hope that this helps you. If you have any more questions please feel free to comment below or visit me at my Facebook page Juicing With Dan.

And as always, have a nice day. :)

Daniel Carton (Juicing With Dan)

Well as we all know, the average person isn´t getting enough fruits or veg in their diet. This means that the average person isn´t getting nearly enough vitamins and minerals and therefore also means that the majority of their diets are poor, in that they depend on sugar and white refined carbs for energy.

This is why I have a juice for my breakfast everyday and get the majority of my fruits and veg for the day, it gives me the energy I need for the morning into mid afternoon until I have lunch.

This also means that I don´t have to worry too much about how many vegetables I eat throughout the day, don´t get me wrong the more the merrier, but I can relax and know that I have already had all the vitamins and minerals I need for the day.

Juicing also has weight loss benefits as well, which I know personally as I lost 4 and a half stone whilst juicing and exercising.

The reason juicing is great for weight loss is that you will be eating less in general and at the same time getting a better quality of food, so even though you might be taking in a fraction of the calories, they are so nutrient dense that they will keep you sustained and energised for a long time.

You want to make sure that you´re juicing more vegetables than you are fruits because although they have sugars which have “easy energy” in that the energy is released quickly, they won´t keep you feeling as full for as long as vegetables will. Also as a general rule vegetables are more nutrient dense than fruits, especially green and red vegetables.

Personally I would aim to have at least twice as much veg than fruit in my juice so as I know it is packed full of goodness.

I hope that you found this to be helpful and interesting,

Please feel free to make a comment either here on my blog or on my facebook page “Juicing With Dan”.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Daniel Carton.

Ideally you want to have a balanced juice, in that you don´t want to have too much fruit in it but at the same time it still needs to tastes nice, in other words you don´t want to add too much green leafy vegetables or certain root vegetables which can make your juices quite bitter.

This is something you will need to experiment with yourself to get the right flavour balance that you like.

If you are just beginning to juice then I would advise maybe having a little bit more fruit in the mix just until you get used to the bitterness and flavours of the other root vegetables.

So maybe start with fruit juices to begin with and fall in love with juicing, and then slowly evolve your juices adding maybe a handful of spinach here and a rib of celery there and develop your taste buds to get used to drinking the rainbow.

If you are an experienced juicer then you can follow the 2/5 principle, 2 fruits to 5 vegetables. Now obviously that would make a huge amount of juice, so you can mix and match this ratio to get the desired result you want.

I personally don´t mind bitter tasting juices anymore and I like to experiment a lot with different vegetables, sometimes I don´t have any fruit in my juices and just use sweet tasting veg in their place such as carrots and parsnips.

But at the end of the day, juicing is meant to be fun and tasty, so no matter what you´re juicing just make sure it tastes nice and always try and experiment with different combos and more importantly enjoy them.

I hope this covers everything that you wanted to know, if not make sure and ask me your questions in the comment box below, or visit me on Facebook.

Stay tuned form more :)

Juicing With Dan (Daniel Carton)