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How to Make Juice: Selection and Preparation

By Adam Brookover | Food Drink | Rating:

How to Make Juice

It is your duty to procure the best produce available for your juice. Whether you grow your own fruits and vegetables or buy them from a supplier, be sure they are of the best quality possible. They should be fresh, firm and crisp .... preferably organically grown.

No produce is too good for your juice but an alert shopper can get the highest quality fruits and vegetables and still save money. Practice makes perfect and a little effort will bring excellent results.

When you are dependent upon supplies of fruits and vegetables through the regular channels, it is possible that you may get fruits or vegetables that have been heavily sprayed and/or heavily fertilized and this could be a serious danger. Of course, the government is supposed to protect you and see to it that the farmers do no put too much spray on their fruits and vegetables and they have established tolerance levels to achieve this goal. However, abuses do crop up .... too often, I'm afraid!

While water will remove most of the water-soluble insecticides and water with a little hydrochloric acid in it will remove most of the other insecticides, it would be preferable to get organically grown fruits and vegetables if you grew them organically yourself, the risk of being poisoned or harmed by any of these toxic chemicals would be eliminated completely. Therefore, I urge you, wherever humanly possible, either grow your own vegetables and fruits organically or buy them from sources that are strictly organic.

Of course you will have to keep produce on hand but do not use frozen fruits and vegetables for juicing. My advice is to stay away from frozen foods completely. Remember, it is good health you are seeking so don't risk your health and waste your time and money on anything less than the best.

I have been selling electric juice extractors for about 20 years now and my experience through this period has been broad and varied. To cite an example, at one time we had six different juicing machines on the premises and we ran five pounds of carrots through each one. We took note as to how much juice each machine produced from five pounds of carrots. Then we compared the quantity, quality and clarity of the juice, as well as the condition of the pulp.

Before you buy a juicer, request a demonstration. Make absolutely certain that you are buying the best machine on the market and settle for nothing less. After all, the proper juicer should give you trouble-free performance and last a lifetime. I know of juicers that have been in daily operation for 20 years. I repeat get the best one you can find.

To prepare fruits and vegetables for juicing just wash or scrub them in clean water. Then cut them into suitable sized pieces for putting into your juicing machine. Don't cut them up too fine. A good juicer can handle the job to perfection.

I distinctly advise against the habit of scraping, peeling or paring such vegetables as carrots, parsnips, beets, radishes, turnips or such fruits as apples and pears, because it has been long recognized that many of the important nutrients are found in or close to the skin. Therefore, by scraping or peeling, you are definitely losing many nutrients that cannot be replaced and the continued practice of this bad habit could result in defeating the purpose .... retaining or regaining good health.

Yes, I am fully aware that some vegetables look very dirty and I have often used carrots and parsnips from which I could not remove all of the black marks. However, in practically all cases these are nothing but good natural earth stains and careful scrubbing with a good stiff brush will remove most of them. Even if the vegetables were juiced with a bit of the earth on them, it would be better than losing the nutrients by scraping or peeling.

Of course, a good electric juicer is the ideal way to make fresh juices but it is not imperative. You can use a grater and after the fruit or vegetable is grated, you can put it into a bag made of cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice. However, this method is certainly not in vogue with modern day techniques. I have seen folks place the grated vegetable or fruit in a cotton flour bag and then squeeze it by means of a press. Then, too, when using citrus fruits, one can use the old fashioned orange squeezer.

I have known nutritionists and well informed laymen who have suggested that a blender is a better appliance and a more vital one than a juicer. Well, there is no argument that by using a blender you lose none of the minerals, vitamins or other nutrients contained within a vegetable or fruit, except the bit that may be lost by oxidation, but I owned a blender before I owned a juicer and I have taken the time and trouble to ascertain and weigh the merits of both appliances.

In the first place, the blended carrot, for instance, isn't nearly as palatable as the tasty, sweet juice. In fact, it's somewhat hard to take and to most people palatability is of vital importance .... especially when dealing with children. Children will take the juice readily and even with joy and pleasure but yoq may find it extrememly difficult to get them to take a cupful or a bowlful of blended fruit or vegetable. Secondly, in order to make a blender function, you must add some water. Thirdly, it takes longer to blend your vegetables or fruits than to juice them. Fourthly, the blended fruit or vegetable does not get to work in your body as quickly as juice.

One authority suggests that the purpose of drinking live juices is to enable the body to quickly assimilate all of the vital elements in a vegetable or fruit in the shortest possible time, without the body's organs having the added burden of working over the cellulose in the vegetable or fruit. Thus, no one can deny that the blended carrot will not be assimilated as quickly as carrot juice.

Whether the blender can break up the cellulose fibres fine enough to release all of the vital nutrients as found in vegetables and fruits, I do not know, but blending for a long time will definitely break it down quite fine. On the other hand, blending for such a long period is definitely harmful to the nutrient value of the fruit or vegetable. This is due mainly to the fact that the finely chopped pulp and juice are swirled round in the blender at tremendous speed, and I wonder if it might not even do damage to the enzymes as well as causing oxidation.

When people get to the stage where they are willing to follow a proper regimen of eating and living, they are usually sick or old and probably at death's door. Then they see the light and many write to me or pay me a visit to get some free advice on proper living for good health. I always tell them to go out and buy themselves a grinder, a blender and a juicer and to get the best appliances on the market. Many people tell me they can't afford to buy these appliances and I retort that they can't afford not to buy them.

Most of you have money for doctor bills, hospital bills and dentist bills and money for pills, prescriptions and drug supplies. Furthermore, most of you also have enough money for liquor, cigarettes, coffee and entertainment. So I guess I have the right to assume that you have enough money to buy a grinder, a blender and a juicer. With all of these appliances at hand, you will be in a position to get the most benefit from your natural raw food with a minimum of effort.

Now you know a little bit more how to make juice :)





Adam Brookover

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