Juice is so delicious on a hot day, a great way to get nutrients in a gentle form that’s easy on the belly. Store bought juices, however, tend to have added sugars and stabilizers to prevent separation and maintain colour and appearance. Anything that’s good for shelf life is typically not good for our gut health, so how about making our own juices? Especially now that it’s summer and the produce is widely available!
There are two main types of juicers; slower speed presses and higher speed centrifugal. There’s a range of price points, so I usually recommend that you start with something simple but not chintzy, try it out and see if it fits in your lifestyle before you invest in the higher end models.
If you’re thinking of just citrus juice, you can save some money and get the Citrus Juicer from Cuisinart; it does a great job of these delicate fruits at a very good price!
A note on Pulp
One comment about Juicing that I hear, is what do you do with all the pulp? Isn’t that just a waste of fiber? If you’re careless, then yes, it is a waste of great fiber. You can put it in the compost, it’ll break down very quickly and then at least your garden is getting the left over nutrients.
Alternatively, if you’re mindful about the order of juicing, (watch out for cores and seeds!) you can keep the pulp for baking and cooking. Veggie pulp makes a great thickener in soups and sauces as an alternative to flour and starch, and carrot pulp is ready made for baking recipes. I like to put the pulp into a silicone mini muffin or ice cube tray for portioning, then pop them out into a larger container for quick and easy use.
Starting out – High Speed Juicers
Entry level juicers are typically the higher speed centrifugal style; we recommend the compact juicer from Cuisinart. The juice is good quality, it’s easy to take apart and clean (a key factor!!), and all the removable parts are replaceable in case they get damaged or lost.
These juicers are great for veggies and mixed recipes that include leafy greens and fruit. The juice will separate relatively quickly, so you’re better off to drink straight away rather than putting it in the fridge.
Watch for units that are easy to clean and assemble, with replaceable parts. I’ve seen too many hit recycling because of a lost or broken parts; these units can have several.
The Investment – Slow Speed Juicers
Faster is not always better; slow speed juicers SQUEEZE rather than GRIND the fruit and veggies. This allows the juice to maintain it’s pure colour, natural taste, nutrients and vitamins that can be destroyed by the violent action of faster juicers and blenders.
If you’ve tried a juicer before, didn’t find it difficult to get enough produce, and liked the addition to your diet, than it might be time to upgrade!
If you struggle with your health and need easy to digest nutrients, a slow speed juicer is definitely your tool. We’ve helped several customers who have relatives on feeding tubes that love these machines in the kitchen.
Now, or Later?
We’ll occasionally have the Compact and Citrus juicer in stock in our Shop in Revelstoke, but these are the kinds of items we don’t keep a lot of in store. We just don’t have the space! We’re happy to order any of these models in for you, ETA should be listed on each product for backorders. Dropshipping is sometimes available, but typically our customers pick up in store.
Not ready yet? Add your favourite to a wishlist, and if you’re a Family Member, you might get a special offer when we’re putting in our orders!