Juicing has become a great way to get lots of nutrients in our diets, but juicing at home can seem very daunting.
It's important to know what to shop for, how to prep the ingredients and which ingredients to combine for the best tasting juice. Thankfully Kaleidoscope Juice founder Alexandra Maw is sharing her tips for juicing at home. Maw has created a successful business helping people who don’t have the time or equipment get healthy by incorporating juicing into their lives on a consistent basis.
But, for those who can't conveniently pop into one of her shops and pick up a bottle of her organic cold pressed juices, Maw loves helping people juice successfully at home.
Maw says juicing at home can allow you to "enjoy a morning at the farmers market, spend time washing your finds and enjoying having the kids in the kitchen to help out, [which is] all part of getting connected to what nourishes us."
Tips for Juicing at Home
1. Choose your produce
When choosing your produce think about “building your juice."
- Choose a base: One which will give you the bulk of the liquid: cucumber and celery are my personal favorites. The combination of the two also make a complete protein.
- Add some apple, beet or carrot for color and a hint of sweet.
- Choose your greens: spinach, kale, parsley, collard, chard, romaine, cabbage are some great ones.
- Choose your accessory ingredients: Herbs and roots like turmeric, ginger, fennel, and mint add interesting flavor and amazing health benefits. Turmeric root is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
- Lastly, think about citrus and spices: A squeeze of lemon (alkalizing and helps preserve your juice), a pinch of cayenne (circulation and metabolism) or try a sprinkling of pink Himalayan salt (33 minerals).
One of Maw's favorite juices is called Green Dragon, which has cucumber, celery, green apple (base), kale, parsley (leafy greens), mint and jalapeno (accessory ingredients).
2. Choose the right juicer
Choosing the right juicer becomes very personal. Ease of cleanup, price, and how it processes leafy greens are the three main considerations. Kaleidoscope Juice makes their juices on a hydraulic cold press. This type of extraction method is believed to be superior to centrifugal and masticating juicers because the process doesn’t involve heat, therefore the enzymes in the juice remain living and raw and the juice can store for a number of days.
- There is a cold pressed juicer for home use called The Norwalk juicer which will set you back about $2,500. This is a fantastic juicer, but also harder to use because it involves a 2 step process.
- If you’re looking to spend considerably less, Maw recommends the Omega, a slow juicer that does a fantastic job on the leafy greens and even makes nut butters and baby food!
- DiscountJuicers.com is a good place to do some research for a new juicer because they have videos comparing all of the different juicers. Do some exploring there before you make a decision.
3. Storing your juice
Mason jars are Maw's go to for storing juice at home. Pour the juice up to the top of the jar so that there isn’t any room for air. CupPow.com makes lids for the mason jar turning it into a sippy cup and one fitted with a straw. You can make enough juice for a full day or two this way.
Now that you know how to juice at home, you can supplement your home juicing with a local, organic juice company such as Kaleidoscope Juice. PressedJuiceDirectory.com is a great resource for cold pressed juice stores near you, and many deliver as well.