Juicing is a great way to get all of the nutrients from fruits and vegetables in one drink. But it can be difficult, especially if you're just starting out with juicing and therefore don't have that much experience yet.
So in the blog post below, you'll find the most common juicing mistakes you should avoid when juicing your first batches.
What Are The Most Common Juicing Mistakes And How To avoid Them
1. Not Being Consistent
When first starting out, people often find themselves juicing only here and there instead of every day.
Consistency is key to enjoying the benefits of drinking juice daily!
2. Not Preparing The Produce Properly
One of the most common juicing mistakes is not properly preparing the produce. Make sure to wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before juicing them. This will help remove any dirt or contaminants that may be on the surface.
Make sure you remove any unwanted stems, leaves or rinds that are not part of the fruit/vegetable before juicing. It is also important to core certain fruits, such as apples or cherries, to avoid damaging your juicer.
Depending on the power and size of your juicer, you should cut the fruit and vegetables into smaller pieces so that your juicer can process them better.
3. Not Using The Right Tools
Even just using your hands at first can be pretty tough, especially if you are trying to get all of those pieces through.
If you want to make juicing easier on yourself, invest in a good quality juicer and some kitchen tools like a good cutting knife and worktop that will help you prepare the produce properly.
Some bowls to sort the cut fruits and vegetables and a sealable airtight container for leftover juice to store in the refrigerator can also be very helpful.
4. Not Mixing Flavors Properly
It may be tempting to just throw in a ton of fruits or vegetables into your juicer without considering how they taste together. But this can lead to some pretty unappetizing results, so make sure you experiment with different combinations until you find your favorites!
If you don't know which fruits and vegetables go well together then you can find many recipes on this website but also on the internet. This makes the whole thing a little easier in the beginning.
Don't forget to put more vegetables in the juicer than sweet fruits for a more healthy juice.
5. Using Too Much Sweet Fruits
Typically, we think of juice as being quite sweet. However, too many sweet fruits and vegetables in your juice can make it too high in sugar. Fruits are good for you, but in moderation.
If you are not used to drinking fruit-based juices, it can be easy to go overboard with the sweeter fruits. Your juice should be mostly made from unsweet vegetables with a little bit of fruit added in for flavor.
Citrus fruits are a great way to add flavor without adding sugar. Lemons and limes can cut the bitterness of vegetables, so they're perfect for this task!
The best part, you don't even need much juice because citrus has such strong natural flavors that will hold up on their own.
You can also add individual herbs or spices to your juice to enhance the taste.
6. Juicing The Wrong Way
The best way to juice is the process of cold pressing. Cold pressed juice typically has the highest quality and you can get more volume of juice out of your produce.
A high speed centrifugal juicer can add heat to your juice which may damage some enzymes. This type of juicer is very common and has it's specific advantages, but if you’re looking for the best, go for cold pressed with a masticating juicer.
7. Letting Juice Get Too Old
Juice should be consumed soon after it is pressed. After about 15 minutes, juice begins to break down and lose its nutrients. You might think it’s easier to press a lot of juice and store it in the fridge for later, but juice will start to lose its nutritional value and flavor if it is stored for too long. Try to consume any leftover juice within 24 hours.
It depends also on how the juice is produced. Centrifugal juicers with a high spinning blade - especially at higher speeds - can oxidize the juice which may destroy some of the key nutrients found in fruit and vegetable juices. You can keep this kind of produced juice a shorter time and should drink within 24 hours.
Better are masticating juicers or twin gear juicers with a very low working speed. These more expensive juicers don't oxidize the juice quick as they do not mix oxygen into the juice due to the low speed.
You can keep these juices much longer. Usually 2-3 days in a fridge using an airtight container. However, the best is always to drink the fresh made juices immediately or at least in the next 24 hours.
8. Not Using Enough Fiber
A lot of people forget that juicing still includes the fiber from the fruits and vegetables, so you should make sure to include a good amount of them in your juices. This will help keep you feeling full and satisfied after drinking your juice.
There are also many ways you can use the leftover pulp from your juicing, especially when you use a centrifugal juicer.
9. Not Knowing Your Own Taste
Everyone has different tastes and preferences when it comes to food and drinks. Make sure to experiment with different fruits and vegetables to see which ones you like the best. There is no right or wrong answer, just what tastes good to you.
However, always keep in mind to use healthy fruits and vegetables with a recommended ratio of 20-30% fruits and 70-80% vegetables.
11 . Drinking Juice Too Fast
If you are gulping down your juice too quickly, it will not have the same benefits that juicing is meant to provide. It takes a little bit of time for our bodies to process all of those nutrients from the produce.
Really take the time to sit and sip your juice slowly and give your body the time it needs to absorb it.
12. Using Toxic Unhealthy Plants
If you juice with produce that has been grown using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, you can do more harm than good. You will actually concentrate these toxins by juicing, and they can do damage.
It’s always best to buy organic produce for juicing. However, that can sometimes be cost prohibitive. You have a couple of choices if organic just isn’t in your budget. One is to grow as much produce as you can on your own.
Raised bed and container gardening can produce a lot of produce in a small area. You can also stick to the “clean 15” list of veggies and fruits that have the lowest contamination from pesticides. That can be found at https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/clean-fifteen.php.
13. You Stress Too Much About Measurements
It's very easy to get carried away when you are juicing for the first time. With all of the recipes out there, it can be tempting to cut everything to exact measurements each time that you juice.
However, if you do this then you'll end up with a drink that is either too sweet or not sweet enough, and this could lead to an unenjoyable experience with juicing. The best thing that you can do when juicing is to use your intuition.
If a recipe calls for one cup of kale and you only feel like adding half a cup then do it! You will never be able to keep up with exact measurements for every juice that you make.
It's much better to slowly increase the amount of produce that you use each time rather than stress about getting exactly what a recipe calls for. A recipe is a good guide but you can change it a little bit to your needs and taste.
14. Failing To Follow The 4:1 Vegetable-To-Fruit Ratio When Juicing
You might be juicing for the wrong reasons if you don't follow roughly this recommended ratio. Fruits have a higher sugar content, which can lead to health issues when consumed too much or in large quantities on its own while vegetables provide good fiber, so you should make sure that they are well balanced with each other for optimal results. Vegetable juicing recipes can support you to achieve the right balance.
As previously mentioned, a recommended ratio of 20-30% fruits and 70-80% vegetables is optimal.
15. Not Cleaning Your Juicer After Each Use
This is another common mistake. Not cleaning the juicer after each use will not only make it difficult to clean, but it can also lead to the growth of mold and bacteria. So make sure you always clean your juicer after each use.
16. Using Always The Same Ingredients
People often think it will make their juicing process easier. But this actually isn't the case, as your body needs different nutrients at different times.
So by always using the same ingredients, you won't be getting all of the nutrients your body needs. Therefore you should vary the fruits and vegetables you use.
17. Trying To Juice Bananas
Bananas are delicious and so is their juice. But when it comes to juicing them, you should not try doing this because bananas will clog up the machine.
So if you want to enjoy banana's sweet taste then you can put your fresh juice in a blender and mix it with bananas.
18. Not Place Your Juicer On The Counter
This may seem like a minor juicing mistake you should avoid, but if you don't have your juicer placed in an easily accessible spot, you're going to find yourself struggling to use it more often than not. It's also inconvenient to have to move your juicer every time you want to use it.
19. Not To Drink Water
A lot of people also don't drink enough water when they're juicing. Even though fruit and vegetable juices contain water, you should still drink plenty of water while juicing throughout the day.
This will keep you hydrated and reduce hunger pangs. Water also helps flush toxins out of your body.
Vegetables with a high juice content can also be very helpful in this case.
20. Not Having Fun with It
This is probably the most important thing to remember when juicing. Experiment with different flavors and combinations and see what works best for you. There are no wrong answers, just delicious juices waiting to be made.
The above listed mistakes are some of the most common juicing mistakes that mainly newbies make, but with a little bit of practice you will be able to avoid them and make delicious juices like a pro.
A helpful resource are also these 8 great tips for your juicing routine.