Juicing: Step-by-Step

October 31, 2008

This guy already has a head start on the vegetable front. (Photo: meanestindian)

Intimidated by juicing?  Not sure where to start?  That’s okay, I wasn’t born knowing how to juice, either!  Here’s a handy little guide to follow.  I emphasize cleanliness and freshness, to maximize the healing power of raw juice (especially essential when it comes to conditions like colitis and IBS).  Enjoy!

  1. Wash your hands for 20-25 seconds with soap and water.
  2. Scrub all vegetables thoroughly, and rinse well with clean water. Try to use organic vegetables and fruits for juicing to avoid pesticides and insecticides.
  3. Prepare 1 gallon of filtered water and add 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide.  We’ll use this to kill off possible E. coli present on the surface of the veggies.
  4. Place your veggies into the water/hydrogen peroxide solution. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the vegetables from the solution and drain in a colander for few minutes.
  6. Juice your veggies.
  7. Sip your juice slowly.  Drink within 2 minutes of juicing to maximize the intake of enzymes and vitamins, so vital for healing.
  8. The raw juice can be diluted with pure filtered water to suit your taste,  and for better absorption.
  9. After you are done with juicing, wash your juicer, knives, and boards with soap and water.

4 Responses

  1. You comment that it is best to drink juiced vegetables 2 minutes after juicing… often this is not practical for a person on the go!

    Is it possible immediately after juicing to completely fill a container with the juice (no air in the container/chilled) and tightly cap for consumption later, possibly an hour or two later ???

  2. Thanks for the comment, William!

    Juice that is an hour old is still good, but it won’t pack the same health-powered punch.

    In freshly squeezed vegetable juice, most of the active enzymes and vitamins degrade after 15 minutes as the juice gets oxidized. Also, fresh-squeezed juice just tastes better.

    Life can be hectic, so it makes me happy that you find the time to make juice. Investing those few minutes each day will pay awesome dividends in health and longevity.

    Hats off to you, and happy juicing!

  3. I have a centerfuge juicer, is it true that this type of juicer loses vital enzymes of fruit?

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