Juice Like a Pro:
Top Tips for Prepping Fruits and Vegetables for your Kuvings Cold Press Juicer
Juicing is an excellent way to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet, and the Kuvings Cold Press Juicer is a popular choice among juicing enthusiasts.
However, before you start juicing, it’s essential to properly prepare your fruits and vegetables to ensure the best results.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the steps you need to take to prepare fruits and vegetables for your Kuvings Cold Press Juicer.
#1 Buy Seasonal
Buying fruits and vegetables in season has several benefits, both for your health and for the environment. Seasonal produce is fresher, more flavourful, and more nutritious than out-of-season produce that has been shipped from far away. Additionally, buying in-season fruits and vegetables supports local farmers and reduces the carbon footprint associated with transportation.
Here are some of the key benefits of buying fruits and vegetables in season:
1. Fresher Produce
Seasonal produce is harvested at its peak and sold soon after. This means that it spends less time in transit and on the shelves of grocery stores, which can result in a fresher, tastier product. In contrast, out-of-season produce often has to be picked before it’s fully ripe in order to survive the long journey from farm to store, which can result in a bland or mealy taste.
2. More Nutritious
Fruits and vegetables that are allowed to fully ripen on the vine or tree have more time to develop their full range of nutrients, resulting in produce that is more nutritious. Additionally, seasonal produce is often grown locally and picked at the peak of freshness, meaning it doesn’t have to travel far to reach your plate. This can result in produce that is richer in nutrients than out-of-season produce that has been shipped from far away.
3. Saves Money
Seasonal produce is often cheaper than out-of-season produce. When produce is in season, it tends to be more abundant and easier to grow, which means that farmers can charge less for it. Additionally, buying in-season produce that is grown locally can save you money on transportation costs and other fees associated with importing produce from far away.
4. Supports Local Farmers
Buying fruits and vegetables in season supports local farmers and their communities. When you buy produce from a local farmer, you’re supporting their livelihood and helping to keep small farms in business. Additionally, local farmers are often more invested in sustainable farming practices that are better for the environment.
5. Better for the Environment
Buying in-season produce that is grown locally can significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation. When produce is shipped from far away, it requires a lot of fuel to transport it to its destination. This can result in a lot of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. In contrast, buying locally grown produce that is in season can significantly reduce transportation emissions and help to mitigate climate change.
Buying fruits and vegetables in season is not only good for your health, but also good for the environment and local farmers. By choosing to eat seasonally, you can enjoy fresher, more nutritious produce while supporting sustainable farming practices and reducing your carbon footprint. So the next time you’re at the grocery store or farmer’s market, consider choosing produce that is in season and locally grown.
#2 Wash Them
The first step in preparing fruits and vegetables for juicing is to wash them thoroughly. It’s easy to do, just fill your sink full of water and rinse under to remove any dirt, debris, or pesticide residue. You can use a vegetable brush to scrub harder produce like carrots or potatoes. Once you have washed them, pat them dry with a clean towel or paper towel and store in the fridge/cupboard for later use.
Here are some of the key benefits of washing fruits and vegetables before juicing:
1.Removes dirt and debris
Fruits and vegetables may have dirt, debris, and other contaminants on their surface, which can be easily removed by washing them before juicing. This will ensure that your juice is free from any unwanted substances.
2. Reduces bacteria
Washing fruits and vegetables before juicing can also reduce the number of bacteria that may be present on their surface. This is especially important for produce that is consumed raw, such as leafy greens and berries.
3. Removes pesticides
Many fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides, which can be harmful to your health. Washing them before juicing can help remove any residue that may be present.
4. Enhances flavour
Washing fruits and vegetables can also help enhance their flavour by removing any residual chemicals or dirt that may affect the taste of the juice.
5. Increases nutritional value
Washing fruits and vegetables before juicing can help preserve their nutritional value by removing any dirt or bacteria that may cause them to spoil faster. This can help ensure that you are getting the full nutritional benefits of the produce in your juice.
Washing fruits and vegetables before juicing is a simple and effective way to ensure that your juice is free from contaminants, bacteria, pesticides, and dirt. It can also enhance the flavour and nutritional value of your juice, providing you with a healthy and delicious beverage. By taking the extra step to wash your produce before juicing, you can enjoy the full benefits of fresh, clean, and nutritious juice.
#3 Prep for Juicing
Now we are ready to make some juice. But first, you need to understand that your Kuvings Cold Press Juicer is a ‘slow juicer’ – what that means is it gently presses and squeezes your fruits and vegetables to extract the most juice. There are no metal blades ripping and tearing your fruits and vegetables apart, so you need to prepare your produce a little differently so you juice more efficiently and prevent any clogs. For example, if you are juicing beetroot or ginger, you need to cut them into smaller pieces. For leafy greens, you can bunch them up into small bundles in your fist and drop into the feeding chute.
Here’s how to prepare the most common (and often tricky) fruits and vegetables:
Carrots need to be cut lengthwise – not across into circles. Why? Because it is much easier for the juicer to press them when they are long and thin.
Watch this video for a demonstration on how to prepare carrots.
Beetroots are really hard and fibrous. To maximise the amount of juice you get from a beetroot, you need to cut them into slices, not just into half.
Watch this video for a demonstration on how to prepare beetroot.
If you have the new REVO830 model, you can simply put sticks of celery into the juicer and it will automatically cut them into pieces. For all other models, you need to cut across the stalk into 5cm pieces, this is to ensure the long stringy fibres of the celery do not wrap around the press and cause blockages.
Watch this video where I demonstrate how best to prepare celery for maximum yield.
Lemons are great to use in the juicer, but to get the most juice, it’s best to cut them into slices (with skin on) and feed them in that way. Lemons are also great to put in if you get a build up of a fruit/vegetable and you want to get the pulp flowing again, pop a slice of lemon into your juicer and it usually does the trick.
Watch this video on how best to prepare lemons for juicing in a Kuvings Cold Press Juicer.
Oranges are super delicious when cold pressed. You get maximum juice and if you peel the skin, leaving the white pith, you will retain important nutrients.
Watch this video where I demonstrate preparing oranges for juicing.
Each model of Kuvings Cold Press Juicer takes whole apples. Simply remove the stick from the top (I usually just twist it off) and pop in. If they are too big to fit into the chute, just cut them in half.
Watch this video where I show you how easy it is to juice apples.
Pineapple has a hard outer, which needs to be removed and a hard inner core, which needs to be cut into small pieces. The best way to juice pineapple is to cut into thin strips and feed into your juicer that way.
Watch this video showing you how to prepare pineapple for juicing.
Ginger is best cut into small slices. The easiest way is to break off a small amount and then slice into small rounds.
Watch this video as I take you through how best to prepare ginger (and the same for turmeric) for your Kuvings Cold Press Juicer.
9. Stones, Seeds & Pips
As a general rule, before you start juicing, remove any stones from stone fruits, pits from cherries.
You can leave the seeds in watermelon, apples, pears, passionfruit and oranges, lemons and limes.
Watch this video to see how to cut your stone first and easily remove the seed.
10. To Peel or Not
Mostly, you can leave the peel on with lemons, kiwi, cucumber and remove the skin for oranges, pineapple, grapefruit and mandarins. You can also leave the skin on watermelon, it will just change the colour of the juice – but you will retain all of the natural goodness that is tucked within the rind.
After you have prepared your fruits and vegetables, juice immediately so you preserve all of the freshness and nutritional value and to prevent oxidation. However, some people like to store prepared fruits and vegetables in airtight containers in the fridge and juice as they need, so that can work also.
Preparing fruits and vegetables for your Kuvings Cold Press Juicer is an essential step to ensure the best results. By washing your produce thoroughly, cutting them correctly, removing any seeds or pits, peeling if necessary, and juicing immediately, you can enjoy delicious and nutritious juice that will provide you with the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
I love the saying... ‘Wisdom comes from using the knowledge you learn and passion comes from sharing that wisdom with others’. May the wisdom I am sharing here and my passion for juicing inspire you to drink more liquid nutrition and make juicing a regular part of your daily life!