A juicer is a big purchase that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Even inexpensive juicers aren’t cheap, so it’s important to know how to use and take care of yours. If you don’t take care of your juicer on a regular basis, the juice might taste worse over time, or it might break.
Luckily, taking care of a juicer is easy, and there are a few simple tips that can extend your juicer’s life and you can follow them to make sure it keeps making tasty, healthy juice for a long time.
We put together this list of tips to help you learn how to take care of your juicer so that you can get the most out of your money and enjoy all the benefits of juicing without having to buy a new machine too soon.
Seven tips to extend the juicer’s life:
Don’t use the juicer when empty
When a juicer is started in an empty state can cause severe damage to your juicer. You may not experience its damage at once but a regular habit of functioning juicer in an empty state would cause you irrepairable damage as well.
Like any other machine juicer also produce friction and heat when run empty. This heat and friction can even cause fire as well in extreme cases. Therefore, plug in your juicer when you are done with your prep work and ready for juicing.
Take away all the seeds from fruits and vegetables
Most juicers break because people forget to take out the seeds and pits before making juice. If you juice peaches, apricots, cherries, or other fruits with hard seeds, one of the seeds could get stuck in your juicer and break it. Make sure you only put fruit in your juicer that has had the seeds taken out.
Hard seeds are not meant to be gone through juicers; they not only damage your juicer but will affect the overall taste of the juice as well. Even if the seeds or pits are small and soft, they should be taken out because they tend to make juice that tastes bitter and harsh if they are left in. Some fruits, like apples, peaches, plums, and apricots, have seeds that the body can turn into cyanide, which is not a good thing.
Cut long items into short
You might be wondering what’s a big change going to happen with this technique. But you never know when this technique is going to help you. It has been experienced by many users that juicer got stuck out of nowhere. After examining the cause was due to the long strings of items like celery, spinach, and carrots, or in short due to big strings the parts got wrapped or stuck and stops juicers to work properly.
Clean your juicer as soon as it’s of no use
Cleaning the juicer is not an easy task. It isn’t fun, and it’s even less fun when you just made a delicious glass of juice and can’t wait to drink it. The longer you let your juicer sit without being cleaned, the more likely it is that you will shorten its life.
As soon as you’re done using your juicer, you should clean it quickly and thoroughly to get rid of any dried juice and bits of fruit. If you don’t clean it well, bits of fruit and dried juice will stay in it and make the juice taste bad. Also, if you let dried juice build up, it can damage the parts inside your juicer that won’t make it work.
Most juicers have parts that come off easily and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Just to be safe, check the manual for your juicer before you put anything in the dishwasher.
Only use the parts that came with your juicer
Almost all juicers come with a plastic or hard rubber plunger that fits perfectly in the machine’s fruit chute. You could also do a lot of damage to your juicer and end up with a very expensive paperweight if you use something. You could also hurt yourself because juicers aren’t made to have hard things put into the blades or augers. It’s not worth the risk, even if you think you can be careful.
Don’t juice dry nuts or foods
This tip is a bit controversial because it’s not clear if it can really hurt your juicer. At best, it’s a waste of time, because foods with little water won’t make much juice. At worst, some people think that juicing dry ingredients like coconut, grains, and cereals can damage your juicer in the long run. To be safe, we suggest that you don’t juice these things, since you won’t miss out on much by not putting them in your juices.
Make sure you use the right juicer for the job
If you already have a juicer, this tip won’t help you much, but if you want to buy one, think carefully about what you want to juice most often and buy the right juicer for that. Blade juicers, also called centrifugal juicers, are less expensive than cold press juicers or masticating juicers, but they don’t work as well for juicing leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale.
With a blade juicer, you can juice apples or citrus fruits just fine, but leafy greens won’t work as well. Masticating juicers work well with all kinds of fruits and vegetables, but they tend to be more expensive. They can also handle vegetables that are tougher and have more fiber than centrifugal juicers can. Get a masticating juicer if you want a juicer that will last a long time and can handle the wear and tear of regular use.
Taking care of your juicer the right way can be a pain, but it is worth it. It would be a shame to have to buy a new juicer because you didn’t take care of the one you have. They aren’t too hard to take care of, and if you follow the advice in this article, you should be able to avoid most of the most common problems. Juicing is a fun and rewarding hobby that you can do with little money upfront if you do a little planning and prep work.