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#3 – Caring for Your Juicer

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Taking an extra few minutes to clean and care for your kitchen equipment properly will help extend the life and function of your investments. I could have called this posting “Cleaning Your Juicer” which is really what this post is about but honestly; we first must care about our equipment before we can thoroughly clean it.

Today, I will be going over a few simple ways that will keep your juicer humming. Even though I can’t go over every make and model of juicers on the market, the following suggestions will easily transfer from unit to unit.

I know that just the mere thought of cleaning the juicer once you are done making your juice is about enough of a hindrance to prevent you from wanting to use it. Here is one thing that will reduce the stress that surrounds your machine. The truth of the matter is, most people don’t take the time in getting to know their equipment. Understanding what each piece does, how it works, and how it goes together (or disassembles) will make the job less daunting. For most juicers, two to five minutes is the time required to clean and reassemble, so it is ready for the next juice making event.

The Basic Outline

  1. Start filling the sink with hot soapy water.
  2. Juice your fruits and veggies while the sink is filling (keep an eye on the water level).
  3. Pour your juice into a beautiful glass.
  4. Quickly disassemble the juicer parts and place them in the soapy water.
  5. Sit down, slowly enjoy your juice. Be sure to “chew” each mouthful to get those digestive juices flowing. Use this time to give thanks for the nourishment that you are taking into your body. Take nice slow breaths in between and embrace YOUR time. By the time you are done enjoying the juice, the juicer parts will have had a nice soak.
  6. Wash and rinse each juicer part, placing them on the drying rack.
  7. Move on to the next task of the day while the juicer parts dry naturally.

Here is a more in-depth look at cleaning your juicer…

Swish and Rinse

The Screen/Filter

Most electric juicers operate by forcing fruit and vegetables through a wire mesh screen. This screen allows the juice to flow through the tiny holes in the screen while the pulp is trapped, leaving you with a mostly pulp-free glass of goodness. If this screen isn’t properly cleaned after each use, the pulp may become trapped in the tiny holes and clog your filter, which can reduce the effectiveness of your juicer. Plus, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Here are a few helpful tips that should become habit forming…

Remove the Screen

Clean the Screen

Drying the Screen

Juicer Parts & Pieces

Washing the Parts & Pieces

Drying the Parts & Pieces

The Juicer Base

Stains and How to Remove Them

Stain Causing Foods:


Clogs and How to Prevent Them

Clogging Foods

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