Wondering how to clean a juicer properly? Thinking that it may be too big a job to do daily?
It doesn't have to be! However, if you plan to juice for health, it is crucial to make sure you get an easy clean juicer, otherwise it may very well just gather dust in a cupboard! Luckily many of the available models are now really easy and quick to rinse clean.
I use one of the Breville Juice Fountains and find it extremely easy to clean.
In fact, if I am juicing for myself only, it literally takes me around 9 minutes from gathering the fruits and veggies, to having everything cleaned up again! Now, isn't that the way it should be? Nothing to it. Painless juicing.
Your Easy, How-To-Clean-A-Juicer Recipe!
1. When making a buying decision, ask for a thorough in-store demonstration of the various types of juicers. Go through the whole performance, from feeding fruits and vegetables into the juice extractor, to washing it. Your main consideration is ensuring a juicing process where every step is as simple, quick and painless as possible. The more components, the more complicated the assembly, dismantling and cleaning is likely to be.
2. Read the juicer's manual carefully and make sure that you follow the instructions. You don't want to void your warranty by using the wrong cleaning method or materials.
3. Always wash your juice extractor immediately after use. If you allow it to stand, it will be much more difficult to clean later on.
4. Look for a juicer that doesn't come with all sorts of nooks and crannies in the design that complicate the cleaning process.
5. There will always be the inevitable build-up of mineral deposits on your juicer's components. This brownish discoloration is unsightly, but unfortunately part and parcel of juicing. Don't worry too much about this. Continuing to juice is much more important than having a spotless juicer! Do a quick rinse most days, with a thorough cleaning every few weeks.
6. Here is what I usually do once a month or so. Check with the manufacturer of your juicer first, though. I soak the juicer's plastic components (not the blade) overnight in water to which washing powder has been added. Then I scrub the components with the brush provided by the manufacturer, or a sturdy kitchen brush. By that time the mineral deposits have softened and will be easier to remove. A toothbrush can be used where you need something smaller, such as for cleaning the blade.
7. If you have a machine with a white housing, you will find that it is more likely to become stained by produce such as carrots. Sometimes these stains can be removed by wiping the plastic with a paper towel dampened with a few drops of vegetable oil.
8. Although you should not aim to keep your juicer as good as new, it is important to clean it thoroughly. Otherwise it can become moldy, which will be unhealthy.
9. If the manual says it is okay, some juicer components can be washed on the top rack of your dishwasher. Check this first though, to be sure that it will be safe.
Now that you know how to clean your juicer, you can concentrate on preparing the best juicing recipes! Have fun!