Google image for “best juicer to buy”, or even “drawbacks of juicing”, and you will see hundreds of pictures of a beautiful juicer next to a bunch of beautifully colored fresh fruits and veggies, and several glasses of exotic looking juices.
I’m sorry to break it to you, but while juicing can be fun, fast, and easy, not everything can be so handy at all times.
Here are three downsides of juicing you may want to take into consideration but the ads usually “forget” to address.
1. Increased spending in grocery
Juicing can be quite expensive without counting in the initial cost of the juicer itself. Even if you have been eating a lot of fruits and vegetables regularly, turning to juicing will still result in an increase in the bills.
This is because it takes quite a lot of materials to make a glass of juice. You won’t normally eat 3 apples in one go, but you can consume them in the fiber-free liquid form in 30 seconds!
Since most juice fans are very health conscious, we tend to opt for organic produce, whose prices are usually much higher than conventional fruits and veggies.
However, compared to buying from juice bars, doing juicing by yourself is still a lot cheaper. You can also cut the cost by shopping at the local market, buying things in big bulks, and using produce that is in season.
Depending on where you live and the materials you use for juicing, your grocery bills will most likely see an increase of $15 – $60 per week.
2. Juicing requires prep work
You can’t make a juice by dropping a whole watermelon into the juicer. Juicing always involves some preparation, be it washing the produce, peeling, de-seeding, or cutting the fruits or veggies.
Most centrifugal juicers have a large feeding chute and requires very little prep – you can throw a whole big carrot in and wait for the juice to come out. Prep work with these fast juicers is mainly washing and some quick chopping.
Masticating juicers or twin gear machines, meanwhile, typically have a very small chute. That means you have to pre-cut everything before feeding them into the juicer, or they will stuck and you will end up spending more time to get them out of the machine.
A good way to minimize preparation time is to spend time doing all the work once or twice every week. Precut all of the carrots, celeries, and other “bulky” materials for use in 3, 4 days. That way, you will have at least one less thing to worry about every time you want to juice.
3. The juicer cleaning job
After you’re done with the juicing and have enjoyed that beautiful, fresh, nutritious glass of juice, you’re now back to reality: the cleaning job.
It really depends on what type of juicer you use, but most of the time, cleaning can be quite simple if you do it immediately. First, disassemble the machine and clean any dripping on your table or countertop. Next, remove the pulp (less hassle if it’s a pulp ejecting type – also you can use a plastic bag to cover the pulp collector so you don’t have to wash it afterwards). Then wash everything. The disc and the mesh will require more attention, but it usually won’t take more than 4 minutes. Still, it’s some chore you may want to consider before getting yourself into juicing.
If you leave the machine there in the air for like an hour, though, it will take much much more time to clean it. The pulp will dry up and become extremely hard to remove even from the smooth plastic parts. The disc and the mesh are most difficult to wash, with the pulp sticking in the sharp blades and the tiny holes. And if you don’t clean them thoroughly, they will become rusty and won’t be able to cut and extract juice from the harder fruits/veggies.
If you can’t wash your juicer right away, dip the parts into water and leave them there. Otherwise your juicing will be so time-consuming you will give it up very soon.
Before splurging on a fancy juicer, consider if you can really commit to juicing.
If you have problem picking up your socks at home, prepping and cleaning a juicer can be quite a big chore. Many people spend half a grand on a juicer after seeing an exotic juice pic on their yoga teacher’s Facebook, only to leave it to gather dust in the cupboard a few weeks later because it’s too much work for them.
You should only get a juicer if you really are into a healthy diet, you want to have fresh juice more than a couple times a week, and don’t mind spending more money on grocery and a few minutes a day on the chore. The right juices will help nourish your body and mind, and you will see by yourself very quickly that the investment in a decent juicer is totally worth it.
If all you want is a cup of juice or two a week, going to a juice bar would be a much better option. It’s cheaper, and it saves you both the time and the work.