This page is a supplement for all of our juice cleanse recipes and will provide you with preparation instructions for each and every vegetable as well as fruit that we use in our juice recipes. Since there are many different possible ways that vegetables and fruit can be prepared to be juiced, we thought this clear and concise guide to how we prepare each one would help clear away any confusion.
Not only will we cover how we prepare each vegetable and fruit, but we will also explain how we juice each one differently in different juicer types. If you do not know the difference between a masticating type juicer, a triturating type juicer, a centrifugal type juicer, or are wanting to know more about which juicer may be best for you in general follow this link to read a much more detailed explanation that is not only informative, but can be very useful in helping you purchase the best juicer for your specific needs, as well as for your specific budget.
When we talk about how to juice your produce using a masticating juicer this can also apply to a triturating juicer. These are two different types of juicers, but both work by using gears to crush the produce and squeeze the juice out.
We also will include some other specific tips to make your juicing experience easier at the bottom of this page, after the content covering each specific vegetable and fruit.
Ok, so let us get to how to prepare your produce for our juice cleanse recipes. We have made this list in alphabetical order, so it should be easier to scan down to the produce you are curious about.
Apples: Our juice recipes use the entire apple peel and all. The only thing that we recommend removing are the seeds and the stems. Since the peel has many health benefits we do not recommend peeling it off.
Centrifugal Juicers- For smaller apples you can feed the entire apple through if you are not concerned with juicing the seeds and stems. For larger apples, you can cut the apple in four pieces and feed each through separately or two at a time.
We have found that while feeding a pile of apples through is fun and appealing to save time, it can actually end up taking more time as the juicer may have problems handling so much, so quickly.
We recommend that you cut all of your apples in half at least, even the smaller ones so that you can take the seeds out.
Masticating Juicers- You will need to chop your apples up into smaller pieces so that they can fit through the feed chute.
Some specific information regarding apples- Red delicious apples generally speaking are higher in sugar content compared to their nutrient ratio, so we recommend using these types of apples as a last resort.
The type of apples we use in a lot of our juice recipes are Fuji apples which have a moderate amount of sugar in general, but you can use whatever apples are available to you. While Fuji apples do contain moderate amounts of sugar they also contain a good amount of nutrition, as most apples do.
Many recommend using green apples, because they are generally speaking lower in sugar content. This would be fine with most of our juice recipes, but with some of them you may have to add more apples as the sweetness of a green apple may not stack up to others.
We do not always use Fuji apples and enjoy many other varieties (Fuji’s are our favorite though). In general you can choose whatever apple you like, these are just recommendations and what we use for our juice recipes.
Beets: We do not skin our beets for our juice recipes. We just cut off the small tail part of the beet if there is one left and also cut some of the top part off where it is or was connected to the beet stalks, which extend to the greens. This is where we have found most if any of the dirt or anything else to be remaining on these root vegetables.
Centrifugal Juicers- If they are small enough you can just stick these in whole and juice away! If they are larger than the feed, then you can cut them up just enough to fit.
Masticating Juicers- In most cases except for much smaller beets you will need to cut these up into smaller pieces, so that you can fit them into the feed chute.
Bok Choy: We use every part of bok choy in our juice cleanse recipes. This includes the leaves all the way down to the stalk section. We will sometimes cut off the bottom part as a lot of the dirt and other stuff seems to be more concentrated there.
Centrifugal Juicers- As with any other leafy green you can ball up or push together these to tighten them up in a more concentrated mass. This helps centrifugal juicers get more juice out of leafy greens.
Masticating Juicers- You can either chop them up before hand or tear these up into smaller pieces as you go while feeding them into the chute.
Broccoli: We use every part of broccoli in our juice recipes. This includes any small leaves that may be left on them, as well as any part of the stalk.
Centrifugal Juicers- In most cases you will still need to either chop your broccoli up into pieces that will fit into the centrifugal juicer or tear them off by hand so that they will fit.
Masticating Juicers- You will need to chop your broccoli up into smaller pieces that will fit into the chute or you will need to break them off by hand one at a time as you go to fit them into the feed chute. Some parts of the stalk may be to big and will need to be chopped.
Cabbage: With both red and green cabbage we use every part.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can simply cut off parts that are small enough to fit right into your juicer.
Masticating Juicers- You will need to chop it into smaller pieces so that it will fit into the feed chute of your juicer.
Cantaloupe: We peel the fruit out of the cantaloupe skin and only juice this part for our juice cleanse recipes. You can decide if you want to leave the skin on. We also take all the seeds out and this is easy to do by using a spoon to just scoop them out.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can decide for yourself as you may not mind the flavor or juicing the entire cantaloupe, skin and all at the same time. If you do not, then you can then just cut yours into parts small enough to fit right into your juicer and go for it!
Masticating Juicers- Again you can decide if you want to juice your cantaloupe with the skin on or off. You will have to chop your cantaloupe up into smaller pieces either way to fit into the feed chute for your juicer.
Carrots: We do not peel any of our carrots in our juice recipes. We have read that some people do this and we do not see the need to. A lot of the nutrition is in the peel and if you think about it most people do not peel their carrots when they eat them. Why do this when you juice them? To get the skin cleaner if that is your concern you can read our page about cleaning your produce before juicing it, there is a link to at the top of this page.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can have some fun with these and put more than one through at a time! We will usually grab quite a few and feed it into our juicer. No chopping or other preparation other than cleaning them is necessary.
Masticating Juicers- You can either feed them into the chute one at a time if they are small enough, or you can chop them up into smaller pieces before hand.
Cauliflower: We use the entire cauliflower for our juice cleanse recipes. This includes any leaves that may still be on them.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can cut it into pieces just small enough to fit into your juicer.
Masticating Juicers- You will need to chop this into smaller pieces so that it will fit into the feed chute of your juicer.
Celery: We use most of the celery except for the very bottom part if they are in a stalk all together. If there is a whole stalk together that we are using, then we will cut the very bottom part off that is keeping them all together and rinse the bottom part very well. This is because the dirt or anything else is usually found near the bottom part.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can take a bunch of the stalks all at once and a lot of times the entire bunch and feed it through your juicer.
Masticating Juicers- Although it is tempting and easy to just feed a whole stalk at a time through your juicer, you will have an easier time in general if you at least cut your celery stalks in half or chop them up into smaller pieces before juicing them. You can also break them in half or smaller pieces during your juicing by hand before feeding them into the chute.
This is because when you feed them through whole, they can have a tendency to wrap around the gear and slow you down as you will need to take the juicer apart and clean it our more often.
Chard: No matter what kind of chard we use, we use the whole thing, leaves, stems, stalks and all. We will mention in the juice recipe whether we used regular swiss chard, rainbow chard or red chard.
Centrifugal Juicers- As with any other leafy green you will want to squeeze these into a ball or at least push them together in your hand so they are more densely concentrated. This will help you to get more juice out of your chard using this type of juicer.
Masticating Juicers- chard is a less hardy type of leafy green and can either be chopped up into smaller pieces before juicing or easily torn by hand while juicing to feed into the chute. As with other leafy greens you will not want to feed these into your masticating juicer whole, as they can slow down your juicing by forcing you to take your juicer apart more often to clean it out.
Collard Greens: We use everything including the leaves, stems and stalks of collard greens for our juice cleanse recipes.
Centrifugal Juicers- As with other leafy greens you will want to either roll these tightly into a ball or just squeeze them together with your hands. The tighter the better as this will help your centrifugal juicer to get more juice out of them.
Masticating Juicers- You can either chop them up before hand or during juicing into smaller pieces or tear them into smaller pieces by hand as you go.
Cucumber: If our cucumber is organic, which is what we recommend using, then we juice it skin and all. If it is conventional then we either skin it, or we soak it in a solution which we will talk about soon in a post all about cleaning your produce before using it.
We prefer to include the skin of vegetables and fruit as much as we can, because there are nutrients found in them that are not always in the main fruit itself. For example, most of the silica found in the cucumber is in its skin. This mineral is extremely valuable for building bones and joints and has been found to rebuild joints damaged by arthritis.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can juice your entire cucumber through a centrifugal juicer without having to chop it up at all.
Masticating Juicers- You will need to chop your cucumber up to fit through the feed chute of you masticating juicer. Also it is a good idea to juice these first if you are using them in a juice recipe, as they tend to become a mash inside of your juicer if there is nothing after them to juice that will push them through. Hardier vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower are good to juice after. Hardy leafy greens such as kale and collard greens also work well for this.
Fennel: When juicing fennel for our juice cleanse recipes we usually cut it right down the middle so that you get a lot of the green “leafy” part as well as the larger bulb section on the bottom.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can feed fennel into your centrifugal juicer whole or cut in half.
Masticating Juicers- You will want to chop your fennel up ahead of time into smaller pieces that will fit into the feed chute of your juicer. We sometimes will break the smaller green stalk part up by hand and then chop the bulb section separately, but you can chop both ahead of time.
Ginger: We juice every part of ginger in our juice recipes, this includes the skin and all. The only parts we do cut off are some of the ends where they are damaged due to a piece being broken off of the area before. You can see this when you first look at the ginger and can usually tell where a piece has been broken off before, by the way the end looks.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can almost always just toss the entire piece of ginger you are going to include into your juice into a centrifugal juicer whole. The pieces are not usually very big that you will be using in your juices, as ginger is a very strong and spicy ingredient (a little goes a long way!).
Masticating Juicers- You may need to chop your ginger into a few smaller pieces sometimes to put into your masticating juicer, but most of the time you can fit the whole piece right in.
Kale: We use every part of kale which includes leaves, stems, and stalks. We will also mention which specific type of kale we used for the recipe in question as there are several varieties. We will also mention if you can use whatever variety you wish or a specific type of kale to achieve similar results for the juice recipe in question.
Centrifugal Juicers- To juice kale and any other leafy green using a centrifugal juicer you can sort of ball it up or squish it tighter together to get more juice out of your leafy greens.
Masticating Juicers- For kale and any other leafy greens it is advisable to chop it up into pieces that are smaller and then feed them into the chute. This does not mean you have to get them really small, it just means it is more optimal to juice pieces smaller than the whole leaf itself.
Kiwi: To prepare kiwi for juicing there is two different ways depending on your juicer type.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can choose to leave the skin on or off and usually just toss the entire kiwi in. In fact you can usually toss in more than one!
Masticating Juicers- For us it has been easier with a masticating juicer to cut the kiwi fruit out of its skin and to just juice the fruit inside. When juicing the kiwi skin and all through a masticating juicer, you can be slowed down as the skin will a lot of the times wrap around the gear forcing you to take the juicer apart more often to clean it out.
No matter how you choose to do it through your masticating juicer, In most cases you will need to cut the kiwi in smaller pieces to fit through the feed chute.
Lemons and Limes: With lemons and limes we usually juice them with the peel and all. We will say in the specific juice cleanse recipe if we did juice the peel also or if we did not juice the peel. We will usually do our best to get all of the seeds out when juicing these both, but if we miss a seed or two we do not worry about it.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can cut these in half to get as many seeds out as possible before juicing and then can toss them into your juicer.
Masticating Juicers- In many cases unless they are small enough, you will want to cut these into four or more pieces to fit them into your juicers feed chute. You can also get the seeds out easier when doing this.
Mango: You will want to at minimum cut the mango off and separate it from the huge seed that is in the middle. You do not want to put this seed into any juicer. You can choose how to juice your mango for either juicer type. We will tell you more for each juicer type.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can choose whether to juice your mango with the skin and all, or to cut the fruit out of the skin and juice it this way. Your centrifugal juicer can handle it either way and there are health benefits inside of the skin that add to the overall health benefits of the mango. It will change the flavor of the juice though, so only you will know which way you want it after trying it yourself. With a centrifugal juicer we usually will just cut everything off and throw it in the juicer except for the large seed in the center of course.
Masticating Juicers- With a masticating type juicer if you decide to juice the entire mango except for the seed, you might need patience as the skin can sometimes get wrapped around the gear, which might require you to stop and have to clean it out quite a few times. This for us has been rather time consuming and so with a masticating juicer we usually take the skin off and juice the fruit.
Orange: When we juice oranges for our juice cleanse recipes, we almost always take the peel off and juice the fruit by itself. We have found the peel on an orange to be so bitter that (although it has health benefits) can really take away from the overall sweetness of the orange. This makes for a much more bitter tasting juice where the real flavor of the orange juice cannot shine on its own.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can peel the orange and then just throw it in your juicer whole most the time. If it is a really large orange then you may need to pull a few sections off and put them in separately.
Masticating Juicers- You will want to peel your orange and then put it into your juicer one section or two at a time. You will easily be able to see how it fits into the chute and then know how much you can get in at a time.
Pear: For all of our juice recipes that use pears, we juice the entire pear minus the stem and any seeds that we can separate.
Centrifugal Juicers- A lot of pears are the right size to where you can just put the entire fruit into your centrifugal juicer. You can do this, but consider taking the stem and seeds out by just cutting the pear in half. This is all up to you. We usually will cut our pears in half and de seed them as well as take the stem off if we are using a centrifugal juicer.
Masticating Juicers- You will want to chop your pear up into pieces that will fit into your feed chute. You can also de-seed and de-stem your pears before juicing, which is what we usually do.
Pineapple: We juice our pineapple in different ways depending on what kind of juicer we are using. We have found that in general the flavor is not changed a whole lot if you juice the entire fruit, skin and all. It does change it some, but not enough that we worry about it, plus you get some more health benefits by juicing the skin.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can choose how to juice your pineapple with your centrifugal juicer, but we will usually juice the skin and all if we use a centrifugal juicer. We will say inside of the specific juice recipe if to get the exact flavor of the recipe you need to skin it.
Masticating Juicers- In general we have found that while using a masticating juicer it is much easier to cut the fruit from the skin and juice it alone. The skin can really jam up or get caught up in the juicer which makes for many times that you have to take the juicer apart and clean it out. If you have a masticating juicer, then assume we mean to juice it without the skin.
Pomegranate: We always take time before juicing pomegranate to separate the seeds from the rest of this fruit. We always juice the seeds only and have found it worthwhile to prepare this all ahead of time so that juicing can go much more smoothly.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can literally take all of your pomegranate seeds in most cases and put them all in at the same time.
Masticating Juicers- You can feed your pomegranate seeds into the feed chute handfuls at a time.
Romaine Lettuce: We usually will cut the very bottom part of romaine lettuce as this is usually where most of the dirt or anything else accumulates. We use every other part of romaine lettuce.
Centrifugal Juicers- As with other leafy greens you can fold these up into a tighter ball or just a tighter mass together to get more juice out.
Masticating Juicers- You can feed them through just as they are, but in smaller pieces. This means you can either chop it up ahead of time or as we sometimes like to do just tear it up as you go by hand and feed it on through the chute. Romaine is easier to do this with than other hardy leafy greens.
Spinach: We use every part of spinach including the leaves, stems and stalks if the bunch has a stalk included. Sometimes we will cut the very bottom part of the stalk as any dirt or anything else can be in that area more so than other areas.
Centrifugal Juicers- This one could be harder to bunch up in a ball as the leaves are smaller and more separated, but you can try your best to do this. We will also sometimes fold it all together with the stems and all so that there is a good mix of both. The mix of hardy and soft seems to help. Just press it together as much as you can in your hand so that it is denser and then put it in your juicer.
Masticating Juicers- Spinach is soft and smaller already so we just tear it off and feed it on through.
Strawberry: We juice these with the small end green parts and all. When you eat strawberries you usually take off the green part on the end, but we just juice every part.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can toss multiple strawberries at a time into your centrifugal juicer.
Masticating Juicers- In a lot of cases you will need to cut some of your larger strawberries in half, in order to get them into your masticating juicer. The smaller strawberries will easily fit right in though.
Sweet Potato: We juice these skin and all. The skin has extra health benefits and so whenever we can, we like to juice the skin of fruit and vegetables, especially when they do not change the flavor of the juice.
Centrifugal Juicers- A lot of the times you can just feed an entire sweet potato through your juicer. With some of the larger ones you will need to cut them in half or in four pieces ahead of time.
Masticating Juicers- You will need to chop your sweet potato up ahead of time into pieces that are small enough to fit through your juicer.
Tomato: We juice tomatoes with the skin and all for our juice recipes.
Centrifugal Juicers- You can in a lot of cases just put the entire tomato into your juicer. When the tomato is larger simply cut it in half or four pieces.
Masticating Juicers- You will want to cut your tomatoes up into smaller pieces so that they will fit into the feed chute of your juicer. Tomatoes can be interesting to cut up sometimes and can quickly turn into a mess. To remedy this, first cut your tomato in half and then flip it upside down and cut into the pulpy section (side without the skin). This will make it so much easier to cut.
Wheatgrass: You need a masticating juicer, a triturating juicer, or hand crank wheatgrass juicer to juice this. A centrifugal juicer will not juice this well at all and you will be wasting your wheatgrass on these types of juicers. We have a page that covers different types of juicers and their pros and cons which you can find by following this link.
When you do juice wheatgrass, you can just feed it through the juicer chute a small handful at a time. If you try to do a whole lot at a time you will possibly end up with wheatgrass all over your counter as it tends to get all over the place. It might do this either way, but feeding it through a smaller amount at a time can help.
You will want to feed the pulp that comes out back through quite a few times to get as much of the juice out as possible. You will know when to stop feeding it back through as you will not see anymore juice coming out when you do and the pulp will be extra dry.
Some other tips-
- Refrigerate your pears and apples ahead of time so that they will not mush up as much in your masticating juicer. You do not have to have them in the refrigerator for days (unless you want to), but simply refrigerating them a half hour to an hour ahead of time will help to harden them up a little bit in order to juice them easier in your masticating juicer.
- If you own a centrifugal juicer, then you will not need to worry about refrigerating these items ahead of time so much.
- When juicing in a centrifugal juicer, it works better to juice your leafy greens and harder items first. You can then juice your pulpy, or softer produce items after.
- When juicing in a masticating juicer you will want to do the opposite and juice your soft pulpy items first and then the hard or leafy greens after. This will help to push out the soft pulp that is remaining behind and get more juice out of your produce.