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Today, we are going to talk about Unprocessed Juice. Most people don’t know that when you juice from home, you are drinking unprocessed juice! Nowadays, juice and juicing are a big deal. For the past almost month, we have been stuck in the house. This is the perfect time for healing and trying new things. I know a lot of you have a lot of questions on unprocessed juice, so I will do my best to answer them all. We will start by talking about pasteurization, and I will go over what it is, and why people do it. Pasteurization is the process of heat-processing liquid or food to kill bacteria that may be harmful to people if they consume it. This also allows the juice to keep longer as it destroys many microbes that can cause spoilage. Freshly squeezed juice made on sites, such as at a restaurant, juice bar, grocery store, or farmers market, are not required to be sterilized. But, these establishments are required to use a warning labels either on the juice packaging, or they must provide them to the consumer.
Most warnings will look something like this:
“This product is produced in a facility that also processes tree nuts.”
WARNING: This product is not pasteurized and, therefore, may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.”
Now, I know you may be wondering: “if the FDA says it’s not safe, should I let my children drink it?” I have no children, and I am just a Humble juicer here to spread knowledge and help heal. With that being said, if you let your children, elderly parents, or anyone high-risk eat Mcdonalds, Processed foods, and any type of dairy, Honestly unprocessed juice is the last thing to worry about. Continue to read below to see some tips to ensure a clean rewarding juicing experience. Please understand that I am not shaming anyone because my current diet isn’t the best. This sidenote is just an example for you! I also know many parents whose kids love our juices and juicing period. When juicing, make sure to clean everything, including all fruits, vegetables, cutting boards, knives, blenders, juicing machines, and glasses or bottles. Even if you’re not using the peels, clean them anyway. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water before and after preparation.Cutaway any damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables. Throw away any produce that looks rotten. ( I will be making a post/video once I get set up in our new house on shelf life for fruits and vegetables)Wash all produce thoroughly under running water before cutting or cooking, including produce grown at home or bought from a grocery store or farmers market.
Sidenote:* (Humble Soul soaks fruits and vegetables in a mixture of 1 part vinegar (about 1/2 cup) and 3 parts water (we fill up the sink) for about 10 to 15 minutes) If you decide to use your sink, please wash and rinse it before and after every time to reduce contamination. )*Scrub firm produces, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush under running water. Even if you plan to peel the produce before juicing it, wash it under running water first, so dirt and bacteria are not transferred from the surface when peeling or cutting into it.
*Sidenote: When we( Humble Soul) soak our fruits and vegetables, we do scrub the firm fruits and vegetables after the soak while rinsing.*After washing, dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to further reduce bacteria present on the surface.
*Sidenote: When washing leafy greens, make sure every bit of leaf gets soaked and rinsed. It may be easier to use a colander.*It’s not necessary to peel vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, and beets, but some people prefer to remove the skin of these vegetables if they’re not organic. Peels often contain more nutrients than the veggies themselves. Food-safety experts advise that if you do peel such vegetables, make sure you’ve cleaned them first and washed the utensil you’ll be using to peel them with. You don’t want to introduce bacteria that might be on the surface of the veggie or fruit or the peeler into the product itself. For foods such as cantaloupe, the skin is to tough for a juicer, and fruits like oranges citrus fruit peels can be too acidic for many people’s systems and must be peeled. When it comes to cruciferous vegetables — broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts — things get trickier, because bacteria and dirt can be lurking in the tight florets. It’s best to blanch these veggies by dunking them in boiling water for about 10 seconds. The impact of blanching on the availability of nutrients is minor, and some of the nutrients become more bioavailable and easier to digest. For softer fruits like berries, it’s best to use a colander as well.
*Sidenote: Broccoli juiced can be challenging to digest, resulting in bloating, gas, or cramping. I wouldn’t recommend juicing it, especially if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome*
Another big question I get asked a lot is: “can every fruit and vegetable be juiced?” The answer is yes. Now, should they be juiced? The answer is no.
Fruits like strawberries, mangos, blueberries, and raspberries do not juice well, trust me. They are best for smoothies or a slushie, even ice cream. (lol)
Don’t juice the peel of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and tangelos. They have volatile oils that can cause stomach upset. Lemon and lime peel is fine.
Don’t juice rhubarb leaves; they are toxic. The stalks are fine to juice.If you’re on warfarin or other blood-thinning medications, avoid high amounts of parsley juice.If you’re prone to kidney stones, go light on oxalate-rich juices such as spinach, rhubarb, beets, okra, and Swiss chard.
Avocados contain little to no juice, and it would get messy fast.
Please be sure to cut up and deseed your apples. Apple seed contains amygdalin, which can be poisonous when metabolized.
Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach provide a dose of calcium and vitamins A and C but skip running them through a juicer if you’re prone to kidney stones.
If you’re sensitive to fructose, you should consider steering clear. Pears contain sorbitol, a non-digestible form of sugar that can create a quick bowel movement. That’s why many people drink pear juice to treat constipation.
Now that we went over a few things, I hope this has cleared up a few questions. If you have questions anymore, please feel free to message me on here or shoot me an email. Check back soon to learn more. Don’t forget to drink your water and say your prayers. The time to heal is now. Stay beautiful!