Tips for Juicing with a Masticating Juicer
After 3 years of juicing with a masticating juicer, I’ve picked up a few tips. If you’re not sure what a masticating juicer is and how it differs from a centrifugal juicer, then read my review of the Omega J8006 here.
I cover all of the basics.
In short, a masticating juicer uses an auger to crush and compress the produce. When I first bought this juicer I discovered it had trouble juicing certain produce. Soft and squishy produce like lemons, oranges, and pineapple can be a pain in the butt. Over time I developed a few tricks to juice these things effectively.
Tips For Juicing Soft Produce
Nothing But Lemons
Throwing a few lemons in your green juice is a great way to add a bit of tang. Not to mention lemons, once they break down in your body, can have an alkaline effect. Meaning they raise the PH of your body, making you less acidic. It is widely believed that certain diseases cannot thrive in an alkaline environment like they can in an acidic one. For these reasons, I find it a good practice to add a few lemon quarters to my juices.
There is just one problem with lemons, particularly in a masticating juicer. They don’t juice properly. Whenever I throw them into my juicer they break down to a pulp but get stuck sloshing around in the auger chamber. Instead of passing through and separating into dry pulp and juice.
To solve this problem, I have two tips.
Once I came up with and the other I found in a video (the name of which escapes me). The first tip is useful if you are juicing lemons, oranges, pineapple or some other soft fiber produce. However, this only works if you have the Omega J8006 It might work for other masticating juicers, but I can’t confirm it.
The trick is simple.
- Start by quartering your lemons and adding them one at a time.
- As they begin to back up take the provided Omega plunger (the long white stick that comes with the juicer to push produce down the feeding shaft) and slowly pump the plunger up and down the feeding shaft (the part where you drop the produce into the juicer).
- If the lemons are sufficiently backed up they will create a vacuum.
- As you pump the plunger up and down you create compression in the auger chamber and slowly force the lemons out the dry pulp end.
It takes some practice but with time you will get a feel for the compression. This will greatly speed up the process when dealing with those pesky soft fiber fruits.
If you are not strictly juicing lemons or soft fiber produce then you have a second option. This applies to mix green juices. For example, let’s say you are making a juice with a green apple, 3 stalks of celery, a lemon, 2 kale leafs and ginger then I would juice them in this order.
Lemon, apple, celery, kale and then ginger. Basically, you want to go from softest produce to hardest. The harder produce, like beets and carrots, will push out the softer stuff. This will clear out any back up in the auger chamber.
Additional Masticating Juicer Tips
If It Fits…
I’ve also learned with the Omega J8006 that it can handle a fair amount of abuse. I talked about this in my review of it. Since masticating juicers tend to be quite slow I’m always looking for ways to speed up the process. I’ve learned that cutting every vegetable or fruit into a manageable size isn’t necessary. My general rule is if it fits down the intake tube as is then I won’t cut it up.
I mean, it is packing an industrial 2 HP motor. Send that whole carrot down there and let the auger take care of the rest. This will save you some time cutting things up in the prep stage.
Another problem I’ve encountered has to do with the screen that comes with the Omega J8006. If you’re like me and don’t like to much pulp in your juice then you’ll want to use this screen. It will catch all the extra pulp.
However, in the process, it can become clogged. When this happens I will simply jiggle or tap the screen a bit. This will get the juice to sift through a bit quicker than normal. For serious clogs, I’ll take a spoon and scrape the screen to get it to release.
That’s all the tips for today. If you have any addition tips you’d like to share about juicing, let us know in the comments below.
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