Necessary Accessories for Juicing

In addition to a quality juicer, you'll also need some other simple equipment, some of which you may already have around the house. If you don't have a selection of sharp knives for peeling, chopping, and coring, now's the time to invest in them.

Juicing Essentials

Buy a stiff brush for scrubbing vegetables like carrots and beets. Also invest in a quality peeler that removes the least amount of skin possible so you aren't peeling away nutrients found in the skin and directly under.

You'll also need a sieve for straining juices, measuring cups and spoons, and flexible rubber spatulas. Make sure everything is plastic, not wood, to avoid transferring potentially dangerous bacteria into your juices.

Be Clean and Safe

Counter tops, cutting boards, utensils, and any other equipment that comes into direct contact with fresh produce should be thoroughly washed with hot water and soap. Rinse and sanitize them with a mild bleach solution, then air-dry them. Immediately place peeled or cut fruits and vegetables on a separate clean plate and avoid putting them back on the cutting board.

If you've been using a wooden cutting board, now's the time to heave it and replace it with a heavy plastic cutting board that fits in your dishwasher for easy cleaning. Wooden cutting boards are porous and absorb bacteria and allow it to grow. The same goes for sponges, which soak up bacteria.

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