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Juicing Celery with an Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer
Thinking about making celery juice at home? You aren’t alone. It seems like overnight the entire world woke up to the benefits of juicing celery. If you need more convincing that juicing celery could be beneficial for you, check out this video!
If you are new to the world of juicing and want to be able to make celery juice right at home, you are in the right place. Here we are going to get into exactly how to make celery with with an Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer. We are going to use this juicer specifically as I think it is one of the best juicers for beginners. The Aicok juicer we will be talking about here is a slow masticating juicer, which differs from a centrifugal juicer. With a slow masticating juicer, the juice is extracted well.. slowly.. using an auger that does not generate heat like a centrifugal juicer. The result is easy to drink juice without much pulp or foam and tons of nutrients.
Okay, let’s get started.
Getting the Celery Ready
The first step in making celery with an Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer is to get some celery. This step is a pretty important one, so make sure not to skip it! If you can, only use organic celery when making celery juice. As we will be consuming quite a bit of this stuff, it’s important to make sure it’s as free from chemicals and other impurities as possible. A good rule of thumb is 1 bunch of celery will equal about 1 serving of juice. Once you get your celery from the store, make sure to give it a good rinse to get any dirt or reside from the grocery store off of it.
Once you have your celery all washed and ready to go, it’s time to do a bit of trimming. There isn’t a ton of work to do here, simply cut off the base of the celery and the very top of the stalk. A good rule of thumb is if it doesn’t look like you would eat it, then you should chop it off. This will leave you with clean, trimmed celery that’s ready to be turned into delicious and nutritious juice. Even though the celery is ready for juicing, we can do a little bit more simple prep to give the juicer a little bit of help. Chopping the celery in half or into smaller pieces will help make sure it won’t get stuck in the juicer as you feed it through. I have skipped this step before and it still works, but I have found that cutting the celery in half makes the process a little bit smoother.
Let the Juicing Begin
Okay, now your celery is ready. But is your juicer? Before you get started, just give your juicer a final check to make sure everything is in place and hit the on switch. Perhaps the most important thing to make sure of is that your pulp and juicer containers are in place. If not, you will have quite a mess on your hands! If you’re using your Aicok slow masticating juicer for the first time, you’ll notice it takes a couple seconds to get started and that’s perfectly normal. Once your juicer is revved up and ready to go, slowly feed the celery stalks through the chute on the top of the juicer. I have found sometimes the juicer needs a little bit of help catching the celery. If you notice the celery stalk popping up and down as the auger rotates, simply holding the celery in place until it catches the auger should do the trick.
If you are at the end of your celery supply and some celery isn’t making its way through, you can try a couple things. The first would be to use the included pusher to gently press down on the celery to help the auger catch it. If that doesn’t work, using the reverse function for a couple seconds helps to get the auger get the last pieces of celery. Now that all your celery has made it through you should have 2 full containers. One will be full of nutrient rich celery juice and the other container will have all the remnants of the celery.
The Finishing Touches
If you are in a hurry, you can drink it right out of the juice container, but I like to pour it into a glass. Celery juice is said to be best drank on its own but if you aren’t a huge fan of the taste, I like to add a squeeze of a lemon to give it some flavor. Another easy thing to try if you aren’t a big fan of the taste is to add a few ice cubes into your finished juice. Just adding a bit of ice to your juice can make it a whole lot more refreshing!
The Clean Up
Now that you’re all done, it’s time for some clean up. Many people shy away from juicing because there are some horror stories about juicers being difficult to clean. While there are certainly juicers out there that are more difficult to clean, cleaning this Aicok juicer is pretty simple. Once you are ready to clean up, dispose of the celery remnants and disassemble the juicer. The components are dishwasher safe but it’s a good idea to give them a good rinse first. I like to make sure all the visible parts of the celery are off the parts before putting them in the dishwasher. If you want to continue juicing or don’t want to use the dishwasher, hand washing these parts is pretty simple too. To wash the parts by hand, soak them in some soapy water for a few minutes and just use a standard sponge to give them a quick scrub. If you find there are parts of celery that are hard to reach with a sponge or don’t want to come off, make sure to have the included brush handy. Once you’ve finished cleaning the parts, just place them on a towel or in a drying rack.
While that didn’t take too long, it can be somewhat of a burden to go through the whole process everyday. But don’t worry! If you want to drink celery juice everyday and don’t want to actually do the juicing each day there is good news. The Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer will make celery juice that can last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. To prep juice for a few days at a time, just make sure to get plenty of celery from the store and have a sturdy container to put the extra juice in. With some preparation, you can just quickly grab some premade juice from your fridge when you’re in a hurry.
Thanks to this Aicok juicer, juicing celery at home is now very possible. Between cleaning the celery, feeding it through the juicer, and cleaning up, the entire process only takes about 10 to 15 minutes. If you don’t yet have an Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer be sure to pick one up on Amazon so you can get started juicing! This Aicok juicer is a great entry level juicer that can juice all types of fruits and vegetables to help you upgrade your lifestyle.