Juicing is all the rage. Californians just can’t get enough of the veggie-fruit elixirs. To quench their thirst, Kreation recently unveiled a 24-hour juice ATM, which deposits juice all-hours via a vending machine perched afront one of its Beverly Hills cold-press juice bars. What’s more, at least one big-time baseball slugger arrived at spring training attributing a slim-down to juicing (nutritionists typically recommend supplementing, not replacing meals, with juice).

Sounds delicious and simple, right? But ask anyone who’s enthusiastically plunked down for a home juicer and they’ll fast tell you: As frothy as it sounds, juicing is a time-eater, requiring clean-up and produce chopping. Nonsense, says Cherie Calbom, CN, author of The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices & Green Smoothies. Here, the veteran juicer reveals tips on how to press produce like a pro.

Clean-Up Smart

Go in knowing you will have to clean your juicing machine immediately after making your juice. But have the tools ready, and a solid clean-up routine, and you can shrink clean-up time to minutes. Look for a juicer with few parts (about three). Use the spray faucet and a scrub brush. If there’s no time to rinse, fill the sink with soapy water, says Calbom. Drop in the parts and let them soak until you can clean them.

Scout Efficiency

You don’t want wet pulp with a lot of juice still in it left in your juicer. That’s a surefire way to waste produce, meaning you’ll go through it faster and have to stock more often. Get a juicer that’s RPM (revolutions per minute) is not too high, so more juice will be squeezed from the pulp.

Seek Horsepower

Ideally, says Calbom, seek a juicer with a horsepower of 0.3 to 1. Machines with weak motors that have low horsepower have to run at a high RPM. But a machine’s RPM does not reflect effectiveness. That’s because it’s calculated while the juicer is idle not juicing. Feed produce into a weakly powered machine and the RPM will rapidly drop and will likely stop the juicer.

Go Big

If you don’t have time to chop produce, look for juicers with large feed tubes. So-called masticating juicers have smaller openings. A great starter centrifugal juicer, with a large feeding tube is the  Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor, ($58), suggests Calbom. If you find you can stick to it, later explore luxe juicers, starting around $200.

Ready, set…juice? Try Calbom’s Cholesterol Buster Cocktail recipe: 2 medium carrots; 2 ribs of celery with leaves; 2 kale leaves; 1 green apple; and 1-inch-chunk of ginger root. Remember, you’ll reap most benefits if you guzzle the revitalizing juice right away.

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