I recently wrote about the benefits of drinking celery juice first thing in the morning (check it out HERE), and as a follow up I'm going to explore three ways you can make celery juice + a couple of notes on each method.
1. Cold-pressed (masticating) juicer
These are the rolls-royce of juicers. Cold pressed basically means there is no heat involved in the juicing process, which really protects the integrity of the juice. You're getting all the vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes that the fruit and vegetables have to offer. These juicers are significantly more expensive, and go much slower (the process basically grinds the produce)- but it also provides you with the best quality juice and also extracts the most (no wastage). A good quality cold pressed juicer will even juice wheatgrass. The only con's of the cold-pressed juicer is the price (but it's worth the investment), and the fact it does require dismantling to clean. To be honest, I find the cold-pressed juicers easier to clean than the centrifugal types (explored below), but nowhere near as easy as cleaning a blender.
Although it is still ideal to drink a cold-pressed juice straight away to get maximum benefits, the process of cold-pressing really preserves the integrity of the ingredients and you can keep your juice refrigerated to drink later.
My favourite cold-pressed juicer brand is called Omega, they are more of an investment but will last you 20 years.
2. Centrifugal juicer
These juicers are the more popular juicers on the markets, probably due to price point. You can get yourself a centrifugal for quite cheap ($40, new), and these types of juicers have been popularized by movies like "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead" where Joe lost a bajillion pounds by putting himself on a juice cleanse.
Personally, the only pro's for this types of juicer would be the cost, and perhaps the speed at which it juices. Centrifugal juicers are much faster at making juice, but the downside is that they use a fast spinning blade to do so- which heats the fruit and vegetables as they pass through the machine. This heat isn't the end of the world- but it does denature the produce slightly, and kills beneficial enzymes. If you're using a Centrifugal you need to absolutely drink the juice straight away, or it will oxidize (turn brown and lumpy).
I explored this method out of sheer laziness (cleaning a juice every morning is... not the most fun activity), and using a blender is actually a pretty effective way to quickly get yourself a cup of fresh celery juice. Simply chop up your celery stalks, add them to your blender, and start blending. If you have a powerful blender (like a vitamix), you won't need to add any water; but if your blender is struggling, simply add a little bit of filtered or spring water. Once it's all blended up, strain the contents though a nut milk bag.
Note: I've tried just drinking the mixture, it's pretty gag-worthy. You will still get all the benefits of the HCL boost, but the odds of you being able to consume as much celery in smoothie form as simply in juice form are low. By drinking the juice solo (removing the fibre), you can get much more in ya.
Note 2: Blending does induce some heat, like the centrifugal style juicers- so make sure you drink it straight away.
celery juice: recipe
- 1 bunch of organic celery
1. Run your celery through your juicer (or follow instructions above to make juice in your blender), and consume straight away!