How to Select the Best Produce For Juicing at the Grocery Store

How to Select the Best Produce For Juicing at the Grocery Store

This is John Kohler with
Today I have another exciting episode for you. What we’re going to do today is a grocery
store tour. So, my local health food store, we’re going to go to the produce section.
I’m going to share with you guys how to pick out the best produce for juicing and what
I look for in produce when I’m going to juice it. The first thing I want to cover is organic
versus conventional. Now, I always encourage you to juice organic fruits and vegetables
whenever possible, but if they’re not available in your area or you don’t have enough money
to buy the organic, I completely understand. Get the conventional. Buying conventional
produce is far better than buying any kind of processed foods in the other aisles of
the grocery store. So, always do the best you can. So, let’s head over and check out
the produce section. We’re going to show you guys how to pick out produce for juicing so
that you can juice the best. Now, there is a conventional and organic section. I prefer
to eat out of the organic section because I don’t want to have, you know, pesticides
on my food and then end up consuming those, which is not healthy for us. So, I choose
to buy organic. Now, sometimes when you do buy organic, you’re limiting the amount of
things you can buy because there’s a lot more things that are grown conventionally that
may not be grown organic. So, let’s head down the organic section and show you some produce.
The first thing you want to look at is when you’re buying for juicing you want to buy
in bulk. Now, you might think, ‘oh five pounds of carrots is a lot of carrots.’ you know
what? This’ll turn into about 4 cups of juice. That’s not a lot. You want to ask to produce
guy to go in the back to see if they can say you juice carrots. They’re going to be much
less expensive and you’re going to buy them in bulk, like maybe a 25 pound bag for much
less money. Why don’t we go ahead and look at some heirloom carrots, which I would actually
encourage you to buy over these guys, but the heirloom carrots can get quite expense.
These are the heirloom carrots right here and you can see these come in all different
beautiful colors. Not only do they have the orange, but they got the purple and they got
even yellow ones, like a dark yellow and a light yellow. Now I prefer to juice these
because these are much lower in sugar than the standard orange hybridized carrots, but
these guys are also a pretty penny. It’s four dollars for just a small bunch. So, I would
encourage you to grow your own heirloom carrots. Carrots are actually pretty easy to grow.
Next, you see we have celery here and celery’s a great thing to juice. Celery should be the
base of your juice. You should juice a lot of celery and some like cucumbers as the base
and some people may use carrots but I prefer to use things like celery and cucumbers instead
that aren’t as high in sugar. That being said, you know, drinking fresh carrot juice is always
better than drinking a canned soda or even bottled juices from the store. When choosing
celery, what you want to look for is you want to look for nice deep green stalk. If It’s
kind of turning yellow that means it’s getting old and obviously when picking out produce,
you want to get the largest bunch you can ’cause usually they’re sold by the each. All
the produce you get should be fresh, right? Crispy, not wilty or soft. Here’s the lettuce.
One of the things I like to juice a lot is lettuce, especially that’s on sale, so you
want to look for the sale, shop the sales, especially when you’re juicing, you’re going
to burn through a lot of produce. So, here’s the organic romaine in green lettuces today
and the red lettuces are on sale. So, actually, I would prefer to juice the romaine. They’re
a little but more juicer, especially down by the stalk than some of the other kinds.
The other kinds, they’re probably better for eating or even blending. Another thing you
want to juice when you’re juicing is the leafy greens. Leafy green vegetables are some of
the most nutrient-dense produce on earth. So, when you are going to pick leafy greens
from your supermarket, you want to look for nice fresh ones and here they’re doing something
really smart. They’re actually putting their leafy greens in water. So, this will keep
’em fresher longer, so look for a grocer that does that. Other than that, you want to basically
buy leafy greens from your farmers market, your local farmer’s market, or better yet
grow them yourself and pick them as you need them. So, when picking in the leafy greens,
you what ones that aren’t all folded over and wilty. You want them nice and fresh and
firm and actually these guys look pretty fresh here. The other thing you want to remember
is when you’re juicing, you want to juice a wide variety of things. So, you might get
chard this week and the next week you’re going to go for some Dino kale or laticino kale.
This is like also called black kale ’cause it’s so dark and got curly leaves. This may
have a strong flavor, but this stuff is really nutrient-dense. Another thing I want to remind
you guys is you want each your foods of color. So here’s actually some purple kale. So, you
know, this week do purple kale, next week do the lacticino kale, then do the regular
green kale, even do some mustard greens, but don’t juice a lot of them, they can get quite
strong. Another thing people often juice are like the spring mixes. You can buy it in bulk
here. Now, juicing the spring mixes and spinach, I don’t really recommend. I’d rather you juice
the leafy greens. They’re going to juice a lot better, especially depending on the style
of juicer you have. So, always encourage you to juice the big stuff unless this is all
you can get. Well, then, you know, get a single (unclear) juicer or a slow running juicer
like a twin gear juicer, that’s going to juice the greens a lot better than your centripetal
ejection style juicers. Like I said earlier, I like to juice cucumbers as the base of my
juice. Now, you could just use the standard cucumbers. Standard cucumbers can be waxed
and, especially if they’re not organic, they can be using maybe some waxes that aren’t
so good and plus the regular cucumbers usually have a bitter skin. So, instead what I like
to juice are these guys right here. These guys are called actually hothouse cucumbers,
or sometimes also called English cucumbers. Now, when selecting a cucumber to juice, it’s
very important, you want to squeeze that cucumber. This part of the cucumber here, right here,
is getting real soft and this would not be a good candidate for juicing. So, I go back
and pick another one that hopefully is not quite as soft and if all these were soft,
well then maybe I’d have to go with these guys. Of course, you can also juice things
like zucchini and pretty much like cucumbers but I prefer to juice cucumbers instead but
zucchinis can also be the base of your juice. Once again, very important to select them
nice hard and firm. When they get a little bit bendy like this, not optimal for juicing.
Another really good thing to juice is things on sale, including cauliflower. Cauliflower
juices up great and it actually tastes really good as well and it’s on sale this week. So,
if you’re buying beets to juice, instead of just buying the loose beets like this, you
might want to consider buying the beets with the greens. Not only do you get the beets
to juice, but you could also juice the beet greens. They’re related to spinach very closely
and chard and actually have a nice, interesting flavor. So, I wouldn’t necessarily juice a
lot of them, and you’ll also get the benefit of the nice red stalks on the beets, which
will add a nice red pigment to your juice and once again, we want to juice things of
color. Probably by far my favorite vegetables here out of this whole section is this guy
right here. This guy, you might be thinking, ‘hey, John, is that like ginger?’ No, this
is turmeric. Turmeric is very high in cercumin and it’s rich in anti-oxidants. I would encourage
you to always juice just a little bit of turmeric in your juices. Turmeric will also make nice
dark stains on your juicer and even on your clothes. So, be careful and just drink it
down the hatch and get some of those deep rich pigments in you that may be very beneficial
for your health. Another thing I like to juice a lot is cilantro and parsley. They are so
good. Its purported that cilantro can help you detoxify things like heavy metals and
parsley, it’s just an amazing herb and sometimes I’ll just make salad out of parsley and cilantro,
but they’re definitely excellent to, you know, put a handful in your juice all the time.
Now, too much of this stuff can make your juice really strong and I don’t advise it.
That being said, once again, they’re storing these in water so they’re nice and fresh and
this store. Otherwise, once again, shop at your local farmers maker or, better yet, grow
yourself. When looking for produce to buy, you always want to look out for the produce,
like here’s like, all of this looks really nice but then by the bottom it’s turning yellow.
You don’t want to buy things that have a lot of yellowing. That means it’s getting gold
and past it’s prime. If a little but of the produce is turning yellow, that means the
rest is soon to follow. So, you know, pick through and buy bunches that are large and
don’t have a lot of yellowing. Now, don’t forget about your bitter greens when juicing.
Here they have some dandelion greens. Yes, these are probably the same dandelion greens
that are probably growing in your front year as weeds but you can buy them here organic
and they’re only $3.49, so why don’t you go pick some out of your yard, or better yet,
grow your own, but beside the standard green dandelions, they also have red dandelions.
So, the red dandelions have a nice pigment, which will add more antioxidants in your diet.
So, you always want to juice a wide variety of things. Once again, one week do these,
the next week do this and always switch off all the different greens that you’re going
to juice. Another thing I like to juice is the Bok choi. The Bok choi can be used as
the base of your juice and once again, this kind of looks like celery, has nice big stalks
on the bottom and these stalks are very water-rich. In addition, you get the benefits of the chlorophyll
and the greens. So, Bok choi, an excellent thing to juice. If you do want to juice tomatoes,
I definitely don’t recommend you juice heirloom tomatoes. They’re usually quite expensive
and they don’t juice so well. You want to get nice hard firm tomatoes and actually tomato
is a fruit so you want to get nice hard firm fruit in general. Harder fruit juices better
than soft fruit or when they get soft. Now, when the tomatoes get soft, they’re definitely
better for eating, and while you can juice tomatoes, I would encourage you to actually
blend tomatoes. So, if you want tomatoes in your juice, what you might want to do is juice
everything first and then put the tomato in the blender with your juice and then blend
it up. Next, we’re going to talk about juicing fruit. So, in general I recommend juicing
fruits by themselves and just juicing fruits together and to with any vegetables unless
they’re pears or apples. In general, I recommend you eat your fruits whole or blend them up
instead of juicing them. When you juice them, you lose the fiber which then you’re going
to get a basically a rush of the sugar, the natural sugars, in your blood stream, which
is far better than drinking a coca cola or soda or something with artificial sweeteners
and white sugar but not as good as maybe drinking a vegetables juice that’s a lot more nutrient
dense, has a lot more nutrients for the same amount of volume. Now I’m in the apple section.
When you select apples for juicing, you should select a certain kind of apple. Now, the number
one thing you want to select is apples that are nice and firm. If they’re getting soft
and mealy they’re not good for juicing. They’re going to make probably an applesauce instead
of an apple juice. So, something I like, the favorite red delicious is not really a good
juicing apple. It may be a good eating apple but not juicing. So, the apple that’s actually
really god for juicing that’s probably not a good eating apple is the granny smith. It
actually keeps its nice texture for along time so that you can juice it a lot better.
Of course, you know, experiment and try different apples, but if it’s not working quite right,
then you might want to go with the granny smith. Just like apples, pears need to be
nice and firm to juice as well. You can see here, we have a ripe pear, which is probably
really good for eating, nice and soft, and the hard pear. So, for juicing, you wan tot
select them as hard as possible, and pears may add, impart, a little bit of grit in your
juice, but, you know what? That’s all right. I generally like to mix my apples or pears,
or even Asian pears, with my vegetables juices, but I don’t normally mix any other fruits
with my vegetables juices. So, if you want to juice organs, the good old naval oranges
with the little naval there, is not the orange you want to juice. The Valencia orange is
better known as the juicing orange but of course you can juice your navels, I’ve done
it plenty of items but at this time of year tangerines are also in seasons. These have
to be some of my favorite tangerines. These are called honey tangerines. Now, with oranges
and grapefruits, you should peel them before juicing. There are indigestible oils that
are naturally occurring in the peel that are not edible. On limes and lemons, which we’ll
look at next, you can juice them peel and all. Next, let’s talk about lemons and limes.
So, once again, you can juice them whole and actually I would mix those in to my vegetable
juice. Now, when picking a lemon or a lime, you wan tot pick the nice deepest yellow color.
So, you can see on this, I don’t know if the camera can pick that up, this is a little
but lighter, this is a little bit darker. You always want to pick the darker fruit and
it should be fairly firm and not too soft. If it’s soft, it’s getting old. On the limes,
you want to pick them once again as ripe as possible. Limes that are green, let me tell
you, they’re not ripe. If you look here closely, we can see some that are starting to yellow
up. So, you want to look through all the limes and get the ones that have the most yellow
in them. They’re going to actually taste the best. Watermelons are excellent to juice and
I like to juice watermelons alone, or melons alone, or leave them alone, is what Jay Carriage
the juice man, or now known as the juice dad, he used to say, and so you can juice the rinds.
It makes the watermelon juice not quite as sweet. Sometimes I’ll juice the middle, just
the red, or they even come in orange and yellow, just the middle and it makes it really sweet.
So, there’s a lot of nutrition, including chlorophyll, in the rinds, so don’t throw
away that rind. When selecting a watermelon to juice, once again, you want to press on
it and it should be hard and firm. If it’s soft it’s getting a little but old and not
going to be good for juicing. Next, let’s talk about the berries and the fruits. So,
small berries are not optimal for juicing and I don’t recommend you do it. You’re basically
going to be throwing your money down the drain. The berries are very expensive and you’re
not going to get a lot of juice. So, what I would encourage you to do is if you want
like orange raspberry juice, juice your orange in your juice, take the juice, put it in your
blender, and then empty the raspberry carton in to the blender with your orange and then
blend it up. That way, you’re going to get all the nutrition out of the blueberries,
raspberries, and strawberries and other small soft fruits that tend not to juice well. So,
I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode giving you a tour here at the produce section to
share with you some of my tips and tricks so that you can juice better in your juicers
at home. Now, my last final tip doesn’t even have to do with anything at the store here,
it has to do about the produce selection in general. Now, I’ve shown you how to get eh
best produce here, but that’s not the best produce you can buy. The best produce you
can buy comes from your local farmers market and local farmers, maybe even CSA, community
supported agriculture, where you can get boxes delivered to your doorstep that’s fresh harvested
ad fresh-picked, but even better than that, we’re standing in front of a seed rack and
you can grow your own produce at home, even if you have just a standard residential tract
home, you can grow lot of produce where you front yard used to be and actually that’s
what I’m doing on my other YouTube channel, So, check that out
if you want to learn how to truly grow the best produce possible. Once again, my name
is John Kohler with Be sure to visit
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25 thoughts on “How to Select the Best Produce For Juicing at the Grocery Store

  1. I find beets and celery to be too powerful but I really like kale. Eat your fruit, drink your vegetables! And what about cranberries? Bags are cheap and, I find, they juice nicely…at least in a mix.

  2. Another tip? I do shop at Restaraunt Depot and buy by the case for all produce. Just have any sort of a business license, and you can buy a great deal of produce!!

  3. That was a great video. I thought limes were better green. I also made a juice the other day and when I realized my pears were a bit too hard, I didn't juice all of them thinking they weren't ripe enough. I pretty much got most of the stuff completely backwards. 🙂 I'm saving this to my favorites to watch again. Thanks.

  4. thx so much for all your advices in your videos. I'm from germany and all your videos helped me alot to do right :)… meanwhile I prefer only organic greens also they are much more expensive.

  5. My mom said you need a hair cut.. LOL!! Yeah, I'm taking this grumpy old lady shopping this morning but we watched your video first… I wanted your viewers to know your never too old to learn and eat properly… Thanks again for a wonderful vid… Sheila ~:}

  6. I wish our organic produce was so cheap! I pay 2-4 times that here. So I often have to make a choice to get non-organic foods.

  7. Yes, I love juicing cranberries when they are in season. The juice can be quite strong if you are drinking it straight. I like juicing apples and cranberries together to help make it sweeter.

  8. I agree. I shop where the grocery stores and restaurants shop to purchase produce in bulk, that was beyond the scope of this video. I did cover that in this video:

  9. I juice, blend and chew my food well, which are the best juicers of all. For further information, please see:

  10. Im not exactly sure what industry is doing. So I say GROW your own, and you KNOW how its grown, and whats sprayed on it. After that, support a local farmer that you can VISIT their farm to see their growing practices. Otherwise, do the BEST you can. I have harvested FRESH lettuce from my garden it it sometimes has a "clear" layer that can be peeled off, it seems to be more prominent in the cold weather. That being said, Im not sure if "they" are spraying plastic on lettuce or not.

  11. Is the taste of celery hidden by other ingredients? I could never stand the smell or taste of it but so many people swear by I don't want to not use it, could someone recommend another ingredient the cancel out the taste, thanks.

  12. THIS VIDEO IS SO HELPFUL!!!! Thank You for making it. The Markets in my area DO NOT have things labeled nearly as well as that store you;re in. Even the Whole Foods is Small. They have hardly any ORGANIC secitions :(:(:
    Can Apartment-dwellers with a small balcony grow carrots or green veggies ?? OR do most of them need LAND/space ?

  13. YES, you can grow food in apartments or on small balconies in containers, now you may not be able to grow "all your food" but growing something is better than growing nothing.

  14. If you do not like the taste of celery, juice less of it. It can be hidden by some extent by juicing a larger quantity of other items. Put a little ginger in there, and you will no longer taste the celery..

  15. I rarely juice sweet potatoes. Of course, drinking sweet potato juice is better than drinking a soda, but I would rather have a green juice instead.

  16. absolutely, a blender can run up to 27,000 RPMs. My favorite juicers are slow juicers, often running at 80 RPMs, so there is much less oxidation. I hope to make a video comparing juicing with a blender vs a juicer soon to outline the differences.

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