In this part of our site we will teach you how to juice different berries with your electric juicer. These how to guides will work with both a masticating or centrifugal style machine, or even a hand crank or manually driven juicer if you have one. While many of these how to juice guides seem like they would be as simple as just stuffing some berries into the juicer, that is not actually the case due to many different reasons. With certain berries you can also juice the greens and stems for a massive addition of vitamins and minerals, however with other berries you absolutely do not want to juice the stems or greens. With some berries you will need to make sure they are extra clean and sterile, while other berries might be fine to juice without even cleaning them. We will walk you through many of these aspects of berry juicing, offering you a number of helpful tips along the way. So please be sure to browse this section of our site, as I know you'll leave with knowledge you can really use.
It's always a really fun and enjoyable experience to pick your own fresh raw berries straight from mother nature, however there are lots of things that you should consider before doing this. The first cautionary thought to consider is the location of your picked raw berries. Always make sure that you know the area well, and that you are certain that weed killers and other pesticides are not being applied to your berries. After picking your raw berries always scoop up a handful of them and smell them, making sure that you do not detect any out of place or unusual scents. The next step that you should take is to wash and thoroughly rinse all of your picked produce before eating them. Even without the serious threat of pesticides and other harmful chemicals being sprayed on the wild berries, they can still contain mild toxins from rain water, insects, and animals. While the threat of getting sick from wild berries is small, it is better to play it safe and to take common sense precautions.
When harvesting any type of wild berry, always know exactly what you are picking before you consume it. There are many types of poisonous berries, such as Yew Berries, parts of the Elderberry, Holly Berries, European Holly Berries, Doll's Eyes, and many others. The best way to avoid eating any poisonous berries is to familiarize yourself with the local flora within the region where you intend to do your harvesting. Many regions throughout North America and Europe have guide books and government advisory notices published so you know what to be on the look out for. Many of the parks and wildlife services can also provide you with details that will help safeguard you from ingesting anything poisonous. If you're ever in doubt of something then always take the extra step to identifying the berry species. Many poisonous berries can cause permanent organ and neurological damage, or they can even be fatal. So identify your berries first and do not take unnecessary risks.
There are tons of health benefits to drinking both plain berry juice and berry juice that has been mixed up with other fresh homemade juices. Berry juice is totally loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant properties. Some berries are classified as superfoods by certified nutritionists, such as blueberries. Drinking raw fresh berry juice regularly can help strengthen the immune system, ward off numerous types of cancerous cells, lower the chances of a stroke, and even stop heart disease from forming. It is ideal to drink the juice first thing in the morning before any other meal, as your body will digest it unimpeded for maximum vitamin absorption. There is no better way to start your day then by drinking a glass of berry juice. If you really want to create a super healing tonic, then juice your berries with spinach, broccoli, kale, celery, or bok choy. You can also mix berry juice with fresh almond milk or nut milk, creating what raw foodists refer to as berry milk.