If you are just setting up your kitchen you will need a cutting board, such as a white polyethylene plastic. These are easy to clean up after. Wood boards tend to split, mildew and warp easily. Glass measuring cup to measure how much juice you are getting from a single vegetable or fruit. It is important for you to get a handle on how much veggie juice you are mixing with another juice. For example beets have a very cleansing reaction, they are wonderful for the liver, however, must be limited in quantity. Where as carrot juice can be used for just about anything and people tends to drink an entire class of just carrot juice.

They may cut it with a little celery or other juice but most of the drink will be the carrot. A kitchen scale can be helpful, but I think is optional, it is good when you first get started so you can have an idea of how much produce you are using for recipes. You can also weigh it at the store, if that is were you are getting your produce from. Yes, there are other places to get food, some people may belong to a food co-op where someone buys all the produce at a wholesale price and divides it among a group of people, or some may buy directly from a farmer.

Sharp high quality knives for cutting veggies and fruits make sure you have a large carving type knife, a serrated knife and paring knives. Make sure they stay sharp for ease of cleaning and preparing your fruits and veggies. A salad spinner, colander and strainer are a must too. I like to strain my juice after putting it through the juicer. Vegetable brush or designate a new scrubber for cleaning fruits and veggies only. You also need some good quality storage containers that are air tight such as Tupperware makes, or Ziplock bags and now tubs that can be reused. Oxidation is the main issue in keeping your fruits and vegetables fresh and with nutrients intact, that is, keep them contained in an airtight environment. Finally, make certain all your tools are cleaned after you finish juicing.

Now you that you are set up for juicing you will need to buy produce, you will find yourself plowing through a lot. I like to buy all organic fruits and vegetables. Organic is pesticide free, which means you may find bugs and other things that all those chemicals try to kill off. You need to wash it thoroughly. If you wash it all before you start, and seal it completely, it will be easy to grab a little of this and that without it being a huge project every time you juice.

Organic is good for the soil because they rotate the crops, but also, you won’t get genetically altered (GMO) food. Also, most organic food is picked ripe and has more phytochemicals in them and I find that they are sweeter than non-organic food. Before eating organic I always thought that spinach was very bitter, until I tasted an almost sweetness to this commonly bitter plant! Apples and pears are so sweet, that in my opinion, it can’t compare to non-organic. Of course, some of this depends on where it was grown and the weather etc. More and more non-heath food stores are selling organic food, however, space is limited, so they may not even put it out for a few days until they have space, if you go to one of these stores talk to the produce manager. They may also be able to give you a better deal if you plan to buy in bulk.