Juice!

It’s a short story that I managed to make into a long one in a different post, but the skinny is this: I got a juicer. I’d been pondering it for a couple of weeks, and after consulting my only whole/raw healthy fooded friend, Mensa, I went with this little beauty from Breville. Mensa has a fancier Breville, but I figured I’d start with a good yet modest juicer and move up to the juicinator types later if I’m actually using the juicer as much as I hope to.

I got the juicer Friday night, and I’ve juiced every day except yesterday — and I was all mopey and depressed today, though that could have something to do with the election. I will survive.

Anyway. I am loving my new toy. I make fruit juices for Frank, fruit and veggie juices (at which Frank sticks up his nose on account of them not being full of sugar) for myself, and nothing for the animals. My first juice was apple juice, and it tasted like cider. I saved the pulp for making applesauce.

Tonight I made two juices that were great hits. First, a tropical little fruity number:

2 kiwis, peeled
1 pear, cored
roughly 3 cups of white grapes, stems removed
half a pineapple (soft-cored, so I used the core), peeled
1 mango, peeled, stoned (okay, that’s funny right there)
1/2 inch of fresh ginger, peeled

Tossed it all in. Voila, juice. Frank loves it and seems to have declared it his favorite so far. Makes 24 ounces.

Next, I made a healthy and uber-yummy veggie drink for myself:

1 stalk celery, bottom cut off
2 carrots, trimmed, peeled (I made carrot juice with the peels on the other day, because I don’t peel my carrots anymore, but it was too bitter)
1 beet root, trimmed and peeled
2 big leaves collard greens (I would have used kale, but the grocery store hasn’t had it lately)
4 stalks asparagus, trimmed of hard bottom parts
5 stems of cilantro
5 roma tomatoes, tops trimmed off
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and cored
1 clove garlic, peeled
2 dried red chilis

Tossed it all in, added a little Kosher salt (just enough to zing the garlic) before drinking. Makes 24 oz. This is my favorite juice yet, but it gave me a nasty migraine that lasted about twenty minutes. I drank a 12-oz. glass and had to really resist the urge to go back for that second glass. I let Frank taste it, and he said, “Nyeh. It tastes like dirt.” More for me.

I like to make the juice at night and drink one glass, save the rest in the refrigerator, and drink it when I get home from the office. It makes a delightful afternoon snack and fills me up.

I’m really happy with the purchase. I haven’t figured out what to do with all the pulp yet. I know I can work it into a food dish, like fruit chutneys or sauces for fish, but so far it’s all sitting in the fridge. I hate to throw out all those tasty nutrients.

Anyone else here juice? I know, it’s a long shot since I don’t have many hippies reading (phew!), but I thought I’d ask.

16 Responses to Juice!

  1. Would the veggie pulp make a good soup? I don’t juice but make a lot of veggie soups by cooking veggies then throwing them in a blender then adding milk and spices. You might need to add back some juice, broth or more veggies to add flavor.

  2. Nope, not so much.

  3. Been reading your stuff for a bit, first time I’ve posted anywheres. Love your writing!

    On the juice front…try soaking (washing) your veggies in water with some white vinegar added. Helps to get off all the dirties (waxes, pesticides, or just plain ol’ dirt). Also I recommend (I know you don’t know me but anyways…) keeping it simple because all the ingredients can get time consuming. A simple blend of 2 stalks celery, 2 carrots, 1/2 cuke will do the trick. If it’s too bitter, add apple. Anyways…have fun with your new toy, you’ll get addicted!

    Ang

  4. Just please be VERY careful working the beet juice into your diet – it must be done VERY gradually. My mom fell in love with the taste of it when my parents bought a juicer when I was a kid, and drank too much of it too quickly, and ended up INCREDIBLY ill. Her body wasn’t used to the quantity of beet juice, and apparently it’s a super-body-cleanser or something to that effect, and it threw her blood chemistry all out of whack. She was sick as a dog…

  5. I own a juicer, but haven’t done anything for a few years. Fruits and veggies is expensive! I always did very boring things: celery, carrots, apple, pineapple, orange. Nothing exciting, but I sure love plain old carrot juice. I probably put in strawberries and grapes once. I do remember that celery juice by itself is very bad tasting, and just a little can ruin an otherwise tasty fruit drink.

    And I always just put the pulp down the garbage diposal. I know, I’m wasteful.

  6. my dad juiced like crazy for a while I know we used some of the veggie pulp in meatloafs ect. things just needed a little more liquid than you’d normally add. i think he even had a website or book he used for ideas…i’ll have to ask him and let you know :)

  7. I got pretty juiced a few years back and decided to lay off the juice…

  8. If you want healthy, toss in a load of carrots (though it doesn’t taste too hot). If you want it to taste good, try tossing in some strawberries and blueberries…

  9. Hi, sarahk.

    Don’t know nothin’ ’bout juicin’.

    Just hi.

  10. Hey! SO I totally re-got into juicing several months ago. I actually loved it. I did carrots, beets, a grapefruit, and a green apple – yum!! But…oddly enough they didn’t make me feel so great, so I quit (again) after about 2 weeks. hmmm…so I’m wondering if it was the beets?? Weird! I’ve never heard of such a thing. I’m going to look into that! Oh, and I got the same reaction from my friends – they said it tasted like dirt. (??)

  11. okay, so after a little “research” it looks like you need to ease into the beets – like a half a day for the first week… yeah, so I was juicing 3 or 4 two times a day.
    Maybe I’ll try juicing again…with a smaller quanity of beets.
    Thank you Kelly J!

  12. You should have bought a “Juice Weasel” instead:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWLE5MFQnqM

  13. Don’t know how well it would work, but you could try to take the fruit pulp and make some gluten-free pop tarts or something. Or make a dough and roll it out, then spread on the pulp and roll it up like cinnamon rolls? Just guessing here.

  14. Thanks for all the suggestions and advice! And to tracey, I just say hi.

    Ceri, I was thinking about using the pulp in soups. I haven’t yet, but I will. Thanks.

    Angela, good advice on the vinegar! So far I’ve just been washing everything really well and then scrubbing the apples and other waxies with a paper towel to try to get everything off. I actually don’t mind the time-consuming part. It takes me about 15 minutes to make 24 oz. of juice, no matter how many ingredients (for some reason, most likely because I piddle). I enjoy it.

    Kelly, thanks for the beet advice. You’ve apparently already helped my BFF! So far I did one beet between Saturday and Sunday and did one beet between Wednesday and Thursday, plus used the pulp from Wed/Thurs’s beet juice in a pasta sauce last night. I’ll probably use the beet greens in a juice tonight. I’ve read a lot of things saying that I will probably feel sick at first if I go at it too hard, so I’m trying to be smart about it but still work in 7-9 servings of fruit and vegetables each day.

    Maya, they really are expensive! But I’m not really increasing our grocery budget by much, if any, because I’ve been trying hard to get our fruit and vegetable intake up. So every week there are already lots of fruits and veggies. In most cases I’m just using leftover veggies that may have gone to waste. Also, any that I buy specifically for juicing, I’ll boil the leftovers and serve with dinner one night. The fruit is another story, because I am definitely buying more of that, though not that much more. And since my veggie pulp made a great pasta sauce last night, I get another meal out of it, too!

    Big Al, haha. Good decision.

    Tyson, I love carrot juice! Great idea on the berries. I haven’t actually juiced any of those yet. I’ll pick up a big carton at Costco today.

    essay, why did you never tell me about how awesome the juice tastes when you make it yourself? I didn’t even know you juiced. You secret juicer. That is really weird about the beets, but it makes sense to me. I had to ease into the gluten-free grains that were never a part of my diet before going GF, because I’d read my body needed to get used to them. And yeah, the dirt thing. What? It doesn’t taste like dirt. It tastes like awesome. And Sprouts must have super-awesome prices, because 3 or 4 twice a day? That would cost like $6 a day up here. We need a Sprouts.

    CF, haha.

    Denise, great idea on the poptarts! I may try something like that with the fruit pulp.

  15. Can you make booze out of the pulp? You’re gonna need something unhealthy to counteract all of this juicy goodness!

  16. Glad my mom’s beet experience can help someone else. We all have VERY vivid memories of how miserably ill she was, so I’m sure she’d be happy to know that her cautionary tale of woe was helping others!

    My dad used to be into carrot juice like nobody’s business. We used to wonder about using all the pulp to make carrot cake or something like that, but figured it’d be too dry, and that we’d need to add carrot juice back into it, which seemed like it would be defeating the purpose.