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.