My Take on Juicing at Home
Hola! So while I was up in New Jersey visiting my family, I had a date set with my sister to go to her house and play with her juicer since I’ve never used one before. I was really excited about our little afternoon!
Before the festivities started, we hit up a local farm that had a mini-zoo for my nephew and niece and a market with tons of goodies for the adults.
I walked around the market while the kids picked out a treat for themselves, and I was in love with all the fresh produce! I must admit though that I was a bit overwhelmed when my sister said “Whatever you want!” to my question about what all I should put in the juice. OH THE PRESSURE
After a lot of hemming and hawing, here’s what I opted for:
Spinach, cucumber, carrot, orange, lemon, ginger, and watermelon. I love the idea of being able to ingest so much produce in one tiny juice–I know you don’t get the fiber that the pulp contains, but juicing is a way to get those vitamins quickly! Wish I did it more…
Now here’s one big fail: I didn’t take any pictures of the actual juicing process. So, in an effort to be as eye-opening to you as I can, I’ll briefly explain how it all worked:
- My sister set up her machine: put on the attachment, placed one bin under the juicer, one bin under the pulp-catcher.
- Turn on the machine.
- Start juicing! Place cubes of the veggies in the machine (don’t need to peel carrots, but I’m pretty sure I peeled the cucumber and ginger), slowly pressing down with the plastic dowel that helps guide the fruits and veggies.
- Check your pulp situation! Ours started a large pile so I stopped for a second to redistribute everything.
- Stir your juice around and taste it–then tweak it as you’d lke! That’s when I tossed in the watermelon, it was an awesome decision.
Bottom line? I LOVED my juice, didn’t love the maintenance of the machine. We paired the juice with a salad and chicken and it was a crazy healthy lunch. However, there are so many moving parts to a juicer. Lots of attachments and stuff, so having a working dishwasher is clearly a prerequisite of mine. I’d hate to be scrubbing each individual part any time I want to make some juice.
That being said, if I had a juicer and was committing to the activity, I’d make a ton of juice for consumption over the next couple of days. If the machine’s out, why not juice anything that doesn’t move?
If you’re a fan of juice cleansing and things like that, you might want to invest in a juicer. Those pre-made cleanses are SO EXPENSIVE, so this will pay off in one or two cleanses, I swear.
Now the next thing I’m interested in is a smoothie via a Vitamix, that’s been on my radar a whileeee now. Anyone want to invite me over? 😉