Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fresh Juice-No Juicer

Yes, you read the title correctly! I successfully made my own juice without the use of an expensive juicer. I just returned from eating my way through Texas I knew it was time to get my diet back on track with some fresh juice. There are a ton of companies that offer really great delivery programs right to your door, but they are expensive! I wanted a way to have fresh juice as a regular source of vitamins and nutrients for my body, but I did not want to break the bank while trying to lead a more healthy lifestyle.

I started this adventure by researching different vegetable and fruit blends that would provide me with all the good stuff my body craves. My research lead me to juicerecipes.com. This website has so many great recipes and also lists why each blend is beneficial. Really great information.....totally wish I came up with a site like that. So helpful!!

I did my shopping at Trader Joe's because they have incredibly fresh produce with even better prices. If you don't have a Trader Joe's, check out local farmer's markets or community gardens for inexpensive fresh produce. Or work on a garden of your own! I saved on the cucumber and parsley because I already have those items in my garden.


My Shopping List:
Kale
Spinach
Cucumber
Parsley
Celery
Carrots
Beets
Green Apple
Red Apple
Pineapple
Lemon
Ginger


Now for the juice without a juicer! You will need a blender so I'm sorry if you thought you could do this without any appliances at all. A blender is useful for so many other reasons. You will get much more out of it than a juicer. I have a Vitamix and it is incredible! Highly recommend! I can make soup, smoothies, sauces, dips, spreads, juice, margaritas and a whole mess of other things with it. Totally worth every penny!

You will also need a strainer and/or a cheese cloth. I have found a two step process with both is more successful when it comes to removing the pulp so you are left with only liquid juice. I hate pulp so the two step process is necessary for me. It may not be for you so pick your poison.

Juice #1
2 Cups Kale
2 Cups Spinach
1 Cucumber Peeled
2 Stalks of Celery
Handful of Parsley
2-3 Large Chunks of Pineapple
1/2 Cup of Water
















The great thing about the Vitamix is that you don't have to finely chop your vegetables. I literally threw everything into the blender in chunks and let the machine do the work. After everything is turned to a liquid form, it's time to strain the pulp out so you are left with only juice. My two step process is shown below with a strainer and then a cheese cloth. I started with the strainer then put what didn't drain through the strainer into the cheese cloth. Gently squeeze it to help all the juice to press out. You will be left with a very interesting green clump that can go directly into your compost. The cheese cloth can go in the compost too so clean up is super easy and you are making the most of everything by not putting the excess in the trash. Juicing and saving the planet all in a day's work!

Once I have all the juice squeezed out, I store it in mason jars for safe keeping in the fridge. It will be fresh for about 3 days. I like to drink it after it has been refrigerated for a couple of hours. Cold and refreshing!






Below are a couple more recipes I have tried and love. This has really made me feel so much better. Whether you want to do a juice cleanse or incorporate juices into your daily diet, I highly recommend!! Please share thoughts and any recipes you have in the comments section. 


Green Machine

4 Cups Kale
2 Stalks of Celery
1 Cucumber Peeled
3 Green Apples Cored
1/2 Piece of Ginger Peeled
1 Lemon Squeezed (Juice only in blender)
1/2 Cup of Water


Orange Monster
6 Cups Carrots
2 Lemons Squeezed (Juice only in blender)
1 Inch Piece of Ginger Peeled
1 Cup Water


ABC
3 Red Apples Cored
4 Beets Peeled
2 Cups Carrots
1 Cup Water




2 comments:

  1. Very interesting blog, and I admit, I really use a juicer. I do not depend on a blender itself. For as you can see, you have a number of steps first before you achieve your juice. I think that it is just the same as using a juicer, you also have to separate those fibers. Juicer over Blender? 22 Essential Reasons

    ReplyDelete
  2. I successfully made my own juice without the use of an expensive juicer. ... juicerblender.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete