I love fresh green juices, except they are not the cheapest beverages. Since I have had such a good experience with my VItamix I have been thinking of getting a cold pressed juicer so I can juice everyday. And, it would be nice to not to keep buying single serve juices.
Before I invest in another gadget I want to make sure I am going to use it often. I used an old food processor to make green smoothies every day for a month to see if I was really serious about green smoothies to get a Vitamix.
Even though the smoothies were lumpy and not very smooth with the food processor it still tasted good enough to have day after day, which made me sure that I wasn't going to waste money if I got a blender. So, I am repeating the process before I buy a juicer.
I had heard that people were juicing using blender, and I already have one so I don't have to buy anything new to see if I like juicing.
From juicing at home I have learnt that a fresh green juice served in a a glass full of ice is one of the most refreshing things to have on a hot and humid summer day.
Juices (and smoothies) are also pretty handy if you have trouble cooking. Last week I couldn't bend my right arm from the elbow due to some strenuous exercising and juicing was much preferable to cooking something more complex.
Now, to juice without a juicer you'll need some sort of blender or a food processor to blend the produce, and a nut milk bag to squeeze the juice out of it.
For the ingredients I used my favourite juice ingredients which mostly consists of celery, cucumber, and lemon with a few extras thrown in from what we had leftover from that week's CERES delivery. I would suggest you to use more watery fruit and vegetables when making juice without a blender.
- 3 sticks of celery
- 1 cucumber
- 1 orange peeled
- 1/2 a lemon (rind can be kept on)
- a small wedge of beetroot
- a small knob of ginger
- 1/2 a glass of water, and
- lots of ice
- Chop ingredients roughly so to make it easier to blend
- Add water, cucumber, orange, lemon first into the blender. Then the beetroot, celery, and ginger. Putting in the softer and more watery ingredients makes it easier for the blender to pull in the ingredients and blend.
- Blend until everything is thoroughly blended.
- Get a large bowl or saucepan to place under the nut milk bag to catch the juice. Then slowly pour the smoothie mixture into the nut milk bag.
- Squeeze nut milk bag until you get most of the liquids extracted. You'll end up with a small dry lumps of fibre from the fruit and vegetable in the bag, which can be discarded or if you have a compost bin it can be composted.
- Put ice into glass, and pour over your juice. Done!
I know it is a bit of an effort to juice without a juicer but finding out whether you like to actually juice or not before you buy an expensive cold press juicer is definitely worth the extra minute or two that it takes to make juice with the blender.
Now to you, do you juice? What kind of juicer do you use? Any recommendations for me? Let me know!
With love and simplicity,
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