Remember the discussion we had about cleanses last week? It got me thinking.
For a while now, I’ve been envious of juicer owners. Between myself, Garrett, plus two other housemates, our kitchen is very well equipped with a cornucopia of fancy appliances and apparatuses. Each appliance has its spot, each with its own purpose, each with its own sound, each providing an unparalleled service for ease of food preparation. Our kitchen feels complete. Calming. Our reassuring appliances do the work for us and there’s nothing else one could possibly need.
Except maybe a juicer. I have had green-with-envy moments when I have heard people talking about the various produce they have juiced up. I see fresh pressed juices at coffee shops. People talk about juice. Juice is the new smoothie. Excuse me while I hide my green-with-envy face and pretend like it’s not green-with-envy.
But yet another wonderful attribute about kitchen appliances is their uses can be under rated and underexplored. If you are patient, they will poof up their feathers when you are green with envy and offer up solutions. Hello, blender, when did you become a juicer?
Using your blender (it needs to be a powerful one), you can have the comforts of fresh juice in your glass. There will be some chopping and peeling involved, as I wouldn’t recommend sticking whole fruit in your blender. Blenders are cool, but they’re probably not going to know what to do with an entire orange.
Essentially, you discard thick peels such as orange peels (leaving the thin peels, such as beet, apple and carrot on is fine), chop your produce into sizes your blender can handle, add some liquid like water or coconut water and blend until smooth. You then strain the pulp with a fine strainer, save the pulp for the next time you bake bread or cake (pulp is great for you and adds flavor to your baked goods!), and enjoy your glass of juice. This is a great way of getting in vitamins, the kids’ll love it, and fresh juice is much better for you than store-bought juice. AND if you’re someone who likes to do cleanses, this may be a great resource for you!
Beet Juice + Juicing without a Juicer
- 1 red beet peel on, chopped
- 1 fugi apple cored and chopped (peel on)
- 1 kale leaf stem removed and discarded
- 1 orange peeled and squeezed
- 1 teaspoon orange rind
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1-1/2 cups coconut water
- Makes juice for one.
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Using a fine metal strainer or a metal coffee filter, strain the juice into a large glass.
Save the pulp in a freezer-safe container and freeze until you can bake with it. Enjoy your juice and revel in the fact that you’re giving yourself wonderful vitamins!