Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Adventures in Juicing

I just got done foam rolling for 15 minutes! See, I haven’t forgotten about you December goals.  Tonight I also managed to accomplish a Turbokick workout, grocery shopping for the week, dish-washing, and kitchen organizing.  Sadly, my small kitchen appliances and food stockpile have outgrown my small kitchen.  And now things are being stored in my bathroom linen closet. I hope my guests don’t look in there and get confused.  Or worse yet, I hope they don’t think I snack on cereal while I am showering. 

Although Christmas was almost a month ago now, I am still going to talk about it.  Because I want to.  And I don’t want to hear any lip about it.

The Farmer has been eyeing a juicer for awhile, ever since he watched a documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead in which a guy goes on a juice fast.  He really wanted to try juicing out.  His eyes were set on a Breville, a fairly hefty machine that came with an equally hefty price tag.  I was hesitant to purchase such an expensive juicer when there were several cheaper options.  And to be honest, I thought juicing was just a fad he would get over.  I’ve heard that juicing takes a lot of time and work so I wasn’t convinced it was a long term habit.

As luck would have it, I found a super awesome deal on Craigslist.  A Breville Juice Fountain Plus for about half the price.  Saaaweeet! My love for Craigslist goes on and on.  When I went to go look at the juicer, it looked brand new! The guy said he bought it and used it a few times but it ended up being too much work to juice and clean up, but that it worked great! 

Of course, I couldn’t just give the juicer to the Farmer without checking it out for myself!

The cast of characters:

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Raspberries, carrots, green apple, inch of ginger.

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After I started juicing, I decided there was not enough juice so in addition, I added one braeburn apple and an unpictured grapefruit.

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According to the directions, you should start with the softer produce first and then move to harder items.

First up, raspberries.

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Not a heck of a lot of juice out of these.

Then I attempted to juice the carrots.  This is also when I realized my glass measuring cup was not cutting the mustard.  The juice was spraying out of the juicer nozzle and onto my coat :(  It takes me a while to take my coat off when I come home because I turn my heat down quite a bit when I am away at work, so my apartment was just warming up.   So I switched to the pitcher that came along with the juicer.

Carrot juice.

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Tossed in the apples, ginger, and the peeled grapefruit.

Fruits of my labor!

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About 2 cups of juice me thinks.  Enough to feed me for breakfast the next morning.

In addition to the juice, quite a bit of fibrous material accumulated.  This picture does not do it justice. 

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That all went straight into my compost bin.

The juice was delicious, but I was right the clean up was quite a pain.  Once I cleaned out all the fibrous material, I took the juicer apart and cleaned all the separate parts.  The mesh filter needed to be scrubbed and brushed squeaky clean and the rest of the parts needed to be washed.  According to the instruction booklet, juice should be consumed the same day as it is, well, juiced so it seems like quite a bit of work to make one day of juice.  I also learned that it is best to clean the juicer immediately after juicing or it can be difficult to clean later.

The Farmer really liked his gift though!

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We also made some fresh orange juice and some green juice.  Both were delicious!

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