Juicing is the holy grail of healthy living, but it’s a total pain in the ass. If you have a juicer that you love and you’re getting down on some green juice everyday more power to you. If you tried to juice a few times and found it to be more trouble that it’s worth read on. You will need a high-speed blender for this. Years ago I invested in a Vitamix (speaking of holy grails) and it was the best investment I’ve ever made and I’ve been juicing with it ever since. Any decent blender that’s capable of pulverizing vegetables should do the trick though. The only other thing you’ll need that you may not have in your kitchen is a nut milk bag and you can find one on amazon.com for around 5 to 7 bucks. A nut milk bag is also great for making, you guessed it, your own nut milks at home but that is information for a different post.
Chop all your fruits and vegetables into small pieces that your blender can easily handle.
Add produce and water to the blender. How much water you use will depend on what your blender is capable of, but usually 1 cup is sufficient. If 1 cup isn’t doing the trick, slowly add a little more in.
Slowly increase the speed of your blender until all fruits and veggies are completely blended.
Put your nut milk bag over a large bowl and dump the contents of the blender into the bag. Lift the bag to let the juice stream out while the bag catches the produce fibers.
Kneed your hands into the bag to release the rest of the juice.
Rinse out your blender, dispose of the fibers (I throw mine into the garden for composting) and drink your juice!
I have been juicing this way for years and I absolutely love it. It find it to be much quicker and much easier, especially on the clean up. This way of juicing will also let you get the most out of the notoriously difficult to juice leafy greens like kale.
In case you were wondering this juice is called “Lady in Red,” inspired by what is currently available at my local farmers market. Summer is the best time to get into juicing because shopping at the farmers markets keeps the cost down considerably. I am also an advocate of Farm Fresh to You, a pretty incredible delivery service of organic, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to your home or office. You can customize boxes and the prices are extremely reasonable.
Lady In Red
- 1 small beet
- 1 cucumber
- 1 very large carrot
- 4 pieces of kale
- 1 peach
Juicing is pretty fool proof. If you don’t like an ingredient, swap it out for something you do like. If it’s too veggie tasting, add another piece of fruit or a squeeze of lemon. Once you get into the rhythm of juicing you’ll discover the pros far outweigh any possible cons.