Monday 27 January 2014

Summer Time Juicing

We were very fortunate to be given a juicer for Christmas. My sister has had this particular Oscar model for some time and we liked the ease of use and the simple clean up. Juicing is a confirmed favourite pass time for Little Miss 4 any time we visited Auntie Charmaine, so when Uncle John offered to gift us one for Christmas we were more than happy with the idea. 

Here is just one of the very many possible juicing combinations. Any fruit or vegetable you have in the garden or the fridge will likely make a great juicing option. It's helpful to include a lemon or a piece of fresh ginger to compliment the main ingredients.

Medium to hard fruits seem to be the most successful. We did try a banana once, but it turned to squish. Combinations seem to work best if you want to include vegetables. Broccoli on its own is an acquired taste, but combined with apple, a lemon, peach and some ginger stem, its really very good. Kale is a very trendy vegetable at the moment. It is very easy to cultivate and grows right through the winter in most climates.

Today's Juice Combo - makes enough for 3 glasses

2 apples
2 oranges
1 beetroot
1 lemon
a few stalks of cavalo nero - it's a type of kale

Wash all the fruit and veg. Prepare it for juicing by cutting up the apples, core and all; cut the stem and tail from the beetroot and cut into pieces, leaving the skin on; cut the skin and pith from the lemon and oranges and cut up. 

Cut the thick central stem from the cavalo nero and discard it.

In whatever order you please push the fruit and veg into the juicer. The juice drips out into one container and the dry pulp come out the end into another container. 

Once you have juiced all the ingredients, stir the juice and taste it to see if it need a little more lemon. 

All done! 

We always drink our juice fresh, but it can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge. The dry pulp is a great addition to the compost heap. 

I'm planning on taking juice to work for those days when I don't have much time for lunch. Happy juicing!

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