Another Juice of the Day
My kids are having a more difficult time moving in the mornings now that it is summer – although our schedule is exactly the same. I needed to juice this tonight for tomorrow.
Two pears, two clementines, green grapes, three apples and spinach.
Now there are two ways I juice. If I want it to be completely packed with nutrients and much more filling – I use my Vitamix. To do so I cut the fruit up, peel the oranges, core the apples and pears and take the grapes off the stems. So with the Vitamix it takes a bunch of prep time. I am not always in the mood for all that pulp. If I was, I would consider a nutribullet but I alternate between this method and the next method. I should note that this method cannot be made ahead of time and stored. If you store it, it quickly becomes a gelatinous mess! Trust me on this one. The first time I tried refrigerating it and drinking it hours later – I tipped the bottle upside down and the mixture remained in the bottle, unmoving, until I melted it down with very hot water. Totally gross! So if you use this method – consume immediately.
The next method is with an actual juicer. With a juicer you have less prep time but a little more cleanup time. The juice is the consistency (not necessarily color) of regular juice. It can be stored for a little while depending on the fruit you use. I never drink it more than a day later but it is okay if I make it the night before. The only exception I have found is with watermelon. That needs to be consumed immediately. If not, the watermelon juice goes through this separation and fermentation process quickly. I dare you to try that juice after a few hours. Your taste buds will be impacted all day long! With this method you don’t have to peel, core etc… Depending on the size of your machine the fruit merely needs to be the size to fit through the machine’s chute. I have a large machine at home that allows full size fruits into the chute as long as they are small (such as a small apple). My smaller machine at the camper requires fruit to be cut up rather small chunks. It takes alot longer but I would never have room for a full size machine on my camper counter – the small one barely fits.
So if you want to start juicing – determine which you would prefer and use the appropriate machine.