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Help me make carrot juice palatable

Adrienne Jan 14, 2007 11:12 PM

I just bought a big container of carrot juice thinking I'd like it. I was wrong. It *really* tastes like carrots, except it is unpleasantly sweet. Any tips on how to make it more drinkable? I'd prefer to keep it raw, since I bought it for the vitamins.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. rednyellow Jan 14, 2007 11:13 PM

    add bourbon

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      Candy Jan 15, 2007 02:21 AM

      amen

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      GeckoPig Jan 14, 2007 11:29 PM

      I don't care for carrot juice alone, but I think carrot/orange is okay, so maybe try mixing it with OJ?

      1. Kitchen Queen Jan 15, 2007 12:19 AM

        Add a little maple syrup or if you prefer savory - add to a V8.

        1. gridder Jan 15, 2007 12:22 AM

          Or mix with apple juice, or some fresh ginger juice, or both.

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            Steve Jan 15, 2007 01:25 AM

            Just curious.... what brand of carrot juice did you buy?

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              Adrienne Jan 15, 2007 03:10 AM

              oodwala. do you have a favorite?

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                Steve Jan 16, 2007 03:59 PM

                Odwalla is my favorite. I could drink that stuff down everyday, it's like liquid gold. Not sure how they do it. I think other brands, particulary the canned ones, taste a bit dirty to me, like the carrots weren't properly scrubbed.

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              SusanSDG Jan 15, 2007 01:35 AM

              Ginger,apple cider and lots of ice!

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                Newcomer76 Jan 15, 2007 01:58 AM

                I juice a lot with my juicer. Love carrot w/apple juice. If you have a juicer, you can add beets and/or cucumber as well. I'm not a big fan of ginger, but many people like it with carrot juice.

                1. seefood Jan 15, 2007 02:28 AM

                  Carrot juice just doesn't keep well. It is best made fresh right before drinking. Then it is ambrosial--straight or with ginger, apple, or beet juice.

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                    Steve Jan 16, 2007 04:00 PM

                    Is there a particular type or size of carrot you think works better than others?

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                      seefood Jan 22, 2007 06:26 PM

                      No; can't say that I've ever paid much attention to the type or size. For juice, you need a lot of carrots, so I usually buy according to price, which means larger packages. Five-pound bags, often.

                      It seems intuitive that smaller carrots would be tastier, though, doesn't it? However, I've read that those "baby" carrots that come ready-to-eat in plastic bags are actually full-size carrots cut down to look like baby carrots.

                      Maybe someone will do a taste test of various types of carrots for juice.

                  2. Adrienne Jan 15, 2007 03:10 AM

                    Thank you everyone -- I will try mixing it in with other types of juice and I'll definitely try with a bit of ginger.

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                      hungrydyke Jan 24, 2007 02:26 PM

                      Some celery or lemon juice will cut the sweetness.

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                        Brandon Nelson Jan 24, 2007 07:49 PM

                        Odwalla juices aren't "raw" the have been flash pasturized.

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