I got a juicer...ideas?
So for Christmas/my birthday, I got a juicer which I am really excited about. I have thrown in pretty much everything that can possibly be juiced and am loving it:)
I am not the most creative so I would love your ideas on juices and ingredients. So far, my favorite has been :
Thanks in advance!
Me too Me too...just got a juicer 2 weeks ago...and I LOVE it!!! Greens are very good BUT they need to be "lightened up" with some fruit...you might try
handful of fresh organic spinach
Xena, you can find LOTS of good ideas on youtube also...just put in "juicing"...I still have to try some juices with celery/kale/cucumber, etc. Carrots are the easiest...and very inexpensive...oh, and you might look for ideas on what to do with the carrot pulp...I just add it to my salads but have tried a carrot-date-coconut dessert that's pretty nice too!
LOL, Dr. Oz has a Green Monster that's supposed to be really great too but haven't tried it yet...I work M-F and juicing before work is kind of a mess...don't want to leave it all to clean up after work so it takes a long time to finish it all up, etc. etc., so hope to try something more adventurous like you are talking about this weekend. Have NOT tried the pineapple yet either. Thanks!
beets are good in a juicer. I used to make beets, apple and carrot. (if you like beets that is).
3 med. carrots
2 small beets
1 small apple or pear
nice chunk of ginger
half a bunch of parsley
the parsley makes it very creamy!
Keep a notebook by the juicer and keep track of what works for you.
The pulp is perfect for worm composting if you have any interest in that.
I took your suggestion and just tried :
a handful of parsley (mine was dry and didn't give off much juice unfortunately)
Very earthy and delicious! I'll have to try ginger in there next time.
I also have a compost pile in the backyard and am throwing the pulp in there. I wonder if I can use the carrots for cake or some muffins.
Again, check youtube and/or google for some carrot pulp muffins...those carrot/date/coconut poppers were on youtube, vegan and raw. I brought them in to work; folks ate them but it was the week before Christmas so there were tons of trashy sweets around too. Wish I could steer to you a tried and true carrot pulp bread or muffin recipe but haven't tried any yet...I need to use up this unsweetened shredded coconut that I bought for the poppers!
One of my juicer tips is to make trays of juice ice cubes and keep them on hand for all sorts of purposes beyond drinking the juice. A cube or two of pineapple or mango works well in so many stove top dishes. Adding juiced cubes to drinks pumps up the flavor and looks pretty in the glass. Green juices work well in salad dressings. So, while you're enjoying that great gadget, make up some ice trays for future use! Enjoy!
I picked up a juicer with the best intentions but thus far, my favorite thing to do with it is to juice a small potato as my starch for thickening gravy. It's a lot of cleanup just for gravy I know, so I only do it when I have company.
Sally Schneider, in her New Way to Cook book, uses the juicer to create some healthy, low fat sauces and bases. You could check the book out in a library, etc. to see if it interests you.
Apparently, you can also juice kale and other greens as a healthy addition to your juices (never tried myself).
I've used a juicer to work on a bumper crop of fresh organic carrots once. Wow, best juice ever.