One of the trends I’ve noticed in the online world (especially pinterest and instagram) is that lots of people are big into fresh raw juices. I do like a freshly squeezed juice, but it’s not something I’d ever really considered doing at home. But recently Curry’s got in touch and offered to send me a juicer as part of a healthy living campaign that they’re doing, and I was more than happy to give it a try.
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The thing that had always put me off juicing in the past has been that I expected it to be a lot of work. Which is mainly because my experience of home juicers has been my parents manual orange press operated by a lever where it would take you about twenty minutes of squeezing and about five oranges to make one glass of juice! But the fancy electric juicer Curry’s sent is way more efficient than that, you don’t actually squeeze anything, you just shove stuff in the middle and it does all the juicing for you. Which also means that you can easily juice vegetables like carrots or beetroots, or hard things like ginger. I’m still not totally sold on the benefits of juicing veg as opposed to cooking them in a savoury dish though, so I went for the following combo:
- 2 oranges
- 2 carrots
- 1 kiwi
- One largish piece of ginger
I was aiming to make an ACE juice, so called because of the vitamins it provides: C from the oranges, A from the carrots. The ACE juice you can buy which is produced by Pago is actually orange-carrot-lemon, but after
extensive research consulting the Wikipedia entry for vitamin E I didn’t find lemon on the list of concentrated sources, so decided to go for kiwi instead. I added ginger because I love it!
The resulting juice was delicious! The ingredients above made the two glasses you can see, so like I said it is a very efficient process, and not too far off the amount you would get if you smoothied the ingredients instead. The machine pulls out all the liquid and taste, and just leaves the pulp in the centre to throw away. It still involves a fair bit of washing up, so I’m not going to be juicing all the time, but it’s a great option to have for the occasional vitamin hit and I’m super keen to try out different combos. Next I think I’ll go for apple-watermelon-mint!
Anyone into juicing? Any recommendations for tasty combinations? And will I ever get into veg juice?*
* probably not!