Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Juicer Has Arrived!

As I mentioned previously, one of my goals for this week was to order a juicer! I ordered the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor on Thursday, and thanks to my Amazon Prime membership, it arrived yesterday. Adam had gone out and purchased some produce at the market over on Hawthorne in preparation, so we quickly made our first juice. Here is a picture of said juice, snapped with my phone:

Even a small amount of kale makes a bright, almost iridescent green color - it will turn almost any juice pretty green. Our first juice included kale, canary melon, apples, and lemon. We put the lemon in whole - peel & all - which makes the juice very lemony very fast. I was surprised how much I liked the taste, but I'm not sure why it was a surprise. Maybe it was the disgusting juice Adam made later in the night - his juice was kale, celery, carrots & an apple - it needed something like lemon or ginger or perhaps another sweet fruit to balance it out. I can't taste much, since the pneumonia has me all stuffy, but even I could tell that juice tasted like butt. 

This morning I tried out my new tumbler and made a big 24oz - juice. My tumbler was ordered when I ordered the juicer & it looks like this:

I also bought two other tumblers from the same company in different colors/designs: one each for me & Adam, plus an extra. I like that the straw has the stirrer on the bottom; those of you who juice surely know how the juice will be very separated at first, and this worked to blend it all together right in the cup (which is what I juiced directly into). My morning juice had kale, lemon (just a 1/2 lemon this time), ginger, canary melon, cantaloupe, cranberries (frozen when I bought extra last year), raspberries (frozen when I picked them from our bushes this year), blueberries, and a pear. It was, if I do say so myself, delicious. I've already drank it all and neglected to take a picture. Adam had a couple ounces, but I'd say I drank about twenty ounces in all. It's definitely given me a little boost of energy (hence the blogging, rather than just laying on the couch). 

As for the juicer itself? So far, we love it! It's a little bit of a pain to clean every time, but that's the nature of the beast, I'm afraid. This morning I tried putting a plastic bag in the pulp catcher area, as recommended, and that made clean-up a bit easier. Berries are delicious, but they really do get everywhere. I'm going to need to look for some more containers to hold juice, so we can make some ahead of time. 

As you've probably guessed, the juice fast is on hold until we know the pneumonia is gone, but I am going to try and juice for breakfast, for now (I've never been great at eating a full breakfast anyway). 

FInal parting shot: I've started a Pinterest Board for juicing, etc. 


  1. Yay for juice! Melons are my favorite. With oranges and lemons I generally peel only the color off leaving the white part. Keeps the juice flavor down when sometimes it needs to be. Ginger is amazing in almost everything. I hear you on the gross factor. I hate celery so I've struggled with anything containing it. seems like our juicers are similar, clean up isn't fun but it's better then a lasagna pan! :) welcome to juicing! :)

  2. I've actually been leaving the peels on the citrus, mostly because it seems to counteract the butt taste of the green juice we're mixing in - my aunt Karena gave us a bunch of greens, mustard greens I believe, and I juiced them with kale & spinach. Mustard greens - not so tasty on their own. Orange seems to counteract it perfectly, but only if you stick the whole orange in the juicer.

    I put ginger in every single juice I've made. I love ginger, though, and I can't get enough - plus it's so helpful if you're prone to an upset tummy, which I am.