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so for our wedding we got this insane juicer which is not something i ever intended on owning but i am going to make the most of it, basically by attempting to replace one meal a day with juice. i will chronicle my efforts here.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:08 (five years ago) Permalink

what kind?

the late great, Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:09 (five years ago) Permalink

the first juice i made consisted of 3 beets and 4 oranges and it stained everything purple. i drank two glasses for lunch and had a few macadamia nuts and did not feel hungry.

i also made a vodka tonic that night with 2 ounces of beet juice, 2 ounces of vodka, and 4 ounces of tonic. it tasted about how you would expect.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:10 (five years ago) Permalink

ahahaha the post-wedding juicer

ours saw maybe...four weeks of active service before cleaning it was just too much hassle for the reward and the thing was put permanently into storage. it'll happen to you too. sorry juicer.

imago, Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:10 (five years ago) Permalink

xp it is the hurom slow juicer

call all destroyer, Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:11 (five years ago) Permalink

as long as you do it right away, cleaning is not really bad! they give you what is essentially a giant toothbrush to help clean the strainer and that thing is key.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:12 (five years ago) Permalink

do smoothies count? yesterday i bought a ton of different kinds of greens -- kale, collard greens, parsley, wheatgrass, spinach, romaine lettuce -- and am in the process of working through them in green smoothie form. sometimes i make elaborate smoothies with fruit and other times i just throw some greens into the blender with coconut water, or maybe water and one kind of fruit.

Treeship, Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:17 (five years ago) Permalink

for about 15 years I made this elixir weekly:
carrot/apple/beet/celery/ginger
stopped doing it a couple years ago but i think it's high time to commence this ritual again

making plans for nyquil (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:31 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't know if it's psychosomatic or what but whenever i get into a juicing/smoothie habit and consume, in this manner, huge amounts of vegetables i feel much better in all ways.

Treeship, Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:32 (five years ago) Permalink

just drank some leftover apple/pineapple/cucumber/celery, it was p. good.

i do feel like i'm highly motivated in that i want to be eating even more produce than i already do and i never have any idea what to eat for lunch.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Masticating juicers are awesome, easy to wash, good way of boosting healthy eating especially when busy. Well worth buying.

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Sunday, 21 July 2013 22:34 (five years ago) Permalink

parsley, spinach, roma tomatoes, radishes, celery tabasco + soy sauce

= pretty good. might add some vodka to it because i have nothing urgent to do today...

Treeship, Monday, 22 July 2013 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

LUNCH:

3 carrots
half a cucumber
2 celery stalks
half a lemon
2 kale leaves
ginger chunk

standing there with my bowl of freshly washed produce, about to start sending chunks of cucumber down the chute, i began to feel like a profound weirdo, like the kind of guy who goes and backpacks alone in the mountains for two weeks at a time despite having a family and stuff, or the kind of guy who wears velcro-closure sandals with chinos.

if i ever post about quitting drinking, call the cops because someone has killed me and is acting as my imposter.

the resultant juice is a thick brown slurry. it's tart and salty with a hint of bite from the ginger.

call all destroyer, Monday, 22 July 2013 17:34 (five years ago) Permalink

is it good?

the late great, Monday, 22 July 2013 19:08 (five years ago) Permalink

that sounds good. it's always good to consume 200 calories of fresh raw vegetables in ten seconds.

Treeship, Monday, 22 July 2013 19:09 (five years ago) Permalink

is it good?

― the late great, Monday, July 22, 2013 3:08 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this question will require serious and sober reflection.

i did finish it. about 12 oz. before ice.

call all destroyer, Monday, 22 July 2013 19:16 (five years ago) Permalink

I've juiced for years and tried just about every fruit and vegetable there is. There is probably too much lemon and too much kale for the above recipe to be delicious. I like lemon but it dominates everything if you put in more than a few drops. Best to forget about it and if you want to ingest lemon juice just mix it with water and drink it on it's own. With kale, cabbages etc, you have to accept it's going to make it taste cabbagey. Again, with this stuff I find it's best to not ruin nice carrot, cucumber and celery juice with it. Just juice what you want and neck it with a small glass of apple juice. It won't taste good but you won't spoil a decent tasting juice.

everything, Monday, 22 July 2013 19:41 (five years ago) Permalink

is "neck it" a juicing term?

quincie, Monday, 22 July 2013 20:02 (five years ago) Permalink

thanks for the thoughts, everything. it did seem like a ton of lemon. i got this juice recipe book and i'm not really sure what its deal is.

in general, juicing books are incredibly depressing. they're all targeted at ppl with horrible medical problems--you open a book and the first thing you read is "juice to aid gout symptoms" and you wonder if this is really such a good idea.

even in the cheerier one i ended up buying, the author has to defeat fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue only so she can later be assaulted by a home invader.

call all destroyer, Monday, 22 July 2013 20:20 (five years ago) Permalink

For me, it's about 95% a way to easily eat vegetables like spinach and carrots because otherwise I'd never bother. And yeah, I really like the taste of juice and the fact that it's healthy.

I looked at a few books when I got started but you learn to just do what works for you with what's easily available. Mostly I like carrot, cucumber, spinach, celery, beets (sparingly) and then whatever kind of fruit juice I have in the house. And I never try to make it any particular way - just use what I've got. It's only really worthwhile juicing fruit if you have tons of apples from a tree or something. It gets expensive and they don't yield much juice unless you have a press. So I use supermarket fruit juice mostly.

I sometimes use ginger or garlic or these kinds of things but they make the extractor basket smell so you have to clean it more, and then they don't really taste super-delicious or anything. Well, a small bit of ginger is nice. I save that stuff for when I'm feeling ill.

everything, Monday, 22 July 2013 21:19 (five years ago) Permalink

just put one apple or a some kiwis into your massive load of fresh veg (plus some ginger or mint or whatever) and it'll always taste great.

you won't taste kale or spinach at all once you use a small amount of something sweet. not sure why you'd cut with apple juice when you could juice the apple?

tho if you are using a centrifugal juicer it doesn't really matter as you are killing all the nutrients anyway.

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Monday, 22 July 2013 22:20 (five years ago) Permalink

used to juice on the reg at a friend's place, but she moved and took the juicer with her. had some pretty disastrous experiments but for the most part they were so delicious. a good rule of thumb if you want to make something palatable is not to go too crazy with things of different colours like try to keep it within one interval of the spectrum (pear apricot orange canteloupe plum beets; kale kiwi pineapple mango) and--even though it's tempting because they're so juicy--never to put too much of something bland like cucumber or melon

flopson, Monday, 22 July 2013 22:50 (five years ago) Permalink

I have read the one problem with juicing is you're letting the juicer do all the digestive work, so you're not getting as much fibre/bulk as you would if you just ate the veg.

It is like ganging up on Enya (Trayce), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 01:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Also, consuming large quantities of fruit juice that involve like 5 bits of fruit in one go cant be all that good for you - so much fructose!

It is like ganging up on Enya (Trayce), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 01:31 (five years ago) Permalink

all the fibre gets trapped in a chamber, if you really want fibre u can eat it like a salad lol

flopson, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 05:49 (five years ago) Permalink

i eat fucktons of non-juiced produce so fiber isn't really a prob.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:42 (five years ago) Permalink

ahahaha the post-wedding juicer

ours saw maybe...four weeks of active service before cleaning it was just too much hassle for the reward and the thing was put permanently into storage. it'll happen to you too. sorry juicer.

― imago, Sunday, July 21, 2013 8:10 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol, otm. juicing is fun and delicious but yes cleaning the thing is a huge pain. also it felt somewhat wasteful to me -- i hated throwing away all that fiber. that said, i really love making soup stocks and that also involves throwing away the fiber.

in general, i prefer smoothies, although the punch of fresh juice that involves cool stuff like ginger or parsley or wheatgrass is special. i should pull out the juicer from time to time.

marcos, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 15:33 (five years ago) Permalink

One day I put the remains of carrot and beet juice under a tree my mother was trying to grow and an hour later it was covered with butterflies. This was summer. Happened every time I threw out the carrots and beets.

*tera, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Supposedly eating fruit is the best way to consume it but juicing green leaf veggies with a masticating juicer is the best way to get all the green nutrients .

*tera, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:59 (five years ago) Permalink

i am getting the sickest compost out of this thing, sadly i do not compost

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:03 (five years ago) Permalink

i just impulse bought a blendtec since i threw out my blender like a year ago and i became a costco member today. i wanna make carrot juice with ginger and parsley and shit. does anyone do juice in the blender?

veryupsetmom (harbl), Saturday, 3 August 2013 18:04 (five years ago) Permalink


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