Adventures in Juicing

Around the time when we put together our wedding registry a few years ago, I’d started reading all about the wonders of juicing. This was excellent timing: because wedding registries are an awesome way to stock your kitchen with amazing appliances, I seized the opportunity and put a juicer on our registry.

Granted, it went on along with approximately 8,000 other things. I was never into wedding planning, and I definitely hadn’t been dreaming of/imagining my wedding day since I was a little girl. I had, however, been planning/dreaming of my wedding registry since I started cooking. (Which was in high school. Which meant I’d been mentally compiling a registry full of kitchen appliances since I was 17. Which meant I might’ve gotten a little too excited about putting together our registry in real life.)

But I digress. Back to my grand designs for the juicer: I was totally going to use it every day! I was going to be a juicing goddess! It was going to be great!

Well. As it turns out, I’m lazy. Juicers make a mess, and they’re hard to clean. We used it exactly once – that is until this week, when I’ve suddenly morphed into the juicing fiend I always hoped I’d be. It’s a murricle!

I’ve been juicing up a storm and combining all manner of produce. As luck would have it, these comics showed up on the first few days of our adventures in juicing:

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I tend not to like juices that are super earthy or overly vegetable-y (I do, however, like making up words like vegetable-y), so I decided to nix combinations like beet-kale-cucumber right off the bat. Instead, I’ve been running experiments with fruit and veggie combinations. In the interest of playing it safe at first, I decided to start with a carrot-orange base, which I know I like. Thus far, I’ve tried the following concoctions:

Carrot-orange-mango

Carrot-orange-pineapple

Carrot-orange-apple

The assessments:

Carrot-orange-mango was a bit too heavy on the mango. It also was really pulpy, which I didn’t love. (A direct quote from my inner monologue: “Huh. It’s really pulpy. The juicer is supposed to make it be not pulpy. WHY IS IT SO PULPY?”)

Carrot-orange-pineapple was just a wee bit too sweet and too acidic for my taste. I love pineapple, but sometimes it makes my teeth hurt (no joke – I have to be judicious in my pineapple consumption, even though I love the stuff), so I decided to let this one go in the “close, but no cigar” column.

Carrot-orange-apple was a winner! It was just sweet enough without being overly sweet, and the apple added some extra depth of flavor (which turned out to be delicious). Here’s a slightly art deco-ish shot of the winning concoction:

 

Now, of course, I’m all about broadening my juicing horizons. However, that excludes horizons that could lead to juices that taste like snail burps — so I figure this calls for some crowd-sourcing.

With that in mind, do any of you good people make your own juices? What are your favorite combinations?

4 thoughts on “Adventures in Juicing

  1. Alex @ therunwithin October 14, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    I have always wanted to try a fresh juice, especially if I could make it myself but I just know me. I would lose interest, never use it and then spend far too much on fresh produce I don’t need. But hey, worth a shot right?

  2. Greg October 16, 2013 / 7:18 am

    From my juicing experience I have learned that beet greens taste like dirt. Seriously.

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte October 17, 2013 / 12:05 pm

      Oy, beet greens juice sounds awful. I mean, I’m all about the veggies, but I’ll take your word for it and leave beet greens out of the line-up for my juicing experiments. 🙂

      • Corinne October 18, 2013 / 12:12 pm

        I was reading and thought “hey lemme comment to tell her to try beets!” Lol I read the comments so maybe not
        I freeze the cooked ,organic beets.(whole foods sells them, 2.99 for four large beets) Then I add one beet to my smoothie( I know it’s not juice but still) with raw or not cocoa powder banana almond milk and if I have money and have bought vegan protein powder , that.
        It tastes so good and the beets with the chocolate, to me, taste like cherry. Beets are so good for healthy cells! I don’t work for the beets counsel lol just I was a beets hater too and this has changed my opinion!

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