Getting a juicer was beyond exciting for me as I love love LOVE fresh juice, but at $7/juice – it can be a rather expensive habit.

For the most part I love it, but am still learning the ins and outs, what we like in juice (the Taster does NOT like wheat grass powder mixed in) and how different fruits/veggies can change a juice.

Love:

  • fresh green juices with whatever ingredients I want!
  • not spending $7 for a single juice at the coop
  • so easy and fast
  • you can use produce that is a little past its prime (an apple that I may hesitate to eat, I have no problem with juicing!)
  • when heading out of town I throw in all of the leftover produce – no wasting and love starting a trip or vacation with healthy juice
  • starting my day out with a burst of vitamins and nutrients

 

Learning to Love:

  • cleaning up – it isn’t terrible, but our kitchen is somewhat covered in juice pulp (exaggeration)
  • the pulp! I need to figure out a way to use it – throwing it away makes me feel like an awful human being

 

Favorite Juicing Ingredients So Far:

  • romaine
  • apples
  • cucumber
  • lemon


    Do you like fresh juice?  Do you have any great juice combos?

    14 Comments (Reply )

    1. Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland
      May 17, 2011 @ 8:07 am

      When I lived in Milwaukee, I had a very expensive juice habit. I think Gena at Choosing Raw had a juice pulp cracker recipe the other day.

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      • Emily
        May 17, 2011 @ 10:12 am

        Juice from the Milwaukee Public Market?! I’ve had juice there a few times. Yum!

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    2. Holly @ The Runny Egg
      May 17, 2011 @ 11:45 am

      I had a juicer for a few years and I think I used it a total of 5 times? I never made a juice that I really liked and I’d rather eat an apple than get a little bit of juice out of it!

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    3. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
      May 17, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

      I’m using my juicer more and more since reading Crazy Sexy Diet. I too feel awful when I toss the pulp. I’ve tried juice pulp crackers and they were not my thing. Maybe because I put such random produce together (lately I do cucumber, celery, kale, lemon and carrot) and those pulps don’t taste so good combined in cracker form.

      I may try the Crazy Sexy 21 day ‘cleanse’ this summer, which means I’ll be juicing twice a day. Maybe I better start a compost pile…..

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      • Emily
        May 17, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

        I’ve heard of that book! Would you recommend it?

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    4. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
      May 17, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

      Well, I can’t say I’ve juiced a head of romaine lettuce. But I do have an amateur juicer (one for oranges and lemons and such) and I recently made fresh lemonade with it. I loved it!!

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    5. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
      May 17, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

      I’ve never been a huge juice fan myself, but I did once enjoy an apple/lemon/parsley/ginger combo from the Wedge!

      I’m glad you enjoy your juicer!

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    6. Kristin @ FoodFash
      May 17, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

      I use my blender (blendtec), so all the pulpiness is blended fine enough to drink. But I like kale or spinach with apple, grapes, and cucumber. I instantly feel like I’ve done something good for my body!

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      • Emily
        May 17, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

        I need to try grapes! I keep seeing them in recipes for smoothies and juices!

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    7. Sarah @ The Pajama Chef
      May 17, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

      my friend saves all her pulp, freezes it in 1-cup increments & then uses it for muffins. maybe you could try that?

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      • Emily
        May 17, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

        Great idea! I’ll have to look into that!

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    8. thehealthyapron
      May 18, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

      I love juicing! beets, carrot, celery, apple, pears = yummy!

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    9. Caroline @ Out of Liney
      May 22, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

      Hey Emily- I just got a juicer too! So far I haven’t actually juiced too much, but used my Omega 8003 more like a “musher” to make things like Carrot Jam (and even made it my first real post – here: http://www.outofliney.com/?p=46 )

      I haven’t tried juicing romaine yet but I hear it’s great (I want to mix it with kale, celery, and a green apple) but I also hate wasting the pulp! It makes me want to start a compost, but I still wish that I could do something else with all of that fiber (although it seems a bit excessive to ingest)

      Please post if you find a good use!

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