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If you follow me on Twitter, you know how excited I was last week about the delivery of my juicer! My Twitter friends thought it was funny that I called my juicer “the masticator.” It arrived Thursday and I finally made it to the store yesterday to get the appropriate ingredients. I knew for sure that I wanted to juice kale, but I relied on the advice of my blog buddy JL for advice on the other ingredients. I settled on carrots, apples, kale and lemon for my first juice.
But, let me back up a minute. I had a juicer in the past, it was the centrifugal kind. Honestly, I found it to be messy and hard to clean. I used it to juice carrots and apples and that’s about it. I actually ended up giving it away to Goodwill in a fit of spring cleaning a few years back. This time, I did a little more research on the best way to juice greens. I settled on the masticating style and ordered this one through Costco:
Isn’t it cute? It’s an Omega brand and it cost me about $250. Here’s what it looks like in my kitchen (you can see me in the chrome base!):
The chopped fruits and vegetables go in the top and the juice goes into the container closest to the base. The pulp comes out the end into the canister furthest away. I prepped my ingredients last night to make it easier to juice them this morning. Here they are in the bowl, this amount made about 2, 8-ounce glasses of juice or 16 oz. total. I used one bunch of kale, 3 apples, 3 carrots and 1 lemon (peeled):
This type of juicer is quite different than the centrifugal kind because it runs at a slower speed and the lower heat that is produced supposedly protects the enzymes and nutrients from the produce. It also can handle greens very well. I ran the pulp through twice to ensure that I got all the juice out. The juice was so pretty!
I poured it into two pretty glasses, one for me and one for Alan (my husband). The smell was a little disturbing, it definitely was a green juice. But, the taste was pretty good!
Overall, I LOVE my juicer! I will likely adjust my ingredients over time. Does anyone have any suggestions and/or questions about juicing?