A Lesson in Juicing

I inherited a professional juicer, juiced everything in sight, and learned some things in the process.

A Lesson in Juicing

Let's take a deep dive into all things juicing. I quite like my juicer(!), and I love the possibilities it lends to expanding the culinary palette. I enjoy the way it makes me think about ingredients in new ways. Fresh juice is invigorating - straight up, blended, or as part of whatever I'm making. That said, I've learned somethings over the years and will share some of that here.
A waring centrifugal juicer on a counter

My dad gave me this centrifugal juicer forever ago. It's a workhorse and although I've had my eye on one of the macerating juicers for a while now - I haven't made the move (yet!). We'll talk about the different types of juices down below.

The Foundation of Good Juicing

There are a couple keys to getting great juice out of your kitchen. The first (and most important) thing is to use vibrant, healthy produce. Use the best quality produce you can get. It's important to seek out organic or sustainably grown fruits and vegetables. If that's not happening, wash it gently, but thoroughly. The second is to get your hands on a decent juicer. We'll get into the different types and considerations down below.

And while were on the topic, a blender and a juicer are entirely different beasts. I know this seems obvious, but the blender does chop-chop, and the juicer separates all the fibers and solids from the juices. The juicer produces essences that are incredibly intense, alive, and bright. The flavor is main-lined. In both cases beyond fruits and vegetables, you can experiment with grains and nuts (see below).

My perception is that nearly everyone seems to think using a juicer is a royal pain. Primarily the clean-up part. And that is partially true. It seems most convenient to juice in batches, set aside what you might use in the immediate future as well as the forthcoming day or two, and then freeze any juice beyond that immediately. Not as perfect as freshly juiced, but still better than no juice.
A kitchen counter after a juicing session with jars filled with different juices

A Juicer Can Work With Lots of Ingredients!

Before I dive into all the things I've used my juicer for, one thing I'll add is this: read your juicer's instructions before diving in. What works in mine might not work in your model. There are a range of different types of juicers, and a range of ways they extract juice.
Lessons in Juicing

Juicing Nuts & Seeds

Let's dive into the wide range of nuts and seeds you can turn into different milks!

  • Almond Milk: Soak 1 cup / 5 oz almonds overnight, covered, in filtered water. Drain. Add three cups water, and ladle into juicer. This produces a full-bodied almond milk. If you like it a bit thinner, go with 4 cups water. The flavor really sings when you season it with a touch of salt and sugar. Just go with your taste buds, until it tastes good to you. Makes about 3 1/2 cups. Also, be sure to keep the meaty by-product of making the almond milk, just scrape it out of the juicer. Salt it a bit, and it's a great homemade almond butter.
  • Oat Milk: Soak 1 cup / 3 oz rolled oats (not instant) overnight, covered, in filtered water. Drain, add 3 cups water, and ladle into juicer. Makes about 4 cups. Note to self to try a version with toasted oats. I could imagine experimenting with it as and ingredient in custards, puddings, french toast, and the like.
  • Pistachio Milk: Soak 1 cup pistachios / 5 oz overnight, covered, in filtered water. Drain, combine with 3 cups water, and ladle into juicer. This was my favorite non-fruit juice by a stretch. Really nice. I kept trying to combine it with little accents like orange blossom water, or citrus zest, but in the end I liked it best straight. Makes about 3 1/2 - 4 cups. And like the almond milk be sure to keep the meaty by-product of making the pistachio milk, just scrape it out of the juicer. Salt it a bit, and it's a great pistachio butter.
  • Sesame Milk: Had high hopes for this one but it really didn't work. The un-hulled seeds never broke down in the juicer.

Lessons in Juicing Ingredients in the process of being juiced

Juicing Fruits  & Vegetables

Some fruits and vegetables are easier to juice than others. Here's a breakdown of a range of them.

  • Fennel Juice: Trim the root end, but use all the rest of it. 1 large bulb = ~1 cup juice.
  • Carrots: 1 lb = 1 cup juice. You know, it's just occurring to me as I'm typing this to try a carrot soup with pure juiced carrot. Use it to make the silkiest, brothy carrot soup ever.
  • Celery: Lob off the root end and use the rest. And I didn't bother stringing. 1 medium bunch = 1 1/2 - 2 cups juice. I'm enjoying using the celery juice as a component in all things brothy. The fennel juice as well, but to a lesser extent.
  • Cucumber: Juice it all. And leave the skin on, it lends a nice color. 1 large (8 oz) cucumber yields about 1 cup of juice. Super cooling.
  • Cilantro: 1 big bunch, leaves and stems = 1/3 cup juice. I threw a couple serranos (deveined and deseeded) into the juicer here as well for a spicy version. You just know it's going to be good swirled into yogurt or creme fraiche and spooned into a bowl of roasted tomato soup!

    Lessons in JuicingA rainbow of juices in jars
  • Dill: 1 large bunch (stems and fronds) yields about 3 tablespoons juice. Equal parts dill juice + olive oil and a pinch of salt has been great over greens, savory pancakes, and eggs this week. I imagine like the other intense herb juices, it would be welcome as a vinaigrette component, drizzled over gratins, and tarts as well.
  • Ginger: 8 ounces unpeeled yields about 3/4 cup ginger juice. Freezes quite well. I've been using in teas, broths, citrus juice (grapefruit-ginger is my favorite), dipping sauces, etc.
  • Grapefruit: 1 large = 1 cup juice. I could live on this during the winter.
  • Pomegranate: I'm not sure I'd recommend using a juicer here. Mine definitely wasn't happy. That said, the resulting juice is electric - straight-up incredible. Juice the seeds only, but review your juicer's guidelines before an attempt. 1 large pomegranate = ~ 1 cup of seeds = 1/3 cup fresh juice.

Sidebar: Pomegranate Juicing Tips

In the comments Elise weighed in about juicing pomegranates, “…regarding pomegranate juicing, my parents have a huge pomegranate tree which produces a gazillion poms every fall. My mom juices most of them. The fastest way is to cut them in half horizontally, and put them in an orange press. This is what we do when we are overwhelmed with the number of pomegranates to juice. What my mom usually does however, is to carefully extract the seeds from the pomegranate, and place them in a blender. Pulse a couple times, just enough to break through the arils, but not enough to pulverize the hard tips of them. Those harder pieces tend to sink to the bottom of the blender. She pours out the juice through a strainer to catch any remaining hard bits. Works great!” Thanks Elise!

Jane also has this insight, “Gently squeeze and massage the whole pom until it feels softened. Avoid breaking the skin. Cut a 1″ hole in the blossom end and just suck out the juice. I grew up in Florida also doing this with oranges.”

Juice Combinations

Here are a few juice combinations I love. I'm also going to include a bunch of the amazing juicing recipes you posted to the comments. I'll put those in the recipe section down below. 

  • Pistachio Milk: 1/2 cup pistachio milk, 3/4 teaspoon honey or sugar, 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, tiny pinch of ground clove. But like I said up above, this is really good straight.
  • Spicy Carrot: 1/4 cup carrot juice + 1/4 cup almond milk + 1/16 teaspoon cayenne + 1/2 teaspoon ginger juice + 1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt + 2 tablespoons celery juice.
  • Pomegranate Almond: 1/4 cup pomegranate juice + 1/4 cup almond juice + 2 drop rose water + pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon lemon juice + sweeten to taste.
  • Cucumber Celery: 1/4 cup cucumber + 1/4 cup celery + 1/16 cayenne + pinch of salt.

What To Do With Juicing Pulp?

Juicing leaves you with a lot of pulpy, fiber-rich, by product. A lot of people like to mix this into their muffin and quick bread batter. I'll add that you can freeze it until you're ready to use it. There were also some great suggestions in the comments.

  • Rita shares,”…I was also wary of the waste of all the pulp. But you can use it as a filling for wraps, etc. if you add a little nut mayo and seasonings. You can wrap it in a raw cabbage or collard leaf. It’s delicious!”
  • Jonc says,” I use the pulp from the Omega 8006 to make baby food.”
  • My sister has an actual juicer and saves all her “pulp” to make to most amazing veggie burger patties! they are sooo good and nothing goes to waste. I guess if you have chickens or a great compost those are perfect uses for the pulp too.” Love these ideas shared by Kari.

What Kind of Juicer To Buy?

Broadly speaking. There are a number of considerations when deciding which juicer to buy. There are juicers that are centrifugal (like mine, pictured at the top) and others that are macerating. And then there are the high-powered blenders (for example: Vitamix). Blenders turn whole fruits and vegetables into milks and smoothies - different thing from the juicers altogether. The macerating juicers are able to really get an amazing amount of juice from ingredients, leaving you with a dry-ish pulp. Each option comes with a range of price points, but broadly speaking masticating juicers seem to be larger and more spendy. A lot of you have juicing opinions -here's a list of some that might be helpful.

  • A lot of people love the Brevile. Brittany cites, “I’m obsessed with my breville juicer.” Julia weighs in with, “ received a Breville as an engagement gift and fell in love! The clean up is easy peasy and the combo of pink grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange is heaven in the winter.”
  • Daniella weighs in, “I love our juicer! We just got the Breville one over the holidays and we’re obsessed. Ours is really quite easy to clean up as well. I don’t mind it at all! I’m really liking juice better than smoothies… no seeds and no jammed blender anymore!”
  • A counter point from Jonc, ”I have an Omega 8006 juicer. Love it to death. We also have a Vitamix 5200. Love it to death. Had a breville. Don’t use it anymore.”
  • Then there is the Vitamix camp. This is a bit of a different beast because you’re blending, not really juicing perse. Eadie states, “I’m in the vitamix camp, love my vitamix for all the nutritional reasons (fibre, extra nutrients otherwise lost in the pulp) and generally begin my day with a veggie based smoothie.”
  • Angela says, “After spending some time with my VitaMix, I “moved up” to an Omega juicer and really love it – love making nut milks as well as fruit and vegetable juices. I mostly use it for green juices to drink, but have made some really exquisite compound vegetable sauces by cooking any particularly succulent, seasonal vegetable in it’s own juice and then pureeing.”
  • Sun mentions the Nutri-bullet, “Nutri-bullet, which creates ‘smoothies’ – not “juice” specifically. This gadget is about 1/2 the size & we use about 1/3 of the quantity of fruits/veggies. I still miss some of our “juice” blends but for those wanting a quicker option, here ya go.”
  • Jack LaLane represent in the comments as well. Julie shares,”I have a Jack LaLane juicer that will juice a “rock” Love it!”
  • Ellen says, “I love my Hurom Slow Juicer. It does an excellent job of extracting juice from fruits and veggies, leaving behind very dry pulp, especially compared to the Jack LaLanne juicer that I had prior to investing in the Hurom.”
  • Rita, “I have an Omega VRT and I love it. It’s very much like the Hurom juicer. Super easy to clean, I leave it on the counter and use it at least once or twice a day.”
  • Related, Josh G says, “My wife and I use the Hurom slow juicer and it is amazing. It has approximately 5 parts and is super easy to clean. From chopping to cleaning its altogether 15-20 mins. It has become part of our day and a great energy shot in the mornings.”
  • I love this note from SA, “…next time you’re in Turkey, or anywhere in the Middle East, find a hand cranked heavy duty juicer at the flea markets. They work absolutely best with pomegranates. By the way, by juicing only the seeds of a pomegranate, you lose most of the nutrition they carry. Like an orange, all the good stuff is in the bitter peel. So actually juicing like an orange is the way to go anyway.”

So, as you can see, people are passionate about their juicers! If you’re in the market really dive in and research how you imagine using it. I've read good things about the Nama J2. If I was looking to purchase something on a budget, I'd have a closer look at the Tribest Shine. I've also noticed the Hurom Slow Juicer has a new "easy clean" model (2023). So, set a budget, think about how it will work within your lifestyle, and go from there! You can keep en eye out for refurbished models at a discount or wait for sales that seem to come around a few times per year.

Lastly. if you're a juicer, this is a plea to let me know what you use yours for the most. You've already proven to me that a good chunk of you don't allow your juicer to collect dust! Adding a note here (years after the initial post!) - your hundreds of suggestions in the comments are amazing. I've threaded some back up into the post, but keep them coming!

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Ten Juicing Recipes from The Community

5 from 1 vote

Ingredients
  • 1 assortment of fresh fresh fruits, vegetables, and spices
Instructions
  1. Sandy says, “I use a Breville every morning. 4 carrots, 1/2 bunch kale, 1/2 lemon, 1 nub ginger, two small beets or whte turnips, 1 apple. I clean juicer before drinking, and my 10- oz glass of juice is my reward.”
  2. Julia mentioned, “…I also have used it for a detox post holiday and actually loved a red cabbage and apply + ginger cocktail (which sounds scary but is such a beautiful purple). “ Similar in spirit, Stine’s personal favorite is, “…1 part carrots, 1 part apples and 1 part red cabbage. The color is stunning and it is a true energizer.”
  3. Maxine has a go-to that is in line with one of my favorites, “I use 2 ruby red grapefruit, 2-3 carrots, and an inch of ginger. When I first heard of this combo, I wasn’t at all intrigued, but honestly, it is a wakeup call for your tastebuds.“
  4. Chaya-Ryvka, “Yesterday I made an Orange/Parsley combination that was pure HEAVEN. I’m not talking mostly orange with a dash of parsley, but mainly parsley juice with orange to sweeten. It was aromatic, fresh, tart and really energizing not to mention delicious. A new favorite for me and my 2.5 year old son. He doesn’t love all my green juice combo’s but this one he did!”

  5. Ann steps in with the first mention I’ve read here about juicing melon, “I’ve been into juicing for about 3 months and right now my favorite juice combo is carrot, orange, cantaloupe. I use 3-4 carrots depending on size, 1 large orange, and 1/4 of a cantaloupe. Bright orange goodness!” Sounds amazing.
  6. And then this one from Jen M, “…my favorite is Melonaide – juice watermelon and lemons. Usually 1/4 watermelon with a few lemons is good. To me it tastes just like lemonade without all the white sugar.”
  7. Terri says, “My dad and I have been “juicing” for the past couple of months. We make two cups every morning. We usually use about 7 carrots (peeled), 5 pieces of celery, 2 applies, 2-3 oranges, and a couple pieces of pineapple. It tastes great, and along with a simple breakfast keeps us really full all morning.”
  8. This is a fantastic idea mentioned by Nicole,”Have you tried replacing the water component in homemade bread with fresh juice? Jim Lahey has a fantastic recipe in “My Bread” for a Carrot Cumin bread using fresh carrot juice. I believe he’s adapted it to make a Fennel Anise bread as well.”
  9. Benjamin shows up with this gem, “One of my favorite uses for my juicer is juicing mire poix, then cooking lentils in that juice.”
  10. And let’s finish this section off with an enthusiastic recipe from Tamara, “…my personal fave. I call it a digestive cocktail. It tastes like heaven.

    – Half pineapple – peeled and chopped

    – 1 Fennel bulb – cut into large pieces

    – 1 organic green apple – large pieces

    – 1 handful mint (from my garden)

    – 1 bag of spinach or 3-4 large handfuls

    – 2 large cucumbers (organic & unpeeled)

    Makes 32 ounces of emerald-green deliciousness.”

Prep Time
15 mins
 
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Comments

Great post! I have been following your blog for years and am so excited to see you moving into juicingland. I always feel a little brighter after drinking a homemade concoction and this have given me great ideas! (And doesn't everything look that much better in Weck jars with artistic intentional writing.)

Wendy Briggs

I can't wait to try out the Almond milk! My mum makes this amazing mint juice which is worth a try in the summer - blitz mint leaves, juice of half a lemon, a little sugar and some water. After blitzing, you can run the juice through a strainer so that you don't get any un-blitzed leaves in your glass. I use the sediment on the strainer as a spread on whole wheat bread.

Suki

Beautiful and informative post, Heidi! I think it's the year of juicing for me as well. Have owned one for several years and used it occasionally. Clean up is not fun. You have inspired to get juicing now. I like to use fewer ingredients in order to taste them rather than be lost among a crowd.

Simple Sustenance

I, too, could live on pink grapefruit juice all winter. And in the summer: strained watermelon juice with lime and sugar. And rum after 5:00 ;) We juice quite a bit. The problem with juicing for me is that I can't stomach raw apples, which is commonly the sweetener. I use fresh pineapple instead. Favorite combos: fresh pineapple + kale ginger + lemon + kale + cayenne

DessertForTwo

Wonderful! Thanks for this great resource. If I remember correctly, Deborah Madison does a carrot risotto made with fresh carrot juice that I've always wanted to try. Seems like your juicer would be a great opportunity to try some fresh juices in place/with stock for a risotto....

Cat S.

I used one for a couple days but was just bothered by the amount of fruit "by-product" that was in the "spit out" bin. I decided to get a Vitamix because all my friends say it will blend to a juice just fine without losing all that good stuff. I'm open to any and all combinations so I'm enjoying the other comments as well as the post!

Cindy

Beet + Apple is my favorite quick and easy blend!

nicole

I bought a juicer about 2 months ago and I've never looked back! I love it and juicing on a daily basis has changed my life for the better. It is now my breakfast every morning. It is a pain to clean up every time but taking time for my health is more important ya know? I'd recommend Kris Carr's book "Succulent Smoothies and Juices" it has a lot of juice ideas that are great! P.s. I've kind of fallen in love with your blog! :)

Elle Ramirez

I got juicer for holidays this year. I've stared juicing my mirepox for my vegetable soups, instead making a stock. There so much flavor and freshness that makes a soup just, pop!

Derek

Juicing is definitely mainlining nutrients and flavor! We use it for soup/sauce kickers, drinks, and sorbet bases. On the cleaning front, just do it immediately. Rinse & go...otherwise, it's soak, scrub, soak, scrub... savory things: - Garlic: We use this to kick up a miso broth. - Herbs: We juice and then freeze in the ice cube tray for later kicks of flavor drinks: - apple / mint / lime - apple / mint / ginger - apple / kale / parsley - orange / beet / carrot / ginger sorbet: - anything! - lemon / ginger / mint + zest - orange / ginger + zest - daiquiri ice: lime + zest & rum

katie

There are so many beautiful things in this post, but I especially LOVE the writing on the labels! :•)

M.K.

I LOVE THIS POST! That's an awesome juicer. I've gone through three of that style in my life so far. Thank you so much for this informative, inspiring post -- long live the juicer. We'd all be healthier if we would juice more!

diana baur

I LOVE JUICING! My winter fav is beets, ginger, carrot, celery, parsley. Zest and juice (hand squeezed) of lime/lemon. Thanks for the awesome tips!!!

Queen Elisheba

Trust you to juice EVERYTHING in sight, love it! I don't have one at home but I've been meaning to get one for ages, maybe 2013 is the year! Gemma x P.s. - cucumber juice is great with Gin :)

Gemma @ well seasoned

It was be something in the air... I was just shopping for a juicer, and a friend told me about the Hurom slow juicer. I can't really justify another appliance in my small kitchen, but your post makes it awfully tantalizing...

leduesorelle

I thoroughly enjoyed this post of yours today. I am a rather BIG fan of juicing and I love reading blogs or posts about it. I use my juicer daily and make a batch to fill three mason jars full. I prefer the green juices over any other. I usually juice: a handful of kale, a handful of spinach (I do those first, so that the other veggies and fruits push the remaining kale and spinach through), two cucumbers, 4-6 celery stalks, one green apple and MAGIC!!! It's delicious! Again, I appreciate this post very much. Thank you for sharing.

Kristin

Perfectly timed in order to rekindle my excitement for juicing! I received a Breville juicer for Christmas & just last week I completed my first juice cleanse which was amazing but definitely left me a bit tired of juice. But, using it in order to acquire essences to use as ingredients, oh boy...I'm definitely bringing it back out much sooner than my love of chewing expected! To share recipe ideas with you, one of my favorite juices that I was making on my cleanse was a green, almost gazpacho juice that I would have for dinner: Half a bunch of spinach, half a head cilantro, 1 cucumber, 2 stalks of celery, half a jalapeno (seeds/most seeds removed), 1 clove garlic, half a small onion, half a lemon, small piece of ginger. I plan to revisit this one in the summer during tomato season & see what type of gazpacho (or bloody mary mix!) I can make with it. Also, to ease back into solid food I was making a cashew milk using pre-soaked raw cashews but making it in the blender. It made a deliciously rich milk with tiny chewy bits, which I know sounds a bit odd, but was really good. I added a little sea salt, cinnamon, & fresh vanilla bean before I blended for optimal deliciousness. I'm definitely going to try the juicer method...never even thought of it, thank you!

spoon&sailor letterpress

I LOVE my juicer. My favorite is Beet, Orange and Carrot juice. Add the beet greens in too (but on a lighter setting than the beet bulbs). For extra zinger put in a quarter of a orange pepper and a half lemon. Its delish!

Jessica

Ohh my, these are quite some lovely colours. I know that my parents still have their old juicer (which they never used) somewhere in the attic. Lucky me, they will come visit next week and I will have to force them to bring it. I'm quite anxious to try almond-juice.

Ole

I love adding cayenne to juices! My husband and I grow cucumbers in the summer too, which are wonderful for juicing by themselves (or with beets, celery, pineapple, etc.). I usually add sage leaves or basil when we serve cucumber juice (slap the leaves a few times between your hands to release their oils - float 'em on top...yum!). Super refreshing!

Linda

I will never (ever) turn down freshly pressed orange juice - brings me back to my childhood big time :) I never thought of juicing nuts and grains - genius! I've only blended them before. However, I do love my juice but try not to have too much of it -- as you said it removes the fiber - and gives my body blood sugar spikes that I am sensitive to. I prefer to eat my fruit and veggies whole.

Nirvana

I recently got a juicer for Christmas and LOVE it! Grapefruit is my favorite as well (I like it with fresh mint - so refreshing). I try to use a variety of fruits/vegetables together - Beet, carrot, apple, celery, ginger, and lemon go really nice together. I haven't made any milks yet, but can't wait to try the almond and pistachio versions soon. Thanks for sharing!

Megan

I don't have a juicer, but my mum does, and when I still lived at home she would use it twice a week to make a wonderful juice: Beet Carrot Ginger. She would also juice spinach and make some Carrot Spinach juice as well!

Elizabeth

I love my Hurom Slow Juicer. It does an excellent job of extracting juice from fruits and veggies, leaving behind very dry pulp, especially compared to the Jack LaLanne juicer that I had prior to investing in the Hurom. One of the best things is that nothing ever goes to waste in my produce drawer. I use everything now! Thanks for sharing! And please keep up the juice combos - nice to have some new ideas.

Ellen Allard (Gluten Free Diva)

Watch the movie: "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". You just have to. It's about juicing, and you'll love it. (It's on Netflix.)

Terri

Yeah!!!! I asked for a juicer for christmas...and got it! I love it so far. My little guy loves helping me come up with all sorts of ideas. We too have tried just about everything. Our favorite is pineapple, apple, strawberries & blueberries. Make sure to check your machine before putting in the pineapple as the pineapple is stringy. my other favorite is carrot, pineapple, green apple & cucumber...sounds odd but was delish!

Kaitlyn

i always try my damdest to make our juices heavy on the veggies, but here's my fave combos: (1) apple, (1) beet, (1) 2" nub of ginger, (1) lemon or (1) bunch spinach, (1) bunch kale, (2) green apples, (1) lemon, (6) kiwis, (1) 3" nub of ginger

alana @ the food

LOOOOOOOVE juicing! And those jars make me weepy.

Bev @ Bev Cooks

Jerry Traunfeld's Unami Carrot Soup with Mint is made with fresh carrot juice and is amazing!

Maureen

I recently got into juicing (well, a few month ago), and now I make a juice every morning. It has truly made a great impact to my health, skin, hair. I am so happy you just made me realise that is even possible to make nut milk through a juicer! Will try it out tomorrow for myself. Here is what I use every morning: 1 handful spinach 1/2 bunch of parsley 1 handful of other greens I have at home (kale/romane etc) 1 carrot 1 small beet 1 slice of ginger 1/3 cucumber 1 red or green apple (and sometimes I add 1 pear or 1 small orange)

Anna M W

I'm doing cartwheels, I'm so very, very excited about this latest post. I'm a bit "spazzy" about juicing and love the suggestions you've noted and will certainly try. Ah, excited! Happy reader, as usual! : )

Carol

My favorite juice is 2 tomatoes, 1 Celary, 1 cucumber, one whole lemon, handful of Parsley, 2 cloves of garlic, and a large carrot, with 3 sprigs of kale. I sometimes add some beet if I am feeling sweet. I know many juice fruits, but that is way too sweet for me. I will have to look at my directions to see if the nuts can be done! What a yummy idea!

Mommeefit

The old Acme juicer is a great juicer. I have the same one but the top parts are all stainless. They make paper filters that go inside for it and I think I have the address where you can still them, it makes clean up a breeze. I've had mine for 30+ yrs and still works great. Wile E. Coyote always bought Acme products so I figured it was good enough for me. Good choice!

Michael

Big fan of both of your sites and cookbooks (my go to gift now). I have taken much inspiration from your culinary point of view, but have never posted before. Had to let you know that I ordered a Breville on Friday and opened this post on Monday. Wow. Something is in the air, or the big unconscious! Happy to be on the same wave length.

Cris C.

Like a lot of folks, I ran out and got a juicer after watching the documentary film, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". I have an Omega VRT and I love it. It's very much like the Hurom juicer. Super easy to clean, I leave it on the counter and use it at least once or twice a day. I was also wary of the waste of all the pulp. But you can use it as a filling for wraps, etc. if you add a little nut mayo and seasonings. You can wrap it in a raw cabbage or collard leaf. It's delicious! Just google Ani Phyo's "Mock Tuna Salad" and you will find it. Love your blog!

Rita Scardino

I have an Omega 8006 juicer. Love it to death. We also have a Vitamix 5200. Love it to death. Had a breville. Don't use it anymore. Its not very efficient and the high rpm destroys the enzymes of the juice. A special trick from a doctor's advice. When you juice you will lose the pulp. The pulp protects the juice from oxidizing faster, so she recommends adding organic honey to the juice so it stores longer. If you blend (Vitamix) you can store it a bit longer because the pulp is there. But I usually just juice and drink. I use the pulp from the Omega 8006 to make baby food. Here's to your health.

jonc

I received a Breville juicer for Christmas, so I've been reading various pages. In my reading, someone mentioned that you can use the left over pulp in breads (e.g. zucchini bread), soups, and scrambled eggs. You can also dehydrate the scraps further for longer preservation and use them for the same.

Keren Jackson

I have had a juicer stored in back of pantry for several years (it was a gift) but you've inspired me to drag it out. If for no other reason than to try and use it and re-gift if we don't like it. ps your soda bread is a staple in our lives, my husband loves making it, and I love having it for toast! thanks and happy 2013!

tota

ps. Green apple and fennel is a lovely favorite, too.

kristie dahlia home

Heidi, I'd be happy to let you have a spin with my Champion juicer for a couple days. Right now I am recovering from surgery, so I'm all about the anti-inflammatories, and a lot of San Francisco stores are carrying fresh turmeric root these days. My sweet anti-inflammatory juice is half a pineapple, several carrots, and an inch or so each of ginger and turmeric. The savory varies more, but generally aims at half a large or one small cucumber, a tomato, a leaf or two of kale, some parsley, a celery stalk or two, an inch or so each of ginger and turmeric, and the juice of a hand-squeezed lemon or lime. One friend who was tending to me during healing misunderstood and whipped up the savory one in my vitamix, which was surprisingly enjoyable as well!

kristie dahlia home

I've always wanted a juicer and now I want one even more! These photos are stunning and the juices are such beautiful colors. LOVE that you made ginger juice!

Sues

I make a green juice everyday for my husband and myself: All organic: 1/3 cucumber 1-2 green apples Handful of spinach Handful of kale handful of cilantro 5 carrots 3 stalks of celery small chuck of beet Piece of ginger 1/2 of a small lemon I then put it all in a blender with a large banana. Perfect! I've been doing this for about 2 years since going vegan. If I miss a day (when traveling), my body knows it. We have an Omega Vert masticating juicer. I just bought a Breville for my goddaughter for Christmas.

Joan Dixon

I just got a juicer as well. It is great fun to come up with different combinations! This weekend, I experimented with using the pulp from the juicer to cook and bake. I used carrot and beet pulp to make a chocolate pecan muffin, black bean patties, and soup. They all came out great except the I need to work on the consistency of the soup. The pulpy-ness is not very appetizing to me. It's a whole new world of experimenting! Will try the almond milk next. Thanks!

YK

I love juicing. I've been using my mom's juicer which she has neglected for the past couple years and although it is a hassle co clean, I love how simple and fun it is. it's so much easier to just juice an entire kale than cook them and eat less than half. I love how it really fills you up and there's tons of different ways to make your juice. I once added onion bc I was being brave and it was so horrible. I had onion breath the entire day and it burned!

caroline

I was given an old Champion juicer from a friend who never used it. I like to use it but it's such a beast on the countertop that I can't leave it out taking up so much space. If I ever get a bigger kitchen I will hopefully have a place for it to stay out and I will use it more regularly. I like a pineapple cilantro combo.

Sarah

Juicing in 12 minutes, includes clean up: plastic bag line the pulp container for quick clean up, rinse everything immediately, use a hand held scrubbing brush under water to rinse the blade and filter, turn upside down on a towel, let dry. Time it, you will be amazed! Yes to all these recipes, and yes to watching the sugar intake: beets, apples, pears, carrots. I drink 1 cup of my green juice immediately, and then turn the remainder into a smoothie: whole banana, protien powder, Udo oil, Aloe Vera, cinnamon, 1/4 cup of frozen fruit, balance of coconut milk. This becomes my breakfast and 10am meal. Vary your greens ;-)

Michelle Peacock

Heidi, I've heard stories of people using their juice pulp in baking for extra flavor/fiber. Haven't done it myself, but thought you'd be interested. The pulp from my juicer (Omega J8004 ) is very dry, so I can see it'd be perfect. Also, the Omega masticating juicer is a breeze to clean. I can cut veggies, juice AND cleanup in 15 minutes.

HS: Oh! Love that idea.

Carrie B.

carrot, apple, ginger juice. babbam! my juicer looks a lot like yours. different brand but from the same era. it seems to work best when you alternate the items you are juicing, juice a couple carrots, then a big piece of apple, then some ginger, etc. i do find the cleaning up to be a big enough pain in the ass that I almost never juice anymore though. sad.

anne

I'm feeling like I need to move to a new neighborhood, as I've never been offered someone's old juicer - or even have seen one at a yard sale. Since my parents died years ago, perhaps I'm supposed to buy one to offer to my son/DIL at some time in the future. Love the comments, recommendations and ideas here, though, as I truly have been thinking about getting a juicer. Such beautiful juice photos makes me thirsty...

cat

I just started juicing too! So far my favorite is apple/carrot/beet/orange, sometimes I add cucumber too. I'm really happy to read about freezing the juice - I have to get up early for work and juicing is usually the last thing I want to do when I'm barely awake! I will definitely try freezing it, thanks for the idea!

Carrie

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