One of my Christmas presents this year was a juicer! Wahoo! I had heard a few things about making your own juice: a) it takes a lot of vegetables to make enough juice b) it’s expensive and c) it’s a pain. My expectations were low, but I figured if I could manage a few times then I would be ok. Here are the results of my day.
I had done some comparative shopping just to get an idea of what I would expect to pay. Being in the city definitely hurts because everything is expensive, and the fresh stuff comes at a premium. I decided to yelp a cheap produce store and found one in good old Williamsburg called To The World Farm. 24 reviews, 5 stars. Sold. Since it’s faster for me to bike / run to Brooklyn, I skipped the subway ride and ran over the bridge for my 3 mile Saturday run.
I went to town, glancing at prices every now and then and knew it was definitely cheaper than FreshDirect and Whole Foods (most things are, but those places were easy places to check). What I left with:
- 4 bunches of kale
- 2 bunches of spinach
- 2 cucumbers
- 3 beets
- 1 ginger
- 5 carrots
- 1 bundle of celery
- 1 bunch of mint
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 3 granny smith apples
- 3 peaches
- 1/2 melon
Total cost: $20. Holy moly, that was awesome. The people were super friendly, and one of the shoppers noticed my lovely pile of produce and we had a conversation about juicing. He said his favorite was organic kale, green apple, and ginger.
I hurried home and did just that. But first, look at my green fridge! :)
I started with a few leaves of kale. I want to say that made about 1/4 cup, and I wanted a lot more so I just used up around half of the bunch of kale. I then cut off 2 inches of the ginger and peeled it (use a spoon, it’s very simple!), and added 1 fuji apple that I already had, as well as a little stem of mint. I poured into a cup and tried it… missing something. I went back and added 1 granny smith apple and then mixed it and tried again — delicious.
Yum! Fresh and delicious. And ta da!
My first thoughts? Not bad. But it WAS a pain to clean the juicer. I think with the amount of produce I got I could do about 2 drinks a day which is pretty exciting. I don’t actually think I could have the patience to make enough juice to do a 3 or 5 day cleanse, but hey, who knows. Nice to have the option.
What’s your favorite juice recipe? Do you find it more convenient to make your own or buy?