So apparently I am completely inept when it comes to kitchen appliances. I have managed to break my coffee maker and magic bullet since the beginning of the year. The coffee maker was a sleepy accident but the magic bullet was completely my fault. Word to the wise, blending dates [without soaking them in water] is not recommended, the blender than can apparently do all is completely powerless against this sticky beast. Kitchen troubles aside, I am a huge fan of new tools [of the culinary variety] so when the opportunity arose to adopt a juice I jumped at it, well almost – I had to consider storage logistics since my kitchen is pretty tiny.
If you know me well, you know I dislike fruit juices, but vegetable juice has a certain appeal. Sure you lose out on much of the fiber in the veggies, but it is such an easy and convenient way to get your 8-10 daily servings, and that is right up my alley. Unfortunately for me, I had no prior juicing experience, nor did I have the box or instruction manual. I probably should have done some research before jamming my veggies down the tube, but I was too excited. I know the picture above makes it pretty obvious that you need to put a glass under the spout, but I had no idea and thought the just came out into the clear bucket on the right side – it surprised me that what I saw was chunks of shredded veg. That should have been a red flag but I just kept going… until I noticed a stream of green liquid dripping off the counter. Whoops – my bad, turns out I was seeing the pulp and the juice was flowing freely out what I thought was the back of the machine. Better luck next time.
After a quick clean up [and attempt to salvage some of the juice – my counters are pretty clean ;)] I am proud to say I figured it out. Juicing is extremely easy when you know where the liquid comes out. So far I am sticking to mostly veggie juices. I really enjoy the taste, especially with an added kick of ginger, lime and cilantro. Neil was not a fan of my concoction but then again the idea of vegetable juicing isn’t appealing to him. Despite his reaction, I am going to share my recipe with you. If you don’t like veggies, don’t try this.
First Timer Green Juice
4 medium leaves kale
1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves and stems
1/2 (or 1- for extra sweetness) large apple, cored and quartered
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 to 2 limes, peeled
3 medium celery stalks