Monthly Archives: May 2011

New Juicer: Part 2

I spent my last blog telling the tale of how I came to get my new juicer — about what it can do for me (and you!).  Yesterday I threw together a carrot-apple-ginger juice concoction soon after I unpacked the it.

So just why should a person do such a thing? Most of the vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables are in the juice — extracting them and ingesting them on their own is the quickest way to absorb them into the bloodstream. And, by juicing fruits and vegetables yourself, you know exactly what goes into it. You control the ingredients — both quantity and quality — and anything added to it, such as outside sugars, etc.

In high school, I remember a night hanging out with friends when we had the TV on mute and made our own narration for the Jay Kordich infomercial that was on. With those massive eyebrows, he stood shaking a bunch of parsley. If memory serves, it was an actual staged infomercial, but here is a video that can’t be too far off — him preaching about how ‘high’ one can get off straight parsley juice.

It even inspired a skit on In Living Color.

Funny that, nearly two decades later, I felt about as excited as Jay Kordich would have been, to unwrap my juicer. Here’s hoping it keeps me happy, healthy, and young on the inside, like it seems to have for him, at nearly 90 years old.

Here are a few bits of info on what nutrients you get from what foods;
• Apples: High in dietary fiber and Vitamin C
• Apricots: High in dietary fiber, contains Potassium
• Beets: Good source of dietary fiber,  Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium
• Blueberries: Vitamin C
• Broccoli: Dietary fiber, Folate, Vitamin C and vitamins B2, B5, B6 and E
• Carrots: Dietary fiber and vitamins A, C and B6
• Celery: Vitamin  C and Potassium
• Ginger: Aids in digestion, enhances natural resistance for cold and flu
• Grapes: Potassium, vitamins B6 and C
• Melons (including watermelon): Dietary fiber, Folate, vitamins C and A
• Oranges: Vitamin C
• Pears: Dietary fiber
• Raspberries: Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium
• Spinach and other leafy greens (including kale, bok choy, chard, collards): Vitamin C, folate, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin K
• Tomatoes: Vitamin C, dietary fiber, Folate, vitamins A and E

There are all kinds of juicing recipes online — here’s a site that’s particularly helpful and links to even more sites — Juicer Recipes Now.

And here are a couple of recipes from the manual that came with mine that include ingredients I may not have thought to put together. I can’t wait to explore the possibilities and find ways to not only juice, but also utilize the pulp for desserts, casseroles and more.

Fresh Start:
• 2 parsnips trimmed
• 4 stalks of celery, trimmed
• 4 medium pears, stalks removed

Vitamin Booster
• 2 small red peppers, seeded, stem removed
• 3 medium tomatoes
• 3 carrots, peeled
• 4 sprigs parsley

Icy Cooler (Service Over Crushed Ice)
• 3 medium pears
• 4 radishes, trimmed
• 3 stalks celery, trimmed

Energy Boost
• 8 carrots
•  2 small beets, trimmed
• 1/4 c. fresh mint leaves
• 4 oranges, peeled

Happy Mother’s Day!

My nephew gave me an early Mother’s Day present on Friday — the worst cold I have had in a long while. I survived an afternoon out and about in Ferndale Saturday, having lunch and checking out the fantastic new Rust Belt Market with my squeeze, the bear and my future mother-in-law.  I’ve been in bed since, watching the worst movies ever and playing online Scrabble.

I awoke today in a cold-medicine-induced fog and stumbled downstairs to make Claire, my soon-to-be-step-daughter, some breakfast. I sat down with some o.j. and some vegan pumpkin pancakes I pulled out of the freezer for us. I don’t have much of an appetite, so I thought I better just east something quickly while I was up and about.

D appeared a few minutes later, and he and the bear wished me a Happy Mother’s Day and produced cards, art projects and a large box. Whaaa? We usually celebrate this holiday on the DL, with a card and maybe some dinner. This much of a to-do was a first, but what could it be???

From Claire I got the a couple of art projects, including a butterfly made from what I think was a dyed coffee filter and a clothespin, which said ‘chef’ on it. She said the right side of the butterfly was green, ‘like a spinach leaf or something.’

She also made me a card in school, which turned my heart to liquid:

It appears Claire was listening when I mentioned recently that I thought my next investment would be a juicer, and suggested it as a Mother’s Day gift to her dad. How surprised was I to find this underneath some girly, butterfly wrapping paper!?!?

I always have random veggies around, so I decided to get right to it! I read up a little in the book that came with it, and raided the refrigerator. I decided to go with carrot-apple-ginger, a favorite combo of mine.

I have never juiced anything before, so I decided to just wing it. I juiced 4 medium carrots (peeled), two small red delicious apples (“lunchbox” size) and a pretty large piece of ginger (about 3″ long and pretty big around).

Everything was processed quickly and it produced enough juice to fill a decent-sized juice glass.  Though I definitely was a little heavy on the ginger, I really loved it! Claire even said, “Actually, it’s not that bad — I kind of like it.” From a 7-year-old, I consider this high praise!

I can’t wait to go crazy at the farmer’s market, try some new concoctions and find ways to utilize the pulp (carrot cake, anyone?).  Despite the carnage to the left, it really was easy to clean up too — it only took a couple of minutes.

I wish I had some more things on hand, because I’m not going to risk heading out into the world and infecting the general population with this knock-down, drag-out sickness. Now if the Tom Yum fairy would just show up, this day would be even better…