My dear husband bought me this rather huge Breville juicer for Christmas this past year. The initial idea was to start juicing to kick start my weight loss. I found some good tips on The Juicer Directory and I was was ready to start. But it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped for. After a few bumps we have learned to enjoy it though.
At first I was annoyed by the size of the machine, but my husband insisted that the counter space it took up would be worth it. It didn’t take me long to figure out how to put it together and take it apart; something many would want to familiarize themselves with, since cleaning up afterwards is of the utmost importance to maintain the life of your juicer. After being rather zealous at the grocery store –glad to see I’m not the only one– and buying a myriad of different vegetables and fruits, we started to make many different concoctions. I was so shocked that you could put kale into a juice, and not even notice!
I was also surprised that when you juice fresh fruit, you don’t need that much to make fresh juice sweet. That means no added refined sugar, which is a HUGE plus for my household. One of my favorite recipes surprised me, It may not look too pretty to drink, but it tastes delicious. We take about 5 carrots, a handful of kale, and 5 strawberries and half a green apple. It is sweet, but not too sweet, and is packed full of vitamins. It’s also yummy to mix carrot with orange as well.
My husband loves to add fresh ginger to his juices, his favorite being a celery, carrot, apple, and ginger concoction. The fresh raw ginger, when juiced, adds a nice zip to the beverage. Whenever someone feels they are coming down with a cold, the juicer comes out and we are adding fresh ginger to all sorts of fruits and vegetables.
What surprised me the most about my juicer was the amount of pulp that it produced. The Breville leaves behind a very dry fiber after juicing, and if you compost it can be extremely beneficial. We live in the city, and do not compost, and I needed to find a way to not waste the fiber left over. I started saving the vegetable fibers in zip topped baggies in my fridge. With it i make large batches of vegetable stock on the stove. After juicing veggies like celery, kale, carrots, and bell peppers- I take the pulp and put it in a large stock pot. After adding water and spices, I let it simmer for a few hours and then strain into freezer bags to cool.
What a delicious way to have homemade soup broth, with minimal added sodium and no preservatives. I have also had luck adding the left over veggie fibers from carrots into carrot cakes, meatloaf, and muffins!
This is a great and surprising side benefit to my juicer. Not only do we get to have delicious healthy fresh juice, we also get the benefit of added “hidden” vegetables in meals! My husband was right, the counter space my Breville juicer takes up has been more than worth it! I couldn’t imagine my kitchen, or my life, without it.