Confessions of an Overzealous Juicer

I intentionally volunteered to make juice for four people for three days straight. I was so happy for others to be sharing in my enthusiasm for raw fresh juice, that I did not think about what the process would be like. And honestly, I am sitting here watching Joe make half of his own juice because I ran out of steam (and he wanted watermelon—and I know he’s particular about how it’s cut. Yes, he’s a weirdo).

This is how it went. I went to Wegmans and Joe stopped at a farm stand…He went to the gym, and I started juicing.

…Two and a half hours later…

Joe came back from the gym, and I was just finished cleaning the second juicer…(half-assed because I knew he was going to use it). I realized (not because I haven’t read about it before, but because apparently I thought my juicer was special) that the Greenstar does not juice soft fruit well—I won’t describe what happened, but it was messy. So I juiced the fruit in the Juiceman, and the veggie-based juices in the Greenstar.  I’m going to spare you more details—I used more produce in the two hours than I generally use in a week (maybe two).

The First Fruit Juice: Orange, Apple, Pineapple, Grapefruit
Part of the Bounty...this is not even half of what I used....and it's all gone except one orange, one pear, and 5 carrots (the carrots were picked today)
Halfway done juicing for the Friends. The Second Fruit Juice has peaches, ginger ...and one apple (b/c it didn't quite fill the containers).
Enter some greenies: Green juice #1 has celery, parsley, cilantro, lime, romaine, cuke, carrot, and apples. Green juice #2 is the same minus lime, plus pears, orange, and blue green algae
Friends' juice done! The Peach Ginger are on the right, and you can probably tell which ones have algae!

After those, I started on green juice for Joe and myself.  Our green juice has apple, pear, carrot, ginger, lime, celery, parsley, cilantro, romaine. It’s heavier on the greens and lighter on the sweet stuff (first 3 ingredients). Joe is currently making watermelon, orange, and apple…and watermelon and lime.

Here’s the plan for drinking it.

Friends’ plan:

Fruit, Green, Fruit, Green, Green, Fruit. Drink hot tea with lemon in the morning and whenever hungry throughout the day. Drink water if desired. (starting and ending on fruit juice is more pleasant when just starting out—gives you something to look forward to at the beginning and end of day!)

My plan:

Green, Green, Fruit, Green, Kombucha, Green. Drink hot tea in the morning and whenever hungry.  (The kombucha might not be ready by tomorrow, and if not, I’ll just add in another tea).

Joe’s Plan:

I have no idea. I know he has three green juices and three watermelon juices. He has not asked for advice or divulged his plan! {Side note: A major reason why our relationship never involves fighting is because we never tell each other what to do}

My conclusions so far:

This is a lot of work.

I’m glad I’m doing it.

Farmer’s Market and Farmstand produce is at least 50% cheaper than produce from Wegmans (too bad those upstate NY farmers aren’t growing pineapples!).

Would you do this if someone made all of the juice for you?  How about if you had to juice it all yourself?  I’ll let you know the friends’ (and Joe’s) reactions to the different juices.

7 thoughts on “Confessions of an Overzealous Juicer”

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  2. I LOVE this post! Thank you for the plan and motivation. I know lots of people would do this if it were made for them for pick up. Problem is (because I've already researched it) it's nearly impossible to make it as a stand alone juice bar. Very nice of you to do this. And I like those containers…where'd you get 'em. They look $$$ ?

  3. I think a juice bar would be fun, but totally impractical—you're right, there's no money in it!

    I got the containers from wal-mart….SO cheap. They're the plastic freezer pint containers—-ball jars—a pack of 4 for $3. (and they're BPA free)

    Are you gonna do it too?

  4. You GO GIRL!!!

    When your health has suffered sufficiently – then a person will consider going to this extent to be well. You have to have a plan though for the quantity needed – and it is certainly simpler (not easy) when fruits and veggies can be bought at farm stands.

    I think most of us would be overwhelmed doing it for ourselves. I was reminded by Matthew the other day, though, when I asked him how he got to be such a good bike rider and he replied simply “practice” … that practice is key to most everything we want to 'do better'…

    Keep us posted about how it is going ….

  5. So far so good!

    Matthew is right about the practice thing—too bad though…I'd really like to be able to jump right into something and be perfect at it! 🙂

    I'll update later unless I'm up all night juicing…

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