I do own a juicer, an old, third or fourth hand juicer that was given to me a couple of years ago and still works like a dream. It does, however, seem like work to use it and clean it.
It makes a mess and I need to put the pulp through at least 3 times to extract all the juice and pressing it through the chute is never a mess free affair. Plus, it’s nooks and crannies are difficult to clean and the grates always harbour old pieces of fruit and veg.
So today, I fancied a vibrant green juice, but I didn’t fancy the upheaval of the juicer so I added all of my ingredients to a blender plus liquid, and voila, juice in seconds and none of that dreaded clean up!
I adore my Optimum blender and since it remains on my counter top all the time, this was so much less trouble than clambering through the larder (which has more machinery than food) to dig out the various components of the juicer!
This is a light, mild green juice, refreshing and naturally sweet and full of goodness. I used baby chard, pink lady apples and maple water but use any variations you prefer.
Ingredients: Serves 1
- 1 large handful of baby chard (or spinach, kale or any other greens)
- 3 apples (I adore Pink Lady)
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1.5 cups water (I used maple water)
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until as smooth as possible to extract as many of the nutrients as possible. Strain through a sieve, pressing out as much juice as possible.
- Keep the pulp and use in baking, stir into a curry, or give to the dog and chickens. You can skip the straining and have this as a smoothie, but it’s better as a juice.