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What's All the Juicing Fuss About?

05/21/2013 05:24 pm 17:24:31 | Updated Jul 21, 2013

My Tweet: "Tried juicing myself at home. Big mess. Never again."

My friend's reply, "You can go blind doing that!"

Funny, but for a person that doesn't even boil water, I'm not quite sure why I took the job of juicing under my belt when I can just run a few blocks down and get a freshly-made juice at my friend's store.

I thought I would get back into juicing. I don't mean back into drinking various healthy juices, I mean doing it myself. I usually go to the health-food store and my friend Erin, who owns the store, knows just what I want. She knew that beet juice, while great for lowering blood pressure, should not be taken straight -- there's too much sugar in beets, so she knows to mix it with cucumbers, kale and lots of greens to balance it out.

I can just walk into the place and even if they are jammed with people, she has my juice ready and in front of me within seconds. Sometimes I have wheatgrass added, sometimes I don't. I think it's $4 for the juice and $2 extra for wheatgrass.

For some reason, I decided to give up this convenience and try juicing myself. It's much cheaper to juice yourself at home and to be honest, I wasn't doing it to save money, I was just doing it because it seemed like the thing to do.

I have a Magic Bullet and an actual juicer machine, and the juicer machine always ends up being such a mess that I decided to go with the Magic Bullet. You know what those are, you've seen the infomercials, right?

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So I went to the store, I was lazy so I went to the closest place in my neighborhood, which is also the most expensive, but to my amazement, the bill only came to $16 for all the stuff you see here -- there's spinach, beets, kale, cucumbers, pears, bananas, even ginger and a couple of other things. I left apples and carrots out because they add too much sugar to the beet mixture; I was going to add strawberries or blueberries, but I didn't.

So I got home and realized what a mess this was. The beets get red over everything -- your hands, your kitchen counter, the floor, the walls, the white knife handles, basically everything you touch. Even before, at the store, I left red stains on the cashier and the bag boy.

I didn't want to add anything else to the mixture -- while you can add milk, yogurt or almond milk, I just used a little water.

The trick with the Magic Bullet is that unlike a "real" juicer, you have to cut the veggies up into small pieces, it just helps with the mastication. Do Bullets masticate or is that only people? Whatever the Bullet does, you need to make the veggie pieces small to help it do its thing.

Anyway, I cleaned the veggies, the beets are the worst, I didn't use jarred beets because they are usually pickled or something and that I believe causes them to lose a lot of the vitamins. The kale needs to really be scrubbed to get the dirt off, and the cleaning process is a project itself.

I got it all together and although the mixing part of the Bullet is quite small, I fit everything in a little at a time. I blended one veggie at a time, adding each to the mixture.

It wasn't bad and it tasted good, you can always mix and experiment, but I learned one thing from this big juicing experiment -- go to Erin and get her to do it as it is neat, clean and takes seconds. I remembered after the whole process that I don't even like boiling water for tea.

And as for the expense, I actually own a daily news publication and I am sure we can arrange a barter, you know, ads for juice. Wish I had thought of that before the big mess in the kitchen, which now has made its way to the fridge. I plan on donating the stuff to the health-food store's juice bar, so as not to let it go to waste.

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