Juicing for Dummies. ~ Sarah Rosenberg

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on Jun 10, 2013
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Five Hard-Earned Tidbits of Critical Information from the Not-So-Subtle Self-Education of a Juicing Tyro.

I recently purchased a pretty decent juicer from a friend who had learned that she was essentially allergic to juice. Having been a Vitamix girl for over a year now, I thought I’d shake it up a bit (no pun intended) and try something different. So I figured, juice was the answer! I mean, how hard can it be, right? Just stuff a bunch of fruits and veggies into the chute, tamp it all down, and the delectable nectar will magically appear in the receptacle, just like they make it at Whole Foods, only not so debilitatingly expensive.



Not one to read a manual or even an article about anything before embarking on it whole-hog (forgive the carnivorous allusion), I was blown away by how much you really need to know about juicing before juicing. Trial and error taught me a few things. Mostly error, though.

I share with you a few of the highlights, in case your common sense is on par with my own.

1. When juicing citrus, remember to remove the peels.

Remember, hell hath no fury like a citrus peel juiced.

2. If you throw a bunch of raspberries into the juicer, you get lots of raspberry carnage but no juice.

You may as well just throw a five dollar bill in there if you’re thinking about juicing a bunch of raspberries.

3. Lemon juice is not the same as lemonade.

. . . even when you have remembered to pre-peel your lemons, and even if your lemons are perfectly ripe.

4. If you don’t clean the juicer after each use, you will be sorely regretful.

Imagine your surprise when taking the first sip of a gorgeously rosy-pink cold, refreshing glass of watermelon juice and confronting the aftertaste of soily beets and possibly garlic.

5. The same mass of food that fills your refrigerator to the gills will yield the equivalent of three, nicely proportioned margaritas.

Maybe next time just go for the margaritas straight away? I mean, after all, margaritas are just juice with a little kick, right?



sarah rosenbergSarah Rosenberg runs with scissors, eats with her fingers, and encourages her dogs to kiss her on the mouth. She lives and breathes as the grateful shepherd of her nine-year-old daughter, whose old soul belies her young bodily incarnation. Sarah’s writing creates fissures in her seemingly hard surface, allowing slivers of brilliant light to shine out from within. She is a sheep in wolf’s clothing.



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6 Responses to “Juicing for Dummies. ~ Sarah Rosenberg”

  1. xplorexpress says:

    There is ways to juice berries, depending which kind of juicer you have. I have my old faithful Champion and everything is juicing ok… but I will not put berries in a spinning juicer… like you expression… raspberry carnage 😀

    As for the citrus… there is some you can juice with the peel… like lime and some very thin skin varieties of Meyer lemon… but, I thaught it was obvious to peel regular lemons and oranges before juicing them… (???)

    There is a loooot of wonderful recipes over the net… juicing is sooo healthy! Enjoy!

  2. Louise says:

    Hahaha this post is hilarious! I love the watermelon juice enticement/soily beets and garlic flavour residue analogy! Bad juicer karma is not good, cleaning after each use is imperitive!

  3. sarah rosenberg says:

    thanks, louise. NOW you tell me! : )

  4. sarah rosenberg says:

    what is obvious to one reasonable person is clearly a learning experience to someone who is paying less attention. –confucius

  5. Dave says:

    Haha, Sarah, your post picture is very suitable for your first tip. Great picture! I've never thought that somebody may juice the citrus with a peel! I like your post! You make me laugh:)))! To clean the juicer is the very good tip, but sometimes it may be so undesirable. I think this is a big disadvantage of juicing.

  6. Dulcie says:

    I have a part to my juicer that purees berries or seeded fruit of a similar nature… I use that and the pour the purée in the regular juicer parts and I get great juice…but it depends on your machine which depends on your wallet and commitment over time…juicing saved me and still does daily.