What's the good word, kids? Good weekends all around? Yes? Excellent. I have a new friend.
His name is Breville, and he makes a mean juice. I won this bad boy on eBay for well below retail price, including shipping. It was NIB, too! NIB = new in box, for those of you unacquainted with the magic of the eBay. None of this used nonsense with crusty vittles still attached.
That's just how I do.
I'm a little embarrassed to say that my juicer actually arrived weeks ago, but sat unopened in my apartment for quite a while before I busted it out last weekend. What can I say? Life happens. So does Las Vegas. Last Sunday, however, I assembled the goods for my first juice adventure.
I have to admit, I cringed a little when the organic produce necessary for just one juice amounted to nearly $4, but then again, can you put a price on good health? I could buy conventional produce to bring down the cost, but considering that things like lemons and apples with peels still attached are being chucked into this machine, I don't really feel like letting pesticide dribble out the chute and into my juice.
Anypulp, I used a head of romaine, one fuji apple, one lemon and about an inch of ginger for my first go-round with my almighty juicer.
If you had told me in 2005 that in 2009 I'd be drinking fresh vegetable juice from my Senior Week glass instead of beer, I just don't think I'd have believed you.
That said, my first homemade juice caused pretty much the same reaction as my first shot of hard liquor. Word to the wise: a whole lemon in a 15 oz juice will make your eyes cross so hard they end up in the opposite sockets. Lesson learned.
Going back to the $4 price tag, however, you better believe I drank the whole damn thing. I proceeded with a chug-dilutewithwater-chug method until I'd drained the glass. In retrospect, maybe I would have been better off funneling it. At least that would have kept in the spirit of the souvenir pint glass. ;)
Thankfully, my second attempt at homemade juice was 100% more successful than the first. Delicious, in fact.
Economical too! Organic carrots were on sale for 0.99 cents/lb at the store this week. SCORE. Therefore, today's juice was 0.5 lb (4) carrots, a head of romaine, one gala apple and about an inch of ginger.
I will definitely repeat this combination - it's a keeper. And my cells are just vibrating with health and alkalinity. ;)
Before I go, mad props to HEAB for making us all aware of the absolute best use of a nearly-empty nut butter jar. The jar in question today was PB&Co.'s Dark Chocolate Dreams.
See, when you cook up a nice pot of hot oat bran and pour it into a peanut butter jar with only the dregs left, this happens:
I can't say I've ever eaten breakfast straight out of a peanut butter jar before, but you'd better believe I scraped every last trace of this PB off the insides. Efficiency at its best. Plus I didn't have to wash a bowl. :)
Time to rock 'n' roll into the last week of July!