Last week someone asked me on Facebook if I owned a juicer and it occurred to me how silly it is that I’ve never mentioned on here that I do, in fact, own and LOVE my juicer! I use it regularly, and this summer has been a season of experimenting with all sorts of fruits and vegetables in the juicer. Parker bought a juicer years ago, way before we were married, and it sat in a closet for pretty much that entire time until a few months ago when I saw it and thought I would give it a whirl. And I’m so glad I did! This recipe is definitely my go-to. I’ve gotten a lot of beets in my CSA box this summer and at first I thought it would be a challenge to get through them all, but when I started juicing them, I realized I couldn’t have enough! Beets are so sweet and make really great juice, with beautiful color (not to mention super healthy nutritional powerhouses). Add to that carrots, which are also naturally sweet and you could stop there if you wanted. But I like the earthiness and the slightly peppery flavor celery adds and I love everything ginger so of course I like the added zing it brings.
This juice is really simple and doesn’t need anything added to it to enjoy – no sweeteners, no water – the veggies are sweet enough on their own and it really is very tasty. It’s a great way to add in a little extra nutrition with your breakfast and maybe it’s psychological, but I swear it gives me an extra spring in my step. :)
If you don’t have a juicer but are thinking about getting one, this is the one we have and I highly recommend it. It’s a work horse; really sturdy, has never jammed and has big capacity so you can make several batches at once. Sometimes I like to make 2-3 servings at once and keep the leftovers in the fridge (in individual mason jars, with lids sealed tight) so I only have to use the machine every two to three days.
If you have a favorite juice recipe, let me know so I can try it! I am loving coming up with different combinations.
Beet, Carrot, Celery & Ginger Juice
Makes about 18 oz juice (depending on the size and freshness of your vegetables), which is 2 larger or 3 smaller servings, depending on how much you like to drink in one sitting. Decrease quantities for single servings juice.
3 large beets
3 large carrots
2 celery stalks
1″ piece of ginger – more if you love ginger like me!
Make sure all your veggies are clean before starting. There’s no need to peel them, but you will want to make sure they’re really clean. If needed, roughly cut beets in the smaller chunks so they don’t get stuck in the drop shoot (just small enough to fit, no need to spend a lot of time on this). Turn juicer on and drop your veggies in! Done in 30 seconds. I really like the lid feature on the pitcher of our juicer because when you pour, the juice flows freely, but it catches the foamy scum that settles on top so you don’t have to drink that part. For a while I didn’t know what that funny looking lid was for, but when I finally got it, I was really glad to have it.
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