Remember how this granola was kind of a clean-out-the-cabinets situation? This juice is the same deal! Except we are talking clean-out-the-fridge situation, which means ‘I’m going away on a long weekend and don’t want these things to go to waste’. Even of some of your produce is getting to the icky/iffy stage, juice is a good way to squeeze some of the nutrients out, while using them up. The best part? You don’t need a juicer! I contemplated adding a juicer to my small collection of small appliances but I a.) didn’t have any room (unless I turn the guest bedroom into a a kitchen pantry) and b.) didn’t want to drop the cash on a juicer. Good thing the smarty pants bloggers out there introduced me to juicing with a nut milk bag. Yep, the nut milk bag again. Really, you should have one, it’s a worthy purchase and gives you reason to use the phrase nut milk bag. (Here is the one I have and I love it).
I used a combination of beets, leftover greens, carrots and mixed berries in this juice, but I also added in a bit of orange juice for sweetness and to get things going in the blender. The basic rule of thumb is to balance out the greens and veggies with berries and sweetness, to prevent your juice from tasting like drinking the inside of the lawnmower bag. Blend, squeeze through the bag, and you are good to go! The juice is best the day of, but I’ve found they are still good within the first few days of preparation.
I’m also playing with dark backgrounds for photos, so bear with me while I figure out what works best!
p.s. I was in Columbus this past weekend and it’s a great city! We were in town for the Chicago Blackhawks game, but ate here and loved it. We, of course, also ate a good share of Jeni’s Ice Cream (sorbet too!), and toured the Ohio State campus (pretty!).
- 1 cup beets, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 2 cups berries (any variety)
- 2 cups greens (I used spinach and kale)
- 1-2 cups orange juice ( I added a bit of cherry juice too)
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until somewhat smooth. It will still be pretty chunky, but keep blending until most of the solids are blended. If needed, add a bit more juice to keep the mixture going. Place the nut milk bag over a large bowl, pour the mixture through the bag and squeeze until all the juice has been extracted. Discard pulp.