Do you own a juicer?

@Carolyn63 (1403)
United States
February 5, 2013 12:57pm CST
I love my juicer. I'd wanted one for a long time. When I found one on sale for uner $100 I pounced on it. My husband accused me of trying to wear it out the first week, lol. I have a tendency to make a mess when using it, but I do enjoy mixing different fruits and vegetables. Don't get me wrong, I love good old fashioned V8 juice, and many of their new products. But fresh simply tastes better. I almost always use celery, spinach, and carrots. Sometimes I add apples and grapes to that. Sometimes Oranges or tomatoes. But pears, oh my is that delicious. Most things I've read say to use the scrap pulp for composting, not to save it. Other places I've read where people have added the pulp to homemade breads, like zuchinni bread. Others suggest mixing it in your pets food. Keeping in mind some produce isn't safe for pets. What are your favorite fruits and veges. for juicing? And what do you do with the pulp?
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@Janurmas (645)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 13
Yes, I have a juicer. I use it to make many kind or juices. I love to drink avocado juice. By using the juicer, I can easily mixing avocado sugar and ice in minutes. I use it 3 times in a week.
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@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
5 Feb 13
I've not tried adding avocado. Hmmmm. I'll have to try that because I love them and it's a healthy fat.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
12 Feb 13
I added avocado to my blend last night. It was yummy. Thank you for the suggestion. I also added a clove of garlic and some lemon juice. Thank you for suggesting this.
@ksktika (271)
• United States
5 Feb 13
hmmm... your juice sound interesting. next time i will put some vege to my juice. my favorite is carrot and apple. i like carrot because it's good for eyes. and apple just to make the taste better.
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@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
5 Feb 13
Yes, I love the sweetness, but not overwhelming sweetness, of the apple. I like the pear better. I've added beets before as well. I think the only thing I wouldn't add, because I just don't like them, is brussel sprouts. I have added cauliflower and broccoli though. Oh, and pineapple, mmmm. Pineapple is good for digestion.
• India
5 Feb 13
You mite be knowing wheat grass juice is good for health, you can mix milk and mango or banana for shake ... i love the pineapple juice ... hey you must be thinking, 'what all these, i need to know something new'. Ok I quit. Get a new idea of making juice. I shall sure join you.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
6 Feb 13
I haven't tried wheat grass juice. I have however supplemented with alfalfa pills and such before. I'll be honest, if it doesn't taste good I'm not going to use it. But I imagine with the added fruit it would be palatable. What I am curious about, as I've seen it in the store, is star fruit. I've never had it. Have you? Fresh berries are always great. I adore blueberries and strawberries. I do have to watch the sugar levels, yes, fruit, even fresh, can be high in sugar if you use to much.
• India
7 Feb 13
star fruit is available in every part here in india. But i dont like its taste. Its tart+little sweet taste. I guess, mostly girls like this fruit too much. Think sugar in fruits r not harmful.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
7 Feb 13
The sugars in fruit count as carbs. In veges., in whatever you are eating. I don't want to end up even close to being diabetic and I was too close for comfort once. So I try to watch the sugars, carbs, all of it. I'm not big on tartness. I think I'll skip the star fruit.
@BabyCheetah (1913)
• Australia
6 Feb 13
My mum bought one recently and has been juicing away and loves it, it's just an easier way to get your fruits and veggies but you know she mixes weird stuff together. She made a disgusting one that was tomato, carrot, cucumber and beetroot. Yesterday she juiced apple, watermelon and plum, I havent' tried it yet, my glass is in the fridge for later I haven't used it myself so I don't know but I think mum throws the pulp out.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
6 Feb 13
If she will add some apple or pear to the vege. blend you will find it doesn't taste at all like you think. It's yummy. I haven't tried adding plums. But I don't do just straight fruit or veges. I do a blend of both. It is a great alternative for those whom won't eat vegetables. You still get the benefits. And it's great as a snack between meals.
• Australia
8 Feb 13
Good tip, she's experimenting with whatever we've got. Going to the supermarket tomorrow, I'm going to point out what kale is as she has no idea HAHA. There is a recipe I want to try that has kale so we'll see how that goes
• Philippines
6 Feb 13
Sometimes stock knowledge is really useful you can explore and create anything you want. Scrap pulp for composting is for me the best option.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
6 Feb 13
Stock knowledge is great. As I said, I like the original V8 juice and you can easily see what it consists of. However, this conversation has been enlightening. There are things that make perfect sense that would compliment the healthy benefits I was already aware of. And things I haven't tried. I figure the things that aren't safe for my pets I will compost. The carrots however, my dogs love so I will add that to their food. Thank you.
@youless (94721)
• Guangzhou, China
6 Feb 13
Since I like cooking, so I have many kinds of machines. Such as juicer, bread machine, blender, ice-cream machine. These machines are quite convenient and you can easily make many nice food in a short time. This is the advantage of the science technology
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
6 Feb 13
I too have a bread machine. I love it. I don't have an ice cream machine. I need to stay away from the ice cream as much as possible. It would be too much temptation. I have one of the nu-wave ovens. However, I've discovered you can't trust the times suggested in their guides. It's been undercooked every time and I've had to cook it longer. I've got to take time to figure out how much time difference it averages out to so I don't have to stop and check it all the time. I still regularly use the good old fashioned crock pot.
• United States
6 Feb 13
I've had my juicer for years. Finally upgraded last month to a better new one. They are messy, but for me, I don't even think about that anymore. I focus on how good I feel, and how much healthier I am compared to my coworkers.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
6 Feb 13
It is about the improved health for me. I was .1% away from full blown diabetes. I lost some weight and began eating much healthier and I'm great now. Cutting out all the soda was a big help too. But I love veges. and fruit anyhow. And I figured out how to make some really yummy alternatives to some of the high sugar, high fat things I was eating. Like dreamsicles? One scoop of Breyer's carb free vanilla ice cream topped with fresh orange segments, I use the clementines, and Mmmmm!
@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
6 Feb 13
Celery spinach and carrots are so healthy. I also do add them in my everyday juice consumption. I also love cucumber mixed with lemon and honey. Lately I've been juicing my favorite mangoes, the most delicious fruit ever and oh the juice tastes divine. I just so love this. Thanks a lot to my Juicer. I've been enjoying my Philips juicer/blender which I purchased last month. This is the best brand of juicer I've ever had. The first one I had was Imarflex. It was not as great. The pulps? My pets love feasting on them. They are also vegetarian like their master.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
6 Feb 13
I didn't think about the lemon juice. Lemon water is very good for you, cleansing. Thanks for mentioning it. It would be a great addition. And honey, local honey, helps with allergies so would also be a great addition. I'll start adding the pulp to my pets food. Thanks for letting me know.
• United States
6 Feb 13
I used to own a juicer, but I had a hard time cleaning mine. It took so much time that I eventually just stopped using mine. I think I gave my juicer to Goodwill. It made good juice though. I loved apple with pears. I use a blender to make smoothies. I like strawberry and banana smoothies.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
6 Feb 13
It can be a pain to clean, especially the basket that does all the cutting and grinding. However, I use a toothbrush. It gets into the fine weave and crevices. The rest I use a scrub brush on. I do like smoothies as well. I have a blender. Bananas, soy milk, and a little sugar free instant cocoa mix, yum!
@rosekiss (30258)
• Eugene, Oregon
5 Feb 13
I have a juicer, but I don't use it, as I found something much beter where I don't waste anything, which means pulp and all are consumed. I had started a discussion on it a while back, but not many responses, but anyway, the Nutribullet is an extractor and not a juicer. It works on the same principle, but nothing is thrown away. I use leafy greens, and different types of fruits in my drink. It is actually very delicious, and very healthy as well. I do use a banana in every one I make as it flavors it up a bit and sweetens it some as tghe fruits are frozen and without sugar. I find that the frozen fruits are much cheaper, however, i will put fresh apples, pears and oranges in the drink as well. It is the best investment I ever made as I use it every morning, and I will continue to do so, as i know it is helping me to be healthier and that is what I need, as I have never been sick all that much, and I want to keep it that way. Take care, and have a very good day.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
5 Feb 13
I have seen the bullet. I've not used one. Truth is, I don't have room for any more contraptions. I have added banana now and again to the juicer. I do need the potassium. It just depends on how thick I want it as to what I use. I don't mind that there is a little pulp. I do garden and it could use the nutrients. I imagine the little bits of apple and such would be great in some banana nut bread or the likes. The mess issue is more me than the machine. I have tremors, in my left hand especially. Oh, and lets not forget the kitties under my feet trying to help, lol. I can see your point. Perhaps after I do "wear out the juicer" I will purchase one. Thanks for the heads up about it.
@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
6 Feb 13
No I don't but did buy a blender about 3 months ago (with several tools). It was broke a few days ago so my daughter went back to the shop. They gave her a new one from Braun but without the tools. Yesterday I bought a (table) blender, a small one but good enough to stick in my backpack. It only cost about 9& and I can make smoothies (from fruit) for my daugher with it (soup etc also they say on the box). My daughter started to eat that now (fruit) so want her to continue with it. The only doubts I have about it is if it's still healthy if you are crushing it that fine. I mainly use: pineapple, apple, kiwi, oranges, lemon, pears, banana. Carrots, spinach, cellery (soup), tomatoes, onions, garlic we eat weekly (no juice out of that).
@topffer (36664)
• Singapore, Singapore
6 Feb 13
I have a juicer since years -- the actual one is the third --. I bought the first one for carrots and tomatoes, but I think I have tried quite all vegetables and fruits. Some vegetables are very sweet and make a good basis for mixing, like parsnips -- sweeter than carrots -- or peppers, especially red peppers. My today mix was a green pepper, a red pepper and half of a fennel. I throw the pulp.