As expected, my kids wanted to try lots of fruit only combinations, so I allowed them 2 days of mixing their choice of fruits to see what they could come up with.
As the sticky note says on the photo below, this glass was made from one orange (peeled and seeded), one lemon (peeled and seeded), one Bosc pear (seeded) and 1/4 cup red grapes. It produced about 14 ounces of juice which the kids thought was good but still a tad sour. I did not let them sweeten any of the juices with anything other than fresh fruits.
This next one was 3 small granny smith apples, seeded and a 1/2 cup frozen cranberries (NOT sweetened).
As expected, this did not produce a lot of juice, about 6 ounces, and was very sour due to the whole cranberries and these apples were sour to begin with.
This juice also separated quite a bit, which upset my daughter! Oh well, that’s what experiments are for.
My final juicing experiment was with a sweet potato and apples. I was truly surprised how much juice came out of one small-medium sweet potato. It was okay tasting, however it remained somewhat chalky in feel. I much prefer the taste of a baked sweet potato, warm and soft and naturally sweet!
So, our conclusion for our particular family……we will continue to eat our fruits and vegetables fresh and cooked and occasionally throw frozen fruits into the blender; but the time, cleaning and food waste associated with a juicer is not for us at this time. This is only my personal opinion. I do love the taste of fresh squeezed juice over commercially prepared juices, and I do recommend the juicing of fresh fruits and vegetables to certain clients with particular nutritional challenges.
I hope our little home experiment gave you some insight into the use of juicers and blenders if you are trying to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet and were wondering what might work for you.
Feel free to continue to share your success or failures with juicing or smoothies and please post recipes that you would recommend.
My lovely friend Cat let me borrow her amazing Breville Juicer so I could conduct a little in-home experiment comparing the same ingredients in a Juicer VS a Blender to see what my family prefers. First on the menu today was oranges and spinach!
The plan was to use 3 oranges and one cup spinach for each device and compare the results. As you can see, my oranges were pretty small, so in order to make enough juice for all 4 of us to taste test I had to add a total of 5 oranges to this one large cup of loosely packed spinach for the Juicer. I prepared the ingredients exactly the same way for each device: peeled and seeded the oranges, washed and dried the spinach in a salad spinner. Below is one large glass of GREEN ORANGE JUICE with a few ice cubes to keep it cold. This glass holds 16 ounces of liquid.
Next up was the Blender with 3 oranges and one cup spinach. My blender is not a super-duper blender, but it can handle most items. It is a Waring Pro with hi and lo speeds. Same size glass. So the blender produced more final product from only 3 oranges because there is no waste from what you put in the blender.
Now, on to the taste testing! The juicer definitely won in the taste testing reviews as the blended version still has plenty of orange pulp and an occasional small piece of orange skin from the middle or between sections (all of which you would probably eat had you peeled and eaten an orange alone). Flavor was about the same, the spinach was not any stronger in the blender version even though it had 2 fewer oranges in it.
Everyone was fascinated watching the juicer do it’s work, and my kids left for school talking about what they wanted to try next! Of course, they are mostly interested in all-fruit combinations (they had to try an orange, apple and grapefruit before we left for school…that received a thumbs up from them both). So we will try a few more recipes over the next couple days, and if I can continue to snap up pictures before they drink it up I will post!
As an added bonus to this experiment….my composting worms will have a blast with all this fruit pulp and skins!
Please share your experiences with juicers or blender smoothies and which you prefer.