Juicing...and pulp disposal.

Having paid little attention to what I eat for many years, not that keen on veggies, but liking the various (expensive) juices I sometimes but at juice stalls, carrot being my favourite, I suddenly decided to buy a juicer.

Did a bit of reseach and fod that slow juicers are supposed to be better. Did some research and found a highly recommended model (expensive). Have rationalised this by not buying expensive juices and somewhat optimistically writing this off over five years, yup personal sell by date is here.

My choice of what to put in was a little random however has turned out pretty tasty...and one feels hopefully healthy. Since I do like carrots those were a given but what else? My recipe has over the past week now pretty well stabilised into the following:-
2 Carrots, 1 small Beetroot, 1 small green Apple, 1 small Pear, five Mint leaves, 1/4 inch finger thickness Ginger. 1/4 inch Turmeric pencil thickness, 1 stalk Celery, 1/2 Fennel bulb, 2 table spoons chopped Kale, 8 Mange Toutes, 1 small Tangerine and 8 Grapes. This I felt was a good mix of fruit and veg.

From this I get 800mls of a delicious dark red juice, with a hint of Mint and Ginger that is quite thick and not that sweet. No single flavour predominates and I certainly cannot distinguish the Beetroot, Kale, Celery or Fennel. A 400ml glass for breakfast and one for before the evening dinner. The juicer I have has 2 screens which gives the choice of more or less pulp in the juice. I go for the thicker pulpy juice.

The immediate side effect is that 1st juice is now my breakfast. Drinking the juice in the evening seems to delay my desire for the evening couple of beers and a Whiskey and soda... or two but I have noticed, has dropped the chaser by one. Dinner is a light one, either a soup or biscuits and cheese as I tend to have a reasonably sized late lunch around 2pm as my main meal.

My Scottish genes always ready to kick in, I was loth to discard the pulp into the flower bed as compost, so what to do with the pulp? In the oven at 120c for an hour, then into the airing cupboard overnight sees it dry. I then reduce either reduce it to powder in the blender for a thickener to soups and stews, or roughly hand crumbled as a mix for putting into meat loaf. Finally as is from the Juicer, for a vegie and fruit pulp cake. I have tried all three and they all worked extremely well.

The soup thickener does not appreciably alter the flavour of the soup just makes it thicker. The meatloaf mix made a really tasty meatloaf which was a huge success. And the as is pulp, went into a cake.

The meat loaf was 1/3 minced Beef 5% Fat, 1/3 Pork mince 20% fat and 1/3 dried pulp roughly crumbled. Added 2 beaten eggs, and I chopped red onion and 1/3rd chopped red pepper lighly sautéed in butter. Added coarsely ground black pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, Tobasco and Tomato ketchup. Made into a loaf shape onto a baking sheet then into the oven. The fat does come out of the loaf while cooking and is discarded. Absolutely delicious, even though...

The cake/Bread was a bit more fiddly, but not bad tasting at all:- 1/2 cup sugar- white or brown, 1/4 cup milk, 1 egg, 2 tablespoon butter, 2 1/2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/3 cup juicer fruit/veggie pulp, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 170C. Grease loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. in a smaller bowl mix all wet ingredients with a whisk or mixer. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and add pulp, use a wooden spoon to combine, but don't over mix! Spoon batter into loaf pan and even out. Pan into oven for 50-60 minutes and 170C. Test with skewer. Let cool and then taste. Mine had a texture between a coarse bread and carrot cake. Very filling, one slice does me.

Been amazing to get this much vegetable goodness into my diet on a daily basis, never happened before. The pulp I am assured is good for the intestinal flora and fauna. Been doing a week and do feel better. Eyesight seemed sharper, the first thing I noticed, drinking less booze, sleeping better, and slight loss in weight.

Probably be awhile before I recoup any money, re the juices, but then what price better health?
 
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Fruit bread. Flour, pulp, ground ginger (and fresh as pulp), cinnamon, bit of sugar, pinch of salt, yeast, water, raisins, candied citrus peel. Knead and use as a standard bread recipe. Similar to hot cross buns but a bit heavier.

Good fresh from the oven but even better allowed to go stale and toasted, slathered with butter.
 

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Wonderful!
 
It is a sort of bread. I did think about adding some walnuts and cashews but decided against. Yes when it goes stale lightly toasted and buttered sounds very good.
 
Having paid little attention to what I eat for many years, not that keen on veggies, but liking the various (expensive) juices I sometimes but at juice stalls, carrot being my favourite, I suddenly decided to buy a juicer.

Dit a bit of reseach and fod that slow juicers are supposed to be better. Did some research and found a highly recommended model (expensive). Have rationalised this by not buying expensive juices and somewhat optimistically writing this off over five years, yup personal sell by date is here.

My choice of what to put in was a little random however has turned out pretty tasty...and one feels hopefully healthy. Since I do like carrots those were a given but what else? My recipe has over the past week now pretty well stabilised into the following:-
2 Carrots, 1 small Beetroot, 1 small green Apple, 1 small Pear, five Mint leaves, 1/4 inch finger thickness Ginger. 1/4 inch Turmeric pencil thickness, 1 stalk Celery, 1/2 Fennel bulb, 2 table spoons chopped Kale, 8 Mange Toutes, 1 small Tangerine and 8 Grapes. This I felt was a good mix of fruit and veg.

From this I get 800mls of a delicious dark red juice, with a hint of Mint and Ginger that is quite thick and not that sweet. No single flavour predominates and I certainly cannot distinguish the Beetroot, Kale, Celery or Fennel. A 400ml glass for breakfast and one for before the evening dinner. The juicer I have has 2 screens which gives the choice of more or less pulp in the juice. I go for the thicker pulpy juice.

The immediate side effect is that 1st juice is now my breakfast. Drinking the juice in the evening seems to delay my desire for the evening couple of beers and a Whiskey and soda... or two but I have noticed, has dropped the chaser by one. Dinner is a light one, either a soup or biscuits and cheese as I tend to have a reasonably sized late lunch around 2pm as my main meal.

My Scottish genes always ready to kick in, I was loth to discard the pulp into the flower bed as compost, so what to do with the pulp? In the oven at 120c for an hour, then into the airing cupboard overnight sees it dry. I then reduce either reduce it to powder in the blender for a thickener to soups and stews, or roughly hand crumbled as a mix for putting into meat loaf. Finally as is from the Juicer, for a vegie and fruit pulp cake. I have tried all three and they all worked extremely well.

The soup thickener does not appreciably alter the flavour of the soup just makes it thicker. The meatloaf mix made a really tasty meatloaf which was a huge success. And the as is pulp, went into a cake.

The meat loaf was 1/3 minced Beef 5% Fat, 1/3 Pork mince 20% fat and 1/3 dried pulp roughly crumbled. Added 2 beaten eggs, and I chopped red onion and 1/3rd chopped red pepper lighly sautéed in butter. Added coarsely ground black pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, Tobasco and Tomato ketchup. Made into a loaf shape onto a baking sheet then into the oven. The fat does come out of the loaf while cooking and is discarded. Absolutely delicious, even though...

The cake/Bread was a bit more fiddly, but not bad tasting at all:- 1/2 cup sugar- white or brown, 1/4 cup milk, 1 egg, 2 tablespoon butter, 2 1/2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/3 cup juicer fruit/veggie pulp, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 170C. Grease loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. in a smaller bowl mix all wet ingredients with a whisk or mixer. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and add pulp, use a wooden spoon to combine, but don't over mix! Spoon batter into loaf pan and even out. Pan into oven for 50-60 minutes and 170C. Test with skewer. Let cool and then taste. Mine had a texture between a coarse bread and carrot cake. Very filling, one slice does me.

Been amazing to get this much vegetable goodness into my diet on a daily basis, never happened before. The pulp I am assured is good for the intestinal flora and fauna. Been doing a week and do feel better. Eyesight seemed sharper, the first thing I noticed, drinking less booze, sleeping better, and slight loss in weight.

Probably be awhile before I recoup any money, re the juices, but then what price better health?

Seems improbable.

Sounds like Pulp Fiction.
 
Damn this browser. Keeps logging me on to Mumsnet.
 

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I did something similar and found I was having a juice for breakfast and dinner, and absolutely she's the weight, without feeling at all hungry.

Well worth the time and effort
 
Resasi - VERY interesting post! I too am a Porridge Wog and dislike (most) fruit and veg. Surprising I'm as fit and well (crossed fingers touching wood!) as I am. A banana is the only fruit I eat and I can't even remember the last time I had one of them! Fresh srawbwerries abd cream - yuck! However, any fruit cooked gets wolfed down! Tinned strawberries and cream - yummy!! Same with fruit juice - I drink gallons of it!

Just this evening SWMBO asked if I'd eat/drink a smoothy if she made me one. We are spoiled for fresh fruit and veg of all types, with many exotic fruits available.

So I'll be following this thread with interest.
 

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I tend to go with this one:

Handful of porridge oats, raw
Whatever fruit I can find lying about, preferably blueberries, banana or strawberries
Couple of splodges of fat free Greek yoghurt
Splash of ice cold water

Depending on the day I've got ahead, I up the porridge oats to thicken it up.

It's like a meal in itself.
 
I have been quizzed on ‘Dad’s latest fad', by youngest son who has two of my Granddaughters who are very fussy eaters. He is hard pushed to get them to eat veggies or be in the slightest bit experimental in their meals. They seem reasonably healthy so far but he is a bit worried about their diet. No worries at all about the eldest’s two lasses who are very similar ages and have a very open approach to food and eat a very wide selection indeed.

He has a NutriBullet and has asked me about using that to try and and produce similar smoothies rather than juices. The research I have done would seem to indicate that the high speed reduction is far far thicker. Some nutrients might be destroyed by blending. There are pros and cons for both.
Juicing vs Blending: Which One You Should Give You More Benefits
Juicing vs. Blending – What’s the Difference? | The Whole U
Juicing vs. Blending: Which One Is Better?

The question in my son’s case would seem what would be the most acceptable for my two young fussy eaters to get used to?
 
Handful of mint, handful of ice cubes, quarter bottle of bourbon...
 
Dunno if it’s bollocks but, I read somewhere that more nutrients are consumed by the body if you just ate the ingredients whole because, in liquid form, they largely just pass through the gut.
Happy to be corrected.
 
Dunno if it’s bollocks but, I read somewhere that more nutrients are consumed by the body if you just ate the ingredients whole because, in liquid form, they largely just pass through the gut.
Happy to be corrected.

Good question. There are indeed nutrients that need fat to be fully utilised by the body. Certain nutrients, including vitamins A, K, E and D, and various minerals, are fat-soluble, which means fat must be present for the body to properly absorb them.

It’s supposed to be a good idea to consume a little healthy fat either right before or with your green smoothie or juice. Haven’t sorted out which fat yet.

But, in my case the quantity and variety of vegetables that I am now consuming has increased hugely and at least some of their goodness is being absorbed. Haven’t consciously being trying to lose weight but it’s been happening. In just a week 2.5Kg. Just seem happier with smaller portions, and less booze. Sleeping better too.

Imagination, coincidence, possibly. The weight loss very welcome.
 
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