Juicing Journey: Part 2

When we first decided to do this cleanse, I began gathering the data while D took over process development. See, at the time, neither one of us had a juicer. Once I had put together the recipes and the master list of ingredients, D set out to put together some tips for juicing using a blender and a dishtowel.

Sounds fun, right?

Although this method was successful, looking at the amount of fruit and veg that would need to be liquefied was daunting. I did some casual browsing on Amazon for juicers, and found one that was only $30. I decided to buy it – why make this harder than it has to be?

Black & Decker 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor

D followed suit about a day later.

I know this appliance isn’t going to last me forever. It may not even make it through this cleanse. But the reviews were good enough that I took the gamble. I took it for a test drive last weekend, and I was very pleased with the results. Some of the major complaints were that the feed tube was small, it clogged easily, and it produced wet pulp (meaning not all of the juice was properly extracted). D experienced some of these problems with her juicer, but still agreed it was better than the dishtowel method. I haven’t had any issues with my little juicer. I hope he’s ready to work this weekend!

In addition to a juicer, I also began saving plastic jugs from lemonade, OJ,etc. While it is not recommended to juice far in advance, I am doing the majority of my juicing the night before Day 1. Again, I want to make cleansing an enjoyable experience. I don’t want to be in the kitchen all day for 3 days straight. If the juice is ready and available, I will be much more likely to drink it instead of reaching for the nearest snack food (and, let’s be honest, the less time a hungry girl has to stand around a kitchen full of food she can’t eat, the better). Finally, I have to tote my juice to work with me on Monday, so I gathered enough water bottles to ensure I’d be able to transport my juice on the final day.

Next up I’ll tell you what we’ll be juicing in our new juicers!

Cheers, juiceheads!

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