red juice: juicing with the vitamix.

Most of you already know how much i love my vitamix. I use it for everything!

I make soups and ice cream and gluten-free flours and nut butter and lara bars and protein bars and cookies and and endless supply of raw treats.

Up until 2 months ago it was also my coffee grinder.

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You are probably already using your vitamix (or other other awesome blender) for these things if you have one. But did you know that the vitamix also makes a really great pseudo-juicer?

I'm not one to complain, i love my smoothies. And I agree - most of the time, we should consume the fibre from our fruits and vegetables, not strain it out! But every once in awhile (edit: maybe every day....) i like to make a vegetable based juice. 

If you are an avid juicer, you will likely scoff at this post because vitamix juice will never compare to the legitimate and pure juice that a really fantastic juicer could produce. What vitamix juice lacks in purity it makes up for in ease (many times over). Have you ever tried to clean a juicer? Not fun. Have you ever tried to clean (liquid) out of a vitamix? Much more fun (or at the very least - easier). 

So here it goes. 

Tools for vitamix juice:

  • a vitamix (liquid container)
  • vegetables + fruit
  • a little bit of cold water
  • a nut milk bag* (like this one, or this one, or make your own - i picked mine up at the local organic food store for about $6)

*i have heard of people using (new) pantyhose instead of a nut milk bag. personally i wouldn't bother because it just sounds weird and finicky and nut milk bags are pretty cheap and easy to come by...they also last a really really long time!

Process:

  1. Chop up vegetables, fruits and other additives (like ginger root!) and toss into the vitamix. 
  2. Add enough cold water to cover the bottom of the container. If I am making a large juice I usually add about 1/3 of a cup - play around with the amount of water that works best for your juice. If you add too little, add more. If you add too much then you will just increase your water intake for the day...no big deal!
  3. Whiz in the vitamix until smooth, then turn on high for about 1min.
  4. Pour the juice through a nut milk strainer over a bowl.
  5. Gently squeeze the bag (milk it) until all of the juice is extracted.
  6. Pour liquid into a glass and enjoy. 
  7. You can use the leftover pulp to make crackers, add to muffins, or add it to tomato sauce and layer in lasagna.

 

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Red Detox Juice

  • One large organic beet (trim ends and wash well)
  • 1/2 cup of organic cranberries (the real ones, not dried)
  • 1/2 cup of frozen cherries
  • 1 inch of peeled ginger root
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Toss all ingredients in the vitamix and follow the instructions above.

Drink and enjoy. 

What's that you say? Your hands look like you committed a crime after massaging the red juice in the nut milk bag? No problem. Just pour a tablespoon of sea salt onto wet hands. Scrub them together until the salt is pink and your hands are skin coloured. Rinse off. Repeat if necessary.