I was inspired by a friend this past week to make my own fresh homemade veggie juice so I swung by the produce section at my local grocery store and raced home to pull out my juicer.
I was feeling somewhat risky and decided to make up my own recipe. I began juicing the vegetables one by one, making sure to add more of my favorite veggies and less of my not-so-favorites.
Below is the approximate combination that I used:
- 2 Tomatoes (1 Roma)
- 2 Celery Stalks
- 1 Large Carrot
- 1/8 Large Green Pepper
- 1/8 Large Onion
- 1 Clove Garlic
My final concoction did not taste like the V8 or off-brand vegetable juice that I’m used to, but I added a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper to enhance the flavor and it was actually pretty good. The different juices separated out a bit in my glass, but I just gave it a quick stir before drinking. It was nice to not worry about BPA seeping into my drink (as I might from a can of store-bought vegetable juice) and I also liked that the juice wasn’t stored for a long period time in a plastic bottle. It was just fresh and tasty!
I’d like to play around with some recipes or come up with an even better combination (I could have gone a little less on the onion, a little more with the carrots), but regardless it was refreshing to squeeze a little fresh onion and green pepper into my diet when I usually do such a good job avoiding them.
I did find a great vegetable juice recipe (and interesting farm blog read!) to make in large quantities for preserving and I think I’ll try this when the farmers market is overflowing with tomatoes this summer. Please share any great recipes you have; although it’s more work to get out the juicer, it sure pays to get the vitamins and minerals from fresh veggies!