juicing with grantmason.co.uk
Sunday 10th April
Well, I did promise that I'd report on my experiences as a novice juicer soon, and soon has now come !
I've been juicing since the 1st April (and it's been no joke) and now feel confident enough to share how
it's been shaping up. It's been great, and particularly tasty although a tad more expensive than I'd
So here's The Beast, lurking under the Emily Howard-esque title of "Juicelady Jr" :
Beneath the plain, white lady-like exterior lurks a hairy-chested brute which pulverises and masticates
its way through fruit like Jeremy Paxman through Michael Howard. I quickly learnt that The Beast will spit
back if your fruit is small enough to drop down the feeding tube without having to be pushed. After a few
lessons in picking flecks of citrus fruit from my eyelashes and the kitchen cabinets, I was gaining confidence.
Then I realised that the whirling dervish of a motor was creating enough of a gale to be blowing further fruity
spittle out the juice end of the metal monster. After further cleaning of kitchen surfaces and walls, I realised
that it might be wise to make a 'shield' from clingfilm that covered the output end and the juice receptacle
(otherwise known as either a glass or a jug).
And so I grew in confidence with every subsequent juicing session. I even dared to make some for Fiona, followed
by some to take to work for a mid-morning citrus boost. Workmates were impressed. I was a Juicing God at last !
But there's a Dark Side.... it does take rather a lot of fresh produce to make a glass or two of juice, which does
make it a heck of a lot more expensive than dumping a few 40p cartons in the trolley at Tesco. However, you get the
satisfaction of knowing that:
- you've made it fresh;
- it's not watered-up concentrate;
- there's no added sugar;
- it's made to YOUR tastes, and
- it tastes a million times better !
It's a joy, it really is. Soon I'm going to start on the vegetable drinks and the recipes for improving various
body parts (large melons, anyone ??!!). Then I may have more to report back on. Until then, here's my Citrus Special
that's guaranteed to wake you up very quickly and get you up-and-at-'em ! Enjoy.
(Makes enough for 2 large glasses)
Take 4 oranges, one pink grapefruit and one lime and peel them.
Cut into large pieces that can be pushed through the feeder, and put them into the Juicer in any order you like.
Et voila - serve with or without ice and whatever garnish takes your fancy. Delicious.