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To Juice Or To Blend?

December 28, 2010 Food No Comments

Today I found myself with time on my hands and a crisper full of aging fruits and vegetables, so I decided to conduct an experiment. As my family and childhood friends can attest, I love kitchen experiments!

Especially ones that involve “power tools.”

Greg and I bought this high-end Omega juicer last year and we juice the shit out of things. Because we belong to a CSA, we often find ourselves with too much produce, and a quick way to get through a bunch of it is to juice it and drink it. We’ve tried everything! The best mixes contain a mixture of fruits and sweet vegetables like carrots, spinach, and beets. The worst ones contain mushy fruits like bananas and peaches. This baby was also instrumental in creating the best homemade margarita — fresh lime juice is key!

While fresh-squeezed juice is great, I know I’m grinding out a lot of the good stuff in the process. Did you know that OJ with pulp contains 30% more anti-inflammatory flavonoids & cancer-fighters than the pulp-free type? You can imagine our delight, then, when we stumbled upon the Ninja Professional blender. It’s almost as powerful as the Vita-Mix and a fraction of the cost (especially if you have a 20% off coupon at Bed Bath & Beyond!). Let the experiment begin!

I set out to disprove this hypothesis: simple juice is more desirable than blended whole food

Both the test and control group used the exact same amount of the exact same foods:

Control Group: The Juicer

Juicing alone netted 1.75 cups of juice and the waste you see in the right-hand bin. The juice tasted great!

Test Group: The Blender

Blending netted 3 cups of output and no waste, but the consistency was more like “relish” rather than anything you could drink. On the up-side, I was very impressed with the way the blender handled the job. I didn’t have to cut the fruit or vegetables into smaller pieces and everything was completely raw. Its blades worked to get everything into uniform consistency with very little effort on my part.

TEST RESULT: I could not disprove the hypothesis. Blending alone was not sufficient in producing a drinkable output. Boo.

Since both products tasted good on their own, I improvised! I added all of the juice to the “relish” to see if I could produce an overall consistency that was more palatable. It was still a little thick, but it would suffice in a pinch. It was like a thick smoothie. Pros: very little waste from all those fruits and vegetables and no sugar added!

For the final product, I added about a cup of 100% juice apple cider that I had on-hand. The final product netted a total of 6 cups of very healthy fruit/vegetable juice and very little waste. Greg and I are set for the rest of the week!



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