Thursday, February 10, 2011

Poor Man's Juicer



I love fruit and anything about it. I even prefer fruity candy over chocolate, that's right I said it (well I would eat chocolate any day as well). I have been dying to have a juicer for quite some time now, it all started with those darn Jack Lalanne Power Juicer infomercials! Well that's not something that fits into my budget at ALL right now, so I started searching for more D.I.Y. ways. Which, money or not, is how I like to do things anyway (now if someone out there has an old juicer they want to wipe the dust off of and give me, I certainly wouldn't stick my nose up at that). So, without further adieu...

Project: D.I.Y. Juicer

Cost: $2.00 (plus the cost of your fruit of course)

Supplies:

  • A package of paint strainer bags from hardware store
  • A blender
  • Medium sized bowl or big measuring cup
  • Fruit
Recipe that I used: 1 small apple, 1 small grapefruit (peeled), 3 carrots, half a lemon (peeled, seeds taken out), and a few slices of ginger (similar to this & this). But you can obviously make ANY kind of juice this way! Next on my list is an appley ginger juice... yummm

Directions:
Start by rinsing your new bags in the sink
Chop whatever fruit you are using into manageable sized pieces, like into fourths
Blend fruit into a puree
Place bags (I doubled mine up for more strength) over bowl/measuring cup, pour in puree, and squeeze over bowl
Keep on squeezing until all of the juice is gone and you are left with pulp in the bag. I had so much puree that I did this in two squeezing sessions. (It will kind of feel like you're milking a cow or something, ha!)

Now, drink your freshly made juice!

This, of course, was not as convenient as I'm sure having a real juicer is. But the taste of fresh juice just honestly can't be beat. So it's worth a little squeezin and cleaning up in the end! If you try this, I would LOVE to hear how it goes!!




21 comments:

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  2. Oh my goodness! Genius! Thankyou so much for sharing this. Off to the hardware store tomorrow for some of these bags. Cant wait!!

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  3. That came out rather good I have a juicer and it looks like the same consistancy.Those power juicers are really exspensive, but you can get some pretty good ones at wal-Mart for around thirty bucks

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  4. Yum! We'd love for you to share your recipe at dishfolio.com!

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  5. Ingenious! I think you can cut your cost even further, as long as you have a fine sieve amongst your kitchen appliances. Ladle your puree in there and keep pressing it down in circular motions with a ladle. You'll get a thick smoothie that way.

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  6. such a good idea! and definitely much more economical than a juicer.

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  7. What an amazing idea!!! I've been wanting a juicer for so long too but they are rather pricey so I'll definately be giving your clever little trick a go, thanks for sharing the idea :D

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  8. Yummmmmy! Wow! I never thought about using those bags ever! I sometimes use a normal strainer but it takes so long! (oh, and yeah... I don't have money to buy a juicer lol) I am so trying this tomorrow!
    +
    The photographs came out absolutely amazing <3

    xo
    Fi

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  9. I like how its served in a jam jar. Very cute! And I love your blog too

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  10. i get zero traffic to my blog so don't get too excited, but i linked your juicer post in my link section for my post today. hope you have a great week

    -rin

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  11. i get zero traffic to my blog so don't get too excited, but i linked your juicer post in my link section for my post today. hope you have a great week

    -rin

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  12. I like how its served in a jam jar. Very cute! And I love your blog too

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  13. such a good idea! and definitely much more economical than a juicer.

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  14. Yum! We'd love for you to share your recipe at dishfolio.com!

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  15. I'm with you on the fruity candy over chocolate. Every time.

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  16. I think it was this morning that I was wondering how I could get the effect of a juicer without actually owning one. This sounds pretty manageable and of course cheap!! I've recently fallen in love with grapefruit juice, so if I could get my hands on some of those strainer bags and some fresh pink grapefruit that would be amazing! Thanks for sharing this. :)

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  17. You're a Leonardo lady, for sure. I just wanted to add a very little drop of olive oil to your recipe (which goes with every juice or soup recipe), that allows the vitamins to stick to your body, added at the very end.
    You do a very good job on everything you show here, I am so glad to now know your digital place (one week now of reading all your posts like a novel, ahah!)
    One smartass question at last: do you think that we can get more ingenious by being poor? (I do for sure.)
    Keep being you!
    Alvina VR

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