Tuesday, September 28, 2010
There has been a ton of blogging going on about preserving, e.g., canning, freezing, drying and pickling. I've done all the above this summer and truly love it. Some might say I'm a little addicted even :) But I haven't seen anyone talk about juicing. We recieved a Jack LaLane's juicer for free from a dear friend over a year ago. It was taking up space on her counter and when she offered it to us, The Hubbs jumped all over it. I was much more hesitant solely for our lack of counter space. It now sits on top of the frig with all of my other "machines". We juice fruits and veggies to make fun and tasty concoctions about once a month and all of us enjoy it. Lately though I've been thinking about how I can preserve this harvest even more. I got a box of apples from the farm 2 weeks ago and they were pretty small, so I decided to juice them. I got 4 quarts of juice that are now sitting in quart size freezer storage bags in the freezer.
Yesterday afternoon I went and foraged at my in-laws for grapes. They have this yummy variety of seedless green grapes that grow over their fence from the neighbors. They are seriously delicious. I brought home a bunch and juiced them and got 2 quarts of juice. We'll be heading back there later this week to pick the rest. I'm pretty sure we'll pick at least 10 gallons worth and we'll eat to our hearts content and then juice the rest. My mom also offered up about 10lbs of Italian plums and I took them all. I juiced them tonight and got 2 quarts of juice.
What are we going to use this juice for? Well, we don't drink soda in this house very often, and we don't drink juice very often either. So, when the craving hits, I'll dilute it down a little and we'll enjoy it with breakfast or something.
Do you have a juicer? Do you love it or hate it?