Cost of Living

Juice Without a Pricey Juicer

Why was I waiting? I knew better! It was me who diligently bought the expensive designer fresh juices from the grocery store for Paolo to make sure he got some fruits and vegetables with lunch. What was I thinking? Did I really think that I HAD to have that $429.95 Hurom HG Elite Slow Juicer? A slow-masticating, cold-press kitchen counter behemoth! What I just couldn’t make a good juice at home without one? Shame on me for buying the hype. What I should have been buying was more fruit!

On our recent trip to Cartagena Columbia my Husband and I delighted in a beautiful breakfast at Hotel Ananda each morning with fresh exotic juice. Barely speaking Spanish, we would pick out a new juice each morning from an exotic sounding list. Would we like “zumo de Naranja, Piña, Guanábana” or my favorite “Guayaba?” We stayed in the hotel for a week, so the staff got to know us and were very kind. They would bring us glass after glass of chilled fresh juice.

It wasn’t until later in the trip when stopping for a small bite for lunch at Prispri that I started to pay attention to how pervasive fresh juice was to the culture of Cartagena. We were seated in the perfectly air conditioned bright little lunch spot, cool, relaxed and happy when the sound of a nearby blender caught my attention. At the same time my Husband and I turn our attention to the juice maker at Prispri tossing fresh chunks of pineapple into a blender with a little water and a couple good spoonfuls of sugar.

You know when you have one of those Doah! moments. That was mine. Paolo looked at the juice being poured out and brought to our table, looked up at me, saw me sip it in satisfaction and said “can we do that at home?” “Yep, we absolutely can” was all I managed to say. In my head the conversation was more like… “Hello McFly… THINK! Of coarse you can, you could have been doing this all along… think of the money you could have saved!” I avoid the markups of pre-made, pre-packed, pre-sliced but somehow I bought into the pre-juiced pitfall.

The very first day we returned home from our trip, I bought pineapple, melon and strawberries. I left out the sugar, to us it’s not really needed. Each morning I toss in some fruit, just cover with water and whirl it up with my immersion blender. Snipping a little mint from my garden and I find I’m not only saving money on juices, but the crazy expensive equipment that’s not really, truly needed to enjoy an easy fresh juice at home.

Fresh Strawberry Kiwi Mint Juice
Fresh Strawberry Kiwi Mint Juice

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