February 5, 2006

Vegetable Juice

I made another vegetable juice today.

I tend to like things that are very pungent...lots of flavor per unit volume. Hence I measure this and describe this using the word flavor density. Examples:

  • ultra sharp 8 years aged cheddar = 9.2
  • dijon mustard = 8.7
  • mint flavored frapichino = 7.6
  • peanut butter fudge = 7.4

When I made my vegetable juice today there was way way way too much celery in it. This stuff tastes revitalizing and yet almost makes me want to puke at the same time...and I made a huge cup of it. It no doubt has solid flavor density, but it is a bit of a departure from the typical pastries and candy bars.

Is there any golden ratio to a decent tasting vegetable juice?

Posted at February 5, 2006 7:55 AM

Aaron, what kind of gizmo are you using to make the veggie juice with and do you have to do a lot of prep work on the veggies? (I'm lazy on the cooking prep.)

(Also how does this stuff taste?

I ask because I really should be eating more veggies and maybe this is a way to trick myself into doing it.

Hi Brad
I think taste is largely dependant on how good you make it and what you are used to. I am not used to vegetables and I used nearly a half pack of celery (way too much), so it was not delicious per say. You could tell that the stuff was really nutritious, but I am a sugaraholic, and you really don't get that out of things like celery, letus, carots, etc.

I like the green goodness drink that is sold in many grocery stores, but it also has some fruits like kiwi in it.

As far as what I use as a juicer goes, right now I use some random centrifugal bladed juicer that is rather low end. They cost anywhere from $20 to $80.

I think if you wait a while on cleanup that probably gets a bit brutal, but if you do it right away it might take about 5 minutes.

As far as preparation goes, grab vegetables and stick them in the juicer :)

Some big veggies may take a bit of effort to make fit or you may have to cut them up, but like I can throw celery sticks or things like carrots right in. If you try juicing letus or tomatoe those take a bit more effort to fit down into the juicer.

There is quite a bit of waste products when you juice, and more efficient juicers end up being able to extract more juice per unit food.

A friend of mine recommended this juicer

Thanks Aaron. I have to give this some serious thought. I'm a lazy bum when it comes to cooking but I do need to liven up my diet.

I'm looking at these V*tamix machines which are kinda expensive, but they are still in business in a tiny niche after decades so maybe that tells me something.

Anyway, thanks for the good idea.

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