Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Twin-Gear Juicer Comes Out Of the Cabinet

Today is a day of reckoning.  I 've heard that turn of phrase all my life. Well, today I am using it. I've just spent two hours in my kitchen making a batch of healthy vegetable juice with the Green Life Juice Extractor that I bought over a decade ago, at Queta's fine suggestion, I might add.  
It's a day of reckoning because I am not in any way mechanically inclined.  'Reckoning' as defined in my old fashioned dictionary is 'calculation of a ship's position' or a 'settling of accounts' as in computation.  I would say that there were calcuations and computations as I took the juicer apart, washed it and then put all its pieces back together again. The process took the better part of an hour as well as a look on-line at an instruction manual.
Instructions included this wonderful paragraph:

"Do not be timid about touching the Twin Gears with the wooden plunger while
juicing. It will not harm either the gears or the plunger. The plunger is made
from the same high quality wood as many fine chopping blocks, so any
accidental particles of cellulose scraped off by contact with the Twin Gears are 
non-toxic and will pass through harmlessly with the pulp."

Green Life is a powerful juicer with metal parts. Its twin metal gears macerate rather than cut a carrot or a cucumber. It doesn't ever overheat so few or no vegetable nutrients are lost, meaning cooked.  Years ago, I juiced. Carrots, beets, leafy greens. I am not sure why I stopped juicing.  This juicer and all its parts have been in a kitchen cabinet untouched, for a very long time.
So, the juice I made today is a blend of twelve carrots, half a bunch of organic spinach and one very long cucumber.  It tasted just like it looks. Doesn't matter what it tastes like. I am making and drinking a cupful every single day. Why, you ask? I'm not disclosing just yet. I'll wait until I am well into an alfalfa regimen too. And I'll see if it all works.
Oh, by the way I also made a pot of soup this afternoon filled with chunks of yams, turnips, carrots and celery. Healthy stuff, all. It was a day of reckoning and calculating. Betting on healthy eating.

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