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Back to Basics: Juice!

Beet Juice

Let’s talk about juice, guys. That’s right. I’m totally on the bandwagon. I’m going to preface this post by saying that I do not condone or recommend juice cleanses. I’m only sharing juice recipes that can be used to enhance a BALANCED diet that includes things like protein, carbohydrates and legumes. Doughy stuff and treats, among lots of fruit and vegetables.

I grew up drinking juice. Not soda, juice. Apple juice and orange juice and cranberry juice. There was always a bottle of something in the fridge. But the stuff I grew up drinking could last in your fridge for approximately four months meaning that, besides juice, there were also a lot preservatives. In the last few years, the juice world has exploded and juiceries have become a thing. This world has introduced us to carrot-orange juice and juice made with herbs and juice made from vegetables other than tomatoes (what?!). Who knew that V8 would be the precursor to a trend that celebrities and regular ol’ people could both appreciate at the same time? Well, provided you’re willing to spend $8 — $12 on juice.

Green Juice

A juicer was the sort of thing I thought I wanted but would never use. I’d make a few juices, sure, but for the most part, the thing would probably sit untouched. Wrong I was! I’m basically obsessed with my juicer. It can turn things like whole, unpeeled/uncored apples, raw beets, and ginger into juice, without a ton of effort (though, Matt will claim that the cleanup still takes some time).

Beet Juice

Because my juicer is what’s called a slow juicer, it’s relatively quiet (for a massive machine) and squeezes out an insane amount of liquid from fruit and vegetables. Fresh juice should really be drank within a few hours of when its made, though I’ve kept juice in a sealed mason jar in the fridge for a day or so.

Juice combinations are virtually endless. I’ve made peach juice for peach margaritas, watermelon juice, apple juice, carrot juice, and ginger juice (for use in syrups and cocktails). Two favorite combinations of late, however, have been these two. These concoctions are nutritious, delicious, and totally more affordable than the stuff you’d buy from a juice place. Just combine the ingredients in a juicer and enjoy. I don’t typically strain my juices, but you can always do that if you prefer a thinner consistency. Each of these recipes yields about two cups of juice. Happy juicing!

Green Juice

Green Juice

4-5 dino kale stalks
1 Granny Smith apple
1 orange
1 slice of Meyer lemon

Beet, Apple and Ginger Juice

1 large beet
1 apple
1 small knob of fresh ginger

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Posted by Kasey


Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • Nicole

    Your juice is so pretty! I haven’t tried beet in my morning smoothie (I don’t have a juicer, just a love affair with my Vitamix), but I have used beet greens. I’m afraid Marc will take issue with full beet :) It may be worth it for that pretty pink color alone!

  • Kasey

    Thanks, Nicole! Beets are, surprisingly, delicious juiced! They’re sweet and not too assertive. You can also throw in some beet greens (though that might make it more brown than pink). I also like mixing beets with strawberries.

  • erin @ yummysupper

    Rock on with your juicing self, Kasey!

    I’ve held off on getting a juicer, as I need another big appliance like I need a hole in the head! But I’m getting more and more tempted. Especially seeing tasty concoctions like yours.

  • Kasey

    Thanks, Erin! I totally understand where you’re coming from; I’m always trying to get rid of extra appliances and gadgets in my kitchen. But, BUT, this juicer is really one of the things I’ve come to love most. Hope you and yours are well! xo

  • Brian Samuels

    HA! Love all of these. I have a fab Breville juicer that I use from time to time. I must admit I haven’t taken it out since I shot a juice cookbook this summer. Yeah, you wouldn’t either. ;-)

  • Kasey

    So funny. I think you really have to love the appliance if it’s going to take up so much room in your kitchen :)

  • Kate Ramos

    Yum! Juice is also a splendid way to use up the glut of vegetables from your garden. I’m working on a small mountain of carrots and beets at the moment. Lovely photos BTW.

  • Kasey

    Thanks, Kate! I love that I always have a way to use up extra fruit and veggies in my fridge.

  • Aida Mollenkamp

    I’ve not really jumped on the juice bandwagon but really like the idea of your juices. One friend of mine makes a carrot beet ginger juice whenever I’m at her house and it is really a great addition to breakfast though!

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