Ok, I’m guilty!
I’m guilty of leaving vegetables and fruit just sitting around, not being used. I want to use them. I swear I really do. But there they are just sitting on the counter day after day!
Sometimes I even buy piles of vegetables and fruit, with the best intentions, and then I do barely anything with them for days upon end. Maybe I’ll use one or two of them, but the masses of them just sit there waiting for me to choose them. They slowly go bad, and before I know it, they have to be tossed out because they are all bruised up, mushy, slimy, or whatever else happens to vegetables and fruit when they go bad.
I Just Did This With Apples
So, this particular tale here is about apples. You see, I picked up quite a few of them some day last week and intended on eating and juicing them. The days went by and even though some of my other produce was getting eaten and juiced, the apples just sat there.
I kept looking at them as I walked by, knowing that I was just letting them dwindle away.
I was always too busy with this, or too busy with that. Oh, I can’t get to that right now. Maybe later. Tomorrow morning, yeah that’s when I’ll juice those up.
Enough! I had to put my foot down or my poor little apples would never get used.
The Day Finally Came
So, because my apples had been sitting for who really knows how long, they were looking rough. I decided to toss one of them out because it had some weird kind of slimy thing going on.
That’s the only apple I tossed out. I had made my mind up that I wasn’t going to let these babies go to waste!
Since they were a bit mushy in some parts, somewhat bruised up here and there, and had some dark spots on certain areas, I decided that I’d give them a good soak in a white vinegar and water solution. There are quite a few different ways you can wash your vegetables and fruit before juicing them, and this time I felt like the vinegar solution would do the job.
I let my apples sit in the solution for a good 30-45 minutes and then I took them out and hand rinsed each one really well. After that I took all of them and stuck them into a big blue bowl and then placed that bowl into the refrigerator where they’d sit overnight.
The reason I put them into the refrigerator is that I’ve learned that a good way to make mushy apples easier to juice is to refrigerate them for a time. It sort of crisps them up a bit.
This is them above after being refrigerated, and I know you’re probably thinking those don’t look too bad. That’s because I’ve got the best ones on top but, to be honest, I’ve seen worst apples than this. Still, they weren’t as friendly as they look here.
Now, this image above shows the damage that I let accumulate, a bit better. I know, I should have my hand smacked or something. Bad juicer! Bad!
Time To Get These Apples Spruced Up To Be Juiced!
Alright, so I took all of my cleaned up apples and began to cut off all of the “bad” parts. I say “bad” with quotes around it because as you’ll see in a bit, I was able to salvage some of the apple that was on these parts. Just not the very part itself with the bruise or discoloration.
Yes, that would be the corner of our Omega Juicer just waiting to be used. You’ll be seeing that a bit more as we move forward here. Free advertising for Omega. But to be serious, we’ve always loved our Omega juicer and it’s lasted for years. I’m talking years of heavy juicing, including multiple 30 day juice cleanses and much more!
Ok, back to the apples.
The Initial “Bad” Parts Of The Apples
Above is what I cut off from the apples. There might be some days where I was busy enough that I’d just toss this out and move on, but today I wanted to get every single little bit of apple I could. Besides, I’d let them sit for long enough that this happened. I almost had a responsibility to rescue every last bit I could! 🙂
Now, as you can see above, I have my apples and every single little possible bit of apple pieces that I could salvage from the “bad” parts. I’m getting every last bit of juice that I can.
Time To Get To The Juicing!
If you’ve forgotten, which you probably haven’t, this is a tale of juicing with bruised, worn down apples! We use both the Omega juicer that I mentioned above, a hand powered juicer that I’m going to get around to writing a review for some day, and this Breville juicer right here. It took us some time, initially, to accumulate these juicers, but the investment has really paid off!
Anyhow, today I decided to use the Omega juicer. The reason for this is that, honestly, I simply just like the taste of apple juice much better when it’s cold pressed. Some vegetables and fruit taste good through both juicers, but if I’m not in a crazy hurry, which luckily I wasn’t today, I almost always opt to juice apples through our Omega juicer. I’ve also noticed that I get more juice from apples when using it.
If you don’t have an Omega juicer or another masticating juicer, that’s just fine. You use what you’ve got. If I didn’t have one, I’d be throwing these apples down in whatever juicer I had available to me. Better to juice, than not to juice! It’s all good.
And now… A random picture of our dog. Worn out from exercise and waiting patiently as I juice the apples.
Yummy Juice, Coming Up!
So, now we get around to the juicy part of the tale. 🙂
There our juicer is right in the middle of getting the job done. I just pushed another load of apples down, and I was kind of hoping to avoid this, but this is the only picture I took of the juicer in action.
Today was a “I’m wearing sweatpants all day and I don’t care kind of day.” So, if you happen to see the reflection of some guy with a camera in-hand and sweatpants on, that would be me! 🙂
Juice and sweatpants. Come on, you know you want to do the same.
I almost forgot… When you use a masticating juicer, you have to cut your apples up into smaller pieces so that they fit into the chute. This is them below right before they were juiced.
Raw, Living, Fresh, and Rescued From An Uncertain Future, Apple Juice!
This life giving, nourishing, delicious and nutritious jar of apple juice might not have ever came into existence if I didn’t know about how to deal with bruised up, worn down, and somewhat mushy apples.
Below, is close to a quart of this rescued apple juice! Oh… and our cute dog again, too. 🙂
A Couple of Reasons To Drink More Apple Juice
Apple juice is good for you. In fact, it’s really good for you. I’ve kind of been on a little tear lately, writing up a bunch of juicing articles, and apple juice has been featured in a couple of them. Among other health benefits, apple juice has been proven to improve your memory and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and also to benefit your lungs and combat asthma.
With that being said, I usually only on occasion will drink a fruit juice straight up by itself.
But wait… This tale is not over! 🙂
What’s A Good Juicing Tale Without Some Green?
So, lucky for me, my juicing partner in crime, Liisa, had taken some kale we had and got it all prepared for us to eat and juice. This kale was sitting in a large bag in the fridge just waiting for me to use it.
That’s a lot more kale than it looks like! We got really lucky and found a load of this lacinato kale, also called Tuscan kale, on sale recently. Liisa, separated the leaves from the stems and placed this all in the bag you see here. You don’t have to do this for juicing. You can juice the stems and all, and in fact I recommend it. It just so happened that she had done this the day before so we could also use it in some recipes we wanted to make.
I literally only took out 1/3 of what was in this bag and got it ready to be juiced.
Below, to help you get a better idea about how much kale I was about to juice, I thought I’d reach my hairy arm into an image and place my hand down onto the kale. Yes, my hands are clean. 🙂
Ok, I can’t help it. One more!
As you might be able to see from above, this is all taking place outside on our front porch. It’s a nice day today, I couldn’t let it go to waste.
The End Result!
All of that kale became this much juice. I know, it doesn’t look like much. But this juice is some of the most nutrient dense stuff on the planet! I’m not kidding you, here.
You don’t have to just take it from me. I wrote an article that covered 35 science-backed health benefits of kale juice.
And without further ado… I made a nice tall glass of apple and kale juice for both Liisa and myself.
That’s A Wrap!
So there you have it. One man’s tale of restoring balance to the universe by rescuing his bruised, worn out, mushy apples and making pure liquid gold out of them.
Ok, it’s green. Liquid green. 🙂
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