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OK on with today’s post….
I love and I mean LOVE juicing. I find it so satisfying pushing veggies through the funnel, seeing the juice run out and most satisfying of all, the taste of them, which is pure freshness and zing.
What I don’t love is paying a lot of money to make them, the time it takes every morning to prepare them and even more, paying someone else A LOT of money to make them for me! – and I find the ones in the supermarkets just don’t taste good.
I am going to share with you my secret way of enjoying a juice every morning, that has been made in your kitchen, efficiently and super cost effective.
For the purpose of this post I have done my shopping at Aldi and used prices as they stand on the 11/01/2017. I didn’t purchase any special offers so the price below is worked out at full cost, so if you catch any of the items when on offer, you will save even more! Yippee!
I managed to make 8 x 400ml (approx) Juices ( 4 x Green Juices & 4 x Carrot Juices) with the ingredients below. The juice you get does depend on the individual vegetables and how juicy they feel, but if you pour them out equally, you will still get 4 portions of each juice to enjoy.
Make sure you have 8 empty containers to decant your delicious juice in to. The only requirement is that they have an air tight lid/top. I have used empty 500ml water bottles, but you can use mason jars, jam jars, glass bottles, how ever fancy you wanna be. I find it easier to use plastic bottles because the juices I want to enjoy later in the week, I will pop in the freezer. Did you know you could freeze juices? I only found this out myself a few months ago. This makes this method even more cost effective.
To defrost just pull your juice out the freezer the night before, give it a shake and enjoy. That reminds me to tell you, when juices are stood still, it will cause separation. PLEASE do not be put off by this, all you have to do is shake shake shake and it will be just fine.
OK, let’s do this….
You will need:
Green Juice – Makes 4
2 x Cucumbers = 84p
2 x Celery bunches = 94p
4 Green Apples = £1.35
2 Limes = 48p
TOTAL = £3.61
Carrot Juice – Makes 4
2kg Carrots = 38p
125g Fresh Ginger = 49p
1 Grapefruit = 38p
2 Lemons = 48p
TOTAL = £1.73
GRAND COST TOTAL = £5.34 Divide by 8 servings = 66p!!!!! 66p per juice!!! amazing!!!
Let’s juice these bad boys and bring on a week of that tasty goodness.
Set aside 30 mins to get busy bulk juicing, because all juices are made in one go, there is no need to be dragging that big ol’ noisy juicer out every morning and scaring the neighbours half to death or deafening yourself before work. Win!
Once you have your 8 juices all bottled up, work out how many you are going to drink in the next few days. I go with one juice a day. I will keep out 3 days worth and put the rest in my freezer. Some of you might like two juices day, it is completely your preference.
(NOTE: I only have 7 bottles in the photo because I guzzled one down before realising I hadn’t took the photo …..oops)
Oh and one more thing! Do not throw out the pulp, I repeat DO NOT THROW OUT THE PULP!! – To avoid any waste, I even use that too. I will be sharing pulp recipes next week. Make sure you are subscribed (at the bottom of my blog) so you know when that exciting post is published. You will not be disappointed.
Well that’s it folks. You now have 8 delicious juices, that cost only 66p each, you know exactly how they were made, what they were made with and will included no waste, if you come back, same time next week to see some yummy ways to use up that nutritious pulp.
I have kept to two quite simple juices. If you wish to pimp with super green powders or top with chia seeds, go ahead. You can also choose to buy your veg from a local farm shop.