I am spoiling you guys this week with two Thrifty Thursday posts, you are most welcome!
I have been SO excited to write this post. I wanted to blog about it as soon as I’d had the light bulb moment, but I have held back all week because I think it is my best Thrifty Thursday creation to date. The money saved is a biggy!
I was recently in Waitrose – Cash (our puppy) was having his monthly pamper session at The Groom Room in Rushden and I needed somewhere to kill 90 mins – Am I the only one who gets excited to visit a different supermarket? I love wandering around and seeing what new and exciting foods I can find. (Just having time to ‘wander’ is a treat in itself!).
I ventured down the drinks aisle and discovered these ickle tiny bottles of Ginger shots. I have looked out for juice shots before, so imagine my excitement. I had a mini mind debate with myself as to whether to purchase or not because of their price, but concluded I wanted to try them. I bought 4 of each. 4 x Ginger Shots and 4 Tumeric Shots. Totalling at £11.12!!!!!! – cue the monkey emoji – 🙊
Barry and I both really enjoyed them, they were a great kick to have in the morning to wake us up with a zing. But unfortunately I just couldn’t justify paying that much money for 70ml of juice.
Fast forward to a few weeks later, a light bulb appeared above my head and with a ding ♫ – the idea came to me. I could make my own Ginger Shots. I popped in to ASDA on my way home to purchase all of the ingredients needed – I had googled the shots I bought previous and checked out their ingredients – so I say ‘all’ of the ingredients a little sarcastically. It was two ingredients I needed…TWO!!! ingredients. Why had I never thought of this idea before? I purchased a big ol’ hand sized piece of fresh ginger. From the loose section, not the prepacked section. The price difference is incredible (see photo below & look at price per Kg).
I also bought 1 litre of pressed apple juice which was on offer. I decided to not buy fresh apples to juice purely to keep costs to a min.
Even though I had a mahoosive piece of ginger, I was a little unsure of how much juice I would get out of it. I straight away set up my juicer and began my experiment. Channelling my inner Heston.
I got 300 ml of pure ginger juice, I was shocked, I never expected that get that much. I then made a huge mistake, I tasted it. What a punch, the zingyness slapped me on the face, my tongue nearly ripped itself out my head and my throat burned. I was on fire! – Once I was done running around the kitchen putting anything below freezing in my mouth in the hope to lower my body temperature – I grabbed a huge jug, ready to water this baby down.
I was adding the apple juice a 100 ml at a time. I roped in my darling man to help with the tasting, because my taste buds had gone on a little vacation after my earlier ordeal. I judged by his red face, it was probably still too zingy, so I kept adding, mixing, testing it on Barry, until I had used the whole litre bottle and it was still packing a punch. In my last attempt at making this juice drinkable without having the fire brigade on standby, I added 200 ml of water….and voila! it was suddenly spot on. I dared to test and was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong it still had the zing but it was perfectly balanced and tasted so good. I was left astonished that I had made 1.5 litres.
Now time for my favourite part, the working out!
Fresh Ginger = 99p
Pressed Apple Juice = £1
TOTAL = £1.99
1.5 Litres of juice = 21 x 70 ml shots approx
£1.99 divide by 21
= 9p per shot!!!!!
I kept the juice in a jug in my fridge and then every morning, gave it a stirr, poured my shot and down the hatch it went. This is definitely now part of my weekly meal prep. It is a great way to start the day because Ginger supports healthy digestion and immunity, boasts anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. At 9p per shot, you really can not go wrong. I have seen similar shots sold in shops and juice bars from £1.99 to over £3 per shot.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and are just as excited as me to go and make another batch. I think next time I might juice some limes and add in, for some extra zing. I will definitely make these in Summer and pour into my ice pop moulds, they will be so refreshing on a sunny day.
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Lots of love to you all