Wednesday, January 12, 2011

All About Carrot Juice

My topic is today is all about carrot juice.  Some websites

 say alot about it's benefits for cancer patients while others don't really have any scientific information, but I figure since it is extremely high in a cancer-fighting agent, then why not give it a try.  I have posted this previously, but not in as great detail, as many have asked me just how to do it and what is involved.  Soooo, I've decided to all lots of pictures here today to help you.

Your first requirement is a juicer.  Don't have to go buy the most expensive one on the market.  I have one that is very lightweight, all plastic for easier cleaning and can be easily stored.

I usually buy larger carrots for juicing if available as there is less peeling involved.  Two or three large size carrots will yield approximately 6-8oz of juice.
I was amazed the first time I used it to see how those carrots can turn into juice just like that!  I never ever imagined a solid carrot turning into a liquid so easily.

I Call This Part 'The Presser"

Once the carrots are peeled, then you will have to slice them in halves and slice those halves once again, then cut into about 2 to 3 inch chuncks.  Then place the pieces into the top of the juicer and use the presser that is provided to push the carrot pieces down into the shredder.  Be extremely careful to NEVER put your fingers in there!!!  Always unplug the juicer if you need to clear the pathway as well.

The juice will just drain into the plastic container.  My juicer has a strainer which I also use to avoid any stray bits of carrot from going into the juice.  You will have to experiment with the number of carrots you use, versus the amount of juice you want.  I usually aim for 8 oz.  One important thing to remember is to drink the juice probably within half an hour to one hour.  It seems leaving the juice too long allows it to lose it's nutrients and you want to get the best benefit from it so drink it within the time frame that I've indicated.

I place the container in the refrigerator for a few minutes to get the juice a bit colder.  It actually tastes good, a little sweet and not blagh as you might imagine.  Carrot juice is good for everyone and not just cancer patients, so if you are a caregiver making this for your loved one, why not make a little extra for yourself as well.

The biggest job (if you want to call it that) is the cleanup of the juicer. My suggestion would be to clean up right away rather than leave it. You can imagine that there will be alot of carrot pulp left over.  By the way, if anyone has any ideas on how that pulp can be used, please send it along.  Your first choice might be to put it into a carrot cake, but personally the pulp is so dry, I honestly don't think a carrot cake would turn out very moist at all. Don't rinse the pulp down your sink, because I'm sure before too long you will be calling in a plumber. 
Once the pulp is discarded from the juicer parts, then rinse each one and wash them as usual in soapy water.

I'm sure you have watched a younger child put stacking blocks or large puzzle pieces together.  Now I realize the benefits of anyone learning how to do that.  When it's time to put your juicer parts back together, you do need that know-how and what you leaned as a child sure will come in very handy.  It's just like putting that childhood puzzle back together.

Some of these instruction may seem a bit elementary, but for those who have never used a juicer I thought it important to add all of the above information.  Good luck with the carrot juice.  Last night while talking to a friend, she advised of another possible cancer fighting food...I'm off to get it now!

Take care everyone,

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Hello again 'stranger'
Juicers must have been designed by men that do not do the 'clean-up.' You are right, the cleaning is the most difficult part. I feel it is also important to use organic vegetables wherever possible otherwise the chemicals are concentrated and not good.
Take care