August 19, 2014 Leave a comment
I don’t own a juicer and I’ve never played with one. I don’t even own your traditional blender. I own a Ninja Blender! I love my Ninja! The blades are far more properly placed for even cutting and chopping. Traditional blenders have the blades at the bottom only. This makes them good for pureeing items but not good for salsa and similar desired texture.
Sure, I could by a blender or Juicer for times like this but I don’t have the counter space and I doubt I would use it enough to make the expense worth it. So, I make do and fine other ways to use the tools at hand to get the job done!
1) Oranges! Find yourself some oranges that are good for juicing. For me, I typically just buy them and then let them sit till they are soft but not mushy. I also look for oranges that are dense; i.e. heaver than expected when you pick it up.
2) Preping! Set the base up in a nice area and make sure your blades are in the machine before adding oranges. Its super helpful to have a cutting board (depending on the counter top), a sharp pairing knife, and/or small chopping knife. Also, washing the organs is advised but as you won’t be consuming the rind its up to you and your time.
3) First slice! I don’t peel my oranges when I juice them. I’m not that OCD and I don’t have that much time at my hands. So, my first slice is to cut the ends off.
4) Taking the Rind off! With my pairing knife I slide it up between the flesh and the rind. With it there, and making gental sawing motion if needed, go around the entire orange. No need to remove the knife at all! Sure leaving a little flesh on the rind is fine because you can rub the rind against its self over your blender container to juice it easily. To get the flesh out just simple pop it out!
5) Juicing! Once you have all the oranges you want in, or will fit, in the blender snap the top on it and blend for at most 1 minute. I’ve never had to add water to mine as they are always juice enough but add water as needed!
6) Strain! Yes, this may be an extra step in the process and the motivated to buy a juicer for them but it isn’t for me. Take a fine mesh strainer and place it over your jug (aka the thing you want to hold the OJ in) and gentle pour the juice through the strainer. It will probable take some time and a little work to get it all through due to the pulp that also comes off the oranges in the blending process.
7) Enjoy! Drink it or freeze it!