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07-02-2009, 01:01 AM
Hello! I am new here. I have been attempting to make vegetable juice in my vitamix, but it's more like a fiberous smoothie that tastes aweful. So I went simple and tried making tomato juice in my juicer -- but that tasted pretty strange as well. Anyone have any recipes or ideas that can get me drinking palatable homemade vegetable juice?:confused:
07-02-2009, 01:28 AM
Hi Meggy, welcome to Raw Food Talk!
A Vitamix is a blender -- all the fiber of your veggies will still be in there. A juicer, on the other hand, is designed to remove the fiber, and leave you the juice.
To 'juice' using a Vitamix, you need to strain out the fiber.
If it tastes awful, then maybe it is the combination that you are putting together. I personally make juice with celery, cucumber, carrot, and green apple. The apple adds just enough sweetness to make it drinkable. I also use a juicer for that. When I make smoothies, I use my Vitamix, and I use 40% green leafy veggies (kale, spinach, swiss chard, etc.) to 60% fruit (banana, frozen berries, etc.). Add enough water so that it can blend well and break up the fiber.
Hope this helps!
07-02-2009, 01:51 AM
Seems like RaeVynn covered it Pretty Well. Instead of making Tomato Juice, I would go for a V-8 by adding Peppers, Celery, Hot Peppers etc, . In Joy your Journey......
07-02-2009, 08:47 AM
I LOVE tomatoes. Since I was a kid, I could always make an entire meal out of fresh, sliced tomatoes And always liked tomato juice and V-8. However, no matter what I do to make it myself, whether using a juicer, blender, or Vitamix, or whatever else I add to it, it just always tastes weird. To the point where I gag and can't even drink it. Maybe it's the consistency, or the acidity is too much.
Guess I'll just have to stick with eating them a plateful at a time.
Hey Meggy, Sometimes I will do something like this and really pulverize it by adding some water and ice (so I can blend longer without cooking the food!). But the fiber will still be there. I do so love tomato juice that perhaps really shouldn't be called juice -- it's like a V8. I do NOT strain when I'm making something like that in the Vita-Mix, just pulverize away with celery, tomatoes, and whatever else (like bell peppers)...
If you do want to strain, you can get a paint strainer at Lowe's or Home Depot for less than $1! Then you just pour the whole drink into it and strain out the pulp.
:) Happy "juicing"!
07-02-2009, 08:56 AM
went thru the same tomato juice froth deal with juicing / blending ,
both versions are not liked by me
so i chop up tomatos with big knife , then put in big pot and either chop up real fine with a push type chopper or smash up with like a manual potato masher . while doing so adding my other v8 type ingredients . then add some water . then strain
tomato juice this way is GREAT :D
WE STILL NEED A BIG OLD HEAVY DUTY HAND TURNED VEGI / FRUIT CRUSHER FOR JUICING SO NO FROTHINESS , THEN JUST PUT THRU A STRAINER
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