So, there’s this new juice bar that just opened in Corte Madera for all you locals called, Juice Alley. It’s an amazing little juice bar that has tons of different organic juice concoctions, vegan snacks and bars. I’m so excited as I love green juices and I also love that it’s right next to my gym. What a great and healthy treat to pick up after a hard workout, right? So, I tried their kale and ginger juice. Let me just tell you that it was amazing and the ginger just popped in my mouth. I knew I was going to have to figure out how to replicate it at home, as this daily juice thing was going to turn into a pricy habit. I googled the ingredients, and of course, there were 100 different recipes.
So here I was looking to juice, but I didn’t own a juicer. I didn’t let that stop me though, so again, I went on the Internet and googled, “how to juice without a juicer,” and I found exactly what I was looking for. OK, honestly, what did we do before the Internet? I really can’t seem to recall how I found information. Did I actually go to the library and look through encyclopedias for questions such as this? I really don’t remember, and I feel like we were in the dark on a lot of things. I can only imagine what science is going to create next that will make the Internet seem obsolete like encyclopedias.
Getting back on topic here, basically if you have a blender, you can juice. Yes, you can, trust me. You don’t have to just drink smoothies or pulpy concoctions. You can drink a smooth and refreshing juice. All you need is a blender and this handy little bag, called a jelly strainer bag. You can find these at most kitchen or hardware stores that sell kitchen appliances. I picked mine up at the local Ace Hardware in Larkspur, for those of you that are local. They cost $ 4.99 for 2 bags. BTW, don’t get the metal contraption that is sold with some of the bags, just buy the bags.
To clean the bags, just use some dish soap and rub the bag together till it’s clean and all the soap is off the bag. Then place the bag on top of a glass or something similar to air dry. These bags should last quite a while. I have used my 10x already and it still looks new.
How to make a “mean green juice” without a juicer:
recipe adapted from reboot your life
makes 22 ounces
- 6 to 8 kale leaves, washed and de-stemmed – I used 8 leaves and used lacinato/dinasour kale because it’s not as bitter tasting as curly kale, but you can use any kind of kale.
- 2 green apples – cored and cut into chunks – There were not any organic granny smith apples, so I picked up some Mutsu apples, and they were perfect.
- 3 – 4 stalks celery, cut into chunks – I used 3 stalks
- 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled – I love ginger and think it adds a pop of flavor to the juice, so I put in quite a bit. If you’re not a big fan of ginger, than start out with a smaller piece, say 1/2-inch to 1-inch piece.
- 1/2 lemon – peeled, but you can leave on the white pith
- 1 cucumber peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1 cup filtered water
Below are the ingredients before they’re prepped.
Here’s how the ingredients will look after they’re prepped.
To peel ginger, just take a spoon and gently scrape off the skin from top to bottom. The skin is thin, so minimal effort is required.
Pour 1 cup of water into your blender. Add in the chopped apple, chopped celery, chopped cucumber and peeled lemon, and blend away till liquified. Add in the ginger and the de-stemmed kale leaves and puree till smooth.
Take your jelly bag and wrap it over a large measuring cup or bowl.
Pour your juice into the jelly bag.
Don’t worry if your bag slides off the bowl, you just want to make sure that your juice goes in the bag. You can aways hold it open with one hand while pouring with your other hand.
Once all the juice is poured into the bag, remove the bag from the measuring cup or bowl and gently twist the top of the bag closed. Slowly twist the bag so the juice escapes. Keep twisting and squeezing the bag until all of the juice is released.
WARNING: Ugly hand pictures below!
Look at all that pulp that was left in the bag. It’s a beautiful color, but not something I want to be drinking. It actually looks like moss, doesn’t it.
My compost was very happy to receive all that pulp.
Pour the juice into a large glass, canning jar or Lifefactory bottle, and refrigerate it, as it will be a bit warm. I was anxious to drink my juice, so I threw it in the freezer for a few minutes to cool.
Make sure you shake it (if you have a glass with a lid) or stir it before you drink it, as some of the juice will settle.
It helps to have a glass or bottle with a lid so you can shake your juice when it settles.
It’s recommended that you drink the juice the day you make it. It really goes down easy and tastes great. It actually tastes sort of sweet and citrusy, at least to me. What’s great about juicing is that you’re in control of the ingredients. You can add to or delete any of the ingredients you wish. My friend Yvonne loves the taste of celery in her juice, so she adds more celery and less ginger, as she’s not a fan of ginger.
I do recommend you try it with the 2-inch piece of ginger sometime. I’m not a huge fan of ginger, as it reminds me of my early pregnancy days, but that first juice from Juice Alley was packed with ginger and that flavor stuck with me. The original “mean green juice” recipe called for a teaspoon of ginger, but when I tried the juice, it just didn’t have that “wow” factor I was looking for, so I added more ginger and I got the “wow” factor.
Ok, I really want to know how many of you are actually going to buy the bags and make the juice? I had lunch with my friend Andie yesterday and she asked what this new juicing contraption was that went with my vitamix. I excitedly told her about the bags and she said, “Oh, I think I’ll just stick with my juices from the Bay Club and save myself the work.” I had to laugh at that statement because honestly, it’s what most people will do! I love you Andie.
Do you like to juice? If so, then you have to try my carrot, grapefruit and ginger juice.
Happy juicing everyone!