I have a weakness for snacks. Dry, fast and unhealthy ones like chips, cakes, chocs etc., you name them, I love them. It’s bad for my diet, heck, it’s bad for my entire body. I must cut down on them. MUST. But how? I can’t watch E! News or a football match or most importantly CSI without munching something (yes I do eat while watching Dr. Robbins squeezes the gooey juice out of someone’s intestines to find out what’s his/her last meal). I used to stock up fruits in the fridge but got lazy with the cutting and peeling, so I stopped doing that. Tried switching to salads, after a while I felt like a goat munching on tasteless leaves, so gave up on that too. The only reason I’m able to stay in shape (though I do fall off the wagon once in a while) is a bit of exercising (gets even lesser as assignment deadlines approach) and cutting down portion of major meals.
Since it’s tough to cut down snacking, I’ve thought of an alternative - juice. Fresh juice. As I said, I don’t like cutting fruits. Eating them can be too filling. I love drinking juice, but fresh juice is just too expensive, the mamak joint near my place sells it at RM 2 and I’m pretty sure they mix it with cordial. So I’ve decided to get a juicer. Just throw in apples, oranges, celery sticks, or whatever, add in water and presto!
My brand new toy. Got the one with washable filter. There’s another type with paper filter, I don’t like it as I don’t want to spend more money to keep the machine functioning.
There’s a juice recipe booklet for a kick-start.
My fruits stock. Got some celery sticks too, it’s good for digestion. Healthy lifestyle, here I come!
Juicer at work. First attempt - mango juice.
The best part is the juicer comes with a tumbler, which means I can store the juice and bring it to work the next day. Coolness!
The pulp. Come to think about it, if I need some real fiber intake I can just eat it. No more cutting and peeling. Well okay, maybe some peeling is still needed, but hey, less chewing ;-)
The bad thing about owning a juicer - there are crazy many different parts to clean after each use! And they come in funny shapes and sizes, almost flooded the kitchen cleaning them.
1) Mangoes are unworthy to be made juices. Too little effort by the juicer to squeeze fruit, too much effort by the owner to clean up the mess.
2) Get a brush to clean the filter and the blades, also some of the parts. Pulp tends to get itself into impossible corners.
3) Make juices in huge quantity so it makes some sense to spend the time preparing the fruits and cleaning everything afterwards.
4) I’m rethinking if the entire process of making my own juice is worthwhile when I can get it at a mamak stall for RM 2. Quality or time or money?
5) Niva once talked me against buying a juicer. “When you don’t have one, you want one. Once you get one, it just sits in a corner doing nothing,” she said. I should have listened to her, shouldn't I?
6) Might have to get a new dish rack for the juicer’s washable parts. They take up lots of space while drying up. Else I would have to stock up paper towels to wipe them immediately after washing.
7) Owning a juicer is tiring. Period.