I love my Thermomix for it’s ability to make basics just as much as its ability to whip up gourmet treats. The fact that it lives permanently on my kitchen bench also means that I am much more likely to use it for everyday things than if I had to get a machine in and out of the cupboard. That sounds really lazy, but I think most of us are the same – convenience wins!
Making our own juice is one example. The Thermo does an amazing juice, it is so quick to prepare, the juice tastes great, it is easy to clean up, and (what I love most) is that all the goodness of the fruit and vegetables is contained within the juice. The pulp, skin, juice, every bit of good stuff is retained.
To make a juice I use the following basic guide. This makes two large glasses, or four small ones. It is not an exact science, so don’t worry too much about precise measurements. Just add a bit more or less liquid or fruit depending on how thick you like it. The ice is essential though, it helps the pulp break down and mix through.
- Fruit and vegetables, I usually use a mixture of fresh and frozen. The equivalent of about 3-4 pieces. Don’t peel anything you don’t need to, and include seeds and core of apples.
- About 100g ice (which is about half a tray of cubes).
- Between 100g – 250g of water or coconut water (I use coconut water, but plain water is fine too) The amount of liquid to use depends on how thick you like your juice.
Add everything to the bowl and mix speed 9 for 20 seconds. Open the lid and check, scrape sides if needed and then mix for a further 20 seconds. Simple!
In the warmer weather I like to take my juice to work with me for a mid morning pick me up, I pour it into a glass bottle and use a stubby holder to keep it cool. Not very glamorous looking, but it works a treat (but I really must try and find a prettier stubby holder in the shops!)
The flavour options are endless, some of our favourite combinations are:
- Apple, orange, kiwi, kale and ginger.
- Apple, lemon, cucumber, celery and spinach.
- Pineapple, orange and apple.
- Mango, orange and apple.
- Orange, apple, carrot and apricot.
- Berries, apple and orange or lemon.
I always have packaged frozen berries in the freezer, but I also freeze other fruit myself when it is in season and inexpensive (mangoes, strawberries, kiwi, stone fruit). I generally freeze into portions so that I can just take it straight from the freezer to use. And don’t forget herbs! Mint is a beautiful fresh addition to most flavours, and fresh ginger is really nice too (and good for you). Once I have made juice in the morning I just add some water to the bowl, whiz for 15-20 seconds and rinse. Clean up is a cinch.
So what are you waiting for? Go make some juice!