First things first. I need to know how to juice and how to use my juicer. Before I make a leap to starting a small juice bar business.

Yesterday was Black Friday here in the Philippines. It was not the super sale ‘Black Friday’ like in the US. In the Philippines, Black Friday is a religious non-working holiday.

I decided to go to Quiapo or Divisoria to buy fruits. It was far from my house. When I arrived, Quiapo was more crowded than ordinary Friday or Sunday. I managed to buy lemons and mangoes.

Divisoria I imagined was too far. It was a hot day. I, then, decided to find fruits in Binondo (Manila’s Chinatown = oldest Chinatown) instead. The jewelry shops are close but the restaurants are open. I found fruit vendors on the street.

I was able to buy an orange, pear, banana, and green apple. I have also taken notes of other fruit prices like strawberry, blueberry, US apples, and jack fruit.

When I came home, I was dead tired and took a nap.

After a few hours of rest, I started preparing my fruits and the juicer.
This is how I did it:

1. Find a juice recipe. I have a list of 4 juices I want to make from my juicing book. I only bought the fruits I can find in Quiapo and Binondo.

x – broccoli, papaya, and baby spinach
o – mango, lemon, orange, pear, banana, and green apple

Detox and Cleansing (Apple-Mango)

  • 1/2 mango
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Weight-loss (Carrot-Papaya)

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup papaya
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 4 ounces carrot juice

Antioxidant (Pineapple-Carrot)

  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 banana
  • 4 ounces filtered-water

Immune-Boosting (Pear-Broccoli)

  • 1 large pear
  • 1/2 cup frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 orange
  • 4 ounces filtered water

2. Set-up the juicer. In the instruction, it says to not use the juicer with wet hands. I have a hand towel always ready beside me. I assembled the parts. I made sure the I heard the “tick” sound when I closed the lid of the juicer. It means it is ready!

3. Wash the fruits and cut them to an inch or two in size.

4. Turn the juicer on and put the fruits one at a time.

5. Voila!

1 Mango + 1/2 Cucumber + 1/4 Lemon + 1 pc. Green Apple
3 Bananas + 1 Carrot

I did not restrict myself to following the recipe. I treated it like an experiment. To find out what each fruit taste like when juiced. How much juice one carrot produce. As an experiment in a laboratory as well, I took a lot of notes!

Here’s what I have taken down:

  • Lemons are too sour!! Why you only have to use 1/4 of its juice
  • There’s a strong hint of bitter aftertaste from the lemon. I am still unsure if it is from its seeds or skin.
  • Green apple taste soo good.
  • I’m a big fan of cucumbers. But juiced cucumbers alone taste ick!
  • Juiced bananas taste like liquid pudding, not in a bad way but in a good way.
  • Its color is not so appetizing. Nude to a neutral color.
  • I didn’t take note about carrot juice! I don’t remember not liking it though.
  • I have juiced the carrot pulp after running at once. Many say its pulp could be used for carrot cake. But I don’t bake. I should start to learn soon!

I am still at the very beginning of this juicing journey. If I test and run a small juicing experiment here and there, every now and then, I will learn even more.

I have some more fruits from yesterday that I need to juice this afternoon.

Okkkaaaaaayyyyy, that’s it for today..

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