Do you love to juice, but find it too time consuming? Let me show you how to juice in bulk, in order to save time.
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When I was diagnosed with cancer, I immediately dusted off my juicer and began juicing fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
I learned about the benefits of juicing quite a few years ago. At the time I purchased a really nice masticating juicer and used it pretty regularly for awhile. But, like so many other things, life eventually got in the way, and I stopped juicing.
So, my poor juicer had just been sitting collecting dust, until…cancer.
Since I already had some knowledge of the power of juicing, and I truly believe in its benefits, it was a no brainer for me to immediately jump back into practice.
Juicing can be time consuming, however, especially as I started to increase the amount of juice I consumed daily. Some people recommend as much as 64 oz. of fresh pressed juice daily, if you have active cancer that you are trying to heal. I don’t drink nearly that much. At one point, I got up to about 25 oz. per day, but even that was a bit much for me. I now consume about 10-16 oz. of fresh juice per day, and this amount feels right for me. It provides a good dose of nutrition without being overwhelming. Plus, I have a lot of other anti-cancer strategies that I use every day in combination with my juicing.
Like I said, though, as the amount of juice I drank daily started increasing, so did the amount of time I spent daily making it. Prepping fruits and veggies (cleaning, peeling, chopping, etc.), running them through the juicer, and then cleaning all of the components of the juicer can take some time.
Luckily for me, a friend (who is actively treating cancer) gave me some suggestions as to how to juice in bulk. And it has been such a time saver!
But first, let’s talk about a few benefits of juicing.
- Allows for faster and easier absorption of vitamins and minerals. Fresh pressed juice is highly concentrated with various vitamins and nutrients. Since your digestive system doesn’t have to do much work with liquid, all of that goodness gets quickly and easily absorbed into your system.
- Can help boost your immune system. Eating fruits and vegetables, in general, is a great way to boost your immune system. Juicing can help you increase your daily consumption of fruits and veggies, and therefore, increase your immune benefits.
- Greatly increase your fruit and vegetable intake. We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, and numerous studies will back up the many benefits of increased fruit and vegetable consumption. Juicing is an easy way to get some extra servings into your daily diet.
Word of Caution – Juicing should never be used as a replacement for real, whole food. While juicing has many benefits, it is not a complete nutritional package and should not be treated as such. It is a supplement, or enhancement, to an already healthy diet, full of fresh, whole foods.
How to Juice in Bulk
So, now, on to the fun part – how to juice in bulk.
It is really easy and will save you so much time!
Step 1 – Prepare Your Fruits and Vegetables
The first thing to do is to prepare all of your produce for the juicer. After deciding how many servings of juice you want to make at that particular time, gather all of the produce needed on the counter.
Then, prepare everything accordingly. For instance, items like lemons and oranges will need to be peeled and cut. Items like apples and beets will need to be washed and chopped to fit the juicer. Carrots will need to be scrubbed (or peeled, but this can get really time consuming if you are using a lot of carrots…). Celery – washed. Cucumber – peeled and sliced. Kale – washed. Etc. etc. etc.
Step 2 – Divide and Start Juicing
Next, gather up all of the produce you will be using in one serving and place it near the juicer. Juice everything for one serving, then pour it into a quart size freezer bag.
My friend who recommended juicing in bulk and freezing the extra servings uses mason jars instead of ziploc bags. So, that is an option as well. However, the freezer bags will thaw much faster than mason jars, so be aware of that.
Then, lay the sealed bag flat onto a cookie sheet, or similar flat pan. Laying the bag flat may take up a bit more room, but it will allow the juice to thaw faster when you are ready to drink.
Repeat this process until you have juiced and bagged all of your servings.
You can use the same recipe for every serving, or mix up your recipes in order to have some variety throughout the week! Click here to see one of my most used juice recipes.
Step 3 – Freeze and Enjoy
Lastly, pop the cookie sheet full of juice into the freezer, and you have fresh pressed juice ready every day for the next week. Hooray!
When thawing, I simply set my juice on the counter to thaw. It generally takes about 1.5 hours for it to thaw. You could also stick a bag in the fridge the night before, so that it is ready to go the next morning.
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