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Getting more from spinach

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Posted by lalune on 3 years ago

Hello!

I wondered if anyone has any tips to get more juice from spinach.

It hardly seems worth it for the few drops I'm getting! I'm using a Breville Juice Fountain Elite. Thanks!

This topic contains 5 replies, has 1 voices, and was last updated by Monica 3 years ago.

Replies To Getting more from spinach

  • Zootal

    3 years ago

    You need a masticating type juicer. Centrifigal juicers do not juice spinach or most leafy vegetables very well. I don't even bother with kale or spinach anymore because most of it ends up in the waste bin, and very little juice gets extracted.

    Cabbage has thick fleshy leaves and cabbage juices rather well, as does lettuce. Chard is OK, but only because of the thick stems. Anything with hard thin leaves and minimal stem will not juice well in a centrifigal juicer, and I no longer even bother with them.

  • lalune

    3 years ago

    Someone had suggested soaking the spinach in water. Wondered if anyone had tried this or something similar.

  • Zootal

    3 years ago

    Would not hurt, especially if the spinach was a bit wilted.

    If we really want the nutrition of spinach or kale, we just need to juice a lot of it and put up with the waste. It does yield some juice, just not very much.

    If you use whole kale leaves, the big ones, you get a bit of juice but most of it comes from the stems because they are thick and fleshy and juice good. The thin leaf portion just doesn't give much. Which is why you should not use bagged kale, that is mostly leaf and not a lot of the thicker stems and will therefore not yield much juice..

    What I do when I really want kale juice is I put the juicer on high speed and very very slowly feed the kale into the juicer one leaf at a time. The key is to do it slowly so the juicer does not slow down. That gives me a bit more juice than just balling it up and shoving it through the machine. Never do it on slow speed - you want the basket spinning as fast as possible.

  • lalune

    3 years ago

    Great tips, thanks Zootal. I haven't found the kale to be too bad, not like the spinach which has been literally 3 or 4 DROPS. I was complaining elsewhere that recently the kale bunches have become much smaller and they're even now cutting off the stems, so I haven't been buying it! I went to three stores before I found one that was still including the stems. I will definitely try your technique though, thanks!

  • Monica

    3 years ago

    I run the spinach through the juicer and then a piece of fruit like a pineapple or orange and then juice from the fruit pushes through the spinach that's in the machine....

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