Well, I cheated for my husband's b'day dinner tonight. So we're in the same boat with b'days... sigh.
Madsdurham... let's see if it'll let me post to your "wall" here...
About your mom's reaction to juicing, because you say "it's totally weird."
I would say that the first time I heard a similar strong reaction was from my dear friend and family member (the latter having been diagnosed with cancer ). Curious about juice, scared I think, they borrowed something and tried it out. They decided right off the bat, one try juicing, that it was weird, strong reaction that it wasn't worth the time and trouble, and coming from almost the worst of standard American cooking/diets, it didn't meet their palettes. Strong reaction. Total rejection. Very first juice.
Let's see, I don't want to be a Cassandra about this, and every case is different, but that mindset did NOT help either of them. The cancer won. Another decade and my dear friend's health is hitting rock bottom with a variety of problems, all on the list that could be changed by diet in one fashion or another. Twelve years.
Shoot, it took me some years before I was willing to accept and change some of my long held notions about food content and prep, water, healthy eating. Years and years, incrementally. Now, she is thinking diet might be something to try, but she's coming from such a place (SAD, fried foods, sugar, huge portions of desserts, etc.) that it's a huge distance to go immediately. If she'd only started making changes back then...
We have to stay with it until the payoffs become evident.
We have to stay with it until we make it past the worst of the learning curve.
Adapt whatever way is necessary. It WILL be worth it.
( Also, I have gradually changed my juicing equipment to get the amount of time I feel is reasonable for me in the kitchen, and also to get the yield I personally am happy with out of my produce. It's take time.)
Hey, maybe your mom would be willing to do smoothies for now, which are a whole lot faster for her if time is the issue. Or add in one juice per day. You can still keep juicing.
Here's another suggestion: Keep track for a few days with how many minutes were spent on each activity. Then you can look and see where you could shorten it by rearranging the way you do things.
And BTW, when I wash produce, I mostly do it in huge batches, sink fulls at a time. Because I juice a lot.
Ok, here's a repeat of my 2 posts in reply to your questions/posts "Need Help" this morning:
Hi, Madsdurham! Welcome! I've tried a lot of different ways to cut down on time juicing. I don't think there's any one method that works for everyone -- you're going to have to try and compare them. For one thing, all juicers are different. I mean, the machines. Then yes, we're all different. If you don't get what you need from others, I'll come back and ramble about the diff ways I've tried. (I have to go mow and head to the produce store now.)
I know you're looking for practical advice. Later. Well...
..... ONE thing -- I've started washing all my produce when I bring it in from the stores, which I heard about years ago but wasn't willing to do. It does help. Everyone in the family knows if there's a paper towel or cloth in the bottom of the bag or container, the produce has been washed, ready to go.
..... Okay, a second thing. I tried pre-loading plastic bins -- the large spinach plastic bins -- of ingredients for diff juice batches so I could grab one, juice it, and it did cut down on time with that juicer I was using at the time. Instead of washing/prepping/juicing and cleaning, I cut out a major step.
..... Instead right now, with diff juicing equipment, I'm keeping one very large fridge container with the washed ingredients for my green juice like I made this morning (you should be able to see a few photos here in the archives) -- so holding greens/ cukes/celery, small fruits -- in the bottom of my fridge. I grab it out of the fridge, take it to the blender, grab apples off the counter and a lemon and any extras I want to go to it. Before I put the bin back up, if I've used up the cukes and celery or greens, etc., and there's room in the bin, I add more stuff in. For carrots, I buy bulk, so I split 25 lbs into 5 spinach sized plastic bins; pre-topped when I get home with it from the store. Fits my juicing routines nowadays.
All the info has been so helpful! Thanks..
I cheated on the 25th (it was my sons birthday) and I've got to say my body was seriously upset lol.
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