Saturday, March 9, 2013

Juicing and worms-- a perfect combination

That is, juicing fruit and vegetables and feeding the pulp to the worms, NOT juicing worms! :)

In many ways, juicing and keeping a worm bin is a wonderful cycle:
1. You  harvest fruit and veggies from your garden that is fertilized by your vermicompost.
2. You make juice from the fruit and veggies.
3. You take the leftover pulp and feed your worms.
4. You harvest vermicompost and fertilize your garden

We like the Omega J8004 juicer

Omega J8004 Juicer with all the parts

It is relatively small, yet reasonably powerful, and easy to clean. It was a little more expensive than other models, but it feels really durable and the assembly/disassembly of the parts makes sense. I am very happy with the juice it makes, too! The only concern some have is that you have to cut the food into pretty small pieces. It is true, but that doesn't trouble me.

Here is a recipe for a lunchtime juice for 2 people

3 small apples
4 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 large beet
2 radishes
Small handful wheat grass
¾ cup chopped cabbage
1 knuckle ginger
2 peeled clementines
1 baby cucumber

Ten cups of a variety of fruit and veggies makes juice for two

Chop it all up to ½ inch pieces and feed into juicer.

Nice small pieces work best

Use tamper (GENTLY!) to push veggies into the feeder tube

The juice falls out of the bottom and the waste pulp goes to the left

The dry pulp goes into your worm bin-- it breaks down really quickly for the worms to eat.

The juice is almost done!
This makes 2 pints of juice—a perfect lunch for two! In general 10 cups of chopped material makes 2 pints of juice.