|A sauce recipe I've been working on (with a secret ingredient!)|
As I was making this V8 juice, I discovered that my juicer doesn't handle tomatoes well. I use a masticating juicer which works wonderfully for harder veggies and leafy greens. I never have problems juicing cucumbers or softer fruits like pears either. But the tomatoes, oh boy, were they trouble! In the future, I'll probably use my nut milk bag to strain this as little to none of the tomato pulp comes out the other end. Seeds and all ended up in my juice. I strained it multiple times, but would've saved time if I had just grabbed the nut milk bag.
At one point, I pushed the plunger down and tomato juice shot out covering my work space. I thought I got it all until I went into the bathroom and noticed juice pulp in my bangs! When it gets messy in the kitchen I always wish someone else were there with me for a classic food fight moment. But alas, I stay plenty entertained with me, myself, and I!
My inspiration to make this juice came from a video I watched by Kristina Carillo-Bucaram. I first heard her speak on the Rawpalooza Summit last fall. She is always creating something amazing. She's an 80/10/10'er, raw food educator, soon-to-be author, and an artiste to boot. Did I mention that she founded the largest organic food co-op in the U.S., too? Very cool.
Here's to vivacious lovers of life, raw food vibrations, and the ever-divine tomatoes of the summer of 2012. Cheers!
Raw Vegan V8 Juice adapted from The Real V8 Juice by Fully Raw Kristina
6-8 small tomatoes
4 large carrots
4 stalks celery
2 leaves of kale
1 medium beet
1 sweet red pepper
3 cups spinach
1 handful of parsley
1 handful of dill
¼ t turmeric powder
pinch of cayenne, opt. (for spicy V8)
- Juice all of the veggies and herbs
-Add in dried spices
-Mix and serve.