Do you ever wonder what to do with all your kale or other leafy stems? I usually do too, right as I’m throwing them away.
The juicer that calls our place home is the trusty Jack LaLane juicer. It is a centrifugal juicer. A grating blade surrounded by a mesh basket spins around very quickly. As you load fruits and veggies in, the grater spins around extracting the pulp depositing it into the container in the back while the juice pours out the front.
Its a great juicer but definitely not ideal for leafy greens like spinach and wheat grass. I’ve had it for 3 years and its still going strong. Although, I did almost kill it with pomegranate seeds – twice (I don’t recommend). I still think its a perfect juicer for beginners due to its low price, ease of use and quick to clean.
We had bought a lot of arugula or rocket as its known in Europe, along with Kale at our local farmer’s markets. Kale is one of our favorite green staples. We use it to make dehydrated kale chips, smoothies, and salads.
I wanted to use the stems for juicing and knowing they had a strong bitter taste, decided to pair them with lemon, apple, squash, and celery.
What came out was beautiful and tasty. It had some bitter tones, but it was a perfect blend for us. If the bitter frightens you just add more apple! Apple fixes everything! Well, almost.