Have you ever wondered how to make fresh juices without adding sugar? The white sugar afterall takes some goodness away from the freshly squeezed juice. But can I really just take away the sugar from a musambi juice. I find plain musambi juice so bland. With all the hard work involved in peeling, squeezing, blending & straining, I really look forward to a tasty outcome.
Well, I have figured out a way around this. If I use a combination of fruits, I can make really tasty juices. Ofcourse the fruits have to complement each other. Here are a few combinations and handy tips. Make sure you add as little water as possible while making the juice to avoid dilution of texture and taste.
#1 Musambi & Pomegranate
Proportion: 3 musambi and 1 pomegranate, half cup plain water. Serves 3
Peel and grind the musambis slightly in a juicer and strain. Its important grind slightly so that the seeds don’t chip but the pulpy part softens. Alternatively you can squeeze the juice on a citrus fruit juicer. Grind the pomegranate, strain and mix in the musambi juice. Serve fresh.
Tips: Use large size musambi as they are sweeter in taste. Similarly large size pomegranate are juicier.
#2 Orange & Pineapple
Proportion: 3 orange and 1/2 pineapple, half cup plain water. Serves 3
Peel and grind the orange slightly in a juicer and strain. Its important grind slightly so that the seeds donot chip but the pulpy part softens. Alternatively you can squeeze the juice on a citrus fruit juicer. Grind the peeled pineapple fully, strain and mix in the orange juice. Serve fresh.
Tips : When peeling the pineapple, you can leave the pineapple eyes intact for minimal wastage. Also buy pineapple which have turned yellow. They are the sweetest.
#3 Musambi & Pineapple
Proportion: 3 musambi and 1/2 pineapple, half cup plain water. Serves 3
Replace the orange with musambi when orange goes off-season.
#4 Apple & Mint
Proportion: 2 apples and a bunch of mint leaves, half cup plain water. Serves 2
Peel and deseed the apples. Add the mint leaves to the peeled apples and grind fully in a juicer. Strain and serve fresh.
Tips: Vary the amount of mint leaves as per your taste. You may add half a lemon for added flavor.
#5 Watermelon & Mint
Proportion: 1/4 watermelon and a bunch of mint leaves, no added water. Serves 2
Cut the red part of the watermelon into medium pieces. Add the mint leaves and grind slightly in a juicer. Strain and serve fresh.
Tips: Water melon juice can lead to ingestion. Mint leaves add flavor and aid digestion.
If you have noticed, I have insisted on serving the juice fresh. Research shows that it’s most ideal to consume fresh juice within 10 mins of preparation.
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