Juicing takes a lot of work. A lot of prep time and just as much cleaning time. The best advice I found around before I decided to try juicing was to line the pulp basket with a plastic bag and to clean the juicer immediately after use. I know that doing these two things saved me so much time and effort after an already long process. I also know that part of what took me so long is that I'm new to this, so I'm hoping with time I'll get better.
First I found my recipe. I found a few online that looked awesome and I bought The Big Book of Juices, but when I got to the store we there was no kale, so I was a little limited in what I originally planned to do. Instead I just upped the amount of spinach and it seemed to work out just fine.
3 1/2 cups of Spinach
1/2 Cucumber (peeled)
4 Stalks of Celery
1/2 Lemon (peeled)
I found a lot of different opinions on whether or not to peel the cucumber and the lemon. I decided to go ahead and peel them both because the peel or rind can give a bitter taste and I didn't want a bitter juice my first time. So maybe in the future I'll give it a shot with the peel on, just not now. I also quartered my apple to get rid of the seeds. I didn't technically have to, but I felt like I needed to.
Then I put it all in my new juicer (that I didn't take a picture of and it's now disassembled and drying, my bad) and was amazed. I was nervous putting vegetables in at first, but then it became pretty fun. I was also shocked at the amount of pulp that came out. Don't forget to line your pulp basket!! Seriously, it's worth it. I can also see myself using the pulp in the future. I thought of several Skinny Taste recipies I could use that call for shredded veggies and I think this could work. Just not right now. Again, baby steps here people.
Once it was finished I poured it into a cute little cup with some ice and there you have it.