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make vs buy: juice

  • 2 large beets: $2.00
  • 1 lemon: $0.33 (use to taste at the end! I used 3/4 a lemon, peeled)
  • a small piece of ginger: $0.30
  • 5 loose carrots: $1.37
  • 3 large Rome apples: $3.26

TOTAL: $7.26

Have you made juice? I worked at this juice bar (not a strip club, no) with a giant industrial juicer and multiple blenders, but this was my first time doing it at home. It had almost as intense of a prep/cleanup as the dreaded/delicious eggplant parm I like making. Just less, you know, hot oil and oven stuff.

This $7.26 fruit/veggie haul made me about 32oz of juice. Considering the fact that this produce isn’t organic, and most organic juice places charge $6-9 for 16-24oz juice, my results aren’t that impressive. Regardless of the definitive “buy” as my conclusion (again), this was a really fun day-off morning activity that I’d highly recommend and plan to do again. Also, there is no where to buy fresh juice in my neighborhood so I’m working with what I got. And what I got is FOOD BAZAAR.

Note: In a larger, more time-consuming batch, I’m sure this would have more cost-effective results.

Also note: CARROT APPLE GINGER BEET IS THE ACTUAL BEST.

Don’t forget to read this classic “make vs buy” piece by Jen Holder and myself, in which we discuss orange juice and other things.

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