Table of Contents
1. Prepping the Kitchen
2. The Ingredients
3. Peel, Cut, or Chop Your Fruits!
4. Rinse and De-Stem Your Vegtables
5. Remove the Tops and Bottoms of Carrots and Celery
6. Setting up for Juicing
8. Compost the Remaining Pulp
9. Pour the Kombucha
10. Add the Juice
11. Cleaning a Omega VRT400
Step 1: Prepping the Kitchen
Make sure to organize your tools, and decide locations for cutting and juicing, prior to chopping and cleaning vegetables.
Recommended Toolsfor Cutting Board Station
-Cutting Board for chopping and cleaning vegetables
-Knives for cutting
-Compost Bin(To put into food waste)
-Ingredient Basket or Bowl
Step 2: The Ingredients
-One bunch of Siberian Kale
-Two Medium-sized Carrots
-Two Medium-sized Apples
-A Stick of Celery
-A Small bunch of Swiss chard
-A one-inch cube of Ginger
If you're looking for vegetables, I recommend you go to a local farmers market, or carefully hunt through your mother's garden for vegetables. The best tasting vegetables are fresh from a farmer or your own garden.
Step 3: Peel, Cut, or Chop Your Fruits!
For the Omega VRT400, we core our Apples and then chop them into smaller pieces.
Lemons are also chopped into smaller pieces. If you want a sweeter lemon flavor you can always keep the rinds on the lemon.
Step 4: Rinse and De-Stem Your Vegetables!
-Tear leaf matter away from stem
-Put stems into food waste
-Add to ingredient bowl
When eating vegetables from your own garden or a grocery store it is important to wash the leaves, to clean off any pesticides or insects.
Additionally, plants have different nutrients allocated to different areas of the plant. Stems and roots have more potassium/phosphorous while leaf's have more nitrogen. We de-stem our vegetables, to make it easier for both the juicer and our bodies to process!
We compost any leftover material to make sure the nutrients in the stem of the leaf are added back into our soil, and not forever lost in land fills.
Step 5: Remove the Tops and Bottoms of Carrots and Celery
-Chop into more manageable pieces
What parts you keep, or compost, determines the flavor of your juice. If you're aiming for a smooth flavor remove the tops and roots of celery and carrots. And if you're feeling adventurous juice the entire carrot!
Step 6: Setting Up for Juicing
After all the Ingredients are chopped up into manageable pieces for the juicer there is only one place left for those delicious vegetables..
Step 7: Juicing
Any order you put the ingredients in the juicer is fine. If the juicer gets clogged add fibrous vegetables such as celery; often they will dislodge any pulp clogging the juicer.
Step 8: Compost Remaining Pulp
Once you've gone through all your Ingredients let the juicer run for two minutes to get any remaining juice out.
We add the pulp and all other waste vegetable/fruit waste to our food waste compost.
Step 9: Pour the Kombucha!
Kombucha is a probiotic drink derived from a yeast and bacteria culture. The bacteria inoculates your stomach reintroducing enzymes and bacteria to your stomach, encouraging a healthy digestive system. These same bacteria are revived from the sugar in the juice once added.
Step 10: Add the Juice
Here is a video of the wonderful reaction between the kombucha culture and juice.
Step 11: Cleaning a Omega VRT400
I recommend you clean your juicer, knives, and board immediately after you juice. You will need a soapy paper towel and a nylon brush.
Cleaning the Juicer & Cutting Board
- Disassemble the juicer
- Rinse each part
- Brush the metal screens with a nylon brush
- Wipe smooth surfaces down with a wet soapy paper-towel
- Rinse each part again
- Leave juicer parts in a place to dry
- Clean the cutting board and knives with a soapy paper towel
- Rinse & leave to dry.
Step 12: Resources
Go experiment and explore the world of juicing with or without Kombucha.
Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy this special drink!