Juicing On A Budget

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Budget Juicing

Juicing can encourage you to follow a healthier diet and be a tasty way to get more nutrients, but cheap juicing is not easy. 

Indeed, jucing can be costly when you realize just how much produce is used for each glass of juice.

And if you want to do it on a regular basis the first thing to consider is your budget.

After you’ve got your budget in place there are avenues to consider for getting your produce, and this article will cover several of them in an attempt to get you your wish of cheap juicing.

CSAs and Farmer’s Markets

We need to consider where you actually buy your produce. Some of the most popular options for cheap juicing and buying large amounts to save money is to go through local farmers, such as farmer’s markets, CSAs, and co-ops.

CSA

The first option, which is often the most convenient, is a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

CSAs might work differently depending on where you live, but typically you get a box every week or month with your fresh produce. These are often from local farmers, offered at a substantial discount, and not produce you pick yourself.

Co-Op

Your next option for getting affordable produce from your local farmers is with a co-op. This is similar to a CSA, except instead of having a box delivered to you on a routine basis with produce you didn’t choose, you go to a location that is more similar to a small supermarket.

  • You will need to become part of the co-op, which usually requires signing up and paying a small fee.

Farmer’s Market

You can also find a local farmer’s market where you can buy lots of different types of fresh produce.

The trick here is to really pay attention to the prices, and then compare these prices to other farmer’s markets.

  • Not all are cheap, and some are more expensive due to being organically grown, which is often perceived as being worth a premium.

Grow Your Own—Cheap Juicing At Its Finest

There is potentially no better option for cheap juicing than to grow your own, especially if you like the idea. You need to get good at it though, otherwise it can end up costing you more.

Some things to consider:

  • Caring for the produce can sometimes be time and labor-intensive.

  • You need to live in a climate allowing you to grow the produce.

  • You might not have it year-round, depending on your climate.

  • You must have good soil.

Produce You Only Have to Grow Once

Some things you can only use and grow once, while others (like tomatoes) just keep growing.

They include:

  • Celery

  • Carrots

  • Avocado

  • Potatoes

  • Tomatoes

  • Mushrooms

  • Cilantro

With the tomatoes, they will keep growing on the vine until you remove it, where avocados can grow from the pit of a previous avocado. Carrots re-grow by using the carrot tops.

Cheap Juicing Produce

Let’s consider the type of produce to choose for cheap juicing, which might be especially useful when first starting out.

These tips simplify the juicing process as well as curb costs.

High Water Content

The reason juicing can be expensive is because it uses a lot of produce in order to create enough juice to fill a glass.

And if you are juicing for multiple family members, or more than once a day, the costs can skyrocket quickly.

  • One of the best things you can do to counteract this is to focus more on the fruits and vegetables with a high water content.

More water content means they go further, thus requiring less of any other ingredients you decide to add.

You probably already have some examples of such things in mind, such as celery, cucumber, some lettuces, and fruits like tomatoes, but other options with high water content include:

  • Apples

  • Watermelon

  • Honeydew melon

  • Cantaloupe

  • Oranges

  • Carrots

  • Cabbage

Of course, all fruit and veg has a high water content, but some are better than others.

Select Cheaper Produce

Cheapest Fruits
  • Lemons

  • Limes

  • Celery

  • Apples

  • Cucumbers

Next Cheapest
  • Watermelon

  • Pears

  • Papaya

  • Nectarines

  • Kiwi

  • Honeydew

  • Grapefruit

  • Bananas

  • Apricots

  • Tangerines

Avocados can be cheap or expensive, depending on where you live.

Cheapest Vegetables
  • Carrots

  • Pumpkin

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Broccoli

  • Parsley

  • Various greens

Frozen Veg

Frozen veg can be very cheap compared to fresh, but it doesn’t juice quite the same.

Regardless, if you like the juice that comes from frozen veg then frozen veg should be high up on your list of ingredients for cheap juicing.

  • Lots of water will come out when you defrost it since freezing freezes the water inside the cells, which ruptures the cells due to the expansion and so it isn’t retained inside the cells when defrosted.

Start with Minimal Juicing Recipes

Finally, when you start juicing, don’t try to use 10 different types of fruits and vegetables in a single glass because the costs will be outrageous—and the work involved in the recipes will most likely keep you from wanting to juice every day as well.

  • To save more money and make juicing a simple, healthy activity to participate in daily, look for more simplified recipes.

Organic Vs. Non-Organic

Organic is not really something you should be looking at if you want cheap juicing since it’s nearly always higher in price, but you shouldn’t feel negative about this (the reasons for which we’ll cover below).

After all, whether you buy organic or non-organic, the most important thing is to make sure you’re eating fruit and veg in the first place.

  • Only after you’re already eating a healthy diet should you bother thinking about whether you want your produce to be organic or non-organic.

  • As you know, organic produce can be considerably higher in price.

Moreover, at least to us, the arguments around organic produce seem more ideological than scientific, for four main reasons:

So the idea of going organic, at least for health reasons, is not as favourable as some like to claim, and it will almost certainly not align with your cheap juicing wish.

Although you should wash produce before you juice it.

Simple Recipes For Cheap Juicing

Lastly, here are a few simple recipes that you can start out with in your cheap juicing endeavours. Each uses affordable produce and only minimal varieties.

Simple green juice

  • For a basic green juice, start with greens of your choice, like kale or spinach.

  • Add in some pineapple (without the skin), a green apple, and ½ to a full cucumber.

  • Simple and delicious!

Berry juice

If you prefer more of a fruity, berry flavor, you can do mostly berries, but it’s still beneficial to add a vegetable with a neutral flavor, like celery.

  • Just add however many berries you want for juicing and juice them up.

  • Add an apple or two, some celery, and a peeled lemon or orange.

Tropical green juice

To make it more tropical, just pick 2-3 tropical fruits and combine it with spinach and kale, or a mixture of both.

  • Try some cantaloupe, papaya, and mango.

  • Add in an apple for extra sweetness and to cover up the flavor of the greens a bit.

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