In the first two parts of this little series on juicing, we covered some of the benefits of juicing and a few common concerns when it comes to juicing on the road. So now that you know a bit about how easy and healthy juicing your own fruits and vegetables can be, let’s take a look at some of the produce items you might want to consider juicing.
Due to the particular nuances of RV juicing, it is always a good idea to start out by having some staples on hand that are easy to store and will keep well while on the road. While you can certainly pick up produce along the way, there might be days when you do not feel like leaving the campground to find a grocery store or when you have gone miles and miles without seeing a produce stand.
Here are some basic juicing ingredients you might want to consider stocking up on before leaving home:
Garlic – Fresh garlic cloves are easy to store and will likely last your entire trip. They are also something you will likely use in your regular cooking, making them a great addition to your pre-trip shopping list. Garlic has a strong flavor, and most people prefer to use no more than one peeled garlic clove when juicing.
Onion – Like garlic, onions keep well and are something you will use regularly in other cooking. Due to its robust flavor, you will want to use only very small quantities of fresh, peeled onion in your juices.
Carrots – Carrots are a juicing mainstay and are an easy, affordable option that works well as a base for a variety of juices. Scrub them with a vegetable brush or peel them before juicing.
Celery – Celery is another popular ingredient that will keep well in your RV’s refrigerator and is perfect for adding to just about any juice. Keep in mind that celery has more sodium than most vegetables, so you might want to limit the number of stalks you use if you are watching your sodium intake.
Other fruits and vegetables that are great for juicing include cucumbers, tomatoes, purple cabbage, kale, spinach, apples and pears. Produce stands and farmers’ markets are the best places to find locally grown, fresh produce, but you can also often find organic, locally grown items at major grocery stores as well.
When juicing leafy greens – like kale or spinach – you might find that it can be pretty challenging to get much juice out of them. This can be helped by putting the leafy greens in your juicer with a tougher vegetable – like a couple of carrots – that the greens can wrap around. This will allow your juicer to more easily process them and produce more juice.