If you are thinking about taking up juicing while on the road, you have probably already thought of a few roadblocks that might initially seem to make RV juicing inconvenient or nearly impossible when you are away from home. Let me assure you that enjoying the benefits of juicing while RVing is entirely possible and far more convenient than you might think.
So let’s address some common RV juicing concerns one at a time.
1. Juicers are expensive.
This can be true in some cases. It really just depends on the juicer you decide to buy. While you can easily spend a few hundred dollars on a high-end juicer – or even well over a thousand – you can find a perfectly adequate juicer for RVing for around $60 to $80.
2. Juicers are hard to clean.
Most juicers have four or five components that will need to be washed after each use. To make cleanup easier, you can reuse a plastic shopping bag or produce bag to line the pulp container, which means you will have one less thing to wash. If you cook a meal for two people, cleanup will likely include washing two plates or bowls, two glasses, two sets of utensils, at least one pot or pan, and any cooking utensils you use during preparation. Therefore, cleaning up after juicing is comparable – or even quicker – than cleaning up after cooking.
3. A juicer will take up too much room.
Space is always at a premium in an RV, so this is a perfectly legitimate concern. However, there are smaller juicers on the market that will not take up that much counter or cupboard space, and there are some juicers (like the Vitamix line) that are actually blenders and food processors as well. So if you have a blender in your RV, you could replace it with a combination juicer-blender and still use the same amount of storage space. If you are really concerned about space, you can still at least enjoy fresh citrus juices with a handheld or small, electric citrus juicer.
4. It’s too difficult to consistently find organic and/or fresh produce on the road.
Produce stands and farmers’ markets are the ideal places to find fresh, organic produce while on the road; however, most grocery stores now have at least some organic offerings, which makes it much easier to find organic fruits and vegetables while traveling. You can also stock up on a few items that keep well and can be easily incorporated into a variety of juices before you leave home. This could include carrots, celery, onion, garlic and ginger. This way, if you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with no grocery store in sight, you can still enjoy a fresh carrot-ginger juice or throw something similarly simple together for that day’s juice. For more tips about juicing while on the road, keep an eye out for the coming blog post, Juicing on the Road Part 3: What to Juice and How to Juice It.