Juicing on a Budget: Tips to Get Started + Delicious Budget Friendly Juice Recipes
Hiya! These days with the rising price of Fruit and Veggies, it’s hard to imagine that you can get started Juicing on a Budget.
The cost of healthy food continues to increase while processed packaged food, drinks and fast food are cheap and can be found everywhere we go.
I’ll show you that Juicing doesn’t have to be expensive. You can create delicious Juice Recipes on any budget. I’ll share my top tips and give you some budget friendly recipes so you can easily get started Juicing and Feeling Amazing!
Here are my Tips and Recipes that will help you Get Started Juicing on a Budget:
Choose Budget Friendly Fruit and Veggies
The veggies below are usually always low in price and yield good amounts of juice:
Carrots, Cabbage, Beets, Lemons, Limes, Apples, Cucumber, Ginger, Oranges, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Zucchini.
Often you can find herbs like Parsley, Mint and Basil for a few dollars or less and they add a High Nutritional Boost and Delicious Taste to any juice recipe.
Watch out for sale prices on veggies like Spinach, Kale and Celery or buy them when they are in season.
Organic Vs Regular Produce
Organic produce is always the best option. Modern growing practices use chemicals, pesticides and GMOs. We know that there can be Serious Health and Environmental Effects of these types of chemicals.
Buying Organic can be a strain on a tight budget. But take a look at what I found when I was grocery shopping the other day..
The prices of the Organic Options for these Veggies are similar to the Non-Organic. I also found that the prices for Organic Bagged Limes and Avocados were cheaper vs buying the Non Organic Single Option. So make sure to take a close look the next time you are at the supermarket.
If Organic isn’t an option, you can clean the Wax and Chemicals off your veggies using Apple Cider Vinegar. Simply fill your sink with cold water and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Let the veggies soak for 10-15 minutes. This is a really cost effective and good alternative to Organic Produce.
Checkout the local Farmer’s Market
If you go near the end of the day you will often find that the prices are discounted.
It’s also worth researching Discount Produce Providers in your Area. I had no idea these existed and by chance saw one of these Warehouses while driving by. And it was busy! Then I found a few others just like it locally. The prices are heavily discounted, often up to 75% off regular supermarket prices, because the produce is usually close to it’s expiration date.
You can buy the Produce and Juice it that day, or Freeze it.
Buy Frozen Fruit and Veggies
Frozen Fruit and Veggies are usually a fraction of the price and you can juice produce if it has been frozen – you will just need to thaw it first. Tip: make sure to sandwich it between other hard fruits and veggies, e.g. apples when juicing to ensure maximum juice extraction.
Another way to use Frozen Produce is to Juice the Fresh ingredients you have, then transfer the freshly extracted juice to your blender along with a handful of frozen produce. Then blend it for 10 seconds.
You can buy Frozen Fruit and Veggies at the Grocery Store for 1/3 of the price (or less) than the fresh version. For example, at my Grocery Store, you can get 600g of Frozen Fruit or Veg for $3.97. Typically 100g of the fresh option is around $2-3. The price gets even cheaper if you buy the Larger Frozen Bags.
If you need some blending inspiration, check out some of my tasty recipes here which use fresh juice with added frozen fruit or veggies.
You will need a Juicer
Juicers are becoming very common and you can find a Juicer that fits almost any budget. A Fast (Centrifugal) Juicer costs around $60-$80. Cold Press Juicers are more expensive and can start from $120.00.
If you are a beginner to Juicing, I’d recommend a Fast Juicer. They are cost effective, and easy to use and clean.
I’ve had the Oster Stainless Steel Juicer for 6 years (at the time of writing this post) and it cost $79.99.
Some reviews might tell you that Fast Juicers don’t last long and yield less Juice, but this hasn’t been my experience.
The pulp from my Juicer is bone dry (which means that the Juicer is efficient at extracting the Juice) and it has lasted me for 6 years. Not a bad investment! What I like especially about it, is that it has an extra wide chute so you don’t have to chop the produce before juicing. It’s also really easy to clean and assemble back into place.
If you compare the cost to a coffee maker, food processor or other kitchen gadget which most of us own, a Juicer is similar in price. If you don’t already have a Juicer, I recommend this one (affiliate link) – it’s worked so well for me and stood the test of time! The last thing you need is your equipment breaking down.
Storing your Juices
If you are making your Juices ahead of time, the best way to store them are in airtight flasks. This will prevent the Juice from Oxidizing. Watch out for flasks when they are on sale and stock up.
Another good option is to use Mason Jars and you can buy them at any Dollar Store for around $1 each.
You can also use Freezer Bags which are extremely low cost and work well if you are freezing juices. Once you have poured the juice in, squeeze out the excess air, seal the bag and lay it flat in your freezer.
To help you get started Juicing on a Budget, I’ve created some budget friendly juice recipes. They all cost around $2 or less and taste fantastic! If you like the recipes leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear from you!
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