Norwalk’s Juice of the Month for July is carrot, beet, and cucumber juice. Here are some helpful tips for juicing and storing your juice.
Carrots should be at room temperature. Insert Grid #2 into the grid holder and slide it into the feed tube of your Norwalk Juicer. Hook the bag onto the knob on the front of the housing, and place a deep glass baking dish under the bag and juice tray. Because of the high moisture content in the produce, there will be extra liquid flowing from the bag during the grinding process and the baking dish under the bag will catch this. After turning on your Norwalk, insert the first carrot into the feed tube. Use the pusher to push the first carrot halfway through the feed tube. Add the next carrot into the feed tube, while gripping it firmly as you push it down. Using the pusher, continue to feed carrots into the feed tube, always keep at least half of the feed tube to be full before adding more, to avoid throwback. If carrots are too big to fit into the feed tube, cut them into quarters and insert enough carrots to fill the feed tube. Grind beets and cucumbers in the same way.
Bags should only be filled to one third. Bags come folded in thirds and should always be stored that way. Fold the bag into thirds now, keeping the pulp in the center third. Place the folded bag onto the center of the juice tray.
Repeat these steps for the second bag. Always juice with two bags and check that the juice tray is centered on the press plate.
Turn on your Norwalk, and turn the press lever to press your juice. Do not let the tray sit fully pressed for longer than 10 seconds, before turning the press lever off and letting the juice tray down. Turn off the Norwalk.
Empty the pulp from the bags into the trash and repeat the juicing process until you’ve juiced all of your produce.
The extra liquid in your glass baking dish can be strained through a fine mesh sieve and added to your finished juice.
Juice needs to be stored quickly to stay fresh and reduce oxidation. Pour into small glass jars for storing in the refrigerator, leaving only enough room at the top of the jar for the lid. This ensures there is limited oxygen in the jar, and will keep your juice fresh longer.
If freezing, leave 3/4 to an inch of room in the top of the jar for expansion. Carrot, beet, and cucumber juice will store in the back of the freezer for 30-60 days.