Norwalk’s Juice of the Month for June is celery juice. Here are some helpful tips for juicing and storing celery juice.
Insert Grid #1 into the grid holder and slide it into the feed tube of the 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 celery, there will be extra liquid flowing from the bag during the grinding process and the baking dish will catch this. Bags should only be filled to one third. After turning on the Norwalk, insert enough celery to fill the feed tube. Hand feed the celery into the top of the feed tube. Place the pusher on top of the celery push down. Continue feeding celery into the feed tube, always allowing at least half of the feed tube to be full before adding more, to avoid throwback. 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 2 bags and check that the juice tray is centered on the press plate.
Turn on the 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 the celery.
Celery is a very fibrous vegetable and those fibers can wrap around the grid holes during the triturating process. This will make grinding difficult. Please use the grid slide to scrape the fibers from the grid as needed if it becomes filled with the fibers from the celery.
The extra liquid in the glass baking dish can be strained through a fine mesh sieve and added to the 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 the juice fresh longer.
If freezing, leave 3/4 to an inch of room in the top of the jar for expansion. Celery juice will store in the back of the freezer for 30-60 days.