Homemade Juices and Drinks

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Homemade Citrus Soda Pop

Servings: 1

1 fresh lemon
1 fresh lime
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
1 cup plain soda-water
3 ice cubes

Special equipment:

Instructions: Cut the lemon in half crosswise. Use a citrus juicer to squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Measure out 2 tablespoons of juice and pour it into the blender.

Cut the lime in half crosswise. Use the citrus juicer to squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Measure out 2 tablespoons of juice and pour it into the blender.

Add the orange juice concentrate, soda-water and ice cubes to the blender.

Place the lid tightly on the blender and blend until the soda pop is well mixed and frothy, about 30 seconds.

Pour into a cup and serve immediately.

"I just juice what I like... Apples make several things better. I juice because I have dentures and raw vegetables are so hard to eat. You can get a good juicer at a low price or spend more and get one with a larger hole to put the things you want to juice. I like cabbage, but it makes the juice thicker and I don't like that. I juice lots of carrots as they are so good for you, but better with celery and apples. It's lots of work, but well worth the time." From D.

Our good friend Nancy sent along the following recipe. She said she found it in Backwoods Home Magazine but that she has made it many times and is what they really like.

By the way I did make a batch of tomato juice once with my Vita-Mix using the skin and seeds and we did not care for the flavor of it at all. Just thought I'd let you know my experience :)
Here's the recipe:
22 lbs tomatoes. ( I figured this to be a 5 gallon bucket full of tomatoes)
2 qt. celery chopped
2 beets chopped
3/4 cup carrots chopped
3/4 cup onion, chopped
3/4 green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup chopped parsley.
bottled lemon juice
salt-1 tsp per quart
Wash and core tomatoes, cut into quarters.  ( You don't need to core if you have a Victorio Strainer.) Chop all vegetables. Add tomatoes and vegetables in a large kettle. Slowly bring to a simmer and simmer 20 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking. Mash the vegetables as they begin to soften. Run the mix through a food mill, (I have a Victorio Strainer). Put in jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Add salt to each quart and 2 TB bottled lemon juice to each quart. Process quarts in boiling water bath for 40 minutes or pressure can at 10  pounds for 15 minutes. ( I prefer to pressure can.)

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Fasting to Freedom, this is a book for sale but the page has a listing for recipes with lots of great information. Don't know about that fasting part.

This is a post from a person named Durgan: ...utilizing the most useful appliance, the simple blender. Consumption of more fruit and vegetables is emphasized by the food guide.
I have used several juicers over the years and found all wanting. Most are very difficult to clean and eventually one quits using them. Also they are wasteful in that the pulp (fiber) is not utilized. 
About 35 percent of the nutrients of fruits and vegetables exists in the pulp. This pulp is usually discarded with most juicers. Select RAW; pineapple, peppers, oranges, grapefruit, carrots, bananas, melon, cranberries frozen or fresh, strawberries, raspberry, blueberries, lettuce, spinach, peaches, kiwi, nectarine, plums, broccoli, grapes, tomato, pear, and in the summer I utilize any garden vegetable available. Bean sprouts are not particularly suitable, since the end product is overwhelmed by its flavor. Skin thinly (I don't trust using the skin since I am somewhat concerned about herbicide and pesticide residue) and, cut into reasonable size pieces and put into the common blender, add the necessary amount of water to blend to an even consistency. Usually I make a one or two liter quantity at one time, and wrap the remaining fruit and keep in the refrigerator until needed. The product may be consumed as a liquid or simply eaten with a spoon depending upon the consistency of the mixture. I have been doing this many years, and consume far more fruit and vegetable than I ever would were the fruit eaten individually. Also the variety is much greater.... For a refreshing cold drink in the summer, sometimes I throw a few ice cubes in the blender with the mixture. I use any fruit or vegetable available now, but the typical juicy fruits are the predominant component, and the others are added in appropriate quantities. I fine melons, pineapple, oranges, lemons, and limes probably make a good base. Fresh produce is used depending upon availability, but frozen works fine. The mixture can be a beat to almost nothing with the addition of the appropriate amounts of water. Above all, this has to be better than any of the so called fruit juices that one buys in the supermarkets.