I think I must be the last person on earth who is not a member of the Smoothie Appreciation Society. I can see that it's a nice idea, and that if you make one like Barrett's "Blueberry and..." smoothie with little or no sugar it's very healthy. But I have never been a big fan of milk products and fruit mixed together. My sister was the one who loved Strawberry Quik when we were young; I never could see the point. So when I have fruit that is getting a little over-ripe I just like to juice it. Plain and simple. Messy, yes. But oh-so-worth it. And this Sunday, I think I came up with my favourite combination yet.
So what was the magic combination? Three extremely ripe peaches, one crunchy apple, a handful of over-ripe apricots and about a dozen cherries. I use my Moulinex food processor. I tried to find a product description on-line but mine is a ten-year old model and I couldn't find exactly the same one. I suspect it is probably an older version of the Masterchef food processor. Whatever. I love it because it works well for the three main functions I ask of it: grating things quickly, liquidizing soups and sauces and making juice.
The food processor has a set of juicer attachments which do a pretty good job of reducing your solid fruits to a liquid form. (See my messy juicer.)The fruit is forced through the feed tube onto a rough surface that pulps it. The resulting fruit pulp is then is spun with the centrifugal force of the machine against a filter around the edge of the basket, and the juice falls into the container below.
It isn't perfect: just before the bottom of the machine has filled to the top I find that the filter is so covered with fruit sludge that it can no longer handle any new material. When this happens, the sludge starts hitting the top of the machine, where it can fall along the sides outside the juice-extracting basket into the actual juice. (Is anyone following this?)
Anyway, providing you take out the filter from time to time and scrape off the sludge, and providing you don't overfill the bottom with juice, it all works very well. The end product is a bit thicker than your usual store-bought juice but that is easily overcome: I add a little plain water to then juicer when I am through with the fruit to extract any remaining juice and water down the final product. Ice cubes are also a good addition as the fruit juice is even nicer when it's cold. And lastly (and best) I sometimes add a bit of sparkling water to the juice to make a juice spritzers.
We pregnant women have to do what we can to make exciting cocktails!