Hello everyone! I mentioned on my Healthy By Choice Facebook page today that I am doing a liver/gallbladder cleanse. I will go over the cleanse and my experience more in detail in another post.
Today I decided to make pineapple beet juice. Beets are wonderful for cleansing the liver, getting your stomach acid to the proper acidity, adding proper sodium into the body and alkalizing your body (if you are acidic). I like to do mine with 3 medium beets and 1 whole pineapple. I have both organic of course. I did 2 pineapples and 6 beets. It gave me 2 quarts of luscious juice!
Now I know that many people say that juicing is not good because your body needs the whole fruit and vegetable. Which is true. Sometimes I prefer to have some fresh juice instead of eating a bunch of fruits and veggies.
Here is the thing though, I am an armature homesteader (I guess you could say that or wannabe homesteader). My husband and I aren't in the position to have a farm yet, although he has promised me one when he retires from the navy. For now we have to settle for a small garden, trading, line drying, recycling, reusing, and not wasting. It always has bothered me that the pulp is wasted when I juice. I used to make muffins- but I decided today to make fruit leathers. I accidentally cooked mine too long and ended up with fruit chips-- which I actually prefer over the leathers!
<<<<----- Here is what my fruit chips now look like!
Here is what I did:
Turned my oven as low as it would go, for me that was 170.
I took the pineapple and beet pulp and put it through my food processor just to be sure it was properly mixed and pureed.
Take 2 cookie sheets and put parchment paper down. Put the puree mixture on each sheet and spread it as thinly as possible.
Let it cook for about 6-7 hours for leathers, but for chips (which I now prefer and recommend especially if you have children or like to crunch) leave it in for about 8-9 hours. Check it though!
I was lucky enough to buy my beets with the greens still attached! You can imagine my excitement! I find the greens, at times, to be the best part!
I cut off the stalks and put them in with a bone broth recipe that I made today. I took the greens and put them in the freezer. My husband and I will put them in our smoothies since we are out of spinach until we get our CSA in May.
Another way to prepare the greens is to sautee them in coconut oil (or butter), onions, and garlic. They are very yummy that way!
The last thing I had left to use was the skin of the pineapple. I remembered reading on pinterest about making vinegar from pineapple skins.
So I went and found it and decided to give it a try! We will see how it turns out!
You can find the recipe here.
The last thing I did, which is not pictured, was try to grow a pineapple plant from the top of the pineapple!
You can find out how to do this here.
And there you have it! I used everything instead of throwing stuff away! It is a step in the right direction to becoming more green, homesteading, and just saving money!
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Who am I?
My name is Jes! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about! I am the owner of an organic, chemical free skin care product line, called HBC Organics.