This is the first savoury-based juice to appear on Juice Nation. It’s not the first one that we’ve tried in the juice lab, by any means. In an early juice experiment  we dropped an onion onto the blades of a centrifugal juicer, the result, one of the most intense liquids we’ve come across. We imagined several uses for pure raw onion juice, but have not tested any of them. It wouldn’t be surprising if it could be used as some kind of futuristic fuel. This recipe contains no onions but the base ingredients are more commonly used in salads than drinks.

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An apricot and a plum

August 20, 2012


The juicer had been primed for a savoury voyage (recipe to follow, soon). As we removed the bag of fruit and veg from the fridge and opened it to the warm morning, a taut-skinned nectarine rolled over to protect the plum, heavy with sugary ripeness. The pair suggested themselves as a sugary starter and contrast to the savoury, potentially disgusting, follow-up.

The fruit were quite big, together they were cut up into pieces. The plums were particularily delicious, aged purple grape skin covering soft, pond lichen green flesh.

150ml of juice was extracted from the fruits shown. The pulp mix that was pushed out of the nozzle of our juicer was so rich and tasty we stirred a bit into the juice for a ‘with bits’ effect, before running the rest through the grinder again. The mixed juice was ultrasweet, a silky sugar rush that kept the rich and distinct flavours of the fruit in their prime. This satisfying juice would work well diluted, particularly with sparkling water, to stretch out the refreshment.

Frozen juice incoming

August 2, 2012

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Cold as ice, JN has bought a really cheap ice cream maker from Amazon. Expect some fruit & veg based ice cream and sorbet explorations.

While Juice Nation’s London Embassy is a perfect place to catch the summer rays of summer sun, this year, like many others, there has mainly been rain. Olympic London is an exhausted, overstretched, paranoid and angry sponge. A sponge filled to capacity with rain, sweat and grey, sludgy muck. We’ve all got a duty to try to squeeze something out of that sponge, even if it’s just the bits around us, so we don’t get too wet. Today, our method of doing this was to experiment with a juice compound we hadn’t tried before, Peach AND Apricot (PANDA). We got the raw ingredients from a local Turkish supermarket, just under £2 for 500g of Paraguyan flat peaches and 500g of Spanish apricots, both were graded class 2 quality and looked and tasted decent.

The flat peaches, a stunted, almost mushroom-like in appearance, variety we haven’t seen in the UK before, were at the earliest stage of ripeness. The standard apricots at their latest, so juicy the stones could be squeezed out by pinching the fruit with thumb and forefinger. The main sweetness in the juice came from the pulpy apricots with the peaches adding a sweet/savoury accent. Five flat peaches and nine apricots were juiced through the JN masticating juicer. The juice wasn’t filtered and the ripeness of the apricots gave a very pulpy juice, we got approx 400ml.

The first flavour that came to mind on tasting the fresh juice was carrot, perhaps the influence of the colour a deep, vibrant orange, but the juice had an earthy sweetness. There was also an echo of pineapple, a piña colada flashback. The peach flavour stood out well within the apricot sweetness and the combination is distinct. To further dabble with this batch, we diluted the 300ml juice with 250ml of water, this made the compound more drinkable, there was still a full flavour. The juice of half a lime put an accent on the sweetness, as well as heightening the distant neon of the half-forgotten cocktail bar. A dash of imported Jamaican over-proof rum created an interesting but far from perfect juice cocktail. The super-sweet, pungeunt spirit almost sat a bit awkwardly with the juice drink, getting on, but only just. After this test juice we plan to try the PANDA compound with both carrot and pineapple juice, as well as maybe some coconut milk and some rum.

Apple vs apple juice

July 12, 2012

As you can imagine, we trawl through a lot of health claims and pseudo-scientific claptrap about fruit and vegetable juice. It’s refreshing to come across a well written and researched piece on a strange website putting out a message that echos Juice Nation’s mission: treat juice like a sweet drink. The image from NutritionData.com (above) shows that you’re probably best off with an apple for refreshment and nutrition, while an apple juice is still great when you’re thirsty.

The author makes the point that freshly squeezed juice has a much better nutritional content than preserved, seeing pasteurised juices as nutritionally void. JN readers will know we believe freshly squeezed to be generally tastier and leave the nutrition to fresh fruit, which we process through the most popular juicer in the world- the digestive system.

The article: Hanna Brooks Olsen ‘Let’s Just Say It: Most Juice Is Junk Food (Basically)’ in blisstree

(Image by schlymay on flickr)

This post concerns a different kind of juice than we normally deal with, if you’re not into meat, squeamish or have better things to do, we advise looking through the rest of Juice Nation.

A Juice Nation operative, on the way to what would prove to be his final mission, expressed a belief that was met with derision and laughter. It was a belief that his mother had fostered in him, while raising him on a tiny farm on a beleaguered island in the Atlantic Ocean, that the red liquid that comes out of raw and rare meat is juice, not blood.

The thought nagged in my mind after the mission and I conducted some typically cursory web searches. In dedication to the memory of that operative I will relay the findings of a cursory search, so you don’t have to, including the contribution of Jehovah’s Witnesses to this field of ignorance in juice lore.

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Evening draws in on the last day before a summer starts, it’s a good time for a stiff drink. The only readymade mixers available are a really nasty, sweetener infused, Polish budget juicedrink-like drink and a month old cranberry juice drink. Thoughts turned to juicing, thoughts were tired so they turned to easy jucing. This, first, JN cocktail recipe is as simple as can be and as good as it gets for hard-chill in the evening sun.

I used 2 x medium sized, rough looking, lemons and 2 x tsp fine sugar and some London tap water and four good splashes of vodka from the freezer to make two stiff drinks.

The lemons were juiced with a classic plastic manual citrus press and added to glasses containing the vodka. Water was added to dilute the mixture 50:50. Two teaspoons of sugar per glass, stirred in, ice would have been nice.

Juice Futures

January 5, 2012

Breaking juice news, from the states. Cold weather has bumped the heck out of the price of orange juice. (Wall Street Journal)

Juice Incoming

April 28, 2011

The past eight months at Juice Nation have been characterised by adventure, tragedy, heartbreak and web silence. This should change soon, thanks for your patience.

Pomegranate & Orange Juice, Mitre, Greenwich, December 23rd 2010

Strawberries are summer, swollen by warm showers, deep red bulbs suspended close to the soil. The true strawberry season runs from June to August and although most supermarkets sell only one, commercially optimised, variety if you search a bit wider you’ll find a wide range of the beautifully aromatic, carnal berries. For a fine morning juice we combined a dozen delicious strawberries with four class II clementines. The soft warm sweetness of the berries blended with the cheap, imported, clementine’s tarty sweetness to create a subtly fresh and light juice with the colours of a summer sunset.

12 Strawberries
4 Clementines
Put through Matstone single-auger masticating juicer

The raw ingredients

Around 350ml of juice was produced