Thinking About Buying a Juicer? Consider These Points Before You Invest + A Preview of My Tiny Kitchen

22 February 2021

Hello, friends! It's been three weeks since I moved out of my family's house to a two-bedroom unit somewhere in the South, and it's been lovely so far. Most of my time is being spent working, but my boyfriend j and his family and I have been able to squeeze in organizing my new home and making it livable. So far we have painted over the old accent walls and what a great improvement the new colors have been! I feel happy every time I look at them, and it's truly been lovely.

The living room accent wall has been transformed from a terracotta brown to the loveliest sea-foam green

My bedroom accent wall meanwhile has been painted from a dreary gray to a cheery lemon yellow. 

I've also been loving my kitchen. I love baking but I didn't care about cooking, but now it's something I enjoy doing, as long as I'm not busy working. I still don't like the food prep part, though, because I don't like chopping onions and garlic (I hate the texture) so I assign J to do it whenever I can. I still do it when he's not available, though. 

One of my favorite things in my tiny kitchen is my Instant Pot. It's so easy to cook with this magical equipment because you turn it on, you dump every thing in, and it's done with minimal effort on my part! What a lifesaver, I am so glad I bought it for myself as a very early birthday present, heh.

I still need a few things before I can say my kitchen is complete, though. I need an oven and baking pans and tools so I can bake again, a dish rack for my plates and bowls, a decent pot for cooking rice (I bought a rice cooker online but it was delivered to me heavily dented so I had to return it. I already got my refund but since I've already perfected cooking rice manually I think I'll make do without a rice cooker, but I need a nicer and thicker pot than the one I'm using right now), and a juicer.

Juicers are incredibly popular these days because it’s a fantastic way to get lots of nutrients and minerals into your diet in a simple and convenient way. However, many people aren’t convinced that it’s going to stand the test of time and still consider it just a fad. This is completely understandable given that the food industry loves to throw new trends at us every few months. Many of us buy into it with the promise that we’ll lose weight or improve our well-being, but many of us just leave disappointed and with random kitchen tools clogging up our cupboards.

So are juicers another fad destined for the storage cupboard, or is there some longevity to this latest fad?

You’re going to miss out on some fibre
One of the biggest downsides to a juicer is that you’ll be skipping out on the fibre inside fruits and vegetables because the pulp is left behind. You’ll need to look for other sources of fibre, or you can re-use the pulp for various recipes such as cooking soup or in batter for cakes and muffins. However, most people will use it for composting or just throw the pulp out.

You’ll need to learn some recipes
One of the great things about a juicer is that you can learn lots of different juicer recipes and customize them to your preferences. It’s fairly easy to guess the nutritional content of the juice as well if that concerns you. You can mix and match different kinds of flavors, and you can experiment to make your own signature juice. It’s really easy to try out different things, but you should get into the habit of experimenting or else you’ll quickly get bored of the same juices.

You can save money in the long run if you already by premade juices
Premade juices can be extremely expensive. Getting a juicer can be a fantastic alternative if you’re willing to buy the fruits and vegetables in bulk. It’s convenient that you can also bottle them and keep them in your fridge for some time, though people tend to prefer the juice when it’s as fresh as possible. Just remember that you’re not going to start saving money until you use the juicer for a long time.

At the end of the day, juicers are just a kitchen tool
Juicers are just another tool in the kitchen that you can use to make things easier and more convenient. With that said, if you’re not committed to learning different recipes and sticking to it as part of your diet, then it’s not going to help you at all. However, if you’re willing to invest a lot of your time into using your juicer and making it a part of your daily routine, then you’ll definitely see some tangible benefits. It’s ultimately going to be cheaper than buying mixed juice drinks from the supermarket, and you can customize recipes to fit your personal tastes. Just don’t forget about juicer maintenance and invest in a high-quality machine that is sure to last a long time.

So would you have recommendations for me?

I'm also still looking for my perfect rocking chair if you have any leads. ;) I will post a complete home tour after we've gotten rid of the packing boxes my stuff came in!