National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day today
Everyone loves a glass of fresh squeezed juice in the morning – it’s refreshing, delicious and gives you a healthy boost so that you can start your day in the right way. While fresh squeezed juice is great in itself, many recipes can also be enhanced by adding a juice of some kind too.
It’s National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day on January 15th and this day celebrates everything to do with the juice, from its many varieties to its various uses, to its enormous health benefits.
Not only a great way to meet your fruit and vegetable requirements during the day, having fresh squeezed juice with a meal or using it as an ingredient in particular is a great way of adding different textures and flavors to various recipes.
There are many methods to squeezing juice from your fruit and vegetables – and the best way is really whatever is easiest for you! Most people like to do it manually to get the pulp, whereas others prefer a liquidiser so that the juice is smoother to drink or to use in cooking.
Juicing Hard Fruit and Veggies
It is most difficult to get the juice out of harder items of fruit or vegetables, therefore a good juicer with a centrifugal mechanism works best as the small blade within the machine can tackle tougher skins and flesh. This makes it easier to make smoothies containing hard vegetables such as carrots or cucumber.
Juicing Soft Fruit and Veggies
A manual juicer is fine for you if you don’t mind working your arm as you squeeze the juice out of your fruit or veg of choice. However, even a cheap juicer can save you a lot of time and effort and will see much faster results – hopefully with a good amount of juice squeezed too.
Recipes Using Fresh Squeezed Juice
Orange Buttermilk Pancakes
You will need:
- 3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 5 tbsp melted butter
- 2 tbsp finely grated orange zest
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- Vegetable oil
Mix all ingredients together and beat until smooth. Add oil to a skillet and place over a medium heat. Using about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, pour onto the hot skillet (this will make between 4 and 6). When bubbles appear over the top of the pancakes and edges are beginning to look a little dry, turn and brown the other side lightly. Adjust heat as necessary to brown evenly.
Chicken in Apple Juice
You will need:
1 (3 1/2 lb.) chicken
2 onions, cut in chunks
1 c. apple juice
Juice of 2 lemons
Salt to season
Place chicken in roasting pan. Spread onion chunks in pan. Pour enough apple juice in pan to come up about 3/4 inches. Pour lemon juice over chicken. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Roast uncovered in a preheated oven at 350F for 1 1/2 hours. Basting frequently.
Here are another 5 recipes using fresh squeezed juice:
- Orange juice pancakes recipes
- Chicken with lemon juice recipes
- Juice glaze recipes
- Lemon juice dessert recipes
- Key lime tarts recipes
Fresh squeezed juice can add so much flavor and freshness to many recipes.Back to all blogs