Freecycle has turned out to be a great place to get people’s cast-off kitchen appliances. I got our waffle iron from there (and we do make waffles frequently enough to justify it). I got Stacey’s rejected slow cooker (I haven’t yet decided if it’s worth keeping; I’ve used it twice). And now we are the proud owners of a juicer.
Now, a juicer does strike me as the epitome of ridiculous space-hogging appliances that only do one thing. But over the winter my friend Teresa juiced me this crazy fruit-and-veggie concoction that was so good and I felt like a million bucks for the whole day after drinking it. So when I saw someone offering a juicer, I snapped it right up.
The juicer I got is this ancient Champion that weighs roughly as much as an anvil, with another anvil on top. And takes up as much space. But! As soon as I juiced up apples, kale, carrots, ginger, and lemon (while feverishly looking around the kitchen thinking, “What else can I juice??”), I was hooked. Anyone with a brain about color mixing (green + orange = brown) will realize that this mixture looks like death but it is actually delicious and oddly invigorating. And with the amount of sleep I get, I can do with as much invigoration as possible.
Also fun is that you can have it macerate things, to essentially make baby food. Well, I guess that would be fun if Zuzu weren’t rejecting anything with a baby-food texture and only eating food that looks like the food everyone else is eating (she’s no fool). But the woman who gave me the juicer said her kids love frozen bananas put through the juicer this way to make “banana ice cream.” I made this for the kids, and it was really good, but they didn’t eat it because they’d had a bunch of waffles for lunch, thus making it a day all about free appliances.