Best Way to Consume Leafy Greens From Your Garden: Make Juice


Hi, this is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com.
I have another exciting episode for you. So I’m here in my garden and in my garden, one
of the biggest questions I get a lot is: ‘Hey John, do you eat everything that you grow?’
Well I can’t eat everything I grow, it would probably be almost physically impossible.
I probably could do it if I really wanted to and eat nothing else but I like to eat
a wide variety of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables and other things as well, so I don’t eat everything
I grow. But that being said I eat a good portion of what I grow. I know some people could be
saying ‘Well John, in the winter time you’re growing mostly greens, do you really eat all
those greens and how do you eat them?’ Well you know some people may eat greens in a salad
and some people may steam them up, cook them up like that, but that’s not actually my way
I like to do it. I like to eat them in a salad and the other way to use them is to juice
them! So today is going to be an episode of me harvesting some of the greens in my garden
and making a delicious vegetable juice with it. Now when juicing, you literally turn one
leaf of broccoli for example into like that much juice. So while it looks like I may have
a lot of food here, once you start juicing it man it goes really quick so you could actually
burn through a lot of produce really quick so it only makes sense if you are into juicing
to start growing your own greens, because then you’re going to save a lot of money.
You could buy a whole head of kale or collards or broccoli raw greens for like two, three,
maybe four bucks, depending on where you live and it’s going to turn into like that much
juice, but when you grow it all, it’s all free, you could juice to your heart’s content
and it doesn’t cost you anything, except some time and love to grow some of these plants.
So let’s go around my garden and pick some of the greens we’re going to be juicing today.
First we’re going to pick some greens. I’ve already got some broccoli greens and now some
collard greens. You can see in this front bed here, my spinach is coming up down below
and I got some collards and broccoli and kale coming up around it, so what I’m going to
do is go around the bottoms and pick some of the nice stalks like this that are blocking
the spinach and blocking the sun. So if you are growing an understory I would highly encourage
you to try to pick the stuff that’s blocking or shading out the other stuff. Let’s see
here’s a nice red Russian kale leaf. Here’s another large leaf here, all kinds of mixed
greens. Here’s another one shading out a lot of stuff here, pick that one up. Now when
harvesting, what I’m going to do is go around to each plant and pick like one leaf of every
plant. I’m not picking two leaves off any singular plant unless they are really shading
out stuff. I like to go around and pick some of the larger leaves. The larger leaves are
better for juicing and the smaller leaves are better for eating. Well I think I’ve got
a nice bunch of greens here, let’s go over to the bok choy which is actually taking over.
We’ve got a lot of crazy bok choy and one of my favourite things to do with the bok
choy is to actually juice it up, especially when the leaves are getting really large just
like this. Let me show you this leaf guys, this leaf is insane. This is a singular bok
choy leaf and check it out, peekaboo, I see you! That was the part for the kids. But seriously
this bok choy is the size of my head, it’s totally amazing. Now my favourite part of
the bok chow is not the greens, it’s the nice juicy stalk, it’s nice water rich, has a mild
flavour, not even as strong as celery, just watery and aw, so good! This would make an
excellent juice in the juicer, to add high water content to your juice and also a nice
flavour. So I’ve got a knife, I’m just going to take out some of these flowering tops here,
check it out, we can juice all this up stem and all. Now we want to cut this stem up,
depending on the juicer you’re using. Now the cool thing is this plant here started
out as one bok choy plant and as it grew larger it threw up multiple plants. If we harvested
this young it would look like what you get in the grocery store, but since we waited
we get multiple plants. Now let me show you guys what I mean here. I’m going to go ahead
and take a knife here and cut this stem out. So here is one whole head of bok choy that
we just cut out of the plant, but if we go up close we can see that this one bok choy
plant has made multiple heads now. In this area here, we’re just going to cut this one
out. There it is, there’s another whole head of bok choy and check it out, here’s even
more heads coming up, here’s another head shooting off to the side, another nice head
here, let’s cut this one off too. Check it out, yet some more bok choy. This is one plant,
I got two heads and there are at least three heads on this plant so at this point, since
they are going to flower and seeding, I’m not concerned about ripping them up, since
I got so many. Another good thing to juice is bug damaged or insect damaged leaves. So
you can see over here we got some leaves that got some damage to them and they’re not too
but, but you wouldn’t want to serve these to guests as a salad, they’d be going ‘Man,
what’s up with the Swiss cheese greens?’ But your juicer doesn’t care – it’ll juice these
up, just fine, and provide you some really good and nutritious juice. In addition, the
flowering tops are also very juicable, so you could obviously pick these as broccoli,
although I think this is collards. You can just snap these guys off and use these for
juicing. Also snapping off the flowering tops will hopefully promote more leaf growth but
at this point it might be very difficult to get them coming out again. At this point you
can just keep picking them and hope for some more leaf growth before it goes to flower.
Alright so we’re just going to go ahead and pop a bunch of these guys off, the flowering
tips, and it’s another good thing to add to the juice. Another good thing I’m growing
is the celeriac, the celeriac is actually celery but it’s grown for the roots so it’s
actually just celery root or celeriac. But what many people don’t know is that you can
also harvest the tops, or just standard celery, so we can just break off from the plant and
this stuff is nice and delicate. Now this stuff is quite fibrous, it does have a good
flavour, but you may not want to eat it. It will give you that great celery flavour in
your juice, so an excellent thing to do with your celery root tops. You can also actually
juice the celery roots. We’re just going to grab a few more tops before we head over and
juice them up. But before I do, you may not want to juice the celery leaves, they can
get quite strong. I’m going to juice mostly just the stems without the leaves. Now I’m
ready to juice. We have the Omega Vert 350 hd juicer. Now this is probably my favourite
juicer right now for juicing the combination that I’m going to juice today. Now there are
many different kinds of juicers and I’ve got to get a plug in for my business which is
Discountjuicers.com. On my website discountjuicers.com we show many different juicers that you can
use to juice fruits and vegetables. Now if you juice mostly leafy greens and these green
foods, you want to get what’s known as the slow rpm juicer. I would recommend either
the Omega Vert 350 hd or 330 hd or the Omega 8004 or 8006. Each of those models and their
pros and cons and I have a whole other YouTube channel that is dedicated to sharing with
you which juicer will juice certain produce items better or worse than the others. I like
the Omega Vert because it does a wide variety of things. It runs at a slow rpm or low rpm,
only 80 revolutions per minute to ensure you get the highest quality of juice and also
it’s fairly efficient at the leafy greens. That being said, the Omega Vert, you do need
to pay some attention and you do need to learn to use it properly for it to get the best
results for you. So to use it properly, what we first need to do is prepare all our produce.
We have the bok choy here, and what we’re going to do on the bok choy is we’re going
to chop it up into little sections. The Omega Vert has a problem juicing things with long
strings in it. Much like the celery, which would be a classic example. If you pull this
apart you can see the long strings which tend to get jammed up in the machine. So we’re
going to cut it up. It’s a really easy step. I’m just getting a knife here and cutting
it up into little dices, into little pieces. So I have a nice big cutting board where I’m
going to process or cut up all my vegetables before I juice them up. So there’s all the
bok choy, you can see I have a nice bok choy shredded up. This could be a bok choy salad,
or you could juice it. The next thing we’re going to do is we’re going to take the celery.
Again with the celery, I don’t want to take too much of the tops, so we’re going to go
ahead and cut off a bunch of these tops and put them in the compost and we’re going to
juice the main stalks. Once again, very important on the celery stalks, we need to cut them
into very small little pieces so that they don’t jam or clog up the juicer. Now this
step of cutting is not needed on all juicers, just the Omega Vert. Other juicers may be
a bit more forgiving, and that’s one of the downsides of the Omega Vert. So now we’ve
got all our celery cut up on the table. Now I’ve got a big bunch of greens here and what
we’re going to do on the greens once again is we’re going to take a bunch of the greens
and we’re going to do the same thing. Again the stalks on the greens will jam this machine
so we’re going to very carefully cut them up. Take the knife and cut them into small
sections. So I’m trying to do like 1/8th inch sections, the smaller the better, to prevent
clogging of the Omega Vert. When we get to this part which is kind of leafy I like to
just roll these up into a big fat joint. That’s not the right green stuff. Anyway, so once
you have it all rolled up just go ahead and chop it up down the line. Really simple and
really easy, this just helps the juicer break down some of the fibre. Alright so you can
see here I have a whole bunch of shredded greens here, including the stem and we’re
going to move that over here onto the cutting board. Now we have nice little piles of the
bok choy, the celery, the greens that I’ve freshly harvested. In addition we’re going
to add a few things to the juice because juicing only greens, that doesn’t taste too good,
so we want to add a lot more water content. Of course, I could add some more bok choy
in for the water content but sometimes I like my juice a little bit sweeter, so we’re going
to use some apples. We’re going to pre-cut the apples up so they will fit in the machine.
Apples are very easy, and just a few simple slices will cut them up so they will fit in
the feed shoot of the machine. The best apples for juicing are actually something like the
Granny Smith. They have a nice firm texture and help move the pulp through the machine.
Some juicers may have problems juicing apples because they can be soft and make more of
an apple sauce. Besides apples we are also going to add some bell peppers. These are
yellow bells. We’re just going to pull off the top here and compost that and we’ll just
cut this up into pieces that will fit in the machine and yes you can put the seeds and
the white pith in, the machine will extract all the nutrients from them. Alright so now
we’ve got a bunch of piles here on the table. In addition we’re going to put a nice English
cucumber, we’re going to cut off the stem end and what I like to do is cut it in half
and cut it down the middle so we have some nice pieces of cucumber to feed into the Omega
Vert juicer. Oh, and last, we can’t forget the tomato. Now tomatoes are better blended
in my opinion, especially if they are getting a bit soft, but everyone likes that tomato
juice feeling, like that V8. I’ve got eight juices here, so I could call this a V8. The
juice you’re making here runs at a low speed with no heat involved. Standard V8 juice uses
heat and it processed juice and it’s going to taste a lot different to fresh vegetable
juice. Once again, we need to cut the tomato so it will fit into the machine. It’s a nice
juicy heirloom tomato, so we’re just going to cut this in some pieces so we can feed
it into the machine. So once we’ve got the produce all in little piles — we’ve got the
bok choy, the celery, the greens, the apple, the peppers and the tomato and cucumber, we’re
going to turn the machine on and start juicing. It’s relatively simple and really easy to
use a juicer. You can get high speed ones that run really fast, but I prefer the low
speed ones. The low speed ones are more efficient on juicing leafy greens and it’s going to
get a higher extraction or higher yield and also a higher level of nutrition. So to start
juicing, we’re just going to put a handful of everything in at a time. So we’re going
to put a handful of the bok choy, followed by a little handful of the celery, followed
by some of those greens that I just fresh picked. After we put all those in we always
want to put in something nice and watery to help move those greens through so we’ll drop
one cucumber in there. You can see instantly that we’re getting some green juice out. Next,
for sweetness we’re going to drop in an apple, and also some of that pepper. Here it is,
check out some of this pulp, this is the green pulp coming out and this is actually nice
and dry. So what the juicer does is it literally separates the juice from the fibre and it’s
the juice over here that feeds you. We are 70% water and we can only digest things that
are in a liquid state and with the juicer we take the fibre away so you get literally
a shot of your garden in a glass. So we’re going to juice more of this stuff and we’ll
be back at you when we’re done. When you’re done juicing, one of the by-products of the
juicing is a whole bunch of pulp and this pulp is excellent to use to feed the worms
if you guys have worms and of course you can also put this pulp in your compost pile. If
you’re really handy and like to get every last bit out, you could also make salads with
this and do other things, cooking, put it in soups and stews, but for me, I rather feed
it to my worms or my compost bin. So I’m not even done juicing everything that was on my
cutting board and already we have four cups of juice. Now we’re going to go ahead and
turn off the machine and put the pulp catcher there and we’re going to take our juice and
we’re going to strain it. Now all juicers will present some level of foam and pulp and
if you don’t like it just get a little strainer. We have a strainer basket here that we are
going to sieve our juice through, just like that. You can see in that basket, it’s just
catching all the pulp and foam and all the juice it going in the measuring cup – very
simple and very easy. If you don’t mind you can actually drink all the foam and pulp as
well, but I like a nice clean vegetable juice without the pulp, but sometimes I like my
pulp as well. So you can see here we got this, and we can just shake this up a little bit
to get more of that juice in our collection cup. Alright so here is our juice, we got
three full cups of dark green vegetable juice. Now dark green juice is one of the most nutrient
rich things on the planet you can be consuming into your body. We know that leafy greens
are really nutrient dense but when you remove the fibre the nutrients in those leafy greens
are much more absorbable and digestible. What the juicer is doing is breaking down the hard
fibre cells that we don’t have three stomachs like a cow to digest – it does all the hard
work for you. After all, we are just a juice extractor, we eat food and out one end come
the solids and another come the liquids. The juicer will aid you in digestion and make
it easier for your body to absorb the nutrition. Wow that’s actually really good, nothing better
than a home grown, rock dust enhanced, mineral rich green juice, made in your own juicer.
Hopefully this video will give you some ideas on what to do if you are growing your own
greens. Get a juicer and start juicing them today, it tastes great and it’s less filling.
Once again, it’s John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com, we’ll see you next time, and keep on juicing!

100 thoughts on “Best Way to Consume Leafy Greens From Your Garden: Make Juice

  1. Really enjoyed this video
    Always amazed and envious of people who grow their own food.
    I was slightly disgusted that he didn't rinse off those veggies but it was still informative and entertaining none the less.

  2. You do not look healthy… do you go to the gym? Do you take a shower before doing a video? You look like a street person! Clean up your act BRO!

  3. Gee what did ancient man do without a "juicer" ?  Look in to it.  It has been shown that it is healthy to actually chew your food rather than pureeing it.  Mastication is involved with satiety.  Pureeing food also leads to insulin spikes.  Natural greens and fruits sugars are protected by fiber for a reason….   You have your own built in optimum extraction machinery with your teeth, stomach, small and large intestine.

  4. Again, I love you and your videos! You have such a passion for teaching about juicing and growing vegetables!

  5. I love your entusismo, but, you need to desinfect the vegetables before. I think soo…but I love your videos.

  6. Here in my garden, eating fresh fruits and vegetables. But do you know what I like more than fresh fruits and vegetables? HARVESTING FRESH GREEN

  7. thank you so much for these videos. it confirms my decisions and normalizes this way of life for me. and i learn so much. thank you!!

  8. thank you so much for these videos. it confirms my decisions and normalizes this way of life for me. and i learn so much. thank you!!

  9. eat the fiber bro, its actually benefitial, ur stomach likes dat, for pooping. i prefer eating it all.. i love veggies.. 🙂

  10. what did you use for your bokchoy and other leafy greens. They are so big. Mine are not as large and I do compost them.

  11. aww poo i missed my limited window to get one of them fancy shmancy juicers for nuttin but shipping. uuuuuugh, i just killed my hand crank one today too. i could so be a product durability tester lol!!

  12. Im pretty sure you discard much of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals with the pulp. Just the juice is very high in sugars also, especially if you made out of fruits.

  13. I would love to see some zoomed out pics of your garden .. I think your such a health nut (in a good way) .. I think you have watercress and such where you grass used to be 😀

  14. I tried Russian kale and not much juice came from it. 12 pound netted me approx. 2 tablespoons. However there's a lot of condensed concentrated minerals and vitamins in just two tablespoons so I mixed it with my cucumber and summer squash juice.
    My recipe:Green/Yellow summer. squash,cucumber,
    watermelon,carrot, red delicious, and granny green apple,
    Fresh ginger juice, lime juice,a smidge of kale,and clover honey. 👍 😎

  15. Damn I don't know what type of juice are you got probably expensive I got $100 juicer and it never gets jammed up with stocks from celery or anything like that. And yes it does extract use very efficiently.

  16. The Original Juice-man Juicer (The one that's over 25 years old) do not produce pulp. I tried to purchase a new juicers and none of them could compare. (I wanted a new juicer because my waste catcher was lost).

  17. A good tip too is to cook up all your vegetable scraps to make stock. Boil on low for an hour. Include fruit scraps too, apple core etc beetroot and carrot skin everything except citrus peel . Makes a flavoursome broth to cook your grains in or as a base for soup. Helps with eliminating added salt which is a good health aim.

  18. Josh, don't forget to use your teeth and gum by chewing some food. It is necessary to keep your gum around your teeth and your facial jaw muscle exercised !

  19. It's like going shopping in your back yard. Love it! I was wondering how often should I drink a nice leafy greens juice?

  20. You are good at gardening but my head hurts from all that talk. You should consider writing down the subjects you choose to talk about before you film. Or just edit some more.

  21. Do you feed the fibers to the dogs? How do you get the dogs to eat the fiber? I LOVE my new juicer from you. It's awesome and I'm just learning how to use it. The juice is DELICIOUS! I love adding fresh ginger and apple to the greens mmmmmmm

  22. John, your so funny. I was watching you and my husband came in and started watching. You made him laugh so hard. Now he's a fan of yours also. When I refer to you I call you "that funny guy" and he knows just who im talking about.

  23. Om: thanks for video, i realized myself, God states humans to eat food from plants ( leaves, flowers, and it's final product(fruits) ) and water. but not any.

  24. Are you worried about the high amount of oxalates at all?  Make sure to juice 2 lemons with each batch to get enough citric acid to counter the effects of Oxalates. Kidney stones ain't fun.

  25. To all the people who are complaining about losing the fiber, there's no rule that says you can't eat fruits and vegetables and juice too. I juice to get a concentrated amounts of nutrients and antioxidants from plants, and I also eat fruits and vegetables, as well as use them in smoothies. It's not an either/or situation. Sheesh.

  26. Wow, this really helped me. I'm not really into juiced veg but know I should be. I have a noname Chinese juicer similar to the one you used and could never get it to juice celery or cabbage properly. I chopped it across the strings like you show and it works perfectly. Guess I'll eat a little healthier from now on 🙂

  27. This is exactly why I'm here! I'm the worst gardener, but even so sometimes things line up, and a certain plant will really reach for the stars, start taking over the garden, you pick enough of it to make some soup and it doesn't look any different…. I don't want to turn a bunch of edible stuff into mulch! It's funny, you work so hard to have a garden, and there are so many disappointments, and then you're saying "slow down!" to the Amaranth or beans, say. I can also see a big use for this in dealing with stuff that's a little overgrown and would be tough, but is still green.

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