So we’ve started juicing and it’s pretty much the greatest thing, ever. I want to have this green juice in particular every day for the rest of my life. I know correlation does not imply causation, but when I drink it, I almost feel like I’m on some sort of natural Adderall. I feel energetic and able to focus and really, really good. I follow this recipe from Choosing Raw exactly. I wasn’t sure green juice would be delicious, but it is.
The only downside of juicing is that it’s expensive. Aside from the juicer, you need a ton of produce. We already get a ton of produce every week and now we need even more if I’m going to have my green juice every day. Ben originally wanted to get a juicer because he thought it would be a good way to use our leftover produce each week but man, I’m kind of obsessed and am going to want more than that. Side note: I’m planning to grow a billion cucumbers this summer.
Making juice got me thinking about stuff we make that we used to buy, and I figured I should do an update on that. We’re still avoiding GMOs and trying to be simple and natural and healthy as much as possible. The good news is that the more we make stuff, the more it seems natural to make stuff, if that makes sense. It doesn’t seem tedious or overwhelming or anything — it feels good.
So here’s a list, with links to recipes (mine or other people’s) when available:
- Laundry detergent: my (vegan) recipe
- Lotion: recipe from A Sonoma Garden
- Deodorant: Honey Rock Dawn recipe (Full disclosure: Ben says this doesn’t work for him but it works for me, although I guess I’m not really stinky (haha if you know me and I’m wrong about that let me know). It lasts forever and doesn’t burn if you apply right after shaving.)
- Ice cream: Cuisinart recipe for peanut butter ice cream — my all-time favorite (I use skim milk instead of whole because that’s what we have around and it makes no difference, decrease sugar to 1/2 cup, and omit the peanut butter cups.)
- Bread: Our current bread rotation is as follows:
- English muffins: Recipe in progress — we’re still in the learning stages of this one.
- Seitan: Our current seitan rotation is as follows:
- Boiled seitan: We’ve used the recipe from Totally Vegetarian by Toni Fiore (no affiliate link) and recipes printed on packages of vital wheat gluten. They’re all pretty similar and work well. This is great for wings and the most similar to the seitan you can buy at the store.
- Baked log-style seitan: Veggeroni (Seitan Pepperoni) (add salt), Seitan Breakfast Snausages (we don’t follow this exactly but it’s a good starting point)
- Seitan crumbles: Seitan Chorizo Crumbles
We’ve always made our own coffee (we grind beans and use a drip coffee maker or occasionally a French press or Toddy). We also make stuff like salad dressing, pie crust/baked goods, and granola . . . and probably other stuff I’m forgetting, too.
With all this making stuff, we have several single-purpose small appliances in our kitchen, which can get annoying: juicer, ice cream maker, bread machine, coffee maker, coffee grinder, deep fryer, rice cooker, in addition to several general small appliances: microwave, electric griddle, crock pot, food processor, stand mixer, toaster oven, blender (which we never use). We also have a waffle iron (got free) and a donut maker (gift) we haven’t used yet. Why have I not made donuts? I have no idea. I should get on that!
Up next on my to-make list: waffles (Soren loves waffles for breakfast and I’d like to make and freeze some instead of buying frozen waffles), pickles (with garden cucumbers), and more cleaning products. Maybe hot sauce. And one day soon, I’d like to make beer. It’s crazy that we haven’t done that yet.