- Identify various types of manual and electric juicers
- Use various juicing tools
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what does a green juice with 4 kale leaves, 2 carrots, the juice of a lemon, 2 apples, a handful of spinach, two stalks of celery, and a thumb of ginger do for you?
The popularity of juicing and the availability of new machines to make the process easy have given rise to an entirely new dietary concept. People all over the world are now drinking their vegetables. But it’s nothing new to see a recipe that calls for the juice of two lemons.
Reamers, manual juicers, and fruit presses have given way to masticating and centrifugal juicers. In fact, the movie Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead singlehandedly put the Breville Juicer on the map.
Now that we have fancy tools to extract the essence of fruit or vegetable, it’s time to show our kids how to do it. One cup of delicious juice at a time!
Tools & Materials
- Ingredients per recipe
- Juicing tools
Introduction (10 minutes)
Begin the lesson by asking the question “How many of you have ever made fresh squeezed juice before?” Introduce each juicing tool and describe how it is utilized in the kitchen.
Activity (20 minutes)
Prepare sugar water in advance based on the recipe for Honey Sweetened Lemonade. Have the Students extract the juice from lemons using the various tools. Use the fresh lemon juice and other ingredients to make lemonade as a group. Allow the Students to customize their glass of fresh lemonade by adding the seasonal berries of their choice.
Discussion (10 minutes)
Did the fresh lemonade taste like the stuff you buy in a store? Which do you like more? What other drinks could you make with fresh juice? Can you name any recipes that might use fresh juice from fruits or vegetables?
Assessment (5 minutes)
Use the following questions to assess the Students before and after the lesson. Tally the responses of the group in the Assessment Tracking Log for comparison:
- By a show of hands, how many of you have ever made fresh squeezed juice before?”
- Now that you know how to extract juice from fruits and vegetables, how many of you would like to do this at home?
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