Monday, June 22, 2009

Wheat Grass?

This is a picture of my wheat grass. I planted it this spring in anticipation of owning a juicer and being a healthy happy person by the time it was ready to harvest. Well, as you can see, it is ready to harvest. I don't own a juicer, and I haven't yet become the sort of person who craves a shot of wheat grass over a shot of whiskey.

I have, however, done my research. I have friends who own juicers and they all think the one they own is the best. I'm leaning towards the Breville Juice Fountain Compact mainly because it is cheaper and smaller than the Juice Fountain Plus. I'm really not sure about it. What if I get the smaller version and it just doesn't cut it? 

Here's another dilemma: even if I do pull the trigger and buy the juicer, I've heard that it won't work for wheat grass. You need a wheat grass juicer. I'm okay with that, but there are two choices there as well. There's a manual wheat grass juicer for around $50 or the supposedly much better electric version for closer to $100. 

My health lies in the balance as I ponder these important decisions over my third glass of wine of the evening. What should I do Glass Half Full readers? Should I sink my money in the juice and bring you nothing but healthy ideas for bloody mary's? Or should I spend my money on a good bottle of aged rum and forget all this healthy nonsense?


  1. I vote for the bottle of aged rum. You can go to the Juice Co in Urbandale and have them make you a juicy drink --with wheat grass!-- when you feel like it.

  2. I agree with H, it's really a toss up between the aged Rum or stock up on Tito's Vodka. I mean, wheatgrass sounds like it's something that needs to be around the house, like an aloe vera plant, but it doesn't mean you actually need to use it every day.
    Can we talk about me for a sec?
    I need you to make me a True Blood drink that looks like blood, but doesn't taste like tomatoes, which could instantly induce vomiting for me when consumed in liquid form. I want to feel extra vampy and drunk when I watch that show, and I'm really not sure what to drink. Then I thought if any body could make me a deelish vampire drink, you could... or Matt, but I'm betting on you.

  3. I really like wheat grass, it tastes a lot sweeter than you would think. I went to a lunch & learn a while ago with Kerri from Fresh Market & Cafe in WDM, she knows everything about it. I think she sells the kind of juicers at her store that work for it, because, yes you do need a special kind to actually get anything out of it. If she doesn't sell them, she would be able to tell you what kind to get. She also has a booth at the downtown farmers' market.

  4. Great information Dan--thank you. Sarah, I have just the drink for you. It's so exciting because I've been thinking about this for a long time and now I have a reason to just go ahead and do it. More to come.

  5. There's a juicer place online tht sells hand-cranck grass juicers for like $60, but if you don't like it, you can return it and apply the $60 toward the $100 electric. I love Omega - I have one a veggie one (Craigslist) and have heard great things about their masticating ones, too. Either way, it's not cheap and you don't know if you'll keep it up - shoot for someone else's castaway juicer til you know.