Cooking with Goji Juice
Sometimes we get into ruts of cooking the same things over and over, living off staple foods. What if I told you that you can spice up these staple foods by incorporating easy recipes and ingredients? Fruit juices can spice up any sweet dishes, including desserts, breakfasts, and salads.
A great dessert that includes fruit juice is poached fruit. You can use apples, pears, or any solid fruit that you might otherwise have to crunch through. Boil a medium saucepan full of fruit juice and place the cleaned and pealed apple or pear into it, making sure to be gentle so you don’t splash the juice and hurt yourself. Let it boil for a while to poach the fruit. This allows the fruit to be infused with the juice, both in flavor and nutrients. So, let’s say you poach a pear in goji juice. This gives the vitamin C of the pear plus the anti-inflammatory benefits of the goji juice, not to mention a tag-teamed amount of antioxidants. In the end, it gives you a softened, juicy, delicious piece of fruit that’s sure to put a bounce in your step.
Fruit juices also make good sauces. They’re easy to make; just simmer the liquid to reduce it. If it’s not thickening enough, add a little corn starch to give it that little push it needs. Remember to mix the corn starch in cold water first, then add it to the hot juice; otherwise, it won’t mix. These sauces are good to create vinaigrettes for salads, syrups for pancakes, and sauces for cakes. Or, if you like sweet and sour chicken, add more savory seasons to the sauce to create a fruity, healthy dinner.
A home made jello is also easily done with fruit juice. Using store bought packages leave you with way too much sugar and chemicals, but adding gelatin to the fruit juice will give you a healthy, tasty bowl of jello. Tip to make it a delicious adult treat? Add cranberry vodka for a fruity jello shot.
You don’t have to drink juice in a cup to get the nutrients and the flavor, and after a while the same recipes start to get boring. Spice up your life with fruity recipes; using goji juice will spice things up for your taste buds and your body.