I don’t know about you, but I often harvest more than I expect in the garden. And when that happens…I feel like I need a dedicated space to process my harvest. You know, chop it up, break it down, remove the roots, etc.
My kitchen has tiled counters and my cutting boards are pretty small, so I decided to repurpose a lonely corner in my unused dining room. I wanted a space that I could bring in the day’s harvest, clean it, and process it for cooking, storage, or my personal favorite…juicing!
Here’s what the room looked like beforehand:
As you can see, it’s more or less wasted space! I’m in a large Victorian house with a lot of nooks and crannies, so there’s more than enough space to go around. I picked up a mobile cutting board which I’m in love with. It moves around on casters, making it extremely versatile. On top of that, it has a ton of storage with a few different drawers, shelves, and hanging hooks.
To top it off, I didn’t want to ruin the carpet below, as I’m a renter. I tend to be on the messier side, so the last thing I wanted to do was stain the carpet with a bunch of green juice! My friends over at Relax…it’s Lees® sent out a beautiful piece of carpeting that I could use as a post-harvest processing mat. Because let’s be honest…we all get a bit messy from time to time 😉
I grabbed some pea microgreens (see my pea microgreen video here), an apple, and a few other odds and ends to prepare a nice juice. Microgreens are such a fantastic way to add some extra nutrients to a juice or dish, and they’re dead-simple to grow, so feel free to check out a few of my growing guides.
You simply cannot go wrong with adding some pea sprouts to a juice. Here’s a recipe that I often use:
- Two heaping handfuls of pea sprouts
- 1 apple
- 1/2 cucumber
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 carrot
I’d call this a “beginner” juice, because it definitely has a lot more sugar in it than I’d normally recommend for a juice. If you want to really up the nutrient density without as much sugar, cut to 1/2 an apple, remove the carrot, and add a couple more handfuls of pea sprouts.
As luck would have it, I actually spilled some of my veggies on the floor in the middle of making this juice! Thankfully I laid down the Relax…it’s Lees® carpeting to save me (and my security deposit). I’ve never been one for home decor, but I have to say the carpeting is extremely well-made and has held up well over the last three months’ I’ve been using it as my “spill guard” in my harvesting station. If it can withstand the damage that I cause…I’d venture a guess that it’s more than enough for everyone else too!
I have a lot of plans for this harvest processing and juicing station. I’d love to add some lighting above the cutting board, as well as outfit the shelving with some quick storage bins so I can break down a lot of produce at once without mixing it all together as I chop.
This post was sponsored by Relax…it’s Lees®. For more information on my review process and sponsorship philosophy, see this link.