So you may or may not remember, but a few months ago I did a promotion for a cute little Etsy shop called Exaltation Jewelry, and I mentioned that I’d been asked by a few advertisers to do a sponsored post for their products, which went something like this:

…I’ve received several emails from advertisers and entrepreneurs asking me to stick an ad on my site or review a product, book, or appliance. (Umm, one kick ass juicer, please.)”

That kick ass juicer I mentioned? It came in the mail last weekend. Oh, praise hootenanny! Oh, glory be!

Let me start by saying that this is a sponsored post, but all the opinions expressed in it are my own, starting with this one: HOLYFREAKINGCRAPIGOTAFREEJUICER, followed by this one: OHTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU, and ending with this one: THISTHINGROCKSMYFACEOFF.

I’ve never owned a juicer before, but have been mesmerized by them for several years now, the way they effortlessly turn rather large, unruly, seemingly impenetrable fruit and veg into frothy juice in the blink of an eye. Our good friends in Kansas City, Aaron and Bev, often treat us to fresh, invigorating concoctions from their juicer when we’re visiting. and I’ve spent and arm and a leg on Naked juice over the years, so this new juicer was a welcome and fun upgrade.

The day we got the juicer, Hubs and I acted like it was Christmas morning. I unpacked it, assembled it and placed it on the counter like a trophy for Hubs to see when he got home. I ran to the store for fruits and vegetables, like carrots, kiwis, grapefruit, apples and wheat grass. We had ourselves an all-out juicing party, sampling each juice and experimenting with combinations and flavors.

The juicer itself is pretty amazing. It’s small, quiet, efficient and really freaking powerful. It turns apples into a poof of fluff in nanoseconds. It shreds kiwis into oblivion. It turns an orange into orange zest faster than you can say… well, orange zest. It pours the juice out of one side of the chamber into a pouring container, and even has a handy lid to strain off the foam, if that’s your preference. It’s also really easy to clean, breaking down into three pieces, and it takes up way less space than my 1990 food processor, a gift from my Grandbetty that I still use.

Because of our new juicer, I’ve started taking an energizing mixture of grapefruit and carrot juice to work with me every morning, we’re drinking fresh orange juice instead of the bottled kind (sorry, Simply Orange, you ain’t got nothin’ on this stuff), and we’re having fun coming up with new recipes. One of our favorites so far has been:

4 carrots
2 apples
1 kiwi
1 grapefruit
1/4 pineapple

What’s also cool is that you can use the fruit and vegetable remnants to cook with. Just last night, Hubs made a carrot cake using the carrot shards left over from a carrot juicing session. Waste not, want not!

Check out the maiden voyage of our new juicer in the gallery below: