Surprise! We do not get our juice directly from fruit and a juicer. We buy frozen orange juice for our morning constitutional.
The directions on the (recyclable) container instructs to put the juice contents into a jug and then add 3 parts water.
The result? Some pretty potent juice.
If you have kids, especially if the juice you mix contains sugar, you will want to water down the juice or suffer hyped up sugar children until such time they crash and get cranky. But think about yourself too – do you really need more sugar?
Even if you get pure juice (we do) you likely don’t need such concentrated flavour. Try adding an extra part of water. What do you have to lose?
We consume a “can” of OJ every 3 days or about 120 each year. Each “can” costs about $2 (when we buy it at regular price). Until now I didn’t realize we spend about $240 a year on OJ. Well, we don’t as we buy frozen orange juice on sale, and quite a bit of it when it is on sale but I am sure some folks buy their juice at full price quite often.
There are a few good reasons to water down your juice. First, reduced waste. If we didn’t water down our juice we would be buying an additional 25%, or 30 cans of OJ annually. These cans are recyclable yes, but it takes resources to recycle anything. Resources are also used in maintaining and cultivating fruit tree farms. Think about how many people consume a glass or 4 of orange juice every day around the world. That is a lot of recycling.
Second, $60. Not a monstrous sum of money but $60 here, $100 there, $25 next week – it adds up when you can continue to enjoy your daily rituals but save some money doing so.
Have you ever watered down your juice? Any other beverages you water down?
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