Behind the Scenes in the Juice Truck

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the Juice Truck. The Juice Truck is a Vancouver food truck specializing in cold-pressed juices founded by Zach Berman and Ryan Slater. Although the Juice Truck sets up shop in Gastown, you can purchase their yummy juices at YYoga in Kitsilano. I recently had a chance to go visit the Juice Truck owners and learn how to make juice.

Ryan met with me and told me all about the Juice Truck. Here’s their story: 

A few years ago Zach and Ryan went to Asia with some friends to travel. When they were in India, and on a Himalayan trek they noticed that there were a bunch of little fresh juice stands everywhere. The people were drinking a juice made out of sea-buckthorn berries. Ryan told me that they were very SOUR!

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Ryan and Zach tried to stop at every juice stand that they came across, and try all of the different types of juices. They thought it was such a great idea, so when they came back to Vancouver, they noticed that there was a gap in the market, and so the idea for the Juice Truck happened!

The juices that The Juice Truck makes are COLD PRESSED. That means that they crush the fruit first. The second step is putting the fruit and veg into a small cloth bag, and pressing out all of the juice. Because not very much heat is used, the nutrients in the fruit stay in the juice, which is very good for you.

Here I am making  kale, apple & lemon juice.

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We began by cleaning all of the fruits and veg in a large bin of water mixed with a special cleaner. Then, here I am chopping up the apples.

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This is the smaller cold pressed juicing machine that they use on the Juice Truck. When you order, your juice is made especially for you, very fresh!!

I added my kale, apples, lemon & ginger to the crushing side. They come out all crushed up into the bag. Then you move the bag over to the pressing side where the juicer puts pressure on the bag and the juice comes out.

As much as possible The Juice Truck uses local and organic produce.

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Then you strain the juice to make sure that all the little bits are out.

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Here is what is left in the bag. It is a small patty of pure fruit fibre. I tasted it. It tasted slightly like lemon.

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The juice was so delicious! Kids would like it even though it is green, because the apples and lemon and ginger make it taste so delicious. I’m a kid. I vote yes.

Below is a photo of the BIG GUNS of juicers. They use it in the shop to make lots of juice all at once. It kind of looks like a cannon.

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Thank you Zach & Ryan for teaching me about how to make your juices!

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The Juice Truck, mobile food truck usually parked at Abbot and Water Street in Gastown, Thejuicetruck.ca

In Kitsilano you can get some yummy Juice Truck Juices at:
Y Yoga, 1915 West 4th Avenue, Kitsilano, (604) 336-4599, Yyoga.ca/kitsilano

Last modified: September 11, 2013

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