Jus, masculine noun (le jus, du jus, des jus) = juice (pronounce with a very soft j and a French u; the s is not heard, of course).
Un jus can also be used colloquially for a coffee, un jus de chaussette is bad coffee (sock juice).
Le jus can mean electric current: prendre un coup de jus = to receive an electric shock.
I felt like juice today. Just juice. Lots of vitamins. Un jus vitaminé. So I’m not inventing anything, but I got my juicer out and experimented. I have a Philips juicer, which although still boring to clean, is the easiest I’ve come across. The Magimix juicer I had before that vibrated so much that it cracked itself (just outside the guarantee period of course…).
I wanted a pretty juice, which means I could not use the lettuce and other salads I had in the fridge; they don’t look good unless you use them alone (or with ginger and apple), and they don’t taste that good either. So I used a whole large raw beetroot, some apples, and some carrots. Not overly inventive. Although my machine’s instructions tell me I don’t need to peel and core, I don’t fancy that, so I peeled and cored everything. Then I got four glasses out, juiced the vegetables and fruits separately into the juicer jug, 2 apples, then 2 carrots, then the beetroot, so that the colours did not mix, and put the juice in three of the glasses.
You can see how much was produced: the beetroot produced by far the most juice, followed by the apple, the carrot coming in last. I tasted each juice separately, the beetroot was a bit harsh, but sweet at the same time; one could drink it alone. The carrot and the apple were delicious, of course, very sweet. So then I mixed half carrot-half beetroot (very good), and half apple-half beetroot (very good), and then one third beetroot, one third carrot, one third apple (the best). Adding a squeeze of lime didn’t improve it.
My Philips machine’s instructions tell me I can use the residual pulp for making cakes or jam. I’ve never tried that. I should really. Have any of you?
The sun is out, I have deep red juice for my lunch, and I feel very virtuous.
Do you have any good combinations, anything a bit more exotic?