So many fruits. So many veggies. So little time…
Is there a way to juice without a juicer?
Yes, there is! Use your Blender, duh …
Really? But, how can I juice fruits & veggies without a blender or juicer? I don’t have either!?
That’s OK too! You still can do your DIY juicing at home. Let me show you how later on (keep reading).
How To Juice Without A Juicer
DIY juicing usually involves a pretty hefty investment in a juicer. So what’s a healthy hacker like you & me to do? Create juice without a juicer, of course!
Yes, it’s possible !!! You don’t need an expensive juicer to make your favorite juice or smoothie. Learn the secrets to juicing without a big-budget juicer and reap all the benefits.
All you need – is a few kitchen gadgets along with a standard blender. I’ll show you how to make juice without a juicer – here & now!
A Blender you say but which one?
Any one of those would do! You just have to know a few little tricks, that’s about it…
There are different kinds of blenders in the market, most of ’em that people use in their kitchen are the “standard countertop” blenders. If that’s not the case for you, not to worry – it’s fine with the one you already have! Even a “Hand Blender” will do…
Your Guide to Juicing Without a Juicer
I’ll show you how to use your blender in a handy way to make your juice smoother. You won’t be able to tell the difference as if it just came out of a fancy over-priced juicer!
Also, you need a few nifty kitchen gadgets (most probably you already have those).
- Sifter/mesh strainers (medium to large size would do just enough!)
- Round glass bowl (any bowl that can hold the round strainer is OK to use)
- Knife & chopping board for chopping
- Peeler (depending on the veg/fruit produce you’re going to use)
- Nut milk bag / a clean cheesecloth (nice to have but not mandatory
- A silicone spatula
- A jar/container to store your juice (optional)
Now You’re Ready! Let’s Start:
For standard Countertop Blenders
Prepare Your Produce
- Rinse & wash your produce/ingredients well.
- Peel & pith away from the skin (for citrus, watermelon, etc).
- Fruits like beets, ginger & carrots need a good scrub usually.
- Lop off the tops & bottoms (depending on the types of your ingredients).
- Fruits like pineapples need extra care.
- Now cut them into chunks.
- Fill in only one-third of your blender with chopped ingredients.
- Yes, order matters – put soft & puny items first, on top of that the sturdier chunks.
- Add a little water – usually one-fifth of the blender volume.
- Close the lid. Make sure you do that – otherwise you’re up for a messy outcome!
- Plugin the electric connection.
- Put one of your palms on top of the lid before starting the blender.
- Now, blend! It’s absolutely OK if your blender goes through some initial cajoling.
- Stop the blender after 3-5 seconds, and wait for 2-3 seconds to start it again.
- Follow the above cycle a few more times (depending on the mix of your ingredients).
- Don’t hesitate to give a quick stir with your silicone spatula.
- Add a splash of water if you’re still not convinced.
- Once you are ready with your mix, stop the blender & unplug the chord.
- Set your mesh strainer over the bowl.
- Pour the mixture into the mesh strainer.
- Use your spatula to extract the juice.
- Let the pulp sit for a few minutes and drip it out on its’ own.
- You’re free to toss your pulp into the waste bin. I suggest against that – I’ll share with you what to do with it later; read on.
- Put aside the pulp in another bowl for now.
- Clean & rinse the strainer as soon as possible.
- Your juice is ready – enjoy!
How to Make Green Juice Without A Juicer
Help me out… I don’t have a blender either ?!?!
Did I tell you to keep reading earlier? Here comes the moment of truth!
First of all, you don’t need to press the panic button, yet! You can still pull it off. You just have to go through a few extra miles. Are you ready for that? Good! Now continue reading.
How do you manually blend juice?
1. Grate With a Grater & Strain Using Cheesecloth
Use a sturdy Grater to extract juice from different producers. And then, squeeze it with a cheesecloth. This method involves much more effort on your part. But it is still worth it!
This particular juicing method works best with solid fruits & veggies. Apples, pears, carrots, beets, ginger, tomatoes & cucumbers are solid examples. Leafy greens & pineapples are not suitable for this method.
You Need (Equipment Options)
- A Grater
- A piece of Clean Cheesecloth
- A rounded Bowl
STEP 1 – Initial Preparation
Wash & rinse all the ingredients beforehand. Remove stems, unnecessary peels, seeds & pits.
STEP 2 – Grate Your Fruits
Put the grater into a bowl. Start grating.
For citrus fruits, you don’t need to grate. Simply remove the peel and the seeds of the fruit. And then, use only the pulp.
STEP 3 – Squeeze That Grated Pulp
Collect the grated produce & place it inside the piece of cheesecloth. Start squeezing the pulp. Strain the juice in the bowl.
To yield the maximum volume of juice, squeeze tightly. Twisting the cheesecloth works wonders for me!
More Juice ideas without a juicer
2. Pitcher Mashing Variation
This method will work especially with tomatoes, kiwis, apples, avocado & citrus fruits.
Heads up for you – this is not the best of the methods around. It obviously yields less amount of juice compared to other methods.
You Will Need (Equipment Options)
- A Pitcher
- A Bowl (in case the mouth of your pitcher is narrow)
- Mashing utensils (most of ’em will do!)
STEP 1 – Prepare Your Ingredients
Rinse & wash your produces. You would like to chop items like apples. Weed out the seeds – it’s important!
STEP 2 – Properly Mash
Place your ingredients in the pitcher. Press gently at first. Once it gets slightly smooth – start pressing persistently with force. Keep pressing until there is no juice remaining.
Pour it off in another pitcher or bowl when you feel convinced.
STEP 3 – Clean It Up!:
It’s time to remove the remnants of the pulps. Wash the pitcher at once. Otherwise, the pitcher will get strained from the citrus reaction.
A few things to keep in mind
The upward popularity of home juicing is riding a new wave day by day! In that scenario, ensuring hygiene & safe kitchen practices has never been so paramount these days.
You get a concentrated dose of vital & rich nutrients from the juice.
Sounds straightforward? – it isn’t really! Harmful Bacteria & Vicious Pathogen can take a silent entry within your juice if you’re not aware!
Follow these food safety tips to keep your fresh-squeezed juices & nutritious produce safe & healthy.
Juicing is healthy – no argument there. But wait! Are you doing it right? Your freshly-grind juice can become a source of pathogen contamination for you & your family.
Your produce has to be clean and free of dirt, bacteria & pesticides. No compromise there!
Keep the following points in the back of your mind before you embark on juicing.
Buy the Right Produce
- Avoid bruised & damaged produce
- When choosing fresh-cut or pre-cut produce – choose the one that is already refrigerated or on ice
Give it a Thorough Wash
- It’s imperative – Wash your uncut, raw produce under running water before peeling or cutting.
- Never use soap or detergent to clean the skin of your fruits or veggies. You don’t want your produce to absorb those chemical attributes.
- Rinse sufficiently until you’re convinced.
- You should scrub firm produce fruits & veggies (i.e, melons) with a clean brush.
- Read the label for the pre-packaged produce – look for “ready-to-eat”. If it says so, you can avoid washing.
Prevent the “Cross Contamination”
- Wash your hands before & after the juice preparation.
- Keep your produce separate from raw poultry, meat & seafood in the shopping bags & carts.
- Bacteria on the outside of your produce can jeopardize your overall health. Avoid unhygienic places or markets – don’t buy from there.
- Use mild hot water to clean the chopping boards & cutting utensils before using.
Drink your Juice ASAP! Don’t want to?
Well, you’ve two options for storing!
You can store the raw fruits & veggies for juicing later on. Or, you could make the juice & then store that for later consumption.
Storage Before Juicing
- Refrigerate your perishable pre-cut or peeled produce.
- Maintain an average temperature in the freezer around 40° F (or below) to inhibit pathogen growth.
- A few food-borne germs multiply faster in warm weather. As the temperature rises you should keep a close eye on your juice produce to avoid rotting.
Storage After Juicing
- I’ve got bad news for you! Don’t think to store your “already prepared juice” for a longer period.
- The longer the juice sits around, the more chance for the nutrients to oxidize (& therefore – be damaged!) You don’t want that!
- Use a clean & airtight glass container for storing.
- Leave one-third of the volume of your container empty – liquid expands when it freezes, duh!
- Immediately after preparing you should freeze the juice.
- 24 to 48 hours at max is the ideal time. Don’t expect it to be as healthy after that.
- Add a piece of lemon, lime (or a grapefruit) into the juice right before storing. It will reduce nutrient loss!
Purified Water & Milk
- Always use purified drinking water to blend your fresh juice!
- Coldwater is much preferable for blending your produce.
- Don’t use much water. Only 1 to 2 cups of water is usually a standard measure
- Use Pasteurized Milk in your juice & smoothie
- If your blender is not the sharpest one, you can go fancy with an additional 1 cup of water to keep things smoother
Helpful Juicing Tips
- Your medication can conflict with certain veggies & fruits. One example is parsley juice – avoid it if you’re taking blood-thinning medication or under warfarin. Consult your family doctor or diet expert to gain information beforehand.
- Avoid oxalate-rich veggies such as rhubarb, okra, beets, and spinach if you’re prone to kidney stones.
- Never use carrot tops. Usually, the greenish part of a carrot is toxic for your body.
- Citrus fruit peels can be too much acidic for your digestive system. Use discretion on that.
- Avoid using Sugar. If you must then sprinkle as little as possible
- There is a tendency to add an additional “per-packaged” juice mixed with fresh juice. We don’t recommend that. Add a few slices of fresh fruit instead, if you want to make things more flavorful.
Shopping List for Juicing
In case of occasional juicing, you’re free to throw in a couple of random fruits & veggies in your blender willy-nilly.
On the other hand, you need a smart plan & guidelines on what to buy & use for a regular juicing routine.
You’ve to keep in mind two things for “Homemade Juice”: “Nutrients” & “Taste” category. Here is a suggestive list:
- Sweet: Apples (green apples or the red ones), Pears, Mangoes, Watermelon
- Sour & Sweet Mix: Grapes, Pineapples, Berries
- Roots: Beets, Carrots, Turnips & Parsnips
- Herbs: Basil, Parsley, Mint, Cilantro
- Spice Mix: Hot Pepper, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cumin
- Green Veggies: Spinach, Kale, Beet & Mustard Greens, Lettuce, Dandelion, Chard, Arugula
- Tart Category: Oranges, Limes & Lemons
- High-yield Fruits & Veggies: Tomatoes, Melons, Cucumbers
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)
I often get this question a lot…
Why juice? Why do we have to juice on our own? Why can’t I just eat the fruits & veggies?
The simple answer is – you can! But in reality, you can only eat as much as your stomach permits at a time. Moreover, you’ve to chew it for a longer period of time. Sure, it works!
On the other hand, when you juice you get the chance to mix & match different colors of fruits & veggies. As a result, you get an enormous amount of vitamins, minerals & nutrients. You can drink it all at once or store it for drinking water without wasting none of it!
Tell me what you would prefer – chewing 3/4 big sticks of celery or a glass of juice cocktail? You & I both know the answer!
One unique advantage of juicing is – Some of the fruits & veggies have a stale taste but really good for our health. You can mix those with other sweet or sour produce to turn it into a treat for your taste buds! Now, that you can’t beat.
Which is better smoothie or juice?
Well, it all boils down to your personal preference & health requirements. But you still may ponder – What’s healthier juicing or blending?
Fiber makes the key difference between this two. Smoothies contain much more fiber than juice.
Oftentimes, you can substitute smoothies as a “complete meal“. It contains more fiber & calories than raw juice.
Fiber keeps your blood sugar low & makes the “Energy Absorption“ steady in your system. At the same time, it keeps you “feeling full” for a longer period of time. As a result, it promotes “natural weight loss” inside your body.
If you’re looking for low-calorie “Snacks” – use a glass of delicious juice rather than taking a mouthful of smoothies.
Combining the two can be a smart strategy.
A Collection of Popular Juicing Recipes
Ready to give juicing a whirl? Smart Choice! It’s the easiest way to put more fruits & veggies into your diet.
1. How to Make Green Juice Without A Juicer
Begin your juicing journey with a simple easy-to-make, beginner-friendly recipe. A Green Smoothie to pump up your metabolism from the get-go!
- Leafy Greens: Kale or Spinach. Any other green veggie would do!
- Fruits: Fresh or frozen – the choice is yours! Banana, Berries, Kiwi, Apples, Mango, or Pineapple.
- For Texture: You can enhance the overall texture of your juice or smoothies. Use Yogurt, Coconut milk, a cup of water, or soft tofu to do the trick!
- Organic Enhancer: You may like to add your favorite spice, mint, fresh ginger, honey, and protein powder to make it exciting & yummy.
Blender Green Juice no juicer required
You’re already in good hands! Follow our bullet-proof procedures on how to juice without a juicer from the beginning.
A Few Tips to Make Your Juice Tastes Good
- Finely chop your veggies with a knife (optional)
- Blend the liquids, green veggies & sturdier items together first
- This prevents having chunky bits of veggies floating around your smoothies.
- Now add the creamy base – banana, kiwi, yogurt, etc.
- And then put in the spices & other enhancers
You’ve a green smoothie ready to enjoy with family & friends!
2. How to Juice an Orange without a juicer?
- Pick sweeter orange varieties like Valencia or Navel oranges
- You can zap the whole orange in the microwave for a minute
- Or roll the orange against a hard surface with the heel of your hand
- It will break the membranes inside the orange
- Cut the orange in half along the widest part of the equator
- Grab a clean, sturdy fork & a bowl
- Hold the half-orange in one hand
- With the other hands, plunge the fork towards the center
- Twist the fork – the juice will start to release
- Rotate the fork in a circle towards the edge of the peel
- Keep rotating until there is no more juice to be squeezed
- Do the same with the other half of the orange
3. Juicing Citrus without a Juicer
How to Juice Lemons Without Cutting them At All? Yeah – it’s totally legit!
You Need (Equipment Options) –
- A clean skewer
- Or, A clean knitting needle
- Or, A sturdy chopstick
- A clean bawl
Choose Your Lemons Wisely –
Try to pick bright yellow lemons with no green spots. Give it a light squeeze to test the firmness. Thinner skin is always better for juicing.
Microwave The Lemon
Put the lemon into the Microwave for 10 to 20 seconds. It will fade away the coldness. And also, the lemon cells will burst inside. Your juicing process will become much more productive as a result.
Roll the Lemons
Roll the lemons one by one only just enough to loosen the membranes inside. Put the lemons on the counter & use your cutting board to put pressure.
Poke the Lemon (the non-stem end)
Use the skewer to poke the non-stem end of each lemon. The non-stem end is the side that pops out a little bit.
Push the skewer in as far as you can. You should aim for at least 1 inch deep into the lemon.
Take adequate caution so that you don’t get hurt yourself.
Time to Squeeze
Turn the poked side of your lemon towards a clean bowl. Now squeeze! It will create a thin stream of lemon juice.
Keep squeezing until you have enough juice. The volume will vary according to the size of your lemon.
You can use a strong chopstick or a knitting needle instead of a skewer.
DIY juicing takes a few extra bits of chores from your side. Does it worth it for health benefits? It sure does if you ask me!
Before you get started with your juicing escapade, you should know a few things beforehand.
- Proper & Right procedures
- Storing Information & Techniques
- Nutrition Facts
You should also consider consultations with your physician before committing to any juicing diet adventure. Some might say juicing is just a hype – which it isn’t. The benefits & long-term health improvements are the only outcomes of a proper juicing diet.
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