Table of Contents
- Why We Should Have Homemade Juice?
- How to Juice Without a Juicer
- How to Make Green Juice Without a Juicer
- Method To Prepare Delish, Organic Smoothie Without a Juicer
- To Wrap it All Up
Why We Should Have Homemade Juice?
First, it is essential to know the difference between drinking fresh fruit juice and making a smoothie. Juicing helps to extract nutrient-rich juices from fruits and vegetables. However, smoothies consist of pureed fruits. Meaning the main difference is that in a smoothie, you retain the natural fiber in the fruit/vegetable pulp.
Also, Juices are less filling than a smoothie, but they provide more concentrated nutrients and benefits since you are eliminating all of the fruit/vegetable mass and just consuming its rich nutrient juice.
Both are good options however it all depends on your preference. Smoothies can be quicker to get your fruit and veggies and many other nutrients like a protein powder, super greens powder, or nut butter for natural protein and fats.
Disclaimer: Edible Ink does not endorse any kind of “juice diet” or “juice cleanse”. Juicing should be a part of a balanced diet, an addition to your lifestyle, not a meal replacement. Always consult a nutritionist or your doctor before doing any kind of “cleanse” or “diet”.
How to Juice Without a Juicer
Juicing With a Blender
One of the methods to make juice without a juicer is using a blender, this method of juicing requires a few kitchen gadgets you probably already have in the kitchen.
- Standard blender, NutriBullet, or similar blending vessel
- Fruit(s) and/or vegetable(s) of choice
- Square of cheesecloth
- Nice glass bowl
- Handy funnel
- A jar or container in which to store your juice.
This is a simple process. Start with washed and coarsely chopped fruits to your blender. If required add a few tablespoons of water to make everything blend smoothly. Once blended, strain out the pulp using a cheesecloth over a glass bowl. Squeeze out all the excess juice from the cheesecloth, then use the funnel to safely transfer your fresh juice to your desired storage container. Mason jars work great for this!
To enjoy your fresh juice all week, make a large batch on the weekend. Store in the fridge and enjoy throughout the week.
No Waste Juicing
The main aim of the process of juicing is to extract the juice from your fruits or vegetables that leaves a lot of pulp or mass behind it. In order to utilize the fruit to the extent then make you are juicing zero waste, save the pulp and reuse it!
if you want to store fruit pulp then grab a reusable ice tray. Pack the fruit pulp in the ice cube wells and freeze them. Once they are frozen, add them to a storage container of your choosing and keep them in the freezer until they are ready to use. This ensures that the pulp is in small individual sizes, instead of one block of frozen pulp.
When you’re ready to make a soup or some vegetable stock, pop in a few of your vegetable pulp cubes. Or, for your next smoothie, add a few cubes of fruit pulp. No waste!
How to Make Green Juice Without a Juicer
A refreshing and nutrient-dense green juice made with a blender and a strainer.
- 1 large cucumber, roughly chopped
- 1 bunch celery (about 8–10 stalks), roughly chopped
- 2 green apples, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 lemon
- Other ingredient ideas: parsley, mint, ginger, pineapple, kale, spinach
Instructions to Follow
Step 1-Add the cucumber, celery, apple, and water into a blender. Blend for about 30 seconds until smooth.
Step 2- Place a nut milk bag (or fine mesh strainer) over a large bowl and pour the mixture into the bag. Carefully squeeze out all the juice into the bowl, leaving behind the pulp.
Step 3- Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to the strained juice and pour over ice into a glass! Keep remaining juice in a pitcher in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Notes For The Recipe
- Save the fruit pulp! This pulp can be frozen and can be later used in smoothies, soups, or stocks. For easy handling, pack pulp into an empty ice cube tray.
- When frozen solid, remove from tray and store in freezer-safe packaging until ready to use. No waste!
Method To Prepare Delish, Organic Smoothie Without a Juicer
To filter the juice, I believe that nut bags work best since they enable you to squeeze out more liquid, but if you do not have one, you can use cheesecloth or strain it through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing down with a spatula to get out as much liquid as possible. This juice will keep in the fridge for a day or two, but it is best consumed fresh on the day it is made.
- 1 medium beetroot
- three carrots
- 2 kale leaves, huge
- 2 lemons, freshly squeezed
- 2 ginger slices
- 4 to 5 mint leaves
- a single apple (optional, for sweeter juice)
- 1.5 quarts water
Instructions to Follow
Step 1-In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth – the duration may vary depending on your blender. At this stage, it should resemble a thick smoothie.
Step 2-Pour half of the juice mixture into a nut bag while holding it in a big dish or jug.
Step 3-Squeeze out as much liquid as possible, then remove the dry(ish) pulp, and repeat with the other half of the mixture.
Step 4-Serve immediately, or store in an airtight jar in the fridge for a day or two.
To Wrap it All Up
We all love to have juice and nowadays many people prefer to have fresh juice instead of bottled one as it is more fresh and tasty. Making juice is not rocket science that cannot be done easily. You just need a juicer and fruit that’s it!
If you love juice and do not own a juicer then do not worry, there are many methods now available through which can you can make juice. You own a blender take it out and make an amazing smoothie in it or go for the extraction method. Do not worry about the pulp, you can easily reuse it in other desserts by keeping it in a freezer.