How To Make Fresh Juice Without a Juicer … Plus Two Recipes!
Reality check: Buying fresh juice is expensive — expensively yummy.
I always thought juicing involved big machines, high-powered turbo engines and long lines of pails of fruits and vegetables waiting to be processed. That, or you had to spend $500 on an appliance you would only end up using once a week and took up a heck of a lot of counter space.
Well, I hate to break it to you folks but…
Reality check: None of the above applies.
Yup, you read that right. You can make fresh juice in your kitchen with appliances you probably already have (and might already be under-using) and a few extras that you can buy CHEAP at the dollar store.
Let’s rewind for a minute and tell you the story of how I figured this out. If you’ve read my blog before (I hope you have!), you’ll know I have secret partner in food crime — my best friend Sydney. She’s a doll in that she gives me tips, tricks, recipe ideas and is the first to point out if there are any errors in my Instagram captions. I hope everyone has a Sydney in his or her life. Back to juicing — Sydney was on a de-cluttering mission one day (Another skill she is a pro at) and asked if I wanted her juicer along with a few pots and pans. My inner kitchen goddess jumped at the chance to own a one. It seemed so luxurious and fancy.
A week later, and the juicer was at the Salvation Army hopefully going to a good home with a more patient owner. I had tried to make a green juice, dutifully washing and chopping my kale and romaine, feeding it down the tube and adding lemon and ginger for flavour, but this thing ended up being a PAIN IN THE TUSH to clean. There were pulp and juice bits covering the juicer, counter, me and my sink. Oh, and don’t forget the measly amount of juice I received despite my efforts of reprocessing the pulp. The juicer was a no-go. There had to be a better way.
A quick Google search, some intuition and the next day I was making fresh juice using a blender, strainer and cheesecloth. Juicing with your blender is very similar to making a smoothie except you strain the juice to remove any seeds or pulp and add water. After blending your ingredients, you will notice that your juice has froth on top. To best remove the pulp and seeds (And get a less frothy aka Instagram-worthy juice pic), strain the juice through a double layer of cheesecloth ($3 at the dollar store) into a glass or pitcher. This takes five minutes and you will need to rinse out the cheesecloth every few pours to remove the debris that has built up. Your biggest worry here is cutting a big enough swath of cheesecloth to cover whatever vessel you’re pouring the juice into. If you’re in a hurry and don’t care about the froth, feel free to use a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds instead.
That’s it! You’re a juicer! Congrats! My only other recommendation before I leave you with two yummy juice recipes is to buy quality, organic fruit and vegetables for your juices. Since peeling off skin doesn’t matter for most juicing, you want to be sure you’re not adding pesticides and all that other dirt into the fresh juice you just made! Give them a good spray or scrub before you juice and you’ll be good to go <3
See you back here on Thursday for TWO more summer juice recipes!
Raspberry Watermelon Ginger Juice
- (Makes 1-2 glasses)
- 1 cup raspberries
- 2 ½ cups watermelon, chopped
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 cup cold water
1) Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
2) Using a strainer or cheesecloth, strain seeds and pulp from juice into ready to serve glasses or a pitcher.
3) Garnish with fresh raspberries or watermelon slices.
Berry and Beet Juice
(Makes a small pitcher)
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- 1 precooked, peeled beet (I buy my beets ready-to-go at the grocery store)
- ½ cup precooked, peeled golden beet
- ½ cup grapefruit
- 1/3 cup dragonfruit
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 3 cups water, separated
1) Add all ingredients to a blender, minus two cups of water and blend until smooth.
2) Using a strainer or cheesecloth, strain seeds and pulp from juice into a pitcher.
3) Add the remaining 2 cups of water and let juice chill in fridge.
4) Serve with garnishes of sliced grapefruit, dragonfruit or berries.