Have you ever found yourself with a ton of fruits and vegetables and the desire to juice them, but you don't have a juicer? Well, you're not alone. Juicers can sometimes feel like overkill if you just want to make a glass of juice once or twice.
Most juicers cost over $100 (although some can be found cheaper). If you're looking to make a quick glass of juice but are lacking a juicer, follow these quick steps!
What You'll Need
To make juice without a juicer, you're going to need a blender, a large bowl, and a fine mesh strainer. The most important of these items is the blender.
The difference between a blender and a juicer comes down to how the machine handles the pulp. A blender pulverizes whatever you put into it and the resulting "juice" is a blended version of whatever you put into the blender. A juicer does a similar job, but the big difference is that a juicer separates the pulp from the juice.
This pulp and juice separation step lowers the bulk of the juice, and raises the nutritional yield per cup.
This pulp separation is what you're going to be doing manually to get a cup of fresh juice without a juicer.
The first step is to gather the fresh fruits and vegetables you want to make your juice from. You can combine just about anything you want. You can juice carrots, celery, leafy greens, fruits, nuts, and more.
Once you decide what you want, you need to add everything to the blender. Depending on what you choose to put in, you may need to chop up the raw ingredients first. You do not need to add ice.
Blend the mixture as finely as your blender will allow. You may have to make a few passes to get the best consistency.
Put the fine mesh strainer over the bowl, and slowly pour the mixture over the strainer.
The strainer will separate the pulp from the juice, leaving you with a smooth a drink that is comparable to what you'd get from a juicer.
Do You Need a Juicer?
While it's possible to make fresh juice without a juicer, using this method is more difficult, and messier than if you used a juicer. Although you can make an ok juice, the end result will also still have some pulp remaining and ultimately have a lower nutritional yield per cup than what a juicer provides.
If you plan on making juice on a regular basis, investing in even a low-cost juicer can be beneficial.
There are a variety of types of juicers you can buy, ranging from citrus juicers to high-speed centrifugal juicers and high yield masticating juicers.
Wrapping It All Up
If you're in a pinch, you can make juice without a juicer by blending ingredients and running them through a strainer. However, this can get messy, and results in a sub-par juice.
If you're considering starting a new juicing diet, try out the manual method first and see how you like it. If you're fond of how the juice tastes, and how you're able to get extra nutrients into your diet, investing in a juicer for the long term is highly recommended.
Have you tried manual juicing? Let us know in the comments section below!