Juicing is a great way to consume a large number of nutrients while enjoying a delicious beverage at the same time. Because usually, the juices involve only organic ingredients, such as fruits and vegetables. However, most people think that they cannot make juices without a juicer.
But what if I tell you that you can juice without a juicer, even at your home?
Yes, you read it right, you can get the same results using a regular blender. All you need to do is, choose the ingredients with complementary flavors, chop them up, and blend them on HIGH. Then, strain the produce to remove the unnecessary pulp, and finally, enjoy your homemade juice.
We have brought 7 tips and tricks on how to juice without a juicer at home.
So, without any further ado, let’s get started.
- Selecting fruits & vegetables
- Blending & Straining the produce
Selecting fruits & vegetables
First things first. Before you start juicing, you need to get a little knowledge about choosing the right ingredients.
Selecting the right fruits and vegetables can have a great impact on the taste of your juice. Hence, if you don’t want your juice to taste awful, choose the right ingredients.
1. Choose fruits & veggies that taste good together
When you are producing the juice blends, select the ingredients that taste good together. This trick will help you make a tastier and more correspondent juice. Moreover, it can also make some people think that you’re a professional.
For example, strawberries, kiwis, and pineapples have a matching taste. On the other hand, apples, beets, and carrots can go together. If you do some research, you will find a lot of fruits and veggies that have the same taste family.
You can read our article on 7 best combination of fruits and vegetables for the best juicing too.
2. Balancing flavors are very important
It’s very important to balance between the sweet and savory flavors while making juice blends. Because if it is too sweet, it might be difficult to drink quickly. However, too savory flavors might be a little off-putting.
For instance, kale can be a very healthy ingredient for your juice. But it can also create a bitter taste. To adjust the bitterness of kale, try adding fruits that taste sweet, like pineapples and juicy apples.
3. Try not to damage your blender
Who wants to damage their blender? Certainly, no one!
If you also don’t want to damage your blender, then always keep in mind to remove the harder components. Parts of the fruits like peels, cores, and seeds can be harder on the blades.
Although, these components are rich in nutritional values, after all, removing these might prolong the life of your blender. Pineapples should always be peeled and cored before putting them in the blender.
Blending & Straining the produce
After selecting the right ingredients for your juice, it’s time to throw them into the blender and then straining the unnecessary pulp out.
But before proceeding to blend and strain, read the following tips to do it professionally.
4. Larger chunks are better
Try making the chunks a little bit larger than usual. About 1-2 inches will be better. Larger chunks will make the juicing process easier and meanwhile, it may also decrease the stress on the blades of your blender.
Try making the chunks in uniform size, as far as you can.
You should add the juiciest parts of your fruits and veggies at the bottom of your blender.
Because a blender has its blade at the bottom. While bending becomes easier when there is a lot of liquid inside the blender. When you add the juiciest chunks at the bottom, it will create a lot of juice at the start. Eventually, the blending will become much easier.
6. Blend it high, until smooth
After adding the ingredients to the blender, close the lid and start the blending. You should always set your blender at the highest setting when juicing. However, you might need to stop the blending occasionally to check whether everything is blending.
If due to some reason, you notice that some of the parts are not blending the way they should, try stirring the produce to keep them going.
Sometimes, your products may also start resisting to blend. At this point, try adding a splash of water in the blender and recontinue the process. As earlier mentioned, blending becomes easier when liquid is present.
7. Straining the mixture
Straining is the most important step in juicing without a juicer. Without straining, you will end up making a smoothie rather than a juice. Because a smoothie has the pulp of fruits and veggies in it. While, on the other hand, juices do not.
Place a mesh strainer on a bowl and start pouring the produce from the blender onto it. Let the mixture sit for about 5-10 minutes, and you will notice the juice dripping from the strainer into the bowl.
If you want to speed up things, try pressing the pulp in the strainer gently with a spoon. However, if you like a little bit of pulp in your juice, you press the pulp with a rubber spatula. It will allow the little particles of pulp to go through the strainer.
For extra smooth juice, you can put cheesecloth on the strainer before pouring the produce. It will not allow even the tiniest of the particles to enter the bowl.
These tips and tricks are surely going to help you a lot when you are juicing at your home. Now, you can juice without a juicer, and having the same results. Surprisingly, no one will ever find out that you have made the juice without a juicer.
All you need to remember is to choose the right ingredients, cutting them in the right proportion, and after blending them, straining out the unnecessary solids from the mixture, which is the most important part.
Finally, you have made a nice juice blend at your home using a regular blender instead of a juicer.