How To Make Fresh Juice Without a Juice Machine
The fresh juice craze is one food trend that I can get behind. Whenever I feel like I’m coming down with something or generally need a healthy pick-me-up, I like to indulge in a fresh juice from the local co-op. But at $5 a pop, this is definitely something that I don’t purchase every day.
I haven’t bought a juice machine because I want to avoid further cluttering my kitchen and I don’t think I would use it that often. That being said, I got super excited to discover a technique for making homemade juice at home without a juicer in Every Day With Rachael Ray.
How To Make Juice At Home Without a Juice Machine
Special equipment: You will need a food processer, a fine-mesh strainer and possibly cheesecloth or paper towels.
- Run firm fruits and vegetables through a food processer fitted with a grating disk.
- Transfer contents to a bowl, remove grating disk, and insert standard food processor blade.
- Return grated fruits and vegetables to the food processor and puree for five minutes.
- Place pulp in a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl. You may need to line the strainer with a paper towel or cheesecloth so no larger chunks pass through.
- Gently press down on pulp to extract liquid. Continue kneading the pulp until most of the liquid is extracted. Pour liquid into glass and enjoy!
So Is It Worth It?
It took me about 20 minutes from start to finish to make a glass of carrot juice. Nine medium carrots yielded about six ounces of juice. So this was quite labor intensive for the amount of juice that I got.
That being said, it’s good to know that there is an option for making homemade juice at home without a juicer. This is a good trick to have up your sleeve for juice emergencies. If you drink a lot of fresh juice, I would definitely recommend investing in a juice machine. If you’re worried about cost, look on Craigslist or check out thrift shops or garage sales.