How To Make Fresh Juice Without a Juice Machine

How to make homemade juice without a juicer, from Cheap Recipe Blog

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.

Making fresh juice without a juicer, from Cheap Recipe Blog

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.

  1. Run firm fruits and vegetables through a food processer fitted with a grating disk.
  2. Transfer contents to a bowl, remove grating disk, and insert standard food processor blade.
  3. Return grated fruits and vegetables to the food processor and puree for five minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Making homemade carrot juice without a juicer, from Cheap Recipe Blog

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.

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3 Responses to “How To Make Fresh Juice Without a Juice Machine”

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    Sara — February 17, 2014 @ 10:51 am

    Thanks for this post. Nothing makes me feel as good as freshly squeezed juice, but…you’re not missing out on a thing, not owning a juicer. It does easily deliver a quick one-serving drink, but then you have to clean it out to make more, and it takes a good ten minutes to clean it thoroughly when you’re done (would you believe I once timed it!). I’d rather spend the time in prep than in clean-up. Rachael’s way sounded familiar. I checked my beloved 1970 edition of ‘Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices’ by N.W. Walker, and he has a similar method. He also says it’s a bit healthier to do it this way, as opposed to a centrifugal-force juicer, because the “oxidation and heat from friction will spoil the juice” faster. So I googled juicers and one interesting site,, says, “The speed they run at generate heat and also introduce air into the juice, causing oxidation. This can damage the nutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes in the juice.” Who knew? But both went on to say that fresh juice is still very healthy from any-type juicer. (Juicing trivia!) Am looking forward to trying this.

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    violet — February 18, 2014 @ 4:38 am

    That really looks and sounds healthy. I would love to take a sip of that right now.

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    Pomy — April 23, 2018 @ 8:47 pm

    Very interesting, thanks!

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