How to Juice Without a Juicer
Who doesn’t love fresh juice in the summer?! It’s refreshing, hydrating, and can pack a ton of nutrients into one glass. The only problem is that it can really put a strain on the wallet when you’re buying them from juice bars all the time. $13 for a green juice? I don’t think so.
So then the answer would be to just make them at home, right? But what if I don’t own a juicer, and don’t want to shell out $$$ because THOSE THINGS AREN’T CHEAP.
I gotchu, friend. You can make amazing nutrient dense juice right at home, WITHOUT a juicer. All you need is a blender, and then something to strain the juice in. I have used a fine mesh strainer before, but my favorite way to strain juice is with a nut milk bag.
Also, side note…
To all my green juice haters out there, let me just start out by telling you that this one does have fruit in it. So it is a tiny bit sweet and doesn’t taste like grass.
I’m not going to lie, I love the ones with just a bunch of greens and some lemon, I don’t need the sweet. But some people can’t handle the strong ones, so this one’s for you.
I will be the first to admit that it does take a little more effort to juice without a juicer, but if you’re not the type of person that is going to drink juice every single day, then it really isn’t bad at all. Let me walk you through it ->
How To Juice Without a Juicer
-> Start by picking the fruits and vegetables you want to use. Today I went with kale, celery, cucumber, lemon, and apple. You can use any combination you want, the fun part about this is getting creative with the combo of fruits and veggies to see what you like! You can also find a couple of delicious juice recipes here and here.
The one thing I normally do if I’m using the blender rather than the juicer is to remove stems or thick skins from the produce. That would be from things like greens and sturdier items (i.e. kale, some citrus skins, etc) You don’t HAVE to do this, but I find that it can sometimes blend a little easier. In this case, I removed most of the lemon peel and the kale stems.
-> Just chop it all into big chunks, throw it into the blender, and add about 3 cups of filtered water. Then BLEND!
This works best if you have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, Blendtec, or Ninja. But honestly, I think any blender can work, you just might need to blend a little longer.
Nut Milk Bag for Easy Straining
-> Let it blend for about a minute or so on high, next up we strain out the pulp. Just get your nut milk bag (mine is from Ellie’s Best), and place it inside a pitcher, folding the edges over the top of the rim. Carefully pour the juice right in, and then give it a good squeeze to get all of the juice out, being left only with the pulp. You can totally do this with a fine mesh strainer if you don’t have a nut milk bag, just set the strainer on top of the pitcher and pour the juice into it.
I highly recommend this Ellie’s Best nut milk bag because it can be used for so many things! I use it of course for all homemade nut milks, but also for juices and even homemade cold brew!
If you are feeling wasteful with all of that leftover pulp, this is a great article showing you several ways to use it rather than throw it out.
How To Store Fresh Juice
Then you just store your fresh homemade juice in a mason jar inthe fridge for up to 3-4 days. Besides being delicious, this juice gives you an incredible amount of nutrients. You’ve got tons of antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and more. We need to feed our cells with as much goodness as we can.
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Simple Green Juice
- 1 english cucumber
- 1 large lemon (most of the peel removed)
- 1 red apple
- 4-5 stalks of celery
- 3-4 large kale leaves (stems removed)
- 3-4 cups of cold filtered water
- Roughly chop the cucumber and celery, quarter the apple, and half the lemon.
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender, start blending on low, slowly turning up the speed.
- Blend on high for 60 seconds, until you have a very smooth juice.
- If you are using a nut milk bag, put the bag inside a pitcher and pour in the juice. Squeeze the bag to extract the juice, only being left with the pulp.
- Store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Thanks! I don’t have a juicer either….. was happy to know that I could do it this way 😀
No problem! I hope you like juicing this way!