How to Juice Without a Juicer
Juicing with a Vitamix Blender & a Nut-Milk Bag
Juicing is really hot right now. Not only do fresh juices taste great, they are incredibly healthy too, with no added sugars or preservatives like in the store-bought juices. My favorite are green juices. Greens are nutritional powerhouses and juicing them is a great way to pack more vital nutrients into your diet, without taking all the time to chew them properly and break open those cell walls. If you don’t have a juicer, you can still make fresh juice. All you need is a high-powered blender like the Vitamix, Blendtec, or a Nutri-Bullet.
You will also need a bowl and a nut-milk bag or a fine mesh strainer. I have even seen this done before with a pair of pantyhose!
Place all the chopped juice ingredients in a blender with ¾ cup of filtered water and blend until smooth, adding more water as needed to get it moving. Blend for two-three minutes if you are not using a high-powered blender. You want everything to be as smooth as possible.
There are two ways to strain the juice:
Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl or pot and pour the juice over. Use a rubber spatula to press the pulp down and squeeze all of the juice out. Let stand for 5-10 minutes so you get most of the juice.
Place a nut-milk bag in a large bowl or pot and pour the juice mixture into the bag. Pull the draw string at the opening and hold it closed as you massage the bag and juice strains out. (This is how you would use the pantyhose) The fiber remains in the bag. This is similar to how your stomach works to extract the juice and nutrients from fruits and veggies.
Discard pulp and pour your juice into a large glass. Drink as soon as possible. It’s best to drink within 15 minutes but can be stored if done properly for up to 24 hours.
You can also make fresh almond milk with a Vitamix and nut-milk bag!
***Juicing in a blender may bring you a higher yield of juice and be easier to clean than a juicer, but the downside is that the high speed oxidizes the juice depleting some of the nutrients. This can also lead to some juices being frothy – like tomatoes.
Lots of Love and Fresh Squeezed Hugs,