Here is an unconventional way to prepare juice – juicing without the juicer, or…
Juicing with a blender!
I just recently received my new Vita-mix (for my birthday – I will not say how old I am, but I sure hope that Vitamix – and the delicious, natural foods that I will prepare with it – will help me look and feel younger longer), and I decided to test it to prepare some juice.
Juicing with a blender is certainly a good option that you can use if you don’t have a juicer handy – or even if you have one. Here are some instructions for you and a video. But first – before anybody asks, let’s briefly explain the difference between a juicer and a blender.
What is the difference between a juicer and a blender?
A juicer separates the liquid from the fiber, producing clear liquid (this can be a good thing or not so good thing. Read my post about juicing versus blending for more in-depth discussion about this topic.)
A blender is designed to liquefy food by chopping it up at high speeds. It doesn’t separate the juice from the pulp, so the result is a mushy liquid, also known as a smoothie ;-). Personally, I love smoothies, and typically start my day with a tall glass of blended green concoction (and so does my 8-year-old), but that in some cases all that pulp may not be desirable or may not taste very good (especially if you add lots of hard veggies, such as carrots, beets, etc), in which case you have a choice of adding more water, or straining some of the pulp.
A blender can be quite useful in tandem with a juicer. For example, bananas contain little juice, so juicing them would be hard, but they taste delicious when blended with many juices, for example pineapple juice, or green vegetable juice.
Making Juice With Vitamix Blender
Yes, you can make CLEAR JUICE with your BLENDER!
What you will need to do, is simply to strain off some of the pulp.
And although any blender might do the job, probably the best blender for making juices is Vitamix. That is because VitaMix is a truly powerful blender that blends the fruits and veggies into super-tiny pieces.
The Vita-Mix’s blades pulverize the skins, seeds and peels of whole foods to make them easily digestible.
* Just put your fruits and vegetables in the blender, add a little bit of water (this is optional, but will make the blending faster) and turn it on.
* Once the ingredients have been blended into a puree, you can drink it as is, or strain the puree with a cheese cloth or a cotton bag to separate the juice from the pulp.
* The cleanup is much faster than with traditional juicer.
* What is amazing, you may get more juice and less pulp than when using traditional juicer.
Read more about benefits of juicing and health cleanse juicing recipes on this Juicer Recipes and Juicing for Health Advice blog. Some of my favorite recipes include Fresh V8 Juice Recipe, Watermelon Grape Juice and Apricot-Mango Ambrosia. If you still don’t have a juicer and are considering getting one, read my review of my favorite Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor.