Nowadays everyone is doing a juice cleanse. It’s been around forever, but just now has caught on. I’ve been juicing since I was a kid (about three decades). I remember juicing apples and throwing a cinnamon stick in there. Yum! We also made fresh-squeezed orange juice and other green juices. It was a lot of fun.
Thinking back my family didn’t have a lot of money. We were downright poor! We were gifted the juicer luckily, so we could make fresh tasty juices. Not everybody has, or gets a juicer per se. Juicers can get pricey depending on the types and brands of juicers.
Are you one of those people who want to do a juice cleanse, but cannot afford a juicer at this particular time? Well, if you’re like more people, you probably have a blender. Now there’s a lot of confusion between juices and smoothies. We wrote an article about this. Juices you make in a juicer, and contain no pulp/fiber. Smoothies are made in a blender and contain all the pulp/fiber. But wait folks, there’s more! You CAN make juice in a blender. Here’s how…
How To Make Juice In A Blender
First, you need a couple of tools. You will need a blender, and a fine strainer. If you want to get even more of the pulp filtered out, you can use a nut milk bag.
Okay, now you’re ready to get rolling. Take the ingredients you wish to juice and put them in the blender. Although we don’t recommend adding water to your juices (because it will water down the nutrition of the juice), you will have to put a little in the bottom of your blender, so the ingredients blend together you don’t burn up your blender. Blend all the ingredients until it’s smooth. Make sure you don’t overload your blender with ingredients, because you will want everything properly blended.
Next, pour some of the mixture into your strainer/nut milk bag. If you’re using a strainer you help help the process along with a spatula or spoon by moving and smashing the pulp around so you can get the most juice out of it. After you have strained the juice from the pulp discard the pulp or save it to use for something else. Continue this process of separating the pulp from the juice until your blender is empty. Voila! You’ve got juice!
The process is relatively easy, but there are a few thing you may consider before doing this…
A Few Things To Consider Before Making Juice Using Your Blender
- It will take more time than juicing. Just throwing veggies and fruit into a juicer is faster than blending, then straining the pulp from the juice, especially if you are going to use a nut milk bag. It will be a process and you will have to be patient.
- Your hand may get tired of wringing out the nut milk bag over and over again. This may not be a big deal to some people, but if you are working all day on a computer then your fingers may feel it (If you do, you know what I mean). This could be daunting if you are making a gallon or more of juice each day. Personally, I would not want to, and I don’t have the time. If you are using a strainer, then disregard this.
- When juicing you want to remove as much of the pulp or fiber as you can because it will slow down the process of weight loss and detoxification. So… that means you can be straining your juice more than once. Like I said above, you will have to add water to your juices if you want to keep your blender running. This will dilute down the potency of the juice, which you are drinking for the nutrition in the first place.
Now I’m not trying to sell you a juicer by talking you out of making juices in your blender. I just want to give you a heads and some knowledge, so you know what it will entail to make juice this way. In the end though, it’s more efficient to use a juicer.
I just know from personal experience when I’m doing a juice cleanse you want to be prepared, and it’s helpful that the process is as easy as possible. If you are very hungry and don’t have juice made, going through the whole process may make you want to eat food. So, it’s good to keep that in mind if you’re planning to make juices with your blender. Good Luck!
P.S. If you are interested in getting a juicer we have written some very informative articles that you may be interested in. The first article covers a lot of information about the different kinds of juicers and can help you find the right one for you. The second article focuses specifically on the best budget juicers out there.
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