Vegetable juice can be made from just about any combination of vegetables, and is incredibly easy to make at home. You’ll likely get the best results when using a juicer; this handy kitchen tool can extract just about all of the juice from your produce, leaving behind only the pulp, fiber, and solids.
However, in a pinch you can use a blender; you’ll just have to strain the mixture through a piece of cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer before drinking it. When it comes to picking produce for your homemade vegetable juice, anything goes. For the best results, choose in season produce, as this is when the nutritional benefits of the vegetables are greatest. You can also add spices, like cayenne pepper, as well as herbs for flavor and added nutritional benefits.
To make vegetable juice, you’ll need:
- Assorted vegetables
- Lemons (optional)
Directions On How To Make Vegetable Juice
Start by thoroughly cleaning all of your produce, and then cut all of your ingredients into 1 to 2 inch pieces; this will make the juicing process go faster, and ensure your machine gets all of the liquid out of the produce. Once everything is chopped up, process the cut up vegetables according to the manufacturer directions provided with your juicer; this can vary drastically depending on the manufacturer or even the model. Once everything is juiced, you can discard the remains: if you have a compost pile, the leftovers from making vegetable juice can be a fantastic addition to it.
At this point, you can add water to thin the mixture out, and then either drink the juice or stir in some lemon juice to help your concoction stay fresh. In general, homemade vegetable juice will keep for two days in the fridge provided the container is sealed tightly. The lemon juice will help to keep the juice from oxidizing because, as you know, there’s nothing quite as unappetizing as brown juice!
If you do not have a juicer, juicing with a blender is an easy process. You might want to add a little extra water to the blender in case you are trying to juice vegetables or leafy greens that do not have a great deal of water content naturally to make it easier to extract the juice when you are straining it.
If you’re looking to can tomato juice, you can find directions for that process here: Canning Tomato Juice At Home