Juicing with a blender – you don’t need a fancy juicer!
My history with blenders:
- I stole my mom’s when I moved to Dallas because I’m pretty sure she never touched it.
- It broke.
- I was blenderless, hoping that when I moved home I’d find that my mom had bought a new fancy blender.
- She didn’t.
- I tried to use the $10 Fisher Price looking blender for a few weeks and it made me chunky smoothies.
- I bought a Ninja.
This Ninja was a compromise for me. It’s not my dream Vitamix (saving that for a wedding registry) but it’s still top-of-the-line and supposed to be pretty powerful. I didn’t love spending $80 on a blender (had a coupon!) but I knew it’d be worthless to spend $30 on one that would frustrate me every time I used it.
A juicer is also on my want-list, but that’s just another big appliance expense I can’t justify making right now. I think I’d go through juicing phases, too, and most of the time a nice juicer would end up getting dusty in the cabinet.
I had heard you could make juices in the Ninja by blending then straining, so I decided to give it a go myself. This definitely works best because of how powerful the Ninja is, but any good quality blender should work.
Juicing With a Blender
My first juice was made of:
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- ~1 inch ginger root, peeled
- 1 large granny smith apple, peel on, chopped
- 2 stalks kale (no stems)
- juice of one lemon
I roughly chopped all of the above, threw it in the Ninja, and started to pulse.
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The bottom was chopping, but I did have to add some water and scrape down the sides before blending again. I did this a few times, and added a total of 1/2 cup of water. (Depending on what veggies you need you may need more or less. My second juice didn’t require as much water or scraping.)
After a few minutes it was completely mixed in a sort of veggie mush that does not look at all appetizing.
I got out a sieve and placed it over a large bowl. You could use a cheese cloth or nut milk bag too, which would likely be easier to squeeze the juice out of.
Immediately the juice begins to pour out, but I did help it out by pressing with a spatula. I probably pressed for a minute and a half before all the juice was out of the pulp.
This only made about a 1/2 -2/3 cup of juice but it tasted awesome! It tasted just like I would get at a juice store and extra gingery.
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It was a littttle gritty at the end probably just because some got through a sieve. A cheese cloth or nutmilk bag would prevent this.
I put the pulp in tupperware and used a little in a veggie salad the next day. It actually tastes really sweet and I’m hoping to make some crackers with it, or even add it to soup or guacamole for some extra veggie goodness.
Second juice recipe
This one processed much quicker and was even better than the first! It contained:
- 2 leaves kale
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled
- 2 stalks celery
- juice of one lime
- ~1/2 inch ginger
So yes, you can juice with a Ninja blender, but it’s not quite as straightforward as with a juice extractor. You don’t have to clean a juicer (the Ninja is really easy to clean!) which is a benefit, but you do have to take the time to strain the juice.
- Are you into Veggie Juices?
- Do you have a juicer or do you usually just buy yours?