How to Juice Without a Juicer (Tips & Tricks)

Joe Kardon
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Where to Start

The best asset a juicer can give you when you start your juicing journey is a sense of confidence.

They give you a tool to achieve results as a beginner, and you will notice the difference.

Another benefit is that you can make it easier to consume more greens and other fruits and vegetables in your diet.

It's a fact that few people get enough fruits and vegetables, and juicers can solve that problem — saving you a trip to the grocery store and ultimately money … and probably calories.

Juice can also save you time in the kitchen, meaning you can have a delicious fresh juice on the table within a few minutes.

No more excuses!

Juicers are a great tool to have in your kitchen, but as I said before they are not necessary to make fantastic juice. With a bit of imagination, I have found many other ways to juice and have become a thrifty juicer!

As a beginner, it's perfectly acceptable to consider your juicing journey a trial. If you find that you enjoy and will continue with your juicing journey then make a purchase! If not, then no sweat, you haven't wasted money or lost time.

3 Different Methods for Juicing Without a Juicer

You might be thinking: is it possible? Can I get juice without breaking the bank? Can I make juice without a juicer?

The answer is yes! You can make your juice without a juicer. It is a better way to squeeze juice from fruits and vegetables.

There are at least three ways you can extract the juice from fruits and vegetables:

Blender

The blender is probably the most widespread tool in the kitchen for making fresh juice.

Tip: The secret behind the magically smooth texture of your favorite juice from that trendy healthy cafe is likely their expensive super-blender. Raw juices can be hard to blend. With a good blender, you can make any fruits and vegetable juice. If you have a blender with a strong motor, it can also juice wheatgrass.

Spiralizer (Vegetable Noodle Maker)

Push that knob a few times and udon noodles will appear from the tube. Spaghetti and fettuccine are also two more familiar long strands of pasta. The thick spaghetti looks like a matchstick and the tubular fettuccine like a curly straw.

Method 1: Mash ’em

If you don’t have a juicer or don’t want to use one, but you still want to get all of the awesome health benefits that fresh juice provides, this might work for you. I use this method when my juicer is on the fritz and we don’t have any extra money to buy a new one.

Just take a knife and chop them both up as finely as possible. Place them into a bowl and add a little bit of water. With your hands, squish the water through the veggies until you have a relatively smooth consistency. Then pour the juice through a cheesecloth or “mesh” bag. From here all you have to do is drink it.

I do want to stress that this is in no way the most efficient/best way to make fresh vegetable juice. But it’s a way of doing it without having a juicer.

Method 2: Blend ’em

One of the most amazing ways to get yourself a glass of fresh juice is by using a high-speed blender. Like a juicer, a powerful blender can juice or pur’e fruits and vegetables into a nutrient-dense, icy-cold beverage.

You don’t need to buy a fancy appliance! A standard blender will do just fine.

Technically, if you have a good blender, a good blender can do just as well as an expensive juicer. But they aren’t exactly the same. If you are not sure about investing in a juicer, you don’t have to. If you already have a blender at home, then you don’t have to spend money on another one.

What you must remember though is that blender juice often doesn’t have the same consistency as a juice made from a fresh juice. It may also have small pieces of pulp in it.

This doesn’t mean that the blender juice is not as good as juiced vegetables. It is an inexact science, but one thing we do know is that whole fruits, whether pulped by a juicer or blended, often taste better than their parts. They also have fiber!

If you are a fan of fiber, then you are in luck.

Method 3: Grate and Strain

Juice-ready fruits and veggies are often sold in the market. They are usually packed in small 'shot glass' like containers.

{1}. If you want to keep this juice for a few days, store it in the fridge in an container with a lid. Add some ice or a slice of citrus fruit to the juice to stop it from spoiling.
{2}. If you would like to drink this juice immediately, you can open the container and add it into your drinking glass (if the graniteware is microwavable, you can also heat the juice in a microwave aside from drinking it cold)
{3}. Use a grater to grate the citrus fruits and cucumber.
{4}. Wash the nutrients from the grated material with water
{5}. Use a strainer to get rid of caught pulp and keep nutrients
{6}. Serve the juice immediately

If All Else Fails…

Juice Without a Juicer!

You may end up surprised that you can still juice without a juicer.

Here’s how you do it.

Squeeze the produce

If you have a high-quality produce, and are using a high-quality juice, you can simply squeeze the produce with a hand held fruit press. This works terribly with softer fruits like apples or berries, but is perfect for hardier roots like artichoke or ginger.

Spruce Up Your Juice With Some Ice Cubes

You can also make it thicker by adding in some homemade ice cubes made from juices.

Thicken Your Juice

If you have some excess juice that you don’t want to waste, you can try thickening it up with some homemade pasta sauce, hummus, or thin peanut butter. Add a drop of liquid sweetness (if necessary) and voila, a perfect beverage that is even delicious.

Add In Some Yogurt

If you want your juices to have a bit of a protein boost, add in some homemade yogurt. This will add some thickness to it.