I don’t know about you, but I love juice bars. Just the chance to point to the fruits and vegetables of my choice is my adult version of being a kid in a candy store. My favorite is carrot, apple, ginger, with some spinach or kale thrown in for good-green-measure. My favorite part of all of this? Not having to juice myself, of course!
I don’t own a juicer (although I guess I could maybe afford one if I stopped buying all my juice at the juice bar 🙂 ). Still, in the meantime, I’m not going to let that stop me. After a quick Google search for how to make juice without a juicer I found everything I needed.
Bottom line? If you have a blender, you can juice. Of course, that’s not all you need. A few Vitamix accessories and a game plan will make things infinitely easier (and tastier) for you, and this post will give you the down low on both.
Step #1: Get that Vitamix blender ready to do some extraction!
Step #2: Produce a strainer bag. My recommendation is to not use a paint strainer bag. You need a food grade bag. You’re going through the trouble of getting all these nutrients in your body – don’t spike your healthy juice with unhealthy hardware store chemicals.
Other things to keep in mind: nylon bags are better than cotton or hemp ones because they’re less likely to develop mold. Looking for a fine mesh bag for the smoothest, best-tasting juicer and the easiest to clean bag. Get one with a drawstring so you don’t have to rely on flat surface drying.
Step #3: Have large containers on hand to strain the juice from, and into. One of the worst things that can happen during this process is tha tyou find yourself running out of room, either to pour your whole food juice out of your Vitamix, or to strain your pulpy mix into. I usually use the largest pitcher I can get my hands on, and the biggest mixing bowl I can find.
Step #4: Prep all of your fruits and vegetables before hand. Probably the best tip I can offer is to wash and cut all of your produce the same day you go grocery shopping. Bring the groceries in from your car, pull the produce out, wash it, cut it up and put it into zip lock baggies. Whenever the urge hits, you’ll be ready to make yourself from fresh juice.