If you’ve been reading up on the health benefits of carrot juice, you’ll no doubt be aware that it is a fantastic source of Vitamin C and fiber.
But did you also know that it can improve your eyesight, control cholesterol levels, strengthen your brain function, and even reduce your chances of developing certain types of cancer?!
Carrot juice really is a super-juice and it’s delicious too! However, in order to start drinking fresh carrot juice, you’ll need an appliance that can make it for you.
Of course, the best appliance for this would be a juicer, but these can come at an expensive price and not everybody has the option of purchasing one.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the flavor and health benefits of carrot juice, though!
Below, we’ll take you through a step-by-step guide on how to make carrot juice without a juicer. It’s much easier than you might think too and, unlike some other juices made without using a juicer, it’s ready to drink straight away.
- 675g (3 cups) fresh carrots
- 435ml (1 ¾ cups) water
- Paring knife
- Mesh strainer
- 1-liter jar
- Begin by washing your carrots to remove any dirt or organic matter. There’s no need to peel the carrots. In fact, it’s better not to do this as the skins contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. Just give them a good wash under a running faucet.
- If you’ve purchased carrots with their green tops still intact, chop these off. Don’t throw them away though, as they are perfectly edible. Save them and use them as an addition to a salad, or make a carrot-top pesto sauce with them.
- The smaller your carrots are, the easier it will be for the blender to blitz them into juice. So, take your paring knife and chop them into pieces that are around 1-inch in length. You can go smaller, depending on the power of your blender.
- Place your carrots into your blender’s jug along with the water. Whizz everything together at a high speed for a couple of minutes. You should be able to see tiny chunks of carrots floating in the water at the end of this time. If there are any larger pieces still, blend again for another minute.
- Take your mesh strainer and place it over the top of the 1-liter jar. Now, slowly and carefully pour the carrot and water mixture into the jar. The stainer will catch any pulp and ensure that only the juice flows through. As more pulp is collected, you’ll need to pause and remove it from the strainer so that the juice can continue to flow uninterrupted.
- Once the jar is filled with carrot juice, store it in your refrigerator and pour yourself a delicious glass whenever you want!
It’s worth noting that, depending on your personal preference, straining the juice isn’t always necessary. If you’re a fan of juices that have pulp in them, then you can simply pour the juice directly from the blender into the jar.
Carrot Juice Recipes
One of the best things about carrot juice is that it is delicious all by itself. However, it’s also a great foundation for creating a range of delicious juice blends that are packed with flavor and vitamins.
Each of the recipes below can be made without a juicer by following the same chopping, blending, and straining process as above. Anything that is particularly juicy, such as oranges, can be squeezed into the blender before blitzing.
Immunity System-Boosting Juice
- 4 carrots
- 1 orange
- 2-inches of ginger
- 4 carrots
- ¾ cup of beetroot
- 1 orange
- ½ cup of strawberries
- 4 carrots
- 2 apples
- 1 cup of red cabbage
Healthy Virgin Bloody Mary
- 3 carrots
- 15 cherry tomatoes
- 2 radishes
The ingredient amounts for each of these juices are enough to make one glass of juice.
This means you’re able to find your favorite without having to make a whole batch, and they’re also a great way to use up any leftover veggies you’ve got in your kitchen.
Carrot juice is one of the easiest juices to make without a blender and, as you can see from the recipes above, it can be made into a range of delicious variations.
However, before you start making your carrot juices, you need to make sure the carrots you’ve chosen are in good condition.
Look for carrots that are firm and inflexible. These will be easier for your blender to process and they’ll be fresher too, which means they will have a higher number of vitamins and minerals. Don’t be afraid to use wonky vegetables either!
Just because a carrot doesn’t look perfectly straight, it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it. In fact, irregularly-shaped carrots are often marked down at grocery stores as they are considered ‘imperfect’. Buying these gives you the opportunity to save even more money!