Fruit Juicing without a Juicer

Making fruit juices without the use of electronic juicers is something that I have been doing for quite some time. Honestly, I’d rather make my juices using a method that allows me to make maximum use of the fruits.

When fruits are naturally ripened and juicy it is easy to turn them into juices. I take advantage of seasons like summer and fall when fruits are in abundance and naturally ripened and naturally sweet to shop for the best fruits and make my juices.

I make my juices in batches and refrigerate them. I hardly ever purchase boxed juices. If or when I do it is usually during the cold winter months when juicy fruits are no longer in abundance. Natural home made fruit juices are more nutritious and honestly, they taste better than boxed or bottled juices bought at grocery stores.

When I make my fruit juices I do not use a lot of juicing gadgets like juicers, bullets, etc. The most electronic I use is the blender. I use the blender to grind or puree if my recipe will require that method. I generally use what I call the “drawing method” of juicing to make my fruit juices.

The drawing method of juicing does not require the use of a commercial juicer. The drawing method uses water to turn the fruits in juice. Nearly every type of fruit is good for the drawing method of juicing. The more ripe the fruit the better the outcome.

Regardless of how you make you juices you will certainly agree with me that nothing satisfies a hot summer day like a glass of icy cold homemade fruit juice. Whether the juice is squeezed, made using a juicer or some other method naturally made juices are wholesome.

The recipe below shows how I made the strawberry juicing using the drawing method. Strawberries are an excellent fruit for juicing using the drawing method. When using strawberries to juice I select fruits that are very ripe and juicy.

How to Make Berries Juices without a Juicer

Ingredients:

Berries of choice – Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, etc., ripe and sweet

Hot Water

1 tablespoon Honey or sugar (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Wash and remove stems and leaves from berries.
  2. For larger berries like strawberries, cut in half and place in large mason jar to about half full (half full jar of berries)
  3. If using honey or sugar, add to bottle/jar before adding fruits to jar
  4. Add hot water to jar with berries within 1 inch of top of jar
  5. Seal jar with lid. Jar will be hot so lift with kitchen towel and shake vigorously few times. Allow to sit and cool completely. 
  6. Place a sifter over a bowl, preferably a bowl with a spout. Pour content of bottle info sifter and strain. Do not push fruits through sifter. Let sift normally. Discard pulp.
  7. Pour sifted juice into bottles or jars. Seal and refrigerate until ready to drink.

I usually keep my juices refrigerated up to 10 day. But believe me, they won’t last that long.

I found that when juicing without a juicer, hot water helps to express the juice from the fruit and speed up the juicing process. It is especially helpful when using honey or sugar in the recipe. The hot water helps to melt the honey and sugar.