How often do you make your own juice? In this article, I’m going to show you how to make fruit juice with a blender right from your home, RV, or camping site. Not only will you save the $7+ that the food café charges for a cup of a few pounds, but also enjoy the drink whenever.
Similar to when you use your blender for making nut butter, DIY juicing also gives you complete quality control. That’s you’ll know what exactly is in your homemade juice and how fresh the ingredients are.
Making Fruit Juice In A Blender Vs Traditional Juicer
In truth, both a blender and a juicer are capable of making fresh fruit juices. However, how they usually handle the task and even the final product is so different.
That’s a juicer is the dedicated tool for making fruit juices. And as we said in the guide to make vegetable juice in a Vitamix, the tool usually extracts water and nutrients from the produce. Then, leaves behind the insoluble fiber or rather the pulp, which, of course, you can save for other recipes like when making muffins & cake.
Even so, a juicer still uses a lot of produce to yield the same amount as when using a blender for juicing. The reason for this is that a blender makes the fruit juice you want by processing all parts of the produce. That includes even the skin and pulp, which comprises the insoluble fiber that the juicer leaves behind in the collecting bowl.
The only flaw in making a “whole-food” juice with a blender is that not all machines can pulverize the pulp and skin. For instance, when making a smoothie with a Nutribullet Select blender, I could still feel some tiny grains and fibers in my mouth.
So, in such a case, you’ll have to pass the blend through a fine sieve or strainer to enjoy the true taste of a completely smooth juice.
What’s The Best Blender To Make Fruit Juice
Well, there are so many appliances in the market right now, and, surprisingly, they all are doing great both market-wise and in performance. So, if we start discussing what’s the right blender to make fruit juice, we’ll be here the whole day.
Regardless, some of the best blenders to make undiluted and whole-food fruit juice at home are:
|Juicing Blender Brand||Perfect for||Blending Capacity|
|Vitamix Pro 750 Low-Profile Series||Whole-food & undiluted fruit juice||64-oz||See other feature|
|Vitamix A3500 Smart Series||Whole-food & undiluted fruit juice||20-oz & 64-oz||See other feature|
|Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System||Undiluted fruit juice||16-oz & 32-oz||See other feature|
|Nutribullet Pro 900W Personal Series||Undiluted fruit juice||24-oz & 32-oz||See other feature|
|Blendtec Classic 575 Programmable Series||Whole-food & undiluted fruit juice||36-oz or 90-oz||See other feature|
|Hamilton Beach (58148A) Glass Jar Series||Undiluted fruit juice||40-oz||See other feature|
Ps. The blenders perfect for whole-food and undiluted fruit juices are the dedicated high-speed models. Thanks to their powerful motor, the machines can pummel through both soft and tough ingredients to give you a perfectly “velvety” smooth blend. So, the pulp will also be less when you decide to make undiluted fruit juice.
On the other hand, the blenders perfect for only undiluted fruit juice are the regular brands like the Nutribullet or Ninja. While they’re usually able to chop down all the ingredients, you’ll still feel some tiny grains in the mouth while drinking a whole-food juice.
How to Make Fruit Juice with a Blender
Here are the two main ways to make fruit juice with a blender:
Method 1: Making an Undiluted Fruit Juice with a Blender
Overall, this method involves blending only the fruits you want to extract the juice without adding any water. Thus, giving you only the natural concentrate of the fruits you’ve used in the recipe.
But since we’re not adding water into the mixture, you’ll need to have the right (high-power) blender. The Vitamix 5200 is the only machine I’ve been able to test on such a task, but I’ve seen reviewers say the Blendtec Classic 575 also makes velvety blends.
As for the results after blending, it was an orange juice recipe, the blend from the Vitamix appeared to have a heavier color. Then, the pulp that remained on the sieve after pressing wasn’t a lot.
The following is a complete guide of how you can also make a simple undiluted orange juice with a blender.
What You Need
- 840 grams (or 5 medium) fresh oranges
- One tablespoon honey (optional)
- A good blender
After you have everything on the work table:
- Wash all your oranges and peel off the outer skin
- Separate each section of the oranges, then cut at the center and remove as many seeds as possible
- In a clean blender, add all your prepped orange pieces + honey and secure the lid
- Power on the machine and blend on high until smooth
- Place a fine-mesh sieve or filtering bag over a clean medium bowl and pour the orange puree over it
- Now press the pulp into the sieve or filtering bag to extract as much juice as possible
- Finally, pour the strained orange juice into two glasses and serve immediately while still fresh.
A few orange seeds and pith will certainly find their way into the blender jar. The purpose of the optional sweetener is to help balance the tarty and sweet flavor and have the drink without any noticeable bitterness.
Another thing, the five medium oranges in the recipe will give you 1.5-2 glasses of fresh juice. So, you can add more fruits if you want to make enough drinks for the whole family.
Method 2: Making A Whole-Food Fruit Juice With A Blender
As the name advertises, a whole-food juice usually has all the constituents of the blended fruits. That includes even the insoluble minerals (fibers) since the method doesn’t call for filtering of the pulp.
Conversely, the juicing method will require water during blending so you can achieve the right (light) consistency of juice. But you must add the water with caution as too much of it could end up diluting the concentration of the extract.
Here’s a nice recipe of Orange Vanilla fruit juice from the cookbook that came with my Vitamix.
What You Need:
- 0.5 cup (120ml) water
- 0.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 600 grams (or 4 medium) fresh oranges
- 30 grams (or 2 whole) Medjool dates
- 200 grams (or 1.5 cups) ice cubes
- Wash all your oranges, peel off the outer skin, and deseed
- Also, wash the dates and pit (remove the “stone-seed”).
- In a clean blender, add all the ingredients starting with the lightest to the heaviest, as in the listing above. Then, secure the lid
- Start the machine and blend on high for 1 minute or until the mixture is velvety smooth
- Finally, pull out your clean drinking glasses and serve the orange juice while fresh and cold.
First of all, whole-food fruit juice will take less time to prepare than the undiluted version since the filtering stage is out of the equation. If using one of those cheap blenders under $50 or $100, though, you are likely to experience some gritty taste.
Secondly, this recipe includes the dates as a natural sweetener to cut down the bitter taste of the orange seeds that still found a way into the blender jar. Then, the ice cubes are for keeping the drink chilled and refreshing, especially during a warm summer.
However, the regular ice cubes could end up diluting and reducing the concentration of the fruit juice after melting. So, you’re not to let it sit in the drinking glass for long.
Alternatively, you can replace the regular ice cubes with frozen oranges pieces (should be done a few hours before blending). Thus, the drink will still have the tartness and sweetness desired even after sitting in the glasses.
Lastly, the above recipe yielded approximately 32-ounces of whole-food fruit juice, which is about four servings. But you can customize the ingredients to fit your desired amount for the total guests.
Other Top-Rated Fruit Juice Recipes on Food Channels:
Well, the orange juice recipes are the most common with avid home juicers. However, you can try juicing other fruits as well and even combine them to come up with your new unique flavors.
Some of the other most recommended fruit juice recipes that you can make with a blender include:
|Quick Fruit Juice Recipes to Make with a Blender||Ingredients Required||Yield|
|Fresh Orange Immune Booster Juice||Two Oranges, One Medium Apple, Quarter Piece Of Lemon, & A Half-Inch Ginger||One Serving|
|Pink Grapefruit Immune Booster Juice||One Pink Grapefruit, One Orange, Half Cup Pineapple Cubes, & Six Mint Leaves||Two Servings|
|Antioxidant Berry Blast Juice||One Cup Blueberries, One Cup Strawberries, & Two Medium Beets||One Serving|
|Tropical Carrot Apple Juice||Four Apples, Two Cup Pineapple Cubes, Eight Carrots, & Some Pieces Of Ginger||Four Serving|
|Classic Watermelon Juice||Six Pounds Watermelon & One Lime (Optional)||Five Servings|
|Orange Carrot Immune Boosting Juice||Seven Oranges, Four Carrots, & Two-And-Half Fresh Ginger||Two Servings|
|Fresh Carotene Zinger Juice||Two Medium Apples, Five Carrots, Half-Inch Ginger, & Quarter Lemon||One Serving|
Don’t Forget to Refrigerate
As you can see, it’s really easy to make fruit juice with a blender. You just need to prep the ingredients, toss in the blending container, and blend at the highest speed until everything is fully pulverized and super-smooth.
If you want the luxury of pure fruit concentration, you can forego water in your recipe. Then, pass the blended mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or strainer to filter out the insoluble fiber.
Yes, indeed, it might seem like a lot of work, but it’s worth it compared to those canned commercial juices with artificial additives and preservatives.
Speaking of preserving, any of your homemade juice that remains should be refrigerated for 24 hours or 48 hours at most. I’ve seen some bloggers say you can keep it in the fridge three days upwards, but by then it’ll have started to lose the natural taste and nutritional value.