Juice Without a Juicer: Apple Carrot Beet Ginger Juice

How to Juice without a Juicer

By now I’m sure you’ve heard all the cool kids are juicing. Joy the Baker does it. Shutterbean does it. And so does Edible Perspective. Pretty much all my favorite blogging buddies. Although I don’t have a juicer myself, I’d still like to think I’m a cool kid, too.

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Juicing is basically a quick way to get loads of nutrients into your body at once. Hooray for health! The catch, though, is that the juicing mechanisms themselves can be super pricey and take up a lot of room in your kitchen. Because we try and keep our kitchen equipment to a minimum, both for space and cost purposes, I don’t see us investing in a juicer any time soon. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy fresh juice in the meantime.

Ginger and Carrots

To make this super tasty apple, beet, carrot, ginger juice, I simply blended it all up in a blender and then pressed it through a fine mesh strainer until I got all of the juice out. Then, I discarded the pulp and enjoyed my juicy juice.

This may sound like a bit of work, but it’s really quite simple. It doesn’t take much more effort than it does to rinse say quinoa or fresh fruit. Plus, not buying a juicer saves you money and a bit of space in your kitchen. Not to mention, I hear juicers are a headache to clean after using. See? Things are working out for us already.

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This juice is slightly sweet and perfectly balanced, with some serious kick from the ginger. If you’re not a ginger person I’d recommend either scaling it back or omitting it altogether. I, however, enjoy ginger both for its zing and health benefits, so I used a good amount. But play with the ingredients to get a taste you prefer; that’s part of the fun anyway.

Besides being delicious, this juice is also incredibly healthy with Vitamins A, K and beta carotene from the carrots, vitamin C and polyphenols from the apples, antioxidants and folate from the beets, and anti inflammatory benefits from the ginger (among others). Some of the nutrients remain in the pulp, but all in all it’s a super healthy beverage that’s much better and fresher than store bought.

This was my first try and I intend to experiment with more flavors. Have any suggestions? I’d love to know.

Beet Apple Carrot Orange Juice

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Apple Carrot Beet Ginger Juice
 
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A simple recipe for making juice without a juicer. Plenty of health benefits and a delicious flavor come from carrots, apple, beets and ginger.
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Recipe type: Juice
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 beet, rinsed, lightly peeled and quartered
  • 1 apple, lighted peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1 Tbsp size piece of fresh ginger (skin removed)
  • 3 whole carrots, rinsed and peeled
  • unfiltered apple juice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, adding a splash of apple juice if needed to get it moving. I probably added about 1/4 cup.
  2. Then, place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour the juice over. Use a rubber spatula to press the pulp down and squeeze all of the juice out. Let stand for 5 minutes so you get most of the juice.
  3. Discard pulp and pour your juice into a serving glass. Drink immediately or chill for a bit. Will keep in the fridge for a day or so, but will taste best when fresh.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 beverage Calories: 259 Fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 63 g Sugar: 41 g Sodium: 209 mg Fiber: 6 g Protein: 3 g

 nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 beverage

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Comments

  1. Anna says

    I am SO psyched about this! THANK YOU, Minimalist Baker! I got this AWESOME cookbook (i know, so old school… a tangible cookbook), “I Am Grateful,” and I love what I’ve made so far, but the only bad thing about the book is that a lot of recipes call for expensive, unusual ingredients and equipment, like a spiralizer ($10 Julienne peeler) and nut milk bags (piece of cloth), dehydrator (oven on very low for a very long time, I think), and, of course, a juicer.

    Most of that cookbook’s breads actually require some vegetable pulp, left over from making juice. Thanks for your help!

    • Dana says

      So encouraging to hear! I have had the same struggles with other recipes/healthy food methods that involve expensive, hard-to-find equipment and it’s just not my style. Hope this works for you!

  2. says

    I’d have to get a much more expensive blender for this to work. I made a lovely relish, but that’s about it. I already have a juicer, but was really hoping to not have to haul the danged thing down from its high cabinet home. I’ve been prescribed to drink this juice though, so down come comes the juicer.

  3. Natalie says

    Just tried this as my first attempt at juicing ever! I’m not a big veggie person, but this is surprisingly good, and is soothing my queasy preggo tummy! Thanks!

  4. Randi says

    I am a blender juicer! Thanks for the recipe… and great photos, by the way. Heading to the store to by the ingredients to try it.

    Rating with anticipation

  5. Hugh says

    Is there anything wrong with leaving the pulp, etc. in and drinking the entire thing the way it comes out of the blender? I’m new to this juicing thing and plead ignorance.

  6. Jitka says

    Hi all, I would like to try to make a juice from a bunch of grapes without a juicer.
    Does it works ? Do you have an experience?
    Thank you for your answer!

  7. Ciara says

    I made this today! I have an abundance of beets and this put them to perfect use! I used my Vitamix and strained as per your recipe. The color was beautiful and flavor delicious. Thank you :)

  8. Tonya Chavis says

    Save the pulp and freeze it. Use it when you make homemade soup (to thicken) or when baking sweet breads. Delicious!!!

  9. Susan Parker says

    Last week, I had a stomach bug. After 2 days, and almost going to emergency room, I could only drink lemonade (water, sugar and lemon juice). My stomach still hurt and I felt as if something, may God, telling me to juice carrots and apples.

    I had never juiced carrots and apples. As a matter of fact, I bought a juicer years ago, used it 3 times and put it in the basement. So my husband bought me some carrots and apples and I tried it. It tasted good. But I didn’t do it for the 4 remaining days, and my stomach started hurting again, after trying food. So, I started back with juicing…. and to tell the truth, I feel this is something I can do. It tastes so good. I may eventually try beets (as I am reading about the benefits of carrots and apples and beets.

    What I wanted to say, is that I had some celery ends, onions, carrots in the freezer for broth making – after talking to a friend, she said to add the contents that the juicer catches in the back to all the other ingredients, boil it all down, and then strain it through a small hole colander. Freeze in small cups or ice cube trays for veg. broth to use with cooking or rice or eating the broth when ill. Sound like a great idea, and I will be doing it this weekend, with all my pulp left over from juicing.

    Susan

  10. Carole says

    My mom gave us carrot and beet juice every Sunday, doing it the old fashioned way (grating and straining), delicious. she used the pulp to make veggie patties, seasoned of course. I miss those days but I am thankful that there are those who are operating without the modern appliances and this has given me incentive to attempt it. I was searching for an inexpensive way to juice carrots, beets and apples when I happened upon this site. Appreciate all the encouraging comments. I do have a Vitamix (old) a Nutribullet and a blender. Did not want to damage them. Glad to know of the paint strainer etc,

  11. Margaret says

    Thank you so much for this!! I have wanted to make my own juice but thought I couldn’t because I couldn’t afford a juicer! This changes everything!!!

  12. Linda says

    Whe’ll! :) I have made plenty smoothies. Been looking to buy juicer but don’t really want to. Actually found a GREAT deal today and asked God for direction (also need to watch my pennies) and didn’t buy it.
    A friend just told me you “get more nutrients when using a juicer than a blender”. Now I know otherwise. I did buy my ingredients today -that I don’t normally have – i.e. carrots, celery. ALWAYS have ginger and apples and greens of all kinds.

    Thanks to you I’ll be juicing TOMORROW!!

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  14. Cheryl says

    I have been juicing for several years. I have a juicer (clean up is no problem for me), and I try to experiment with everything including melons, pineapple and all the berries. In the beginning I did not like the earthy taste of the beets, but I found that by just squeezing a little lemon into the juice gets rid of that taste. I love beets now since I have gotten used to the taste. Sometimes I simply put some of the pulp back into the juice or just eat the fruit itself. Juicing keeps me going for hours since I get a burst of energy. By the way, juicing beets with carrots and apples, very good as a liver cleanse. Thanks for the post.

  15. Allison Walker says

    This is great! As a Christmas Gift for my husband, I want improve nutrition through juicing (we commonly gift activities), but can’t imagine storing a one-use appliance in our <1000 sf condo. Now I have directions for how to repurpose items that we already own and store! Thank you so much!

  16. Alex says

    This recipe is deeeeelish!! I tried a carrot beet juice from Whole Foods and loved it but it was close to $6 for a small bottle.. So glad I found this awesome recipe to make it on my own. And it tastes just as good (I think better.. The ginger really adds a kick) as the whole foods version!

  17. Brooke says

    Thanks for the tips! I just wanted to add to your recommendation for straining-instead of using a mesh strainer you can use cheese cloth or a clean kitchen towel and squeeze the juice out of the blended mixture. This method was much faster and less time consuming!

    • says

      Great tip! I haven’t tried the towel trick with juicing, but I HAVE with homemade almond milk. Works like a charm. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Susan says

    I have a couple of yogurt cheese strainers that work great for straining nut milks, and, although it takes a while, the strainers are easy to clean and reusable. Would this work for the juices also?

    • says

      Susan, great question! I think those will work, though I’ve never tried them myself. Let me know if you give it a go so I can add a note to the post! thanks for saying hello!

  19. Lynnette says

    These recipes all are tempting and delicious sounding. I’d probably try the combinations in a saute pan or roasted instead. I got in the habit of snacks and 2/3rd of meals of veggies when I was super sick and now its very much just yummy and my preference. My functional medicine guy mentioned to me recently that he sees people who’ve gotten a little too into juicing and they end up messing up their guts. So I’ve not juiced much. And when I do I miss the pulp.
    Now that I’ve seen these recipes though I think I will try some for the raw benefit. Just now and then :-) Yum!

  20. Lacey says

    I understand not wanting to buy extra appliances but I am confused as to why you would want to remove the pulp when you’ve already gone through the trouble of blending it,. what is a little pulp if it means that you’re going to truly get all the nutrients you’ve worked for? I actually bought a juicer and returned it because I felt it wasted a lot of of the nutrients and I was just discarding it out of the pulp waste:( I went back to my blender.
    My question is if I really stuck a chunk of ginger in my blender would it be able to lend through that? I’ve put raw vegetables, kale, things like that but softer varieties. I’m curious to see if you end up with a bunch of chunks or if it really purees’ it? Thx

    • Dana Shultz says

      I just use a fine mesh strainer. But actually, you don’t need it. You can just lay a thin dish towel over a large bowl then pour your pulp/juice over, join the corners of the towel, squeeze and twist! The pulp stays in the towel and you get ALL the juice in the bowl.

  21. Sneha says

    Hey Dana,

    I made this juice (sans apples n apple juice) but I added 4-5 basil leaves with beet root and carrots with a hint of ginger!
    It tasted so good. Love the color and the texture after straining it! And I used the pulp to make vegetable korma! Perfect!

  22. Sneha says

    Phewww… no I made another dish…Potato curry: Heat up some olive oil and add curry leaves and mustard seeds in it. let them pop. Then Sauté carrot and beet root pulp, some finely chopped onions, ginger, garlic in it. Then add potato cubes. Add water (let them cook) and at the end add some canned coconut milk, thicken the mixture as much you want it and boil it for 3 mins. Voila!! You can add some Garam Masala (which you used in making hummus) and red chilli powder if you want to make it spicy!

  23. says

    I just tried juicing 2 green apples + 2 carrots + 2 ribs of celery and it came out pretty good, I only tasted a hint of celery which was masked by the sweetness of apple and carrot.

    I didn’t use a blender though :) but I’ve tried using a blender a few times when my juicer broke and it worked pretty well but it took longer (at least for me) to extract juice using a blender compared to a masticating juicer.

  24. theresa says

    I have made this before, as well! It is quite yummy. I have a Vitamix, so I don’t bother with straining it….nothing to strain! Anyway, as I was reading these comments, I thought “Hmmm…couldn’t you make some sort of carrot cake recipe with the pulp?” Maybe it would work?

  25. says

    My husband bought an insanely expensive, hard-to-clean juicer about 10 years ago. We used it when I was doing a cleanse (after a melanoma diagnosis) and haven’t used it more than a couple times since. I make green smoothies (and have for 25+ years) but LOVE your juicing without a juicer tip! We’ve been searching for juicers that are easier to clean not considering that this is a decent alternative. The only concern I have about this (and about smoothies) is that blenders and food processors essentially cut and shred the vegetable fibers as opposed to juicers (the good ones) use a masticating auger that doesn’t damage the fiber. This is what I’ve been told and haven’t been able to get a definitive answer. Either way, I notice that regardless of how amazing our juicer is, we’re not using it because it’s a pain in the behind to clean it! Thanks so much!

  26. says

    This is absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much for this wonderful tip. I was thinking about getting another more expensive juicer since mine is old. I’m also a bit of a germaphobe and I sometimes feel like I’m not quite cleaning my juicer as thoroughly as I’d like. Those things are hard to clean. I will definitely be trying this method.

  27. Caroline says

    I bought a juicer years ago, but no longer use it. Instead, I make my smoothies and juices in the blender and drink EVERYTHING. The majority of the benefit of juicing is in the fiber, which is what gives you all of the benefit of the healthy produce. Drinking the totally fiber-less “juice” has some nutritional value, but everything that is being discarded is what makes the drink a “healthy” meal. To me, juices with no pulp or fiber are the equivalent of colored water.

    • Fantastic says

      I think that since this is a ‘juice’ it is a good idea to strain it as described. The solid matter that is left behind contains ( chopped!) fibers and more vitamins ! Though the blender chops the fibers they must still be useful as the fibers needn’t be ‘long’ to the naked eye. As Sneha and others explained , the solid matter could be added to curries and other dishes. Freezing ensures that you can use it ‘later’ and you don’t have to rush to make something else. One other option is to use it with other ingredients to make cutlets or something similar.

  28. Shafiq says

    I’m doing the same thing w/o a juicer and then came across this and felt a lil’ more validated since I’m pretty clueless in the kitchen in general.

    In addition to what you got above, I like to add lemon juice and mint.

  29. Rhiannon says

    I pour the juice from the blender into a french press, which makes the process easy to clean up. Great idea to use the spatula though to help get all of the juice out. Thanks!

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