Juice Without a Juicer: Apple Carrot Beet Ginger Juice

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Glass of juice made 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.

Cutting board of beets for making homemade beet juice

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 to 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.

Fresh carrots and ginger for making homemade vegetable juice

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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Glass of fresh homemade beet and carrot juice

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.

Glass of juice and cutting board with fresh carrots, beets, and ginger for making it

Apple Carrot Beet Ginger Juice

A simple recipe for making juice without a juicer. Plenty of health benefits and a delicious flavor come from carrots, apple, beets, and ginger.
Author Minimalist Baker
Blender of blended fruits and vegetables for our post on How to Juice without a Juicer
4.48 from 55 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 1-2 Days


  • 1 medium beet (rinsed, lightly peeled and quartered)
  • 1 medium apple (peeled, cored and quartered)
  • 1 Tbsp size piece of fresh ginger (skin removed)
  • 3 whole carrots (rinsed and peeled)
  • Unfiltered apple juice (optional)


  • 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 (amount as original recipe is written).
  • 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.
  • 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 is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1 g Calories: 259 Carbohydrates: 63 g Protein: 3 g Fat: 1 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 209 mg Fiber: 6 g Sugar: 41 g

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  1. Marian S says

    I just love all your recipes. So often vegan meals include all sorts of odd ingredients that one would not necessarily either have on hand, or want to use. I like the way you use items that I, certainly, have in my pantry all the time. Having just been diagnosed as a diabetic, I find your recipes most helpful in fighting this disease because they are so healthful and carbohydrate-friendly. Thank you!

  2. Nicole says

    I’m always tempted to buy a juicer but using a food processor and cheese cloth to strain the juice work just fine!

  3. Katharine Romstad says

    What about the high carbohydrates and sugars is there a limit to how much you should have until it’s no good for you?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Katharine, that’s going to be individual by the person! We’d suggest checking with your doctor.

  4. Angie says

    I used carrot juice from costco and mix other ingredients. I also added Aloe Vera fresh. It is good. I have been taking it for last few months now.

  5. Yuriko says

    I just mixed the pulp into my savory quinoa bowl. This adds flavor so you can go low on seasoning. Healthy on multiple fronts!

  6. Alice G. says

    My morning drink consists of 5 carrots, 1 large apple, 3 inch slice of ginger, Half a lime and half a beet thru my juicer ( simple Mr. Juiceman purchased in 2004 for $100 – still going strong!🤞)
    I pour juice into blender, add one banana & 2 oz of water.
    Blend on high for a minute and pour thru strainer. 24 ounces of goodness!!

  7. Rebecca Petrick says

    I love this. I did have a few strawberries that made it in. The beets and carrots very very good together.

      • Eve says

        Don’t throw out the pulp – it’s probably the healthiest part of the drink and helps cut down on all the sugar the straight juice shoots into your system. Also, you want to have the good fiber that juice alone doesn’t provide.

        • Ashley says

          Absolutely agree!! The pulp is precious fiber missing from most American’s diets. Don’t miss out by tossing it!

  8. Jibiya Joy says

    It took a bit time, but after blend it was smooth and delicious….now its like a daily routine for us…thanks to you!

  9. Sana'a says

    I add lemon, cucumber and raw turmeric root to mine as well and call it my daily energy shot. I’m glad for my juicer though… It’s just so quick!

  10. Phil says

    I recently bought a masticating slow juicer and love making this juice with it. My juicer cost less than $100. You can use the pulp for many things

  11. Amy says

    Thank you for sharing…. can one add one clove of garlic perhaps to this juice. ABC juice with some ginger and garlic?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      That could add an interesting kick- will probably depend on your taste preferences whether you enjoy it! Let us know if you give it a try!

  12. Erin says

    Loved it! I was generous with the ginger and added a full squeezed lemon instead of apple juice. Will make again! I used the pulp to make the fudgy double chocolate brownies on your site-yum!

  13. Jessica says

    I made this but didn’t have a cloth to strain I used a paper towel it gave me a good amount of juice but I need to find something else to strain

  14. Stephen says

    Dana, as with most juice recipes, the recommendation is to throw out the leftover meal but this is where so much of the nutrients reside. I also do not peal my apples if they are organic for the same reason. Take the “meal” of the juice and mix with ground flax seed and season, spread on a dehydrator plate and make “beet juice crackers.” I agree that the need for a juicer is a luxury and a good blender does just as well. If you don’t mind a chucky juice, you don’t need to strain but I know this is difficult for most people.

  15. Joni Parent says

    Loved it, but instead of the apple juice, I substituted with juice from fresh limes (1/4 c). It was delicious. I’ll try lemons next. Thank you!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Camillia, we think I cheesecloth would yield a more pulpy consistency, but it might work! A nut milk bag might be another option.

      • Angie says

        If we use carrot juice ready maid of homemade we do not need to strain or anything. Just grind it and it comes out very good. I also use pomegranate juice and Aloe Vera fresh too.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried that, but think it might work! If you give it a try, we would love to hear how it goes!

  16. Pamela says

    The flavor was good, but the consistency was way too thick. Even after adding about 3/4 c. of liquid, it looked like baby food puree. It was so thick and never gave me much juice. I used all fresh, organic fruit and veggies. I loved the idea but it didn’t work for me.

  17. Cheryl says

    This is my third time making this juice and it is delicious ? I did exactly as you stated in your recipe. The ginger is a bit strong but I love it anyway. Thank you for sharing

  18. Kell says

    Hi, made this this morning – I think it will be really good when I reduce the GINGER next time… it really dominates, maybe I added too much and I’m a skeptical ginger admirer. But I’m drinking it anyway! I am new to juicing and excited to hopefully drop a few (!) pounds before summer. I used my Vitamix and strained in a nut bag, which works but -uh — use plastic gloves unless you want your hands pinkish for a while. : ) I have ordered a Breville juicer used on Ebay, so we’ll see how that goes. Thanks for the recipe.

  19. SOFIA SMITH says

    I make a big jug of this every Sunday adjusting or omitting ingredients. I always keep my beets and carrots tho. I used sometimes battle lemon or lime. My kids loves the pure carrot juice. In addition I started making this regularly because my blood pressure was sky high. Now I am off my medication about 3 months now. And it doesn’t have to be every day.

  20. Katherine says

    I wonder why you can’t freeze this? I freeze carrots shredded for carrot muffins and beets. Any reason? Making this today but drinking pulp and all ❤️

  21. dawn says

    I just found your recipe and cannot wait to try it.
    Because of health issues I can only have fresh raw veggies if I
    first soak them in a baking soda solution. The best way to eliminate
    any pesticides or bacteria I am told.
    You asked what else might be added. Try Aloe Vera plant. Very healthy.

  22. Trey Tatis says

    Running a lemon back and forth against a zester can create a blizzard of zest and spray. Instead, drag the zester across the rind, following the curve, as if you’re shaving the lemon. The zest will collect neatly on the underside. When a recipe calls for zest and juice, zest first; squeezed fruits lose shape and are hard to grate.

  23. zul says

    The ABC ( apple,beet, carrot )+ ginger juice is the best from a juicer. So fresh and delicious. Great for nutrition specially for cancer patients/survivors. Its worth every bit so washing the juicer is not even a question for what you get out of it . My wife has been drinking it for years being a cancer survivor

  24. Upali Herath says

    I have been doing this for so many years and enjoying the good results am experiencing and always try different veg and fruits to make smoothies, it so wonderful to stay healthy in life and orange, ginger, apple, and turmeric, smoothie is my favourite and that’s gives me the energy to work without any problem all day and everyday,

  25. Noreen says

    There’s an easier way to strain…. 1kg peanut butter jar, a knee high nylon and an elastic band …..
    a large mouth jar/container with a nylon (I used a knee high) hung inside and brought up over the rim and put an elastic around it to keep it from being dragged into the container.
    Pour the contents of the blender in, (this is where you will be glad you put the elastic around the rim LOL) take the elastic off and pull the nylon out and “milk” it into the container.
    Much easier and more efficient. When the juice is all squeezed out, turn the nylon inside out and discard the pulp, rinse and re-use.
    Make sure you use a large mouth jar/container because when you go to pull the nylon out to ‘milk’ it, if the mouth is smaller than the jar/container, you’ll never get the full nylon out (I learned that right off the bat LOL)
    I found a 1kg peanut butter jar works best.

  26. Angie says

    I made this recipe with my juicer, love it! Very refreshing and helps me get my daily vitamins. If you buy a quality juicer, clean up is simple and waste is placed into a separate external container. Definitely worth the investment!

  27. Patricia Masius says

    I love you creativity and they happy and inspiring way your write!!!! And I love your photo’s!!! Great recipies and lots of fun!
    Thank you :-)
    Keep up the happy work ;-)

    Have a great day

  28. Tom says

    Ha. ven’t done this yet but am on my way today. Beets and the water they are steamed in are suppose to be excellent for constipation, icky, I know, but if you have it you want something and especially wanting to stay away from Big Pharma, poisonous chemicals our elustrious FDA approves despite all the harm coming from them. My concern is all the fiber that is being tossed out. I am curious as to what one can use the fiber parts for. Since it has also carrot, ginger and apple I am guessing this could be saved, frozen into a 1/4 cup packets and put into soups or other fluid type recepies.
    For constipation resolution the fiber being pitched would be critical mistake. Let us save the refuse and use it.

      • Cheryl says

        Since I don’t have a dehydrator, I found a recipe online to bake crackers from the pulp! Thanks for the idea!

      • Mary-Elise Haug says

        i dont strain it. i do drink from a straw. after blending i throw in some crushed ice and mix for 15 more secons, which cools it down and thins it out a bit.

  29. Meghan says

    Would this freeze well? I’ve been looking into the health benefits of beet and carrot juice and want to try drinking this a few times a week. With the straining involved it’d be more feasible to make a big batch and freeze it for later.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      You could freeze it into ice-cube trays and then blend with some water when ready to drink and I think that would work!

  30. AT Dodson says

    I came back from Cuba recently and brought back a water bug, so I wanted to preface this with my stomach has been a little finicky…

    I made exactly as stated, didn’t have apple juice so used watermelon, and a bit of water.
    Around 20 minutes after I drank half a glass, it came out both ends, color of beets, so was scared if the end down south was blood. Maybe it’s too rich for some people, or the fiber? which I eat salads everyday, or if it was the first think I put in my belly- just cautioning that I thought I was literally dying until I got it out of my system. 10 minutes after I cleaned myself up, feel completely fine.

    It tastes really good, but it may be too strong for sensitive bellies.

  31. Maria says

    What an awesome recipe! The 41 gm of sugar (wowza!) prompted me to dilute this, so I used some unsweetened Hibiscus iced tea I had brewed up and tossed it in the blender. This made more like 3-4 servings. And, it also makes the blending process a little easier. And, being hibiscus tea it maintained the beautiful red hue. Love this, it will be on constant rotation.

  32. Marcus says

    My daughter made a beet and carrot smoothie for me , it was very good. I have a ninja bullet, would I be able to use it for the hard vegs. Or should I steem them first? Am anxious to try for myself. Thanks Marcus ….

  33. Victoria says

    Why are you discarding the pulp? You could makes a great relish or even a vegan burger. I would use it in baking.

  34. Gary LA says

    Love your website and highly commend your minimalist kitchen approach which I quite enjoy too as well but recommend you NOT discard your valuable nutritious pulps but re-use re-incorporate them into your later stove or oven cooked dishes or even salad dressings providing a lot of additional nutrition body flavor and texture and healthy fiber roughage for the human body as well. Just a thought and Best Wishes!!!!

  35. Rash says

    Hi, I made this drink, but somehow din’t felt like throwing away the pulp, so instead tried drinking it as a whole. Took lil effort, but could manage drinking.

    Is it good?? or we discarding the pulp has some logic behind??

  36. Joella, retired, Australia says

    The only problem with this method of “juicing” is that the centrifugal blender destroys the enzymes that a good juicer would preserve, therefore the juice would not contain the nutrients and enzymes available to a cancer person, for example.

  37. Kevin says

    Hi please tell me if a beet cut in 4 Will work in any blender.Im going to buy a mixer grinder because reviews said That the motor have Much more power than blenders.Meanwhile can i make This Juice in a normal blender without any liquide?Thanx

  38. Teresa says

    This is very good. I add cold water to thin a little didn’t think of apple juice!
    I drink it pulp and all. Can’t say I’ve noticed how it helps but it’s gotta be good.

  39. bluerose says

    There is another way to juice hard vegetables (Carrots, Celery, Red Beets, Red Cabbage).
    Best way to take most of the soft fruits and vegetables is just eat it.
    It works but is very time consuming.
    I Use:
    Oster® 3-Cup Mini Food Chopper Black Walmart $19.94
    Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function Blender, Black Wal-Mart $26.85
    Cheesecloth $2
    Chop the vegetables by hand up to I inch.
    Feed to 3-Cup Mini Food Chopper.
    Blend on medium until the ingredients are well pulverized. Add water as needed.
    Then, place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour the juice over. Use a spoon to press the pulp down, and finally transfer the pulp in a cheesecloth, and squeeze as much liquid out of the cheesecloth as possible.
    There isn’t perfect juicer, but the best of them is the juicer that you know how to use.
    The best way to take in soft fruits and vegetables is to eat them, unless you have no TEETH.

  40. sam smith says

    NO, NO, NO!!! Do NOT trash the pulp. Pulp can be used in baking breads/cakes. Use the pulp instead of the carrots in carrot cake and the zucchini in a zucchini bread recipe.

  41. Harleigh says

    Hi Dana
    Quick question. Do you use your veg for juicing straight from the fridge or is it better to have them at room temp? I only ask as I’ve tried to juice cold carrots and ginger before using a blender and it just turned into a rough pulp with little juice. Thank you.

  42. Christiann says

    This is so good, Dana!! Per chance to you have any ideas on how to use the remaining pulp? Certainly there must be a way, I just hate to toss it!


  43. Lacemaker427 says

    I wondered if this was a typo or just something new:

    1 apple, lighted peeled, cored, quartered

    Lighted? What’s that?

  44. Chiara says

    This was actually great – I tried a beet-carrot recipe a while ago and was unimpressed. In the previous recipe I cooked the beet and carrot a little before blending, but also threw in waaaaay too much ginger (about an inch of ginger). So this time I went really easy on the ginger, adding only a little at a time so as not to get that overly sharp and bitter taste.

    I blended everything in a vitamix with just 1/4 cup of water and then strained through a nut milk bag (yields about 2 cups of liquid I think). It was a surprisingly sweet drink, tasting just like a fruit juice but with a fresher, slightly earthy taste (which I liked), so I’m glad I didn’t use any juice (all I needed was a rather large Pink Lady apple).


  45. Nella Bella says

    i was struggling drinking (eating) the pulp. very good idea straining it. don´t laugh, but i only had handy one pair of pantyhose socks….worked wonderfully….and it was so much better and easier to drink…i fully enjoyed it…thank a lot

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  47. Gonzalo Gomez says

    Hi, I have a question could I stream these ingredients so as to soften them a bit before throwing in my blender,( I have a ninja) so as to not add that much more juice?
    Thank you

    • sam smith says

      Yes. Steaming does soften the veggies BUT since some of the vitamins and minerals end up in the steamer water do NOT throw out the steamer water, pour it into your blender so those vitamins and minerals end up in your juice.

      Other times when steaming vegetables (not for juice) save the steamer water to add to soups.

      NEVER throw out steamer water, it is full of vitamins and minerals.

  48. Darrin says


    I’m new to juicing and am just using a plain old blender. Have blended celery and apple and that’s awesome. I eat it all, pulp and all. My questions is, am I being robbed of the nutrients if I don’t strain out pulp (fiber) from juice? I just want to blend it all from leaves of beets to beet itself to celery to its leaves as well.

    • Romaine says

      Ur getting more nutrients with the fiber. It’s healthier to injest the fiber and to get the benefit of the antioxidants injest it all right away

  49. Jeff says

    I just made this juice using my vitamix and nut milk bag. I used cold filtered water instead of apple juice. Perhaps it would have made it a little sweeter if I had. I think I could have gotten away without the apple juice if I used two apples instead one one. I am thinking adding some lemon next time too.

    I will try it again and experiment a bit more!

  50. Jan says

    Good stuff! Don’t discard the pulp!! Save it (freeze til you need it) and cook into soups, and sauces. Yum and no waste!

  51. Mabel Leffler says

    I am not much of a meat eater so I like to fix Veggie meals when I can,,,I specially like Veggie Quices I am wondering if I can ue the pulp as a filler in them I will have to try one some night,,,if any one else has done this msg me to let me know if it would work,,,I always have a fridge full of apples, Carrets,Beets, corn, Pears, and when i run out the neigber lady leaves more sitting on my back porch,,,I also scout around for big Dandalion leaves in the summer months for my court keeps killing them out around here,along with th very healthy clover plants,,for the clover flowers are also very healthy for a person and very yummy fixed in with fried greens with a bit of Kale throwed in

  52. Cass says

    Delicious, thank you! I added the juice of half a lime and a teaspoon of honey. I had it as a smoothie rather than a juice as I was feeling lazy, I just blended it very well and added a splash more of water.

  53. Anna Belle says

    I make fresh juice all the time with just a blender (NutriBullet) and strain it out. Instead of a strainer, I use a long coffee sock that I hold over funnel. I find it’s easier to squeeze all the “juice” portion out. I also just add filtered water and sure to add some lemon (rind included) to keep fresh so I can put in a glass bottle that will last a few days.

    I’ve had a masticating juicer–the kind that are better for vegetables and leafy greens– and I can say this method is far more efficient and easier to clean. I also don’t have the counter space. Juicing might produce more concentration, but personally I enjoy the more watered down versions— helps me get enough H2O throughout the day.

    Also, plus side is I save the pulp to dry later to make “flour” or will put in a bread/pastry.

    • Tiffany says

      Thank you! This just solved all my “Juicer vs Blender” problems. Been trying to figure out which one to get but I’ve been leaning toward a Nutribullet.

  54. tania says

    I made the drink once in awhile,but what I did was boiled the beet,carrots together then blend with the same water,I use ginger cinnamon N honey for taste..