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    Ask the Chef - Can I make juice in a blender?

    By Julie Morris, Superfood Chef | September 22, 2014

    Q: Can I make juice in a blender?

    A: Great question! First things first, let's discuss the difference between the two types of machines, as many people use their terminology interchangeably. A blender is a countertop machine with a large base that houses the motor on the bottom, and has a large clear pitcher that attaches on top. To use a blender, you put your ingredients in the pitcher, seal the top, and power on your device.The result is a blended, smooth liquid that ranges dramatically in viscosity depending on the ingredients and amount of liquid used - from soupy to creamy to totally spreadable.

    A juicer is a (usually) larger machine, with several different parts. There are many types of juicers so models vary in their set-up, but all include an “in†chute for ingredients, as well as two “out†chutes: one which dispenses the fresh juice, the other which dispenses excess vegetable fiber and mass. Regardless of what you put into a juicer, this machine will only dispense one thing as a finished product: thin, pulp-less juice. An increasing number of people are embracing the juicing habit into their healthy lifestyle to enjoy the benefits of juice's mega-dose of easily-digestible micronutrient content.

    So, back to your question: can you make a juice using a blender? The answer is yes! This route takes a little bit longer than a standard juicing machine and is not quite as efficient at getting the most liquid from your produce, but a blender will get the job done nevertheless. Plus, you can even make your juices extra nutritious by incorporating some superfoods into the mix, for some truly unique beverages. Here's how to do it:

    1. Be sure to chop all your produce into small chunks or dice, for easier blending. Do not attempt to blend pits, stems, seeds, or thick skins (such as on citrus or melons). If you wouldn't eat it, you probably shouldn't attempt to blend it.
    2. For the most successful blender-juices, I recommend choosing a juice-base of watery, soft produce, like cucumbers or melons, as opposed to hard, fibrous ones, like carrots.
    3. Blend your base first into a liquid, adding a little filtered water if needed to help the blend start moving.
    4. Add a few handfuls of other flavor-balancing, nutrient-rich ingredients, such as celery, spinach, apple, lemon, or ginger (or all of the above!). Blend again until smooth.
    5. You may want to add some superfoods to your blend to make it more delicious and nutritious. Solid superfoods (not powders) like goji berries or hemp seeds can be blended in as well. At this point you should blend to get everything as smooth as possible. Tip: your finished blend should be fairly thin - if it's become too thick (think baby food thickness) blend in a little additional water or coconut water to help with the next step.
    6. Hold a large fine mesh sieve over a pitcher or large bowl, and slowly pour the juice through the sieve. Use the back of a spoon to stir and tamp the wet fiber against the mesh, pressing out every last juicy drop into your container.
    7. At this point, you can whisk in additional powdered superfoods into your collected juice, such as camu berry powder or wheatgrass. Adjust the flavor with a little lemon to balance or stevia to sweeten, if desired.

    Ready to try? Here's a great recipe for a Spicy Greens Juice, straight from my book Superfood Juices, that's a perfect do-it-yourself juice … made in either a juicer, or a blender!