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Blender Juicing (I can’t afford a juicer)

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So, I heard through the grapevine that you want to start making your own fresh juices, but buying a juicer isn’t part of your current budget plan. Not a problem, I have a solution. A good blender makes an excellent alternative to juicers UNTIL you can afford one. Blender juicing works best with juicier fruits such as peaches, apricots, pears, grapes, berries, and oranges. If you own a high-powered blender such as the Vitamix or Blendtec, you will have a better chance pulverizing the heck out of firmer fruits and veggies, which will provide you with a smoother juice.


When I first started to make juices, back in 2008, I used the blender method for over a year. Then I graduated to a juicer. At first, I used to create fruit and veggie juices, but as the years have passed I found that my body can’t handle all the sugars, so now I lean more towards straight green juice. Just the idea sort of makes you shudder doesn’t it? Trust me, give it time, and your taste buds will shift.

Before we dive into it, let me say that blending fruits and veggies can be enjoyed strained or unstrained, it all depends on your end goal. If you don’t strain the juice, you are ultimately creating a smoothie. Which is great, there are tons of health benefits in that, the fiber being one of them. Fiber helps to stabilize blood glucose and makes you feel full longer. But if you want to juice for a cleansing or detox reason, or you need a pure juice for a recipe, then this is just one way that you can go about it.

Making Do With What You Have

Using a blender for juicing isn’t the best way, but when you are just starting, and money or space is an issue, it’s just fine. We all have to start somewhere. In time, as you continue to eat a cleaner diet, you will eventually want to invest in a cold-press juicer.

In the meantime, you are going to need a blender and either a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or a nut milk bag. The nut bag is my top choice because it will filter the juice the best, but any of these will work. These are items you will want in your kitchen “tool” box anyway for other food prep tasks.

Why Would I Use a Blender Instead of a Juicer?

As mentioned above, to “juice without a juicer” you will need to take the extra step of straining the juice to remove the fiber (pulp). Below I share multiple ways in which you can go about this. I rated each one showing you my preference. Speaking of pulp, do not throw that stuff away! It can be used in creating raw crackers and breads. If you don’t have time to deal with it or don’t have enough to use, place the pulp into a freezer-safe container, label it, and freeze until later use.

Also, it’s important to note that to get the most nutrients from the juice, drink it immediately. Do not store it for later because the blending method produces some heat and oxidizes your juice more than cold-press juicers. So, let’s get started…

Straining Devices

Nut Bag

Fine Mesh Strainer




High-End – High-Powered Blender

Mid-Range Blender

Low-End Blenders


Making Juice Blender Style


  1. Start with fresh, clean, organic (if possible) produce.
  2. Add a 1/4 cup of water to the blender, followed by dark leafy greens. Blend for 30 seconds.
    • If you are blending greens only, you can add some lemon juice to cut down on the bitter taste found in dark leafy greens. It can be added during or after the blending process.
  3. Add the remaining greens, fruits/vegetables, and water. Blend well (about one or two minutes) depending on blender quality.
    • If you own a low to a mid-range blender, cut the produce into smaller pieces to help the blender liquefy the food.
    • If leaves are sticking to the insides of the carafe, stop the blender, and push them down with a spatula. Or if you have a blender that came with a tamper, use that to push the leaves/veggies down.
    • The amount of water that you add is up to you. You will need enough to keep the blades and produce moving. The more water you add, the more diluted the taste will be.


    1. Select one of the methods mentioned above.
    2. It’s always best to enjoy the juice right away.
      • If you must store it, pour it into a glass mason jar filling it up to the brim, cover with a lid, and place it in the fridge.
      • After being stored, it will do some separating. Give it a good shake before opening the lid.
    3. Don’t toss the pulp, add it to cracker batters for bulk, fiber, and to prevent waste.



I own the following blenders. If I had to pick just one, it would either be the Vitamix 750 or 5200 (both with tamper). If you are on a tight budget, the Vitamix 5200 or the Blendtec would be a great option. We use the Vitamix Vita-Prep for our food manufacturing company, so don’t feel any pressure to lay out the money for that one… unless needed.

Let’s Go Shopping

My Recommendations:
High-Powdered Blender

Mid-Range Blender

Nut Bags

Fine Mesh Strainers

Cheesecloth (unbleached)


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Thank you for your support! amie sue 

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