How to make carrot juice in a blender or juicer for delicious, nutrient-packed homemade carrot juice. All you need are carrots for a sugar-free, healthy juice that can be consumed alone or as part of a mixed juice. Plus, this recipe is zero waste - with methods to use the remaining pulp and carrot tops!
Scrub/clean the outside of your carrots well. If you're using organic carrots you can leave them unpeeled, otherwise, peel them. Either way, peeled carrot juice will be brighter and sweeter.Tip: I clean my carrots immediately after buying them, so I don't have to do this each time I want to use some. Then I just give them a quick few seconds rinse before using.
Chop the carrots to a size that fits your juicer chute and then begin to feed the carrots through the chute.
How to make carrot juice in a blender
You'll need a high-speed blender for this, to easily break up the tough carrot pieces. Peel and chop the carrots into 1-2" pieces, then add around 1/4-1/2 cup of water to the blender too (to help the carrots blend without diluting the juice TOO much).
Blend it until pureed into a thick smoothie consistency.
Then sieve the juice. You can do this through a sieve, using a spoon to help press the juice out. Alternatively, use a nut milk bag and lightly squeeze it to get the juice out. Enjoy!
How To Store
Carrot juice is best consumed immediately for the highest amount of nutrients. Though you can store leftover carrot juice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days if needed.
How To Use The Pulp & Carrot Tops: Don't throw away the leftover fibrous juice pulp. Instead, add it to smoothies, baked goods (like carrot cake and muffins or crackers), broths, breakfast dishes like these carrot cake overnight oats, and other drink recipes. If you used carrots with tops, then you can make carrot-top pesto.The pulp is also freezable to use over a longer period of time.
You can freeze carrot juice - though it separates when thawing so then it is best used for culinary uses like dressings and stocks.
For extra flavorand nutrients, you could experiment with different add-ins. Celery, cucumber, lemon/lime, apple, orange, pineapple juices would all complement the carrot well.
You can also add herbsor spices like basil, mint, parsley, cinnamon, or cayenne pepper.
Because of the high level of carotenoids in carrots, if you drink too much carrot juice, it can affect skin pigment and turn you orange! So I wouldn't drink it daily.