How to Make Strawberry Juice (With and Without Juicer)
This strawberry juice recipe requires just ONE ingredient for a super fresh, fruity, and nutritious, pure strawberry juice. Best of all, strawberry juicing is super simple and can be done with a juicer or blender. Plus, I've included tons of potential add-ins and recipe variations for tons of ways to enjoy a strawberry drink.
Prepare the strawberries by washing them well. Some people prefer to remove the green stems, though these are edible and contain extra nutrients, so I usually leave them on.
Using a Blender/Immersion Blender
Transfer the strawberries to a high-speed blender or use an immersion blender in a large bowl of the strawberries. Blend until smooth.
You could then drink the strawberry juice as-is (pulpy), diluted slightly, or you can strain the mixture for a smooth seed/pulp-free strawberry juice.
To strain the juice, pour it through a nut milk bag or through layers on cheesecloth in a sieve. If using a nut milk bag, squeeze well to remove as much juice as possible.
Using a Juicer
Simply feed the strawberries into your juicer chute – no need to strain!
Save any leftover pulp too. You can dry it out and plant the seeds (if they're not too broken up), make fruit leather, add it to other smoothies and juices, etc. If you don’t want to use it immediately, I recommend freezing the strawberry pulp into an ice cube tray to use later.
How to Store
Store: fresh fruit juice is always best immediately for the most nutritional benefits. However, you can enjoy this fresh strawberry juice for 2-3 days when stored, covered in the refrigerator.
Freeze: you can also freeze some of the juice to use as ice-cubes, turn into slushies, or simply defrost later and enjoy. I recommend freezing it for up to 2 months for the best flavor
For "instant" chilled strawberry juice: you can either use some frozen strawberries in the blended combination or some ice cubes (best if you plan to enjoy it all immediately).
Ensure you wash the berries well: since I use the entire strawberries in my juice (stalk and all), I like to carefully wash the berries. You could even soak them in a vinegar-water mixture before blending them – in case there are any critters on the berries.
Can I use frozen berries? You sure can. Allow the berries to thaw (or most of them anyway if you want a "slushie"). Then juice according to the strawberry juice recipe.
Enjoy pulpy or smooth: the pulp adds extra fiber and nutrients. However, I know some people don't like the additional texture. When blending, it's as simple as straining the juice for smooth results.
Adjust the sweetness: each batch of strawberry juice will taste different based on the specific berries used. For that reason, I recommend tasting the juice after blending and adding any sweetener or lime juice as needed to reach your desired flavor.
Make strawberry popsicles: pour the pureed strawberries (with optional sweetener) into popsicle molds and freeze for a simple, healthy summer treat.
Lemon/Lime: a little tangy citrus juice really brightens up sweet strawberry juice.
Salt: a small pinch of salt is often added to strawberry juice to enhance the berry flavor.
To dilute the juice: if you prefer a subtler strawberry juice drink, you can dilute it. I recommend using coconut water for the best flavor. However, you could also use still or sparkling water.
Celery/Cucumber: alternatively, instead of the above, you could add ingredients like celery or cucumber juice to add tons of freshness and water content.
Apple: for extra natural sweetness, you could add 1-2 sweet apples to the juice (best when using a juicer but will also work with a blender).
Herbs: this strawberry juice recipe pairs wonderfully with several fresh herbs, including mint, rosemary, basil, etc.
Spice: you can also use various aromatic spices to add flavor (to taste), including vanilla, tarragon, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon.
Tomato: this might sound a little odd, but a little tomato juice helps to enhance the strawberry flavor. One small-ish tomato thrown into the recipe should be enough.
Strawberry watermelon juice: for a truly refreshing summer strawberry juice drink, combine the berries with watermelon and serve in a keg (optionally with alcohol).
Rosewater: just a little rosewater will make for a more aromatic strawberry juice that tastes delicious as is or with alcohol.
Other fruits: tons of fruits pair well with strawberries – I'll likely add more recipes in the future. For now, some of my favorite pairings would be mango, melon, pineapple, passion fruit, dragon fruit, other berries, apple, acai, orange, cranberry, etc.
Creamy: without becoming a smoothie, you can adjust this into a creamy strawberry juice with the addition of a little condensed milk (or coconut condensed milk) or plain coconut milk.
Alcohol: it's simple to adjust this strawberry juice drink into a delicious cocktail with the addition of rum, tequila, gin, vodka, etc.).
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