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How To Make Juice Without a Juicer

Updated on February 1, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Juice is a healthy way to take in the fruits and vegetables you need for optimum health. Juicing is popular and there are hundreds of recipes on the Internet for a variety of different juice based drinks.Most of them assume that you will be using a juicer.

Not everyone can afford a top of the line juicer. Not owning a good juicer does not mean going without fresh juices. There is a little more work involved, but having totally organic homemade juice is well worth it. The recipe below will work with a variety of other berries. Use two pounds of grapes or berries per quart of juice as a rule.

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Steps to Making Juice

tep 1:

Gather your fruit. The easiest fruit to start with using this method would be grapes. It takes just over two pounds of grapes to make one quart of juice. Most recipes are based on the USDA recipe that calls for twenty four and a half pounds of grapes. To gather this much, either pick your own, visit a farmer's market, or choose a wild growing variety. Many people love the taste of wild scuppernog grapes when used in juice.

Step 2:

Wash and remove the stems from the grapes. Wash in batches, then place into a large, clean bucket. Make sure there are no stray bees or wasps. Yellow jackets love grapes and can hide inside of the bunches, accidentally getting a ride into your home.

Step 3:

Carefully pour the grapes into the largest capacity pot available. A hot water bath canning pot is perfect for this step. Either- A) Heat water to just boiling with the grapes in the pot-or- B) Pour boiling water over the grapes, just enough to cover. As soon as water is to boiling point, reduce heat to a simmer and leave until the skins are very soft.

Step 4:

Carefully pour the juice through a double layer of cheesecloth that is lining a strainer. Once all of the juice has been strained into a large, clean bucket, begin squeezing the skins and pulp through the cheesecloth. Twist the top of the cheesecloth down to extract every drop of juice.

Bottling and Storing

Step 5:

Pour into jugs and place in the fridge for one to two days.

Step 6:

During the time the juice is sitting, sediment will build in the bottom of the jug(s). Pour the juice off or strain again.

Step 7:

Pour all of the juice back into the large pot and add sweetener if desired. If using sugar the normal addition is about one and a half cups if the grapes are sweet themselves. If the grapes are watery or slightly bitter, up to 3 cups for the entire batch may be needed. Heat the juice until the sugar is dissolved then to a boil. Remove from heat and store.

Storing Your Juice

This juice can be stored by canning- pour into jars and leave one fourth inch of space from the rim. Process in a hot water canner for 5 min if using quart jars and 10 if using half gallon size. Remove from the water carefully and place on a folded towel in an out of the way place. Allow to rest undisturbed overnight. You should hear the lids pop as the jars cool. This indicates they have sealed well.

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    • grinnin1 profile image

      grinnin1 

      6 years ago from st louis,mo

      I love the back to basics concept, although my first goal is to grow some grapes that don't die the first year! So when I have accomplished that, I'm coming back! Thanks for a great hub!

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      writeonbro 

      6 years ago

      Mdme Audet, this sure seems like a lot of hard work to extract a few precious drops of juice from grapes. It seems that great effects are the ROI of great effort.

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      Bliss 

      7 years ago

      Cool Information

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      Hemendra Kumar Saini 

      7 years ago

      Yeah, this seems quite helpful when you don't have juicer or when you alone and you have lot of time.

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      Sylvia Van Peebles 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      I will have to try this!

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      kafsoa 

      7 years ago

      Wow! this is easy. Thanks for sharing your secrets here :) Surely rated up and awesome :)

    • melodyandes profile image

      melodyandes 

      7 years ago

      Oh! Thanks for sharing this hub. Juicers are quiet expensive and yet you still give us idea on how to make juices without using any juicer. Very practical. Great hub.

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      JP Carlos 

      7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      This is a fascinating way of making juice at home. I will definitely try it.

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      robin 

      7 years ago

      i just take a for to small batches, or sometimes a hammer...

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      Health juicing 

      8 years ago

      Cooking does effect on nutrients and pressure squeezing the juice seems to best option for fresh juices. Boiling is anyway good way to make juices for storage. Thanks!

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      askjanbrass 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yum, I don't have a juicer but would love to start making homemade juice. This recipe doesn't sound too hard, so I might try this when it gets a little nicer up here on the northeast coast. Cheers and thanks!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I remember my mother gathering the grapes and making her homemade juice. We did not have a juicier and she did it the way you described. I had actually forgotten all that. Thanks for the memory and the fact that I don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to get homemade juice.

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      globalcoffeegrind 

      9 years ago

      I love homemade juice! But somehow homemade carrot juice is never as tasty as the kind you can buy in the store. I must be missing something. Hehe. Nice hub!

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      judydianne 

      9 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      I'm going to bookmark this one! Thanks!

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      Living Low Impact 

      9 years ago

      I use to help a fellow with his small vineyard. We would put the grapes in a squeezer and crank it down until the grape leftovers were almost dry. The only thing left was bit of pulp, which we composted. It was great juice.

      And all of the nutrients were intact without cooking.

      Very nice post.

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      Lourdes Cartagena 

      9 years ago from New York

      Fabulous, I love it, thanks great idea, now I can start juicing since I can't afford a good juicer.

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      Paul H Gardner 

      9 years ago from Dixon, Ky

      I have memories of back home on the farm when I read about how to make grape juice without a juicer. We grew everything and my mom new how to process and preserve all kinds of food. And we grew grapes. we had lots of grape juice and grape jelly too.

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