How to Make Smooth Mango Juice.
How to Make Mango Juice
Are you wondering how to make smooth mango juice, free from all the pulp and stringy bits?
Here on our farm in Northern Brazil, our mango season goes from January until April. We have several trees and use the mangoes daily. Although there are many different types of mangoes, here we have only two varieties but there are several different types grown in this region.
At your market or grocery store, you may see colors such as yellow, green, red and even purple. I will give you instructions on how to make mango juice using a blender and how to make it using a juicer. No matter which method you choose, you will be rewarded with a refreshing, fresh and healthy juice.
How to Tell if a Mango is Ripe
When ripe, a mango will be very fragrant. Your nose knows! It shouldn't have one area that is overly soft. This means that area is damaged, perhaps dropped and bruised, select another. Mangoes ripen well in a fruit bowl so I often will pick mine from the tree when they have just started to go yellow and complete the ripening process inside. Sometimes if left to fully ripen on the tree, the bats will eat them. If it isn't the bats at night, the birds eat them during the day. If the fruit falls to the ground and splits open, I will leave a few on the ground for the birds and butterflies.
Step 1: Cutting the Mango.
When you have selected your ripe mango you are ready to begin. Mangoes have a large flat stone inside, therefore you will need to cut from the top to the bottom, not across. Once you have sliced one side off, cut this into two pieces.
Removing the Skin of the Mango
This is only necessary for the blender, not the juicer.
Next, take the skin off by running the knife between the flesh and the skin and place the mango in the blender. Do this with both sides. With a paring knife remove the skin from the stone section and cut away the as much as you can and place in the blender. Do not put the seed in the blender.
Using a Blender to Juice Mangoes
To make quite a thick mango juice I use three mangoes. Now lid on no extra water. The time will vary with how ripe your mangoes are and how small you cut the pieces. Start slowly and increase the speed. When you don't see any large bits flying by, add a little water, about a cup if your blender has space. Blend again on low.
Grab a Strainer and Spoon.
Next, you are going to pass this juice through a sieve or strainer and down a funnel. Pour some juice from the blender in the sieve and press the juice through, with the back of a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon. Before you pour in the next batch of juice, discard the pulp so you don't have this blocking up the strainer. Proceed as before and continue until all the juice from the blender has been poured through.
You now have a smooth mango juice. This can be used as a juice or as a puree to make into jam or on top of yoghurt, or even with milk for a mango milkshake! However, you choose to use it, enjoy.
Some people may feel this is too thick, if so just add chilled water to thin it out if you prefer. We will often have mango juice with our evening meal, and as a light drink, I will add a third of the amount as water.
Using a Juicer
Using a juicer to make mango juice is even easier. Begin as you did before, simply cut as above. However, when using a juicer, it isn't necessary to remove the skin. With the motor running on low, put in the slices (cheeks) including the skin. Everything except the stone. Your juice will go down the spout, and the pulp will go into the waste bucket. It is a good idea to put a small plastic bag in the waste bucket. This pulp can be used for desserts and such, but for me, I give mine to the chickens or cows or put it in the compost bin.
My Favorite Juicer
Often our lawn is covered in mangoes which have dropped over night. However, these sometimes split when they hit the ground or become soft around the area of impact. If it has been on the ground, often it will have ants, wasps, butterflies, flies, and fruit flies on it. That is one reason picking the fruit is usually preferred. I have found this video which shows you just how easy it is to pick sweet succulent ripe mangoes.
Mango Juice Natural Style
Another way to get the juice from a mango is simply by sucking it out. There is no knife, no peeler, just two hands, one mouth and teeth.
It is quite common to see people here in Brazil walking down the street eating mangoes this way. Here on our farm, if I am outside doing work, it is a nice treat to sit in the hammock with a mango and suck the juice out. Select a mango that doesn't have any blemishes or holes.
Begin massaging your mango. You are releasing the juice from the fibres inside. Now just bite a one-inch hole in the top. Place your mouth over the top and suck the juice whilst still pressing the sides against the mango stone. You will be left with an empty sack just containing the mango stone. The simplest and most natural way to enjoy mango juice.
© 2011 Meredith Davies