It is easy to make “true” carrot juice in a Vitamix!
Many people like both whole food juice (aka smoothies) and “true” juices, but not everyone wants to buy or store a juice extractor and a Vitamix. Here is how you can make a quality juice using only your Vitamix machine and a filtration bag.
- Start with the freshest carrots you can find. Carrots lose their juice, and grow bitter over time.
- Use very cold carrots from the fridge (or better yet, place them in the freezer for just a few minutes to get them very cold, but not frozen).
- If you want the sweetest juice possible, take off the ends, and peel your carrots first.
- Rough chop the carrots into 1 inch pieces then place them into the Vitamix.
- If you look at the picture above you will see that I started in my wide bottomed, low profile container. Because it is harder to make small batches in that container, I should have started this in my 32 oz wet container. Once I began blending, the volume shrank so much that there was not enough carrot puree to cover the blades so the mixture could flow freely. I moved the partially pureed carrots over to my 32 oz. container to finish blending. The total volume of the puree was about 2 cups. The picture below is looking into the top of my 32 oz. wet container.
- Visit Vitamix Containers Explained to learn why it is best to have a narrow bottomed wet container to compliment the wide bottomed container that comes with Next Generation Vitamix models.
- Blend on High, using your tamper the whole time, and stop as soon as you have a puree.
- You want to blend for the shortest time possible to get to the puree stage. It took me 23 second total blending time to make the puree in the picture above.
- Many people will claim that blending in a Vitamix will heat the juice, and damage enzymes. Phooey. The puree will only get hot if you blend for too long. This is why it is important to start with cold carrots, and stop blending as soon as you have a puree. In this carrot juice example it only took 23 seconds to make the pulp, the pulp was 60°. The gear of a masticating juicer gets much hotter than 60°, but not likely as hot at 118°.
- Enzymes are not living things that can be “killed” (you often hear people say that heat kills enzymes). Enzymes are proteins made of amino acids (building blocks) designed to speed up a specific biological reaction. Heat or a chemical force (such as an acid, base, solvent, etc.) can alter the shape of the building blocks which make them unable to perform their function. Heat is what people in the “raw food” movement are concerned about. Where the enzymes in food (juices) are concerned, as long as your juicing method does not produce heat above 118° there is nothing to be concerned about.
- Although a Vitamix can create friction heat, you have to blend for several minutes before the heat has a chance to build up. Making a puree only takes seconds. For those who are concerned about damage to enzymes due to heat (the correct terminology is “denaturing enzymes”), notice that the temperature of the puree is only 60°F. Enzymes are not denatured until they are heated to above 118°.
- The pulp in the picture above has not been strained yet.
- I use nylon paint strainer bags as filtration bags. They cost about .50 per bag, and I always get a minimum of 10 uses out of one bag. I can find no difference between the nylon nut milk bags sold for several dollars per bag, and the nylon paint strainers, but if you would prefer to pay more 😉 you can buy nylon filtration bags (aka nut milk bags), or natural fiber bags.
- A glass measuring cup works great for holding the filtration bag open
- Squeeze the juice out of the filtration bag.
- When you strain by hand, you can get every last drop of juice out of the pulp. My Champion Juicer is considered a good juicer, but I can take the pulp that is ejected from my Champion juicer, put it in a filtration bag, and squeeze out another ounce of juice! Many people think that the last few drops of juice that come from the pulp have the most nutrients.
- Anyone who has ever cleaned a juicer knows that cleaning a filtration bag and a Vitamix is a breeze compared to cleaning a juicer!
- The final, product is a pure, sweet, delicious, nutritious, and freshly “squeezed” carrot juice!
- I have to limit my sugars, and this is a high glycemic treat, so instead of drinking all of the carrot juice that came from 2 cups of puree, I placed the leftover juice in an ice cube tray to make “carrot juice cubes”. Carrot juice cubes can be used in place of ice in future smoothies!
Did you try making carrot juice in your Vitamix? If yes, how did you like it? Please scroll down to leave comments and/or ask questions about making carrot juice in your Vitamix…
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