Blenders can do a tremendous job of juicing either fruits or vegetables. You’ll have an added step of removing the fiber after you puree your ingredients — but that’s easy. Folks who rely on blenders for juicing find that easier cleanup still saves them time compared to using a juicer. In 2014, “Consumer Reports” even came down on the side of blenders for their ease of cleanup and the fact that they don’t jam — and their greater flexibility for preparing smoothies and soups.


The Order of Play

Start with a cup of water in the blender. Cut up your ingredients in small chunks, and then add the softer ingredients first — such as orange segments, apples or cucumbers. Follow with harder ingredients such as kale leaves or celery stalks, and puree. Place a paint strainer — a cheesecloth product available from hardware stores — over a medium-sized bowl and pour the blended ingredients into the bowl. Wash your hands well. Lift the strainer and allow the juice to drain away into the bowl. Gently squeeze the fiber in the strainer to release more juice, and compost the nutrient-rich fiber. You can also use a sieve and spatula to achieve a similar result, or replace the strainer with a nut milk bag made of sturdy nylon.