Carrots are a highly nutritious vegetable, with plenty of vitamins and minerals to help improve vision, skin, and immune system function. Drinking carrot juice can give you all the benefits carrots have to offer. However, buying fresh carrot juice at farmer’s markets or health food stores can become quite expensive, so to save money, prepare your own carrot juice at home. Although a juicer is typically recommended for preparing any fresh vegetable juice, a high-quality blender or food processor on the “juice” setting can work as well.
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Purchase fresh, raw carrots from your local grocery store or farmer’s market. You can also use packaged baby carrots, although the fresher the carrots, the more juice they will produce. Look for organic carrots grown using no or very few pesticides.
Wash the carrots in warm water. Peel the skin from the carrots and slice them carefully. If you are using baby carrots, chop each of them in half. Use higher quantities of carrots to make more carrot juice.
Pour the fresh carrots and peeled lemon wedge into the blender. Place the blender on the “juice” setting, or the most powerful setting available. Blend or pulse for several minutes until the carrot pulp is smooth.
Strain the carrot juice from the pulp into a pitcher, or a glass if you have less juice and intend to drink it immediately. Use a nut milk bag or a regular strainer to strain the juice.
Add fresh or pulp-free orange juice into the carrot juice for a sweeter taste. Stir the carrot juice before drinking, and add ice cubes to make the juice cold and refreshing.
Many other healthy vegetables and fruits can be blended with carrot juice. Add fresh beet juice, pineapple juice or tomato juice to the mixture. Adding ginger root into the blender with the carrots can add health benefits, according to the Herbwisdom website, and alter the taste of the juice as well. For a carrot juice smoothie, add frozen fruits or sliced bananas.
References and ResourcesCarrot Juice; Blender Made Carrot Juice
World Carrot Museum; Carrots --- Nutrition --- Part 2 --- Bodily Functions
Herbwisdom: Ginger Root Benefits