While you rarely see pear juice sold in a store, it is used fairly often in pricey fresh juice blends, along with other nutrition-packed fruits and vegetables. Its sweet, mild flavor blends well with a wide variety of other juice ingredients, and pears are packed with potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants. If you're especially fond of pear juice, whether on its own or in a blend, or you have more pears in your fruit bowl than you can eat, prepare some yourself at home. If you own an electric juicer, a glass of fresh, fragrant pear juice can be yours in a matter of minutes (not including the time to wash the juicer afterwards), but it's possible to juice pears without one, too. Whatever your preparation method, it's best to drink your fresh juice immediately, or within a few hours at most.
How to Make Pear Juice With an Electric Juicer
Start by washing your pears, then slice them into quarters. Cut off the stem, and cut out the core along with all the seeds. Leave the peel on – it contains a lot of nutrients. If necessary, cut the pear quarters into smaller pieces to fit the chute of your juicer. Juicing pears is no different than juicing any other fruits and vegetables, so simply use your electric juicer according to its instruction manual. Plug in the juicer, turn it on and place a glass or other container underneath the spout. Remove the pusher, drop the pear pieces into the chute and push them down with the pusher. The juice should start to drip out of the spout in a few moments, while the leftover pear pulp will go into the pulp collector. Continue adding and pushing down the pear pieces until you've used them all up. Expect to get around 1 cup of juice out of three medium-sized pears. If you're juicing other fruits and vegetables, continue to use the juicer. Otherwise, take it apart, throw away the pulp and wash (or at least thoroughly rinse) the juicer parts immediately.
How to Make Pear Juice Without an Electric Juicer
To make pear juice without an electric juicer, you need to first turn the pears into pulp. Wash, core and de-stem the pears. Chop them into smaller pieces, and then put the pieces in a food processor or blender. Blend the pears until they're reduced to as smooth a pulp as possible. If you don't have a food processor or blender, grate the pears using a box grater placed inside a bowl.
Set a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl. If you want your pear juice to be as clear as possible, place a double layer of cheesecloth over the sieve. Spoon the pear pulp or grated pear into the sieve, working in batches if you have a large volume, and press it firmly down with the back of a spoon. The juice will collect in the bowl underneath. It will take some time and elbow grease to get as much juice out of the pears as possible, and don't expect to get as much juice as with an electric juicer. If you're using cheesecloth, you can gather the edges together and squeeze the pulp into a tight bundle to extract the last of the juice.
Joanne Thomas has worked as a writer and editor for print and online publications since 2004. As a specialist in all things food and drink, she has penned pieces for Livestrong, Robert Mondavi and Modern Mom, among other names. She found her first jobs in a series of kitchens before moving on to celebrate food via the written word. Thomas resides in California and holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Bristol, U.K.