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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

How to Make Carrot Juice -Wiki

Carrot juice is a delicious and nutritious drink rich in beta carotene, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, and minerals like calcium, phosphorous, and potassium. Carrots are great for your skin, hair, and nails, as well as your liver function, so making carrot juice at home is a smart way to give your whole body a boost. Whether you're using a blender or food processor, or have a fancy juicer, this article will walk you through how to make your own carrot juice.
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 15-30 minutes
  • Total time: 35-50 minutes

Clean your carrots. Wash 2 pounds (1 kg) of carrots (about 8) under cold running water. Scrub them with a vegetable brush if you can. Use a knife to cut off the broader end, where the carrot either was or still is attached to the green, leafy part of the plant.
  • If you are especially concerned about pesticides on the surface of your carrots, you should peel them. This does not significantly reduce the nutritional value of your juice.
  • You can also buy organically grown carrots, which cost more, but are pesticide-free.
Cut the carrots into manageable pieces. Even if you have a high-quality blender or food processor, you don’t want to risk damaging your equipment by throwing four whole carrots in there. Cut your carrots into manageable chunks before breaking them down into a juice. Any food processor or blender should work fine with 1 to 2 inch chunks of carrot.
Puree the carrots. Place your cleaned, cut carrots in a blender or food processor. Process until finely chopped or mashed.
  • Add a small amount of water if the carrots are not very moist, and need a little help breaking down.
  • Note that a food processor will not puree the carrot as well as a blender will. It’s not that big of a problem, but use a blender if you have one available
Mix with water. You want to thin out the taste of pure carrot a little by mixing the puree with water. This will both make it taste better, and also give you more juice. .
  • Bring two cups of water to a boil.
  • Mix the carrot puree and hot water in a large glass container.
  • Stir to ensure an even spread of puree throughout the mixture.
Let the mixture steep. One of water’s most incredible properties is how well it takes on nutrients and flavors when it’s hot. Just like tea, the longer you allow your carrot puree to steep in hot water, the better the juice will taste and serve your body nutritionally. Allow it stand for 15 to 30 minutes.
Remove the pulp. Using a hand strainer, strain the juice into a 2 quart (2 L) pitcher.
  • Using the base of a glass or other blunt object, press the mash to extract as much juice as possible from the strainer.
  • If you want to strain out even more pulp, pour the resulting juice through a jelly strainer.
Add orange juice. It's optional, but it's tasty!
Adjust the blend. Depending on how rich you like your carrot juice, add additional water to taste.

Serve immediately. Juice begins oxidizing and losing valuable nutrients immediately — especially if you’ve used a high-speed centrifugal juicer. You should try to drink your juice as soon after making it as possible, either at room temperature or over ice — however you prefer it. However, if you must store it, refrigerate it for no more than 24 hours.

Tips


  • Carrot juice tends to settle quickly, so stir the pitcher before serving.
  • Carrots are rich in natural sugars. One serving of carrot juice may be close to your recommended daily sugar limit, so skip the ice cream for dessert.
  • For extra flavor and variety, add other fruits such as strawberries and lemons.
  • Undiluted pure carrot juice (skipping the optional steps) has a consistency and texture similar to whole milk.
  • Add a sprig of mint as a festive and tasty garnish.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 pounds (1 kg) of carrots (about 8 carrots)
  • Blender or food processor
  • Juicer (optional)
  • 8-cup measuring cup
  • Strainer
  • 2 oranges (optional)


Sources and Citations: 
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Carrot-Juice

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