Health & Wellness

How to Make Your Own Fruit Juice

If you want to have more control over the foods and drinks you put into your body, you should consider making your own juice. With just a few ingredients you can make drinks that are as nutritious as they are delicious! Here are the steps for making your own juice, using antioxidant-rich fresh berries, such as blueberries or raspberries.

Rinse berries, thoroughly, then place them in a heavy saucepan. Add just enough water to make them bob. Bring berries to a slow boil. Mash berries with a potato masher and then bring back to a boil. Remove from heat and allow berries to cool slightly.

Line a colander with several layers of cheesecloth. Pour the mashed berries into the lined colander, collecting the juice in a bowl beneath the colander. Pour the juice into clean jars as it accumulates. When the cheesecloth is cool enough to handle, squeeze out all the juice and some of the pulp. Disregard or compost what’s left in the cheesecloth.

Sweeten the juice, a little at a time, with honey, other fruit juices (such as pineapple), or sugar. Add     more sweetener as desired. At this stage you have a juice concentrate. If you would like to drink at this point, dilute with 3 to 4 parts water. If you want to freeze for later, freeze the concentrate in small freezer containers or ice cube trays.