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Strawberries are one of the top five favorite fruits in the US, and it’s easy to see why. Delicious and dessert-like, strawberries make it feel easy to get one of your five-a-day.
If you own a juicer, you might wonder whether you can juice strawberries or not. The short answer is yes: you can make fresh strawberry juice from home, and the process is pretty easy.
In this guide, I’ll share my tips on making strawberry juice, answer your questions about juicing strawberries, and share my favorite homemade strawberry juice recipes for you to try.
🍓 Can you Put Strawberries in a Juicer?
Strawberries are a soft fruit, and this makes them more difficult to juice than harder produce. However, you can put strawberries in a juicer – you just need to feed the strawberries into the juicer slowly.
If you’re not bothered about making pure strawberry juice, I recommend feeding hard produce into the juicer between the strawberries for a higher overall juice yield. Otherwise, you may need to feed the strawberries through the juicer several times, which is a messy job.
🔎 Which Juicer Type is Best for Strawberries?
Masticating juicers are best at juicing strawberries because these juicers work slowly to extract liquid from produce. Because strawberries are softer fruits, they need this slow, methodical juicing approach to allow for the highest yield of juice to be extracted before the pulp is separated.
On the other hand, if you try to juice strawberries in a centrifugal juicer, you’ll just end up with a smooth puree. This is because centrifugal juicers offer a high-speed performance, shredding produce and forcing it against a screen in a matter of seconds. This type of juicing process doesn’t give strawberries a long enough contact time with the juicing screen.
📖 How to Juice Strawberries: Step-By-Step
To juice fresh strawberries, follow these steps:
- Wash the strawberries thoroughly. This will remove insects (which is especially important in organic strawberries) and pesticides (if your strawberries aren’t organic).
- Cut the leaves off the strawberries and remove any bad parts of the fruit.
- Feed the strawberries slowly into your juicer. If you’re combining strawberry juice with other juices, feed your harder ingredients into the juicer too, alternating between the hard produce and strawberries.
- Consider a second round of juicing. If your juicer has produced a wet pulp, feed the pulp back into the machine to extract more juice.
- Sweeten the juice with added sugar if needed.
Picking The Right Strawberries
Choosing the right strawberries will give you a sweet strawberry juice and a good juice yield. Look for plump strawberries that are completely red in color.
Ripe strawberries have a sweeter and tastier flavor. Avoid underripe strawberries with no yellow, green or white on their skins. Make sure the greens on the strawberries are bright and fresh-looking, not wilted.
Pairing Strawberries with Other Ingredients
I’ve already mentioned that juicing strawberries alongside other produce can help you get a higher yield of strawberry juice. You can also make some delicious juices by combining the strawberry flavor with other flavors.
Because fresh strawberries are so sweet, these fruits can taste a bit too sugary on their own. Strawberry juice pairs nicely with the juice of tarter fruits, like rhubarb.
Mango and papaya are two unsuspecting fruits that pair well with strawberries. Because these fruits are relatively hard, they help with the strawberry juicing process, too.
Finally, lemon juice and lime juice will add a burst of citrus to your strawberry juices. However, lemons and limes can be difficult to juice in a regular juicer, so you may want to use a separate citrus juicer or simply squeeze the juice by hand.
🥤 How to Juice Strawberries Without a Juicer
If you don’t own a juicer, you can still make strawberry juice using one of the methods listed below.
Blender Strawberry Juice
A blender or immersion blender is the second-best tool to use to make strawberry juice. This process will take slightly longer than using a juicer, but yields similar, if not better, results.
1. Start by preparing the strawberries and washing them thoroughly. Remove the green stems and any bad parts of the strawberries.
2. Transfer the strawberries into a blender jug and blend until you achieve a smooth consistency, like strawberry syrup.
3. You’ll be left with a pulpy strawberry juice. The difference between blenders and juicers is that a blender won’t separate the pulp from the juice. If you don’t mind drinking a pulpy, seedy, smoothie-like juice, drink up.
4. Alternatively, your last step is to strain the juice by pouring it through a fine-mesh strainer or squeezing it through a nut milk bag. This will catch the seeds and pulp, removing them from the juice. Remove as much juice as you can before drinking the juice immediately.
Mashed Strawberry Juice
If you don’t have a blender or a juicer, you’re left with one final option: mashing your strawberries. This process requires the most physical work and won’t produce the highest juice yield, but if you really want to make homemade strawberry juice, go for it.
To make strawberry juice from mashed strawberries, follow these steps:
1. Prepare the strawberries for your strawberry juice recipe, chopping off the greens and washing the fruits.
2. Transfer the strawberries to a large bowl and press the strawberries using a spatula, the back of a fork, or a potato masher to release the juices.
3. Keep pressing until the strawberries have formed a lumpy strawberry syrup. Then transfer the mashed strawberries into a nut milk bag or sieve and strain the liquid through, pressing or squeezing to extract the maximum juice yield.
🧊 How to Store Strawberry Juice
It’s always best to drink your strawberry juice as soon as you’ve made it, while the juice retains the highest nutritional content. If you want chilled juice, I recommend using strawberries from your refrigerator, so you don’t have to chill the juice after juicing. Alternatively, add ice cubes to your juice to cool it down.
Still, if you do need to store strawberry juice before drinking, it is possible. You just need to put the juice in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Strawberry juice made from a masticating juicer will last up to 48 hours, while strawberry juice from a centrifugal juicer will have a 24-hour shelf life.
It’s best to store strawberry juice in a glass bottle to prevent metals or plastics from leaching into your juice.
You can also freeze your strawberry juice to extend its lifespan. It’s possible to freeze strawberry juice for up to 2 months. After that, the juice will start to lose its flavor.
A fun idea is to pour your strawberry juice into an ice cube tray and add strawberry ice cubes to your water during the summer season.
📌 3 Easy Strawberry Juice Recipes
Keen to make your own strawberry juice recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth? You can find some of my favorite strawberry juice recipes below.
Fresh Kiwi and Strawberry Juice Recipe
This sweet, sour kiwi and strawberry juice recipe is fun, refreshing, and the perfect drink for summer. You just need two ingredients for this one: kiwis and strawberries. If you want to balance out the super-sweet strawberry flavor with a tarter fruit, this strawberry juice recipe is well worth a try. Serve with a few ice cubes or add strawberries for texture.
Apple, Peach and Strawberry Juice Recipe
This quick strawberry juice recipe is ideal for processing in a juicer because the hard apple and peaches help extract a higher juice yield from the strawberries. You just need one apple, three peaches, and eight strawberries. After making the juice, serve immediately, with a splash of soda water or coconut water if desired.
Strawberry Cantaloupe Pear Juice Recipe
Tired of plain strawberry juice? It’s time to combine strawberries with ingredients you wouldn’t think to use: cantaloupes and pears. You’ll need a touch of ginger and lemon juice for this zingy, exotic juice, too. If you’re not a big fan of the sweet strawberry flavor, this recipe is for you. My tip is to make this in the summer, when cantaloupes are cheaper and more readily available.
💡 Strawberry Juice FAQs
Is Strawberry Juice Good for You?
Yes! Strawberries offer a range of health benefits. These fruits contain a good amount of fiber and have a high water content, keeping you regular and hydrated. Strawberries are also a good source of vitamin C, as well as ellagitannins and ellagic acid, which can reduce oxidative stress (which is known to cause early aging and cancer).
Can you Juice Frozen Strawberries?
If you’ve bought a pack of frozen strawberries at a discounted price, you can run these strawberries through your juicer – but you’ll need to let them thaw slightly first. Frozen solid ingredients can damage your juicer, but slightly frozen strawberries can actually juice better, because they’re not so soft and mushy.
What Can you Do With the Strawberry Pulp?
If your juicer had produced quite a wet strawberry pulp, it would be a waste to throw it out. You could use the pulp to make fresh strawberry jam or add the pulp to sweet bakes to introduce texture and flavor.