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With its unique, bitter flavor and renowned healthful properties, ginger juice is one of the most popular superfood juices available today.
To get the most benefits from ginger juice, you should make your own. Drinking fresh ginger juice is much healthier than drinking bottled juice that’s packed with artificial sweeteners – and it’s cheaper to make ginger juice from home, rather than heading to your local café or juice bar.
You can either drink ginger juice on its own, as a ginger shot, or use it to give a kick of flavor to juices made from carrots, apples, lemons or pears.
In this guide, I’ll be sharing ways to make ginger juice, whether you own a juicer, a blender, or something a little less conventional.
💭 Is Drinking Ginger Juice Good For You?
Starting your day with a ginger shot is a great way to support your overall health.
Studies have found that ginger can protect us from a number of health problems. Ginger shots also contribute to hydration, which is crucial for ensuring that our bodies can function properly.
Of course, ginger juice isn’t a magical tonic that’ll heal you of illness and provide miraculous weight loss effects. But consuming ginger root shots as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle will only prove beneficial in the long run.
📋 Health Benefits of Ginger Juice
Some of the most notable health benefits of ginger juice are as follows:
Ginger’s antioxidant qualities can help to prevent a number of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases. Antioxidants have also been proven to slow down signs of aging.
The most important role of antioxidants like ginger is to fight oxidative stress, which can damage the DNA of our cells.
One study also found that ginger’s antioxidant qualities may be effective in preventing or slowing kidney failure.
Balances Blood Sugar
Ginger has been found in a study to improve fasting blood sugar in people who have diabetes. Additional findings show that ginger can also be used to treat health concerns that are commonly associated with chronic cases of diabetes.
While inflammation is a necessary self-preservation function in the body, chronic inflammation can have harmful effects. Studies have found that ginger can help to heal and prevent inflammation, and even reduce inflammation-related allergic reactions.
Additionally, a study found that ginger supplements may reduce post-workout muscle pain, which is typically caused by inflammation.
Ginger is a very common anti-sickness home remedy around the world, and there’s evidence to support the notion that ginger really can reduce nausea and vomiting. Consuming ginger juice may help to settle your stomach and support normal digestion if you’re feeling queasy. Ginger root is particularly effective in treating morning sickness in pregnant women.
May Promote Weight Loss
Losing weight takes a lot of dedication, and there’s much more that goes into the process than simply eating a certain healthy food every day. However, studies have found that ginger water may promote weight loss when combined with exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Ginger can help you to feel fuller for longer, and can also balance your blood sugars. Both of these factors help to prevent overeating associated with weight gain.
If you drink ginger in juice form, you’re contributing to the daily hydration that your body requires. Ginger juice is particularly helpful if you often forget to drink water. You can make your juicing routine a daily habit, making sure you start or end the day with the fluids your body needs to function.
Helps with Osteoarthritis
We know that ginger has anti-inflammatory qualities that can reduce allergic reactions and muscle pain after working out. These same anti-inflammatory qualities make ginger root effective in treating osteoarthritis, an inflammatory joint condition.
Studies have found that ginger can reduce pain and disability related to this form of arthritis. One study found that a combination of ginger, cinnamon, sesame oil and mastic reduced stiffness and pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.
📌 How to Juice Ginger
Now you know ginger’s health benefits, you’re probably keen to learn how to make ginger juice.
In this next section, I’ll be sharing how to make ginger juice using four different techniques, depending on the equipment you have in your kitchen.
With a Juicer
The best way to make fresh ginger juice is with a juicer. There are plenty of high-quality juicers on today’s market, whether you’re looking for the speed and convenience of a centrifugal juicer, or you’d prefer to retain nutrients and extract more liquid with a slow masticating juicer.
If you haven’t bought a juicer yet, centrifugal juicers are the cheaper option, and tend to be better for juicing beginners who don’t know how much use they’ll get out of a juicer to begin with. However, it’s worth knowing that these juicers introduce more heat and oxidation, which can result in nutrient loss.
I recommend using organic ginger in your juicer, as you don’t need to peel it before getting started. However, if you can’t get your hands on organic ginger, that’s fine – you’ll just have to commit to slightly more prep work.
To juice ginger in a juicer, follow these steps:
- Wash your ginger and peel if necessary. I’ve shared the quickest method to peel ginger, using a spoon, here.
- If your ginger is too large to fit into your juicer’s feed chute, chop it into pieces that will fit.
- Feed your ginger into your juicer – then sit back and wait! Your juicer will do the rest, separating the juice from the pulp and sending the juice into its own container.
- Continue to feed ginger into your juicer until you’re all out. When all the juice has been extracted, drink up. You won’t need to strain the pulp, as your juicer will have done it for you.
With a Blender or Food Processor
An alternative to using a juicer is to make fresh ginger juice in a blender or a food processer.
This method is less effective, as you’ll find it difficult to extract as much juice from your ginger. It’ll also dilute the juice with water, and you’ll have to strain your juice to remove the pulp before you can drink it.
However, if you don’t own a juicer, this is still a great option for making ginger juice from home. It’s a relatively fast process, and it doesn’t require too much manpower, aside from extracting the juice at the final stage.
To make ginger juice in a blender or food processor, here’s what to do:
- Start by scrubbing your ginger root under running water, then peel the ginger and chop it into small pieces. Ideally, each piece should be no bigger than 1 inch in thickness.
- Add the ginger pieces to your blender. Note that if you’re juicing a big batch of ginger, you may need to do this in two separate lots.
- Add around a cup of water to the blender. Filtered water will produce the healthiest, tastiest juice. Switch on your blender and blend until the mixture is smooth, not bitty.
- Next, use a cheesecloth or nut milk bag to strain the ginger. Squeeze the juice into a container. The pulp will be left behind inside the cloth or bag. Alternatively, pour the juice slowly through a sieve, pressing the pulp against the mesh to force as much juice through as possible.
- Drink your ginger juice before oxidation can reduce its nutritional content.
With a Grater
Don’t have a juicer or a blender? You can still make ginger juice at home – it’ll just take a little extra effort.
Most of us own a grater. The best type of grater to use is a handheld grater, which you can hold at an angle above a bowl to catch the pieces of grated ginger.
To make ginger juice with a grater, follow this method:
- As usual, scrub your piece of ginger under running water, then peel the ginger using the fast spoon peeling method.
- Position your grater above a bowl, then grate the ginger until there’s nothing left. Repeat with as many pieces of ginger root as you need. The bowl beneath the grater should eventually fill with grated ginger.
- Next, tip the ginger into a cheesecloth or sieve. Place a jug or container underneath. Squeeze or press the ginger to press the juice out. The pulp will remain inside the cloth or bag, or on top of the sieve.
- Continue to squeeze until no more juice will come out. Pour your juice into a glass and drink immediately.
With a Garlic Press
A final option, if you don’t own any of the equipment mentioned above, is to juice ginger using a garlic press.
Here’s how to make ginger juice with a garlic press:
- Wash and peel your piece of ginger root.
- Chop your ginger into small pieces. Each piece needs to be small enough to fit inside the press – usually about half an inch in diameter.
- Squeeze the handles of the press to mince the ginger. Repeat with every piece of ginger until you have a pile of minced ginger.
- Follow the steps above to squeeze the juice out of your ginger, using a nut milk bag, sieve, or cheesecloth.
- Drink your ginger juice straight away.
🤔 What Should I Do With the Ginger Pulp?
You know how to make ginger juice – but most of us don’t want to drink the pulp. It seems a waste to throw it away, though, especially if you’re juicing every day. What should you do with your leftover ginger pulp after making ginger juice?
I’ve listed some of the most interesting uses of pulp from ginger below.
Make Ginger Tea
One of the easiest ways to use ginger pulp is to put it into ice cube trays with a little water and freeze. You can then use these cubes to steep a warming ginger tea, which feels nice and soothing on a sore throat.
Turn It Into Powder
If you’ve got more time on your hands, you can turn your leftover pulp into ginger powder. You’ll need to dry out the pulp in the oven, then put it in a food processor and grind it into a powder. Stored in an airtight jar, this powder will last for around 6 months.
Use It For Baking
Ginger is a great ingredient for baking, and can be used to add a healthy dose of fiber to cakes, muffins and cookies. There are plenty of recipes online that make good use of ginger pulp, or you can check out my article here to learn about all sorts of other uses!
🧊 How Should I Store Fresh Ginger Juice?
It doesn’t particularly matter how you make your ginger shots, though some methods are obviously faster and more convenient than others. However, when it comes to storing your fresh ginger juice, there are several practices that I would recommend.
Improperly storing your juice will result in oxidation, where air gets into the juice’s cells and destroys them. This means your juice will lose nutrients, and will take on an unpleasant brown color.
I’ve discussed the two best methods for storing ginger juice in the fridge or freezer below.
Storing Ginger Juice In The Fridge
You should never leave your ginger shots in room temperature. Instead, store the liquid in sealed, airtight glass containers in the refrigerator. Making sure your storage container has a sealed lid will prevent air from getting into the jar and promoting oxidation.
If you’d rather prepare your juice for ginger shots in advance, another option is to store your juice in smaller shot-sized bottles. Again, make sure these bottles are airtight, and preferably made from glass.
Another tip is to add lemon juice to your ginger juice recipe. Lemon juice has an acidic pH, which makes it capable of inactivating polyphenol oxidase and slowing down the oxidation process.
Eventually, the lemon juice will evaporate or become completely absorbed, so this method will only extend the life of your ginger juices by a couple of days at the most.
Storing Ginger Juice In The Freezer
Alternatively, you could store your ginger juice in the freezer. This should give the juice a shelf life of around 8 to 12 months, but it will start to lose its quality after around 4 months.
Freezer storing is a great idea if you plan to juice ginger in big batches, and want the juice to retain its nutritional value before you drink it.
To freeze your ginger juice, pour the juice into a sealed storage container, making sure to leave enough room for the juice to expand when it freezes (frozen liquids can even break through glass if not enough space is left for expansion, so this is important). When you plan to use it, remove the container from your freezer and leave it to thaw in the fridge.
Again, you can prepare for making ginger shots in advance with the freezer storage method, too. Simply pour measured amounts of liquid into an ice cube tray. Place the ice cube tray in your freezer. When you want a ginger shot, pop a ginger ice cube out of the tray and leave it in a shot glass to melt.