Carrot, Grapefruit and Ginger Juice – No Juicer Required
I know, I’m a day late in posting and I’m not doing my usual weekly menu, Sorry! I know there are those of you that rely on the weekly menu for dinner ideas, so I promise I will be back with that next week. This week I’m taking a bit of a blogging vacation, as my kids are on spring break and I’m going to spend quality time with the family and re-energize and re-charge (I’m so in need of some re-charging). I didn’t want to leave you all hanging for a week without a recipe, so I’m going to show you this simple, 3 ingredient juice that you can make without a juicer or with a juicer if you have one! Yippee!
Remember when I showed you all how to make a mean green juice without a juicer? Well, I’m showing you another one of my favorite juices. This juice is both sweet and sour with a zesty and spicy kick to it from the ginger. I love downing one of these after a morning workout, as it reenergizes me and puts a kick in my step. John loves to have this in the morning before he heads off to work, as it wakes him up. This juice is packed full of fiber and chock full of vitamin C, and who doesn’t like or need a bit of that this time of year. You can make this juice in your juicer, but if you don’t have a juicer, don’t fret, I will show you how to make this juice without one. Ok, let’s get this party started!
Carrot, grapefruit and ginger juice:
Recipe from Whole Living magazine
serves 1 (makes roughly 14-16 ounces)
- 2 large ripe grapefruits, peeled, pith removed and broken up into sections – You want large, ripe grapefruits that are juicy
- 5 medium sized carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
If you have a juicer, go ahead and juice away as you normally would. If you don’t have a juicer, then all you need is a good quality blender and a jelly strainer bag (see below photo). You can find these bags at most kitchen or hardware stores that sell kitchen appliances. I picked mine up at the local Ace Hardware in Larkspur, for those of you that are local. They cost $4.99 for 2 bags. BTW, don’t get the metal contraption that is sold with some of the bags, just buy the bags.
To clean the bags, just use some dish soap and rub the bag together till it’s clean and all the soap is off the bag. Then place the bag on top of a glass or something similar to air dry. These bags should last quite a while. I have used my 10x already and it still looks new.
Ok, lets get started! Peel your two grapefruits and get rid of as much of the pith as you can. Wash, peel and chop your carrots into small chunks and peel your 1-inch piece of ginger. To peel ginger, just take a spoon and gently scrape off the skin from top to bottom. The skin is thin, so minimal effort is required.
Once all of your ingredients are prepped, it’s time to throw them into the blender or juicer.
Throw the grapefruit into your blender first, then add in the carrots and ginger.
Puree the grapefruit, carrots and ginger until smooth.
Take your jelly bag and wrap it over a large measuring cup or bowl.
Pour your juice into the jelly bag.
Don’t worry if your bag slides off the bowl, you just want to make sure that your juice goes in the bag. You can aways hold it open with one hand while pouring with your other hand.
Once all the juice is poured into the bag, remove the bag from the measuring cup or bowl and gently twist the top of the bag closed. Slowly twist the bag so the juice escapes. Keep twisting and squeezing the bag until all of the juice is released.
Look at all that pulp that was left in the bag. It’s a beautiful color, but not something I want to be drinking. The compost will happily accept it though.
Pour the juice into a glass, and drink immediately or refrigerate it for a bit, as it will be a bit warm. I was anxious to drink my juice, so I threw it in the freezer for a few minutes to cool. It’s recommended that you drink the juice the day you make it.
I hope that this juice gives you a kick in your step.
Here’s an Instagram photo that one of my reader’s Marian Ang, took of her carrot ginger juice. I love the cute little font she added to it.
If you’re a fan of this juice, then you will love my mean green juice.
Have a great week everyone!