Monday, January 27, 2014

Homemade Carrot Juice

7-8 carrots, unpeeled
1 1/4 cup cold water
2 cups boiling water

Blender or food processor
4-6 Coffee filters 
2 Liter pitcher

Wash carrots very well. Cut the stem off all of the carrots and then cut the carrots in 2-3 inch chunks. Add all carrots chunks to the blender along with 1/2 cup cold water. Blend on high. Add water as needed. (I ended up needing 1 1/4 cups, you might need more or less depending on the freshness of your carrots.) Stir carrots and add more water, blending on high until carrots are very well pureed. Add 2 cups of boiling water and stir. Let the carrots steep for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, mix well and get ready to strain. Using a coffee filter over a bowl, pour some of the carrot juice in and strain. I squeezed the filter to remove as much of the juice from the carrot mash as possible. Pour the juice from the bowl into the pitcher. Repeat until all of the carrot mash has been filtered. Discard the carrot pulp and coffee filters. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Fresh carrot juice can be mixed with fresh orange juice or a multivitamin juice for flavor. Alexa had no problem drinking it straight, but I preferred the flavor when mixed with multivitamin juice.

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