How To Use A Blender As A Juicer?

Both a blender and a juicer turn the fruits or vegetables into a liquid form giving nutrients in an easier way for your body to absorb. The two end products might look the same (liquid form), but the texture and consistency are not similar. Even though a blender is equipped to make smoothies, it can function as a juicer.

Are you interested in knowing how? If you are planning on adding more fruit and vegetables to your diet, the first thing you need to understand is the difference between the two and their advantages. If you want to know more about the differences and how a blender functions as a juicer, then read on…

 

What Is A Juicer?

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Juicing makes fruits and vegetables more digestible. Juicing extracts both the nutrients and the water contained in the fruit. However, it separates all the insoluble fibers from the juice, thus making it easier for the body to break down and absorb. This insoluble fiber is separated from the pulp, which is usually down out.

Since these fibers are separated, the juice is directly sent into the bloodstream, thus making digestion easier. However, remember that if juice directly enters your bloodstream, there will be a hike in the sugar level. (Warning for diabetic patients)

Now, let’s talk about the final product. The texture is smooth, thin, and watery, i.e., it does not have a thick consistency. But it is a highly concentrated liquid consisting of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients found in the fruits.

You can juice fruits like apples, berries, citrus fruits, etc., and vegetables like broccoli, cucumber, kale, and so on. Vegetable juice is better for detoxification as it is rich in nutrients and can restore body cells.

 

What Is A Blender?

Blender

A blender does not extract the nutrients and the water from the fruits or vegetables; it simply grinds and blends the entire food. This means that the fiber is not separated from the end product like with the juicer. In simple terms, if the final product for the juicer is a juice, then for a blender, it is a smoothie.

Even though it is a bit difficult to digest, a smoothie will give you all the nutrients in the fruit or vegetable, thus making you full. However, our body can absorb the nutrients in the smoothie quicker than having a salad or a bowl of fruits.

The thickness and the concentration of nutrients and fibers in the juice and smoothie are entirely different. The texture of the smoothie is not smooth but a bit grainy since it contains fibers.

You will need to take twice the quantity of fruits or vegetables while using a juicer since the amount of the final product is less when compared to a blender. There is minimal waste (pulp with the insoluble fibers) since the whole fruit is blended. Due to the same reason, a blender is relatively easier to use and clean.

 

Can A Blender Substitute A Juicer?

YES, you can make fruit juice using a blender. Not only does the blender provide you with the nutrients and fiber that tend to go to waste in a juicer, but it also leaves you feeling full.

However, it is good to know that juicers like triturating juicers and masticating juicers can squeeze almost all the juice out of the pulp, leaving behind a very dry pulp. So, a few juicers in the market can provide you almost with the same level of nutrients that a blender can provide.

 

How Can You Use A Blender As A Juicer?

The steps to use a blender as a juicer is given below –

Step 1: Wash your fruit thoroughly to rid it of dirt, dust particles, and other contaminations.

Step 2: Peel the fruits if required. You can not consume the outer skin of all fruits or vegetables, so it is a must to peel the skin of such fruits.

Step 3: Chop the fruits or vegetables into smaller pieces (one inch) so that the blender does not jam. This also reduces the noise level. Don’t forget to remove the seeds.

Step 4: Into the blender, add water or coconut water. The ratio of water to fruit is ½:1. Slowly add the fruits or vegetables. Blend on the “puree setting,” or start at the lowest speed, then move onto the medium speed. Blend till the fruit is wholly ground.

Step 5: The consistency of the smoothie will be thick. Transfer this thick juice into a cheesecloth. Once you do this, place the cheesecloth with the juice over a bowl and start squeezing till you are left with dry pulp.

Step 6: Voila! You have your healthy juice made without using a juicer.

Tip – You need not throw away the pulp. You can use it in salads and as dressing and even make raw cookies.

 

Why Should You Use A Blender Instead Of A Juicer?

Given below are a few reasons why a blender should be preferred over a juicer.

  1. Juice contains a high level of sugar, whereas smoothies don’t have much.
  2. There is minimal wastage (pulp) while using a blender.
  3. Juicer requires more produce than a blender to make the same quantity of output.
  4. Cleaning a blender is easier.
  5. A smoothie leaves you feeling full.
  6. Cheaper than a juicer.

 

Also Read:

Blender Vs Food Processor

How To Choose The Kitchen Mixer Grinder

 

Conclusion

If you are running low on budget and desperately want to buy a juicer, then opt for a blender. You can use a blender to make smoothies as well as juice. It is not only cheaper than a juicer but it easier to clean, maintain and operate.

I hope you found this article helpful. Do let us know your thoughts and option on this topic in the comment section below.

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