Today I am going to show you how to make pineapple juice, one of my absolute favorite fruit juices to drink.
The great thing about pineapple juice is that it’s refreshing but not too sweet, just the right amount of sweetness to keep that sweet tooth happy. And it’s not just a delicious afternoon treat - pineapple juice offers a lot of health benefits to our body.
It has enough dietary fiber to promote weight loss and reduce the risk of constipation, even deadly diseases like heart disease and cancer!
Of course, I’m not talking about canned pineapple juice that you can grab from your local grocery store. It’s just not the same as fresh fruit juice and you don’t get enough of the nutrients you want from it.
That is why I’m going to talk you through the process of making fresh pineapple juice right in your kitchen.
How to Make Homemade Pineapple Juice
There are two ways to make your own fresh pineapple juice. One is to make it using a blender and another is with the use of a juicer. I’m going to show you both.
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These recipes will make 2-3 servings and will take only 20 minutes to prepare. Super easy!
USING A BLENDER
What you need:
- 2 ½ cups chopped pineapples
- 1 cup chilled water
- 1-2 tbsp. sugar
- A small pinch of salt
- Ice Cubes
- A Blender
1) Toss the pineapple chunks into the blender. Fill the blender less than half of its size.
2) Add a little bit of salt to enhance the taste. Remember, just a little bit. A small pinch will do.
3) Add the ice.
4) Pour 1 cup of water into the blender. The amount of water you have to add will depend on how thick you want your pineapple juice to be. If you want it to be a thick juice, just add ¼ to ½ cup of water.
5) Blend the pineapples until smooth. How long this will take will depend on your blender. You can stop blending every minute and stir the concoction with a spoon.
6) Strain the juice to get rid of the pulp, if you want to.
7) Serve the pineapple juice in tall glasses and add some ice. Enjoy!
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USING A JUICER
What you need:
- 2 ½ cups chopped pineapples
- A juicer
1) Place the pineapple chunks in the juicer. Some juicers have larger chutes that will not require you to chop up the fruits beforehand.
2) Juice the pineapples. Remember to put a firm hand on top of the lid as there is the tendency of fruits “jumping” out of the juicer.
3) Pour the juice from the juicer into a tall glass and add some ice. If you want, you can add some sugar and a pinch of salt to enhance the taste. Enjoy!
Tips and Tricks to Juicing Pineapple
Here are some tips for making pineapple juice I’ve learned over the years (some of it the hard way).
A pineapple won’t ripen until after they are picked, so it is important to make sure that the pineapple you’re buying has already ripen. To tell whether a pineapple is ripe:
- Lift it. The pineapple should be heavy, which means it has a lot of juice in it.
- Squeeze it. It shouldn’t be too hard that it won’t yield at least a little.
- Smell it. A ripe pineapple should smell sweet.
Bromelain, an enzyme that contains the most dietary fibers and offers numerous health benefits, is found in high amounts in the rinds of the pineapple. Juice the rinds as well only if you are sure that the pineapple was grown organically.
Preparing the Pineapple
1) Cut off the stem by setting your pineapple on a sturdy cutting board. A very sharp chef’s knife is needed to peel a pineapple properly.
2) Peel the pineapple starting from the top, and slice all the way through the bottom. Repeat this step until you have completely skinned the pineapple.
3) Remove the eyes by laying the pineapple on its side and cutting off the eyes in a line diagonally. Follow the line of the eyes, and repeat until you have completely removed everything.
4) Cut out the core of the pineapple in one vertical slice and discard it.
5) Cut up the pineapple in chunks. Chunks of pineapples are easier to blend and get into a juicer.
Hot Tip: Use a Pineapple Cutter (This is my favorite tool for cutting pineapple)
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