Carrots are a very cost-effective way of making fresh juice at home. They are very nutritous, loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are an excellent source of one particular group of antioxidants called carotenoids, which are responsible for the orange and yellow colorings in many vegetables. And of these carotenoids, it is beta-carotene that is found abundantly in carrots. Beta-carotene helps protects us from cancer and heart disease, and the body also converts it to vitamin A, a vitamin essential to eye health and the health of our skin, nails and hair.
Making Carrot Juice at Home
There are 2 ways to make carrot fresh carrot juice. One is more laborous and inolves creating a puree and the other is a lot more simple – just stick the carrots in a juice machine! Since I only juice carrots, the juicing method is what I am going to explain, although there is very very little to it. Simple is better I think 🙂
How to Choose Carrots?
It is always best to buy your carrots with their tops on. The greens are a bit delicate and reveal their age a lot more quickly compared to sturdier roots. Judging a carrot by the intenstity of it’s peel color is another trick. The pigments fade as time passes, so the deeper the orange the fresher the carrot is likely to be. Steer clear of carrots with cracks and splits and also those with many hairy little roots, this is sign that the carrots are way too old.
Always get organic if possible to cut down on pesticide intake. One of the benefits of carrot juice is detoxification, so it is always good to not add in more of the chemicals that we are trying to clear from our system! If you are using non-organic, then peel the carrots to greatly minimize the amount of pesticides that make it into your carrot juice.
Keep your carrots in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. Chop off the tops if you are not eating the carrots right away. The greens draw moisture from roots.
Making Carrot Juice
- Top and tail your carrots and cut out any soft areas
- Whether you need to chop your carrots into smaller sizes before juicing them will totally depend on your juice machine. Most centrifugal juice machines can take whole carrots no problem. Some of the more powerful centrifugal juice machines, such as the Breville 800JEXL, can juice several carrots at once.
- If you using a masticating juice machine, then it is likely that you will need to cut the carrots into smaller ‘sticks’ so that they fit into the chute and are easier to manage. While masticating juicers increase prep time, they do squeeze more juice and nutrients out of fruits and veggies than the centrifugal machines. Read more about this in my post What is the Best Juicer Machine.
- Now you have fresh carrot juice 🙂
- If you are not going to drink the juice right away, then it is best to store it in an air tight container to limit oxidative damage. The longer your juice is exposed to air, the more antioxidants it loses, including vitamin C, which is both an antioxidant and a vitamin.