Extracting the juice from wheatgrass has been touted as a healthy drink over the last few years. The newfound energy, vitamins and cleansing properties of the juice make it an excellent addition to a healthy lifestyle. However, getting the juice from the wheatgrass is not quite as simple as orange juice or lemon juice. The following tips will provide a little help in making this process a little easier.
Handling and Storage
The juice from wheatgrass will begin to break down almost immediately. Within 12 hours the juice is ruined and not suitable for consumption. For this reason, most people choose to obtain the juice and drink it within an hour.
Getting the Juice
Extracting the juice from the wheatgrass only requires a few items. A pair of scissors or serrated knife, some bowls, small glasses, measuring cup and some type of juicer will be needed for the extraction.
1. Using the knife or scissors, cut the wheatgrass from its soil bed. The grass needs to be trimmed as near to the soil as possible. After cutting, place the grass in one of the bowls.
2. Using the juicer, place the grass in the machine and grind away. You will need more bowls to catch the pulp as it comes out of the juicer. The small glasses and measuring cup will be used to contain the juice. The juice usually appears as a green liquid with foam on top, resembling beer.
3. Be sure to clean the juicer as soon as you are finished. If the grass is left on the juicer without cleaning for an extended period of time it becomes incredibly hard to clean.
4. With the pulp that was caught from the juicer you can add some water and re-grow it for another juice serving.
A wheatgrass juicer is very different from the typical juicers used for vegetables and fruits. The high speed normally used for juicers is actually harmful to wheatgrass because it results in oxidization. For this reason an electric juicer used for wheatgrass should operate at very low speeds. A manual wheatgrass juicer is the preferred method for grinding up the grass into a juice. This method allows the user to crank the handle very slowing to make sure all of the nutritious juice is extracted properly.
A manual wheatgrass juicer is the preferred method to make sure all of the nutritious juice is extracted properly.