Juicing soft fruits poses unique challenges due to their texture. Our team put soft fruits to the test by juicing berries, grapes, mango, banana, and avocado using our cutting-edge REVO830. In this article, we share our discoveries and some indispensable juicing tips and non-juicing alternatives, ensuring you make the most of your soft fruits.
You might have wondered if the different berry varieties are suitable for juicing—well, the answer is a resounding yes! Thanks to a test by @theallnaturalvegan, we discovered that strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries can be juiced. Since berries are small fruits and have more pulp than water content, a lot of berries are needed to produce substantial yield and the yield might be slightly thicker. But worry not, juice still flows abundantly.
The existence of grape juice owes itself to the ability to juice grapes! Soft yet bursting with high liquid content, grapes effortlessly lend themselves to the juicing process. Preparing grape juice is a breeze—all you need to do is gently pluck the grapes from their stems. @juicingwithmaddy opts for juicing seeded grapes. Seeded grapes can be juiced with ease, as their soft seeds won't cause any harm to your trusty juicer. Bid farewell to store-bought grape juices by crafting your very own at home.
Juicing mangoes can be a bit of a challenge. Mangoes boast less liquid content, translating to a lower juice yield. The key lies in selecting the right ripeness—somewhere between firm and soft. As mangoes ripen, their texture softens, which can lead to a puree-like consistency when juiced. To avoid this, opt for a semi-firm mango like the one shown by @theallnaturalvegan below. Unripe mangoes are green, so take notice of how the mango she uses has skin that is a mixture of green and red.
Juicing three bananas with their peels surprisingly yielded approximately half a cup of juice. Intrigued by this revelation, we conducted follow-up tests to discover which part of the banana holds the juice. To our amazement, we discovered that the juice wasn't hidden within the banana flesh as one might expect, but rather resided within the banana peel! While banana peels hold all the juice and are rich in antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, protein, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12, banana peel juice is extremely bitter. So for the sake of taste, it’s better to juice the whole banana like we did in the video below. However, the resulting banana juice presented unique and questionable visuals. Therefore, we leave the decision up to you: Is juicing banana worth it? Would you drink this banana juice?
In the realm of soft fruits, avocado is the fruit that's best left unjuiced. We juiced 1 ½ avocados with their skin and without their pits. Even though avocados have a creamy flesh like bananas, there is no juice in avocado skin. Hence, no juice was produced, and the result was a puree yield more reminiscent of smooth guacamole. Don't be discouraged though! You can use avocado for other recipes discussed in the "Alternatives" section below.
Tips for Juicing Soft Fruits
The tips shared below are not exclusive to soft fruits and can be applied to all ingredients. However, there's a distinctive trait you may notice when juicing soft fruits—the dryness of the pulp. With soft fruits, you'll encounter pulp that's noticeably more wet to the touch. This stems from the inherent challenge of extracting every last drop of liquid from softer ingredients. Initially, the pulp will be on the wetter side, but as the juicing process continues, the pulp will gradually become drier.
1. Juice them before they become too ripe
As we explored in the "mango" section, the ripeness of fruits plays a crucial role in juicing success. The golden rule for juicing soft fruits applies to all ingredients: opt for a semi-firm fruit for optimal results. While this principle extends to all fruits, it holds particular significance for soft fruits, given their inherently tender nature.
2. Juice with water-rich ingredients
When it comes to juicing, water-rich ingredients produce abundant yields but also play a crucial role in aiding softer fruits during the juicing process. Their high water content dilutes and thins out the textures of delicate fruits like berries, grapes, and mangoes. The result? A smoother flow through your juicer, without the dreaded risk of clogging. Consider pairing your soft fruits with the hydrating delights of melons, cucumbers, and celery.
3. Juice with hard ingredients
It's not just water-rich ingredients that hold the key to success—hard ingredients play a crucial role too! We highly recommend alternating between juicing soft and hard ingredients because hard ingredients act as a natural guide, pushing all the ingredients through the strainer's holes. This seamless interplay between textures ensures a smooth and efficient juicing process, preventing any unwelcome clogs or slowdowns. Try juicing your soft fruits with robust root vegetables like carrots and beets!
1. Make sorbets with the sorbet strainer
Whether your fruit is soft or firm, freezing your fruit can transform it into a delightful, icy sorbet. All our Whole Slow Juicers come equipped with a specialized sorbet strainer, designed to simplify your sorbet-making journey. For more information on how to use the sorbet strainer, click here.
2. Make smoothies with the smoothie strainer
Soft fruits are perfect for smoothies because their naturally tender consistency effortlessly blends into the creamy, thick texture of smoothies. For the ultimate smoothie-making experience, our Kuvings REVO830 and EVO820 come equipped with a specialized smoothie strainer, making the process a breeze. For C7000 and B6000 users, you can enhance your smoothie game with an additional smoothie strainer purchase.
3. Use a blender
Unlike juicing, blending doesn't separate the juice from the pulp but rather combines all the delectable components of your ingredients. Despite this distinction, you can still achieve a thin, juice-like texture with blending by using a generous amount of liquid. When it comes to the perfect blender, look no further than our CB1000. With its vacuuming capabilities, it’ll leave any creation you make smoother, fresher, and longer-lasting.
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