How to make strawberry juice in a blender for a sweet, refreshing, pure strawberry juice packed with vitamin C, E, folate, and antioxidants!
Simple and Refreshing Strawberry Juice Recipe
While certain ingredients require a juicer for the best results, you can learn how to make strawberry juice in a blender, meaning anyone can enjoy this sweet, fruity, and summery homemade strawberry juice whenever they want.
This strawberry juice recipe requires just TWO ingredients; strawberries and a sweetener (which is technically optional), and a few minutes to prepare. Simply blend the ingredients, then enjoy immediately or strain the juice first.
Best of all, by making this recipe for strawberry juice, you get to avoid preservatives and refined sugars found in store-bought versions while making the most of the flavor and nutrients of ripe, in-season berries! Refer to my list of optional add-ins for even more ways to boost the flavor.
What Are Strawberry Juice Benefits?
Strawberries supply quite a few benefits. For example:
- Strawberries are packed with antioxidants and several plant compounds, including anthocyanins, beneficial to heart health.
- They also contain high levels of Vitamin C, E, potassium, and folate (among several other minerals). Perfect for boosting skin, heart, and immune health.
- They also contain a lot of gut-friendly fiber (which can be left in or strained out).
And let’s not forget that by making the juice at home, you get to avoid additives and preservatives.
All you need to make fresh strawberry juice is just two ingredients, which are:
- Strawberries: Use fresh, ripe, and in-season strawberries, when possible, for the best, sweetest flavor. I recommend using organic whenever you plan to consume a large amount in one go to avoid as many pesticides/chemicals as possible.
- Sweetener: (Optional) Depending on how sweet your berries are, you may need a small amount of sweetener to boost the juice. I like to use maple syrup, but agave and other liquid sweeteners would also work. You can also make a sugar-free version with liquid sugar-free sweeteners like stevia drops or a zero-sugar syrup.
What can I add to strawberry juice?
This simple, sweet berry juice tastes delicious alone but is also highly versatile and easy to experiment with.
- Citrus: Add a splash of lemon juice or lime juice before serving for a refreshing, brightening flavor. This is one of my favorite and most common additions to homemade strawberry juice.
- Salt: As with other recipes, a tiny pinch of salt can enhance the flavor.
- Herbs: I love serving the strawberry juice over ice with a few mint leaves. Basil and rosemary also work with strawberries.
- Ginger: Use fresh ginger root or a pinch of ginger powder to add zing and extra digestive and bodily health benefits.
- Other fruits: You can blend this recipe for strawberry juice with plenty of other fruit juices, including:
- Apple (experiment with sweet vs. tart to find your preference)
- Orange (blood orange also works very well)
- Vegetables: Celery or cucumber are light and refreshing and will pack in extra nutrients while lightly diluting the juice. Add peeled cucumber or chopped celery pieces directly to the blender.
- Cinnamon: Add a pinch for a subtle flavor throughout the strawberry drink.
- Vanilla: Add a small amount of vanilla extract for a very subtle flavor.
How to Make Strawberry Juice?
1) First, wash the strawberries well and pull off the green stems.
Pulling the stems rather than chopping them off means you waste less of the fruit. Also, technically the greens are edible too, so feel free to save them.
2) Transfer the berries to a blender or food processor. Blend until completely pureed, give a taste, and add sweetener to taste.
3) You can then either enjoy the juice immediately or first strain it through several layers of cheesecloth, a fine-mesh strainer, or a nut milk bag.
It’s best to enjoy this fresh strawberry juice chilled, so I recommend either serving it immediately with ice cubes or allowing it to chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours first.
Fridge: Consume this fresh fruit juice immediately for the most nutrients. However, you can store any leftover juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a further 2-3 days. Give it a shake/stir before drinking.
Freezer: There are several ways you can freeze the strawberry drink. For example, in a Ziplock/Stasher bag (squeezing out any excess air), in freezer-safe jars (leaving 2-inch headspace), or in a large ice-cube tray.
I prefer to do the latter; that way, I can add them to other drinks or even blend them into a super refreshing strawberry slushy topped up with some coconut water or juice.
Strawberry juicing is incredibly simple with a juicer. Simply feed the fruit through the chute and let the machine do the rest of the work.
If you have any issues with strawberry pulp getting stuck in the juicer, add some water or a harder, more fibrous ingredient (like cucumber/celery/apple) to help push it through.
There are several ways to use the leftover strawberry pulp. For example, you can add it to smoothies, oatmeal, and yogurt bowls for added fiber and texture. If you don’t want to use it immediately, freeze it (in an ice cube tray) for later. You can even spread the pulp across a tray and allow it to dehydrate, then plant any whole seeds and grind the rest into a powder to add to bakes, drinks, etc., for extra nutrients.
It should work if you plan to thaw them first, though the flavor and yield may vary. To use them from frozen, you will likely need to add extra liquid to the blender and will end up with a slushy consistency rather than a juice.
Absolutely, though I recommend sticking to just one glass per day as it still contains a fair amount of sugar.
Along with enjoying it as a simple strawberry drink, you can combine it with other fruit juices and use it within smoothies/ to make a vegan strawberry or banana milkshake. The puree/ strained juice will also work to add to desserts like pudding, tarts, sorbet, for strawberry popsicles, etc. You can also use the juice to make a simple strawberry syrup.
Top Recipe Tips and Notes
- Adjust the sweetness: The amount of sweetener you need will vary from batch to batch based on how sweet your berries are. Blend the berries first before adding sweetener, as you may not need any at all, then add a tiny amount at a time (pulsing in between) to reach your desired flavor.
- Adjust the consistency: You can leave it pulpy or strain some or all of the pulp.
- Dilute the juice if preferred: For a thinner consistency and lighter, subtler flavor.
- For a more concentrated juice: Transfer the strawberry puree and simmer it on the stovetop with your sweetener of choice until it’s slightly reduced, then enjoy or strain first. This version is slightly thicker with a more concentrated flavor. It also doubles up as an almost ‘syrup’ to drizzle over nice cream, oatmeal, pancakes, etc. Add extra water if you accidentally reduce it too much.
If you try this easy strawberry juice recipe, I’d love to know what you think in the comments below. I’d also really appreciate a recipe card rating!
Photos by Alfonso Revilla
Simple Strawberry Juice Recipe
- measuring spoons
- 4 pounds of fresh strawberries
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of agave or maple syrup (optional)
- In a blender or food processor, blend the strawberries and agave and maple syrup (if using) until the strawberries are completely pureed.
- You can drink with pulp included or strain it using a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.
- Serve chilled.
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