I spotted a small container of wheatgrass – which I love – amidst sprouts and herbs at New Frontiers recently, and curiosity got the better of me so I grabbed it to try preparing the juice at home for the first time. I initially thought we’d use the juicer, but another experiment with that machine recently left enough to be desired that I decided to instead tackle the wheatgrass with a blender and fine mesh strainer.
Turns out you don’t need a fancy juicer or special wheatgrass juicer to make your own wheatgrass shots; a high powered blender will do the trick as well. Granted I did have to use a little water, so the juice was a little more diluted than usual, but it still had its trademark refreshing, sweetly grassy taste.
How to Juice Wheatgrass Without a Juicer
The container of wheatgrass I bought was about 5 x 5 inches and filled with rooted wheat grass. I cut the green grass portion off and put it into my blender (a Blendtec). I then added few ounces of cold water – enough to just cover the flat part of the blender blades. I pressed the juice setting button, and let the Blendtec go to town! Once it was done, I placed a small fine mesh strainer/sieve over a Pyrex measuring cup (you can replace this with just about any cup or bowl) and poured the juiced wheatgrass through the strainer, using a spoon to press down and extract as much liquid as possible. Very little was left in the strainer aside from a bit of thin pulp and some foam. I then poured the wheatgrass juice into two small glasses (see photo – that’s a teaspoon in front of the mini glass to help show how small the glass is), and we drank away!
As I said, the addition of water to this makes for a wheatgrass juice not quite as concentrated as what an actual juicer would produce, but that didn’t bother us; it was a very enjoyable and delicious morning treat to have this at home!