Believe it or not, you can make juices at home without spending hundreds of dollars on juicing machines. And no, we’re not talking about easy to juice things like oranges. We’re talking about something uncommon like potatoes. Here’s how you can extract juice from a potato without the help of a home cold press juicer.
Why potato juice?
First things first: why potato juice? Most of us are accustomed to the potato’s default form: a starchy tuber that transforms into a lot of different dishes. Whether we bake, mash, fry, or scallop it, the potato’s starchy texture remains the same.
Which is why not a lot of people are familiar with potato juice. Most of us wouldn’t even think of putting that trusty tuber inside a juicer, and why should we? Unless we knew beforehand about its juice, the potato doesn’t necessarily ooze with juices like an apple does.
As it turns out, potato juice is packing with benefits. It’s loaded vitamins and minerals like potassium, zinc, vitamin C, and B-vitamins. It can also hydrate your skin, and if you have a burn, you can apply the juice directly to ease the pain. Potato juice also keeps the heart healthy by helping your arteries stay clear from plaques. And that’s just a few of its health benefits.
How to get started
A good glass of potato juice starts with some potato spuds and the trusty cheesecloth. The number of potatoes you need depends on how much juice you want to make. A good rule of thumb to remember is that it takes 2 cups of chopped potatoes to get a half cup of juice.
The kind of potato you use doesn’t matter, so feel free to grab your favorite type (or the cheapest one at the supermarket) for this procedure. What matters, however, is that they must be uncooked. Juicing them will be pretty much impossible if they’re cooked.
Make sure you wash your spuds thoroughly and get all dirt off the skin. Use a scrubber if needed; you don’t want random dirt particles all over your juice once you start pressing. Pat them dry and do not peel them.
Next, grab a cheese grater and run the potato through it. Usually, you’ll slice them into small sizes to fit inside the juicer, but because we’re juicing these manually, we need to make things manageable. And to prevent the potatoes from browning, you may have to grate a little bit at a time.
Once you have a pile of grated potatoes, start loading them inside your cheesecloth. Do not overload them, or you run the risk of not being able to squeeze them properly. Bunch up all the pieces and secure them inside the cheesecloth, then get to pressing! The juices will start flowing through, so make sure you can catch every drip.
Using the blender instead
If squeezing grated potatoes by hand is not possible, you can also opt to use your blender. Just like earlier, keep your potatoes uncooked and unpeeled. Slice them into small chunks and load them in the blender. Add a bit of water to the potatoes, just enough to cover all the pieces in there.
After the blender finishes its session, it’s time to grab a mesh strainer or a nut milk bag. If using a strainer, pour a little bit at a time to prevent overflowing. Grab something like a spoon to agitate the pile of pulp and move it around to release the juices between them. Keep doing this until nothing flows and repeat the cycle until the blender is empty.
If you’re using a nut milk bag, pour the blender’s contents inside and let all the juices drip through. Give it a squeeze or two to get any leftover juice out.
How long can I store the juice?
Ideally, you’ll consume your potato juice as soon as your glass is full. You take advantage of all the nutrients when you drink it fresh from the juicing process. But if you must store the juice, its shelf life depends on how you extracted it.
Hand-pressed potato juice doesn’t go bad as quickly because the juice is pretty much “cold-pressed.” You can store the juice for up to three days. Meanwhile, potato juice from a blender lasts for a day at most.
How does potato juice taste?
Straight potato juice doesn’t have a defining taste, much like how potatoes themselves don’t taste of anything. If you’re worried about the lack of flavor, you can add a dash of honey to your glass of potato juice. You can also mix it with other flavorful juices like carrot or apple juice.
Whether it’s your first time learning about potato juice or you’re curious about trying it out, go for it! Keep in mind that you don’t need any extra appliances to juice your potatoes. Just look in your kitchen – you probably already have what you need.