Filled with chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, wheat grass juice packs a nutritional punch. While consuming the grass of this common cereal grain is generally avoided, juicing it provides a great way to imbibe its nutrient density.
HARVESTING WHEAT GRASS
Wheat grass juice is extracted from young grasses. For optimal grass juice, harvest the wheat grass when it is no more than 4-6 inches tall. Cut the wheat grass just above the level of the roots, to allow the grass to grow back again for a second crop, if desired.
JUICING WHEAT GRASS
Wheat grass juice is generally not made with commercial vegetable juicers. The fibrous nature of grass does not align itself well to the usual method of juicing leafy greens, cucumbers, and fruits.
Instead, there are juicers specifically designed to work with the nature of wheat grass. They press the grasses instead of grinding them and applying centrifugal force. Manual grass juicers also ensure that heat and oxidation are kept to a minimum, in order to preserve the many benefits of the juice.
Choose from our 2 manual wheat grass juicer models:
HOW TO PREPARE WHEAT GRASS FOR JUICING
Wheat grass juice is most beneficial directly after juicing. While it can be made in larger quantities and refrigerated or frozen, it is optimal to juice in single batches. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your juicer, if available, or perform the following:
- Harvest and wash approximately ¼ cup of wheat grass per single shot of juice.
- Roughly chop the grass into smaller pieces.
- Measure the grass to ensure ¼ cup of grass per serving.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR JUICING WHEATGRASS
Method #1: Using a Juicer
- Feed the wheat grass into the juicer and run according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Capture the juice. With a manual grinder, passing the pulp through a second time can help to extract as much of the juice as possible.
Method #2: Using a Blender
If a juicer is unavailable, a high-powered blender can be utilized to juice wheat grass, though some claim it to be an inferior product.
- Add prepared wheat grass and enough water to allow the grass to liquefy in the blender.
- Blend the wheat grass and water just long enough to liquefy.
- Pour into a clean tight-weave towel or fine-mesh strainer, set over a clean glass or bowl.
- If using a towel, gather up the corners to make a bag.
- Squeeze the liquid from the blended grass into the glass, being sure to get as much out as possible.
- Discard pulp and enjoy wheat grass juice.
SERVING WHEAT GRASS JUICE
Wheat grass juice has a strong flavor that many find unappealing at best, completely unpalatable at worst. To make it more palatable it can be diluted with water, vegetable juice, or fruit juice.
For maximum benefit, consume immediately after juicing.