Hand Squeezed Fruit and Veggie Juice

Hand squeezed juice is easy, refreshing, and delicious. 


I was at the farmer’s market one Saturday when I spotted the happiest little orange beets. Smudged with dirt and dew, they had certainly been plucked from the earth only hours before.  I purchased them without a second thought.

The stall owner was watching me over a pile of cucumbers. “Those are fantastic,” he said.  And he was right.


Of course, when I got them home, I couldn’t fathom just juicing the beets. It’s summertime. I have a bounty of produce to churn into something cool and refreshing.  So I reviewed my market tote, and then the fridge, and then the freezer.

From the tote, I plucked the beets, of course, and a cucumber.

From my fridge, some hard mangoes and a rotund watermelon.

And from the freezer,  some strawberries that my mother-in-law had collected a few weeks earlier from a local berry farm. I’d frozen them for Jason’s morning smoothies, but he’s been such a Pop-Tart mood lately that there were still a plethora of them left.

The combination was fantastic. The beets were carroty, and the mangoes and strawberries were quite tart. Mixed up with the sugary watermelon, they yielded a wonderful coolness, perfect for summer.



Hand juicing is easy. One of my first posts ever was on hand juicing, back in my sweet apartment in Raleigh. All you need is a blender and some flour-sack cloth towels. You can find flour-sack cloth towels at Target or Walmart, and probably some grocery stores. They’re with the kitchen towels and such.

Just place one of the towels over a large bowl. You can see my set-up here (but really….it’s just a towel over a bowl. And the pictures are definitely first-blog-post type pictures. No shame. Not that my pictures have really gotten any better.) Blend your foodstuffs in your blender and then pour them over the towel. You might need to work in batches — I did. Then just gather up the ends of the towel with one hand and squeeze squeeze squeeze with the other hand.  And that’s it! You’ll end up with a bowlful of juice and a fistful of pulp. You can keep the pulp as fiber to add to baked goods, if you want to. I didn’t feel like it this time, but I have in the past.


Hand Squeezed Juice

  • 5 cups of watermelon chunks
  • 6 small beets, peeled
  • 2 mangoes
  • 2 cups of strawberries
  • 1 cucumber

Blend everything together, working in batches if you must. Place a flour-sack cloth over a bowl and pour the puree over top. Gather the end of the cloth and squeeze until no more moisture can be extracted. Store in the fridge, yields 6 cups of juice.






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