So, you’ve decided you want to juice your own wheat grass, but you’re curious how to get started. Well, luckily, it’s a pretty easy process. All you need is the fresh wheat grass cuttings, a juicer, and something in which to keep your juice.
What is important to remember is that you are drinking wheatgrass juice for the nutrients, and not for the taste. Wheatgrass juice tastes pretty awful, but it is full of nutrients that will help you feel healthier. While you can help the taste by mixing wheatgrass juice with other flavors, such as other fruit juices and vegetable juices, you want to keep everything as organic and healthy as possible.
Prepare wheatgrass for juicing
No matter what method you choose (we discuss three methods below), the first thing to do is rinse your wheat grass, and check to make sure you don’t see any mold. If you spot mold, you should throw out that batch and get a new bunch of wheat grass. As your body begins to adjust to a healthier diet, it becomes increasingly sensitive to mold and the side effects of eating mold are pretty nasty!
Rinse the wheat grass (and any other fruits or vegetables you are using) very well, making sure you get rid of any soil or other debris that might be on your wheat grass, fruits and vegetables.
Put your wheat grass on a cutting board, and give the blades a rough chop. The smaller your wheat grass pieces are, the easier it will be to grind them or blend them to get the juice. You’ll want enough wheat grass to fill at least ½ cup. You can work with more or less than that, but ½ cup should be enough for about two servings of wheatgrass juice.
Then, you’ll be ready to start juicing the grass. There are several ways to do this, but here are the most popular.
Using a Juicer
You can find wheat grass juicers at many health food stores or online. Even WalMart sells a wheat grass juicer! You should not, however, use a regular fruit juicer; the wheat grass is very fibrous and will clog up the juicer, possibly breaking it. A manual juicer will probably cost $20-$50, while an electric one can be much more expensive. A manual juicer will also give you a bit of a workout, as you turn the crank to juice the wheat grass. Exercise and nutritious juice, all in one activity!
Put the wheat grass pieces into the juicer and put a cup or other container under the juicer’s spout. If it is a manual juicer, turn the crank while using the plunger to push the blades through the juicer. If an electric juicer, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for operation.
Using a Mortar and Pestle
If you don’t have an electrical juicer, or just want to do things the old fashioned way, you can juice your wheat grass using a mortar and pestle. First, place enough chopped wheat grass into the mortar to fill the bottom, but do not fill the mortar more than ¼ full. Then, grind the blades until they start to stick together and smear along the bottom of the mortar. To do this, you’ll want to press the mortar in a stirring motion, pressing down hard enough to crush the grass.
Add a little bit of water to the crushed wheat grass, using about the same amount of water as the amount of wheat grass you placed in the mortar. Mash the water using the same stirring motion, and continue mixing until you have a fine paste.
Next, put the contents of the mortar on a clean muslin cloth, and twist the top of the cloth to keep the paste from getting out. Do not tie the cloth. Press on the cloth, and you will be able to drain the juice into your glass. Apply pressure just above the clump of wheatgrass paste, squeezing downwards. You should see a bright green liquid drip out. Keep squeezing until there is no more liquid draining out.
Put your wheat grass clump back in the mortar, and continue grinding until the blades turn white. Each time, add a little more water to create a paste of the same consistency. After your first batch of wheat grass turns white, add more fresh chopped wheat grass and repeat the whole process. Do this until you have used the full ½ cup of chopped wheat grass.
Using a Blender
If you want to get started right away, even before you find a juicer, you can always use a blender. Blend the wheat grass thoroughly, and then strain out the solid bits using a fine-holed colander or strainer. You can also use a tea strainer or sieve to get rid of the solid bits.
Once you’ve made your wheatgrass juice, be sure to drink it within a day or two. You can keep it covered in the refrigerator, but it begins to lose its potency after a day or two.