Celery juice has taken the world by storm.
Some people swear by it as a metabolic miracle, while others love it as a tool to help them wake up each morning.
Whether you’re hoping celery juice’s high nutrient content will help kick start your new diet, or just want to see what everyone has been talking about, this guide will help you get started.
Certainly, celery juice, as a low-calorie, low-sugar, and hydrating beverage can’t hurt anything.
The big thing with celery juice is that it can be hard to drink if you still have little bits of celery fiber in your juice. That’s why so many people recommend buying an expensive juicer to make your morning drink.
Fortunately, a good blender can get the job done almost as well, and won’t take up as much counter space as most juicers!
Blenders even have the advantage of being much faster than most juicers, so you can make a large batch all at once, in half the time.
In this guide, you’ll learn about:
- How to Make and Filter Celery Juice from a Blender
- The Benefits of Fresh Celery Juice
- And much more!
What's in this Guide?
What Are The Benefits of Homemade Celery Juice
Celery is one of the most popular vegetables for snack time. It’s a wonderful addition to soups and stews, and many other mealtime staples.
But those are far from the only ways to enjoy it.
Many people support juicing as a good way to get much larger servings of vegetables and fruits than you could if you were just eating the produce whole.
After all, who sits down to eat an entire head of celery?
That’s how much celery you can pack into a single 16 oz glass of juice.
Even if you don’t like the stronger flavor of pure celery juice and prefer to water yours down, you’ll still be able to get more celery into your glass than you’d be able to eat in a single sitting.
Along with the high concentration of important vitamins and minerals found in celery, celery has also been shown to help improve gut health and function, and can also help fight inflammation.
Those are some impressive health benefits for one small vegetable.
It’s no wonder that so many people report feeling less bloated, more energized, and less achy when they drink celery juice every morning.
Of course, the juice itself isn’t responsible for all those fantastic benefits. It’s also about how fresh your celery juice is. Juices from concentrate often have very different nutrient profiles than fresh-made juice.
Even bottled juices can be different in nutrition content than fresh, since they often have to be boiled, pasteurized, and otherwise preserved for shipping, storage, and potentially days on a grocery store shelf before they are bought and consumed.
By making your celery juice fresh at home, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that haven’t been altered by heat or cold. You’ll also get more of the antioxidant benefits.
What You Need To Know About Celery Juice
For one thing, you should expect your celery juice to look like bright green koolaid. It really does look as green as in those instagram pictures, all without food coloring.
If your celery juice comes back too pale, or brownish looking, chances are that the celery was either under or overripe. It’s important to make sure your celery is as fresh as possible, and also in the peak of it’s season.
When possible, try buying your celery direct from a farmer at a farmers market. If you’re lucky you may even be able to buy celery roots as well. They’re a tasty addition to soups and stews.
Additions to Your Celery Juice:
Celery is actually related to several other tasty foods like parsley, parsnips, carrots, and cumin.
While many people think that it’s best to drink your celery juice straight, without any other ingredients or water, you can add other ingredients if you want them.
Lemon, honey, ginger, apples, or even mint tea can be great additions to your celery juice. Listen to your stomach, and the rest of your body. While you might get the best benefits from pure celery juice, other ingredients can make the juice tastier and some ingredients can have their own benefits as well.
Fresh herbs and spices can also be a fantastic addition. Their bright flavors can make your juice much tastier, and they often offer similarly dense nutrient profiles of their own.
Storing Your Fresh Celery:
Don’t freeze your celery before juicing it. It’s best if you have room in your refridgerator to keep several days worth of celery, but its better to keep your celery on the counter than to freeze it.
Freezing breaks down the internal structure of the celery, and freezer burn can destroy the taste and even change or eliminate some of the nutrients contained in your celery.
The Effects of Fresh Celery Juice:
You should also know what to expect when you first start drinking celery juice. I recommend starting slow, because if you start drinking a full 16 oz of celery juice every day you’ll probably have a lot of side effects really quickly.
The main thing I want to you know if that celery can stimulate your digestive system and make you need to go to the bathroom. A lot. Since it’s also a diruetic, that can make the effects more pronounced.
This video goes over a lot of the medical knowledge surrounding celery juice (though admittedly a lot of the medical literature is focused on celery seeds, not the juice), and is a great watch if you’re interested in the possible medical benefits of celery juice consumption.
Supplies You’ll Need To Make Celery Juice With a Blender
Fortunately, making celery juice in a blender doesn’t take a lot of supplies or high tech gadgets.
In addition to the blender you’ll need:
- A head of celery (or less if you want to make a smaller batch to start)
- A cup of water (more if you prefer a milder flavor)
- A nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or any fine mesh sieve
- A knife
- A Cutting Board
- A bowl, pitcher, or mason jar to catch the juice
Take a look at this next video if you want to see how easy it is to make celery juice. This one plays into the hype around celery juice a little more, but uses the exact juice making process I’m about to outline for you.
What Are The Different Ways to Make Celery Juice
There are two main options for making celery juice–making it in a blender, and making it with a juicer. Juicers cut out one extra step of making your celery juice by filtering the pulp and celery fiber for you.
But blenders are generally more affordable than an effective juicer, and they don’t take much more time or effort to use.
If you already have a juicer, go ahead and use that. Juicing celery is just like juicing any other produce. But you shouldn’t feel like you have to buy a juicer just to juice celery every day.
How To Make Celery Juice With a Blender (5 Steps)
- Wash and Cut the Celery
- Add the Celery to the Blender
- Tamp Celery Down Until it Turns Liquid
- Filter in a Nut Milk Bag or Other Fine Mesh
- Store for Up To 48 Hours
Step 1: Wash and Cut the Celery
The first step, regardless of where you got your celery, is to wash it. You want to make sure you’re getting between the stalks since there’s often a little bit of dirt or sand caught between them.
After it’s thoroughly washed, you should cut your celery into roughly 1 inch pieces. Cutting the celery before you juice it helps prevent long celery strands from getting caught in your blender and causing problems.
If you have some very wide stalks of celery, consider cutting those pieces in half before blending.
Some people avoid the celery leaves because of their more bitter flavor. However, there are lots of nutrients packed in those leaves, so it’s up to you whether you want to include them or not.
Step 2: Add the Celery to the Blender
Start with a small amount of celery and water and start blending. Medium speed is good to start. Slowly add more celery as you go, until all of your celery is in the blender.
There should be just enough water in with your celery to make blending easier, more if you want to water down the juice. You can also mix in additional water after it’s blended and filtered though, so try not to add too much now.
Step 3: Tamp Celery Down Until it Turns Liquid
If your blender has a built in tamper, go ahead and use it to keep the celery closer to the blades as you process it.
Once the celery is all finely chopped, turn the blender up to high speed. It should only take a few seconds for all your celery to process down into a fine paste. It’s still pretty thick at this stage, so feel free to leave the blender on for a few extra seconds.
Use your best judgement here for when your juice is ready. Just be careful that you don’t let your blender heat up too much. If it starts heating, you’ll lose some of the antioxidant benefits of your juice.
Step 4: Filter in a Nut Milk Bag or Other Fine Mesh
Once your juice is finished, transfer the celery from your blender to a nut milk bag or other mesh. Transfer it inside a bowl or mason jar, since the juice will start leaking out of the bag almost immediately.
Squeeze the bag until you’ve gotten as much juice out as you can. If you’re using a metal mesh instead of a bag, you can use a spoon or spatula to press on the celery paste to release the juice.
The paste will get a little paler as you work. When you’re done, the juice should be a bright, dark green color and the paste should be a relatively pale green.
Step 5: Store for Up To 48 Hours
Ideally you should drink you celery juice the same day you make it, but you can store it in a refrigerator for up to 48 hours before drinking it.
Try to only make as much celery juice as you’ll drink within 48 hours. The leftovers aren’t bad, and you can still drink them, but you won’t get as much benefit.
Alternatively, add the leftover juice to a soup, stew, or rice dish. The celery flavor can be pretty strong though, so tread lightly.
My Final Thoughts on Making Your Own Celery Juice In A Blender
Celery juice can be a great addition to your diet, whether you believe the hype about it’s medicinal properties or just want a little booster to help you start your day on the right foot.
Many people think that the best way to drink celery juice is right away in the morning, on an empty stomach. That is supposed to help you get the most from your celery juice, without any other foods or beverages interfering.
Since celery juice is a low glycemic food, you shouldn’t have to worry about bloodsugar spikes or any other problems from drinking this juice on an empty stomach. Of course, if you’re just looking for a nutrition boost, you can drink celery juice anytime you want to!
Enjoy your new very green beverage!