Learn how to make Strawberry Juice using a food processor or high-speed blender. No fancy fruit juicer is needed!
Perfect for sipping straight or adding to smoothies, mixed drinks, sauces, and more.
Sure, you can use an official juicer, but did you know you can also juice fresh fruit without any fancy equipment?
In this post, I’ll walk you through how to make a batch of cold-pressed strawberry juice using a trusty blender or food processor.
But why even bother, you ask?
Well, homemade strawberry juice boasts a level of freshness and flavor minus the preservatives and additives that its store-bought counterparts can only dream of.
We all know grocery store berries can be hit or miss, but fear not. This method also works with frozen strawberries, as they offer consistent flavor and sweetness no matter the season!
And if your juice needs extra sweetness, I’ve included optional ingredients to fix the flavor without adding sugar.
So, grab your blender or food processor, and let’s juice!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Here’s why this easy strawberry juice recipe is one to hang on to:
- Flexibility. Whether you use fresh strawberries while they’re in season or frozen when they’re not, the flavor is much bolder and more vibrant than commercial fruit juices. In addition, pure strawberry juice is pretty hard to find.
- Ingredient control. Unlike store-bought varieties, this juice isn’t loaded with added sugars and preservatives. Instead, you can adjust the sweetness with good-for-you ingredients.
- Versatility. This strawberry juice is convenient for quick refreshing beverages, smoothies, sweet treats, and savory sauces.
- Flavor possibilities. You also aren’t limited to strawberries – experiment with adding other fruits to create a unique mixed fruit juice flavor.
There’s not much to this homemade strawberry juice recipe besides berries, water, and a few optional flavor-enhancing ingredients.
Here’s everything you’ll need:
The Main Ingredients
Here is a brief overview of the main ingredients:
- Strawberries – When strawberries are in season in your region, look for vibrant red berries that are plump yet firm and fresh with a sweet aroma. Otherwise, grab a bag of frozen strawberries. They are picked at their peak and then flash-frozen, preserving their nutrients and in-season flavor. Choose organic strawberries if possible.
- Water – Blending the strawberries with a little bit of water before pressing through a sieve helps extract the flavor, color, and nutrients without using heat or additives.
Here is a brief overview of the optional ingredients:
- Sweet apple – I like incorporating apples for the perfect balance of flavors without added sugar if my strawberries are particularly tart. Use your favorite sweet apple variety, or select one from this list of The Best Apple Varieties for Juicing.
- Lime juice – The acidity of lime juice helps enhance natural sweetness and balance the overall taste. I recommend lime juice, but you can also use lemon juice here.
- Vanilla extract – It complements the natural sweetness of the strawberries with a hint of warming aroma.
How to Make Strawberry Juice
Here’s how to use a food processor or blender to juice strawberries:
Step 1. Prep the Ingredients.
If you’re using fresh berries, start by washing and hulling them. If the strawberries are big, slice them in half. If you’re using frozen berries, let them thaw completely.
Core and chop the apple (if using).
Step 2. Purée the Ingredients.
Place the strawberries in a food processor or blender with the apples (if using) and ⅓ cup of water. Pulse the ingredients a few times before blending until the puree reaches a smooth consistency.
Step 3. Strain the Puree.
Place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl, pour the strawberry puree into the sieve, and push it through with a rubber spatula. Alternatively, you can use a nut milk bag.
Step 4. Serve the Strawberry Juice.
Add the lime juice and vanilla extract to the juice (if using) and stir well. Enjoy as is or over ice.
Here are a few tips to help you make delicious strawberry juice:
- Wash fresh strawberries very well. The easiest way to do this is by submerging the berries in a bowl of cool water for 5 minutes, draining, and then rinsing well.
- To thaw frozen strawberries, you can place them in the fridge overnight. Or, place them in a sealed plastic bag and immerse it in cold water for about 30 minutes.
- If the juice is too thick after pressing the puréed strawberries through the sieve, add more water until it reaches your preferred consistency.
- Sweeten to taste. I find fresh summer berries usually provide plenty of sweetness. But sometimes strawberries sold at grocery stores can be pretty tasteless. Besides blending in a sweet apple and adding lime juice and vanilla, you can also add a touch of maple syrup or honey for natural sweetness.
Feel free to add other ingredients to create a unique strawberry juice flavor.
In addition to apple juice, lime juice, and vanilla extract, here are some flavor-enhancing add-ins to consider:
- Citrus zest – Add a bit of lime, lemon, or orange zest to enhance the citrus notes.
- Fresh herbs – Muddle or infuse mint, basil, or rosemary to add a refreshing, aromatic element.
- Coconut milk or water – Combine with coconut milk or coconut water for an extra sweet and creamy twist.
- Fruit juice – Combine with fruit juice or fruit-infused water flavors like orange, pineapple, blueberry, mango, or cucumber to create vibrant flavor blends.
- Sparkling water – Mix your strawberry juice with sparkling water to create a fizzy strawberry soda.
Storing & Freezing
Storing: Freshly squeezed juice is best enjoyed immediately. Store leftovers in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for a day or two.
Freezing: Freeze leftover juice in ice cube trays. Once the strawberry ice cubes are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and keep them in the freezer for 3-4 months. Thaw in the fridge or blend the cubes using a high-speed blender for a quick frosty treat.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few other questions about making strawberry juice at home:
What is strawberry juice good for besides drinking?
You can use this juice for various purposes besides drinking. Here are some alternative uses:
- Cooking/baking – It can be used in savory sauces, marinades, salad dressings, and desserts like cakes, muffins, and sorbets.
- Smoothies – You can blend the juice with your favorite smoothie ingredients or drizzle it over smoothie bowls.
- Cocktails and mocktails – You can use it as a fruity base for mixed drinks.
- Frozen treats – You can freeze the juice in molds to make homemade strawberry popsicles.
Can I use an electric fruit juicer?
Of course! I like using the blender method to make small batches of strawberry juice, but if you have a juicer, feel free to use it.
Here is how to make strawberry juice in a juicer:
- After hulling and washing the berries, place them in the juicer’s feed chute, turn on the juicing machine, and press the strawberries down into the juicer.
- The juicer will extract the juice while separating the pulp and seeds, and you can collect the fresh juice in a container underneath the spout.
More Homemade Juice Recipes
If you love making fresh fruit juices, check out these recipes:
- 1 pound of fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 sweet apple
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- If using fresh strawberries, start by hulling the berries and thoroughly washing them. If using frozen strawberries, let them thew completely.
- Add the strawberries to a food processor or blender with 1/3 cup of water. If using the optional ingredients, core the apple, slice it into chunks, and add to the strawberries. Pulse the mixture a few times before blending until pureed.
- Place a mesh sieve over a bowl. Pour the strawberry puree into the sieve and push it through with a rubber spatula to squeeze out the juice.
- If using the optional ingredients, add the lime juice and vanilla extract to the juice and mix. Serve as is or over ice.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1/2 of recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 129Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 7gSugar 20gProtein 1g
Nutrition facts provided on this website are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a qualified health care provider for personalized diet advice and make sure that each of the ingredients is allowed in your diet.