Make Your Own Fruit Juice From Berries

| 7/9/2008 1:32:14 PM

Tags: fresh fruit recipes, berry juice recipes, canning fruit concentrates, preserving homegrown fruit, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries,

Drink to your health by harnessing the flavors and antioxidants in raspberries, blueberries, and other prolific summer fruits. 

Homemade Berry Juice 

Like most people, if you give me something sweet to drink, I will probably like it. I liked flavored "vitamin waters" until I read their labels, and with years of soft drink slurping behind me, I have some making up to do. Enter dazzlingly delicious (and awesomely nutritious) drinks made from the juices of raspberries, blueberries, and even rosehips. If you can boil water, you can make – and preserve – wildly wonderful fruit concentrates to enjoy year round.

Any canning book will tell you how to turn potent little berries into jam, but most have nothing to say about canning raspberry, blueberry or blackberry juice. You can find instructions for canning berry syrup or grape juice, but information is slim on making juice from berries. Go figure! Slightly sweetened berry juice over ice with a sprig of mint is exactly what your body wants on a hot day. Try it once, and you'll see.

I'm several batches into berry juice-making now, and it's amazingly easy.

1.  Thoroughly rinse berries, and place them in a heavy pot with just enough water to make them bob. Bring to a slow boil, mash with a potato masher or spoon, bring back to a boil, and remove from the heat. Cool slightly.

8/29/2017 11:00:08 AM

how do i juice frozen blackberries for jam?

8/1/2017 3:17:17 PM

After you boil the raspberrys for the first time do you leave the water in with it as you mash the berries or do you strain the water off before you mash the berries?

6/29/2013 11:28:49 AM

I used this method to prepare some sour cherry juice. I'm not much of a dessert eater, and the prospect of pitting all those little cherries to produce a pie or cobbler just seemed like too much work. I probably used more water than I should have, and may have cooked longer than necessary also. It tastes good though, and hopefully I didn't kill most of the beneficial nutrients. If anyone else has pointers on sour cherry juice specifically, I would welcome them.

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