Juicing vegetables with the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer.

Here is a post from my Forum about juicing vegetables:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jamie
I just got my Mehu-Liisa for Christmas and I want to make Kale, or actually any green juices, I don’t like to use a lot of sugar so I tend to stay away from the fruit juices. How would I go about juicing vegetables instead of fruit.

My reply:
Jamie –

Many Mehu-Maija users process vegetables. The most common way is to make “V8” style juices. These are usually tomato based and can contain carrots, onions, celery, beets, herbs, garlic. The variations are endless. If to be stored for any length of time past a week or so, these juices MUST BE PRESSURE CANNED as they contain low-acid vegetables. Another way to process vegetables is to make broth. By combining celery, onion, herbs, carrots, etc. with meat (chicken, beef, lamb or fish) one can make concentrated wonderfully flavorful broths. These can be used for cooking or as healthful hot beverages. Again, these products MUST BE PRESSURE CANNED as they contain low-acid vegetables and meat.

Cole crops; kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collards, etc., make strongly flavored juices that tend to dominate broth flavor profiles. However, by experimenting with other highly flavored vegetables and herbs a palatable concentrated broth can be created and then mixed with other juices to taste.

I can’t stress enough, THESE JUICES AND BROTHS MUST BE PRESSURE CANNED as they contain low-acid vegetables and meats. Follow these links to instructions for pressure canning:

Pressure canners
Vegetable canning
Meat canning
Fish and seafood canning

Let me know how things go and if you have any more questions.

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Owner of Mehu-Liisa Products, importer of the Mehu-Liisa Steam Juicer from Finland.
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2 Responses to Juicing vegetables with the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer.

  1. Dale Andersen says:

    Can I make sugar out of sugar beets?

    • dheila62 says:

      Dale,

      Apologies for the late reply.

      I did a bit of research and believe that, yes, you can make beet sugar with the Mehu-Liisa. It seems that 10 lbs of sugar beets yields about 1 cup of sugar. However, these figures were from a process that seemed quite inefficient. With the Mehu-Liisa being such an efficient juicer, I feel that your yields may be higher.

      From what I found on the web, the process would be to juice your beets and then dehydrate the juice in the oven at very low heat (170) or in a dehydrator. This takes up to 12 hours to complete. I think that chopping the beets coarsely (1 inch cubes) will increase your yields as well. I wouldn’t recommend grating the beets as the pulp may compact and prohibit the juice from draining into the kettle.

      You’ve got me thinking about this veggie/fruit sugar thing and I am going to do some experiments with other produce. Wouldn’t you think that carrots would make a nice veggie sugar?

      I hope I have been helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Happy New Year,
      Daniel

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