How to juice Wheatgrass – a step by step guide

How to juice wheatgrass is a standard question as it really isn’t the easiest of products to juice. Whilst I have a blender and a juicer I find that the best method is to really fork out the cash and purchase a wheatgrass juicer. These cold press juicers can be automatic or manual however I much prefer the manual variety. The manual cold press juicers are either plastic or stainless steel with the plastic costing you around $65 – $90 and the stainless steel costing around $180 – $220. I personally have a plastic manual juicer and this works perfectly for me.

Step 1: Set up your juicer

The first step is somewhat obvious but I suggest really reading the instructions on your juicer to see what the different settings are. A friend of mine forgot to tighten the end of the juicer and as a result failed to really press the juice, resulting in only a small amount of juice being produced. If you were to continually do something like this then you would lose out on valuable wheatgrass juice.

Step 2: Cut the wheatgrass

OK now that you have your juicer set up we can get started on juicing. When it comes time to cut your wheatgrass I suggest using a sharp knife. I have seen different growers using scissors, but personally I find that a knife works much better. Grab a small chunk of wheatgrass and begin to cut this at the base trying to get as close to the soil as you possibly can. If you are juicing for just yourself then a 30ml shot of wheatgrass would be equivalent to approximately 1/5th or 20% of your tray.

Step 3: Time to juice!

After cutting the chunk of wheatgrass from your tray place this directly into the feed opening of the juicer. Before turning the juicer for the first time I like to place a cup at the nose of the juicer as you will find that the first few chunks of wheatgrass to go through the juicer will result in initial juice being pressed through the nose. Find a chunk of wheatgrass that works for you. Too much wheatgrass and you may find it harder to juice and run the risk of damaging your juicer and too little and you will find you don’t have enough volume to really press out the juice – find the sweet amount that works for you and your juicer.

Step 4: Grind out that juice

Continue to juice the wheatgrass until you have the amount required. Funnily enough I was producing wheatgrass daily for around a month before I discovered that there was actually a measurement on my wheatgrass juice container –oops. How much is the right amount? Well this really depends on you. See my blog post on “How much wheatgrass is right for me?” for more details. However as a rule of thumb the suggested amount of wheatgrass per day, per person is 30mls

Step 5: Pour and enjoy!

Ok now this is the fun part. For those of you that have never tasted wheatgrass this can be a somewhat ….different experience. For me personally I believe that the first 30 or so shots tasted like S#%T. Excuse my French but for those on the internet that claim it has a ‘beautifully pleasant’ taste (trust me there are many) I do not know what else these guys drink or eat to make wheatgrass taste good. That being said, I suggest you try it and see for yourself! Comment on the blog here and let me know your thoughts. Would be great to have a consensus right here on wicked wheatgrass!

Step 6: Clean

Now despite those claiming that due to there being slightly more pieces to the manual juicers that these are a nightmare to clean – I can assure you that they are easy and quick to clean. My hot tip is to purchase a cheap baby bottle cleaner and use this as it helps to clean it properly and quickly. With the dry wheatgrass that you are left with (looks more like a rope than wheatgrass) you can either chuck this out or you can bury this in the garden. Alternatively, if you have a worm farm you can unwind this and let it soak in a mug of water for 30mins before adding this to your worm farm. After all, wheatgrass is great and you so I am sure it is good for your worms too! To find out more on worm farming see my post wicked worm farming.