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How to Make Beet Juice

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 5/18/2010

Beet juice has a great deal of nutrients that are part of a healthy diet. Making beet juice is an easy and refreshing way to enjoy all the benefits of beets in liquid form. Find out how to make delicious and fresh beet juice -- with or without a juicer!

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    Benefits of Beet Juice

    There are many benefits of beet juice that are well worth considering. Even though the beet seems like a relatively normal vegetable, this small red wonder is actually packed with vital nutrients. When consumed on a regular basis, beet juice can help lower blood pressure levels, and it can also help to regulate blood pressure.

    Eating beets is a great way to take advantage of a beet's nutrients, though drinking beet juice is a pleasing alternative. There are a few simple ways to make beet juice, and learning how to make it only takes a few moments. Whether you have a juice machine or whether you only have a blender, there's nothing complicated about making beet juice. The most important thing to remember about making it is to select the best beets available.

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    How to Select Beets for Juice

    Learning how to make beet juice begins with choosing the right beets. Beets should be colorful, firm, and free of any blemishes. The size of the beet that you select doesn't make a difference when it comes to juice, but the best ones tend to be medium-sized. Any beets that are soft or marred should be avoided, since these may not be ideal.

    Beets are usually covered in dirt, but you can tell if it is a good quality beet by brushing some of the dirt from it. Underneath a beet's dirty surface, it should be relatively shiny. Canned beets are not the same as fresh, which is why using canned beets to make beet juice is not advisable. Buying your beets from a local farmer's market or farm is a great way to ensure that you'll be purchasing top quality beets.

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    How to Make Beet Juice

    If you happen to have a juicer, you can make beet juice one of two ways. You can either peel and cut a handful of beets into small squares, or you can half each beet, and place them inside of your juicer (skin and all). The best way to determine whether or not your juicer can process beet skin is to read the directions that came with your juicer.

    If you do not have a juicer, you can still make beet juice. Simply peel and chop three to four beets and add them to your blender. Then, add 1/4 cup of water to the blender, and puree the beets until a nice juice has formed. You can also grate the beets if your blender is not strong enough to process whole chunks.

    Learning how to make beet juice doesn't take any time at all, and you'll love what you create. Remember to choose fresh beets (not canned), and you'll be making colorful and healthy beet juice regularly.

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    Article Sources

    http://www.healingdaily.com/juicing-for-health.htm

    http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/beet-juice-blood-pressure.html