There are many homemade beverages made from fruits or vegetables that provide juice and have a tasty, delicious drink. And they are actually good for you. They provide essential vitamins for a healthy and active person.
Grains, flowers, roots, and barks also add flavorings. You can even make your own soda pop by adding a little bicarbonate of soda or unflavored carbonated water.
The first basic step in making most homemade beverages is to reduce the fruit or vegetable to a pulp. A frontier’s wife described it as "beating the hell" out of the fruit!
But in today’s kitchen, we have modern juicers that will remove the pulp leaving just the juice. An assortment of common kitchen tools may be used for this intention, including potato mashers, fruit blenders, juicers, food grinders, and food processors.
You will need a good strainer handy for separation of the juice from the pulp and a sanitary container to hold the juice after it is strained.
Clean and peel the fruit or vegetables and cut the larger produce, such as carrots, tomatoes, and peaches, into pieces. In some instances, mainly for fibrous vegetables, such as celery, carrots and beets, it’s important to cook the produce for a few minutes over a low flame to aid the removal.
Once you have created the pulp,, place it in a jelly bag, colander, or cheesecloth and allow it sit for several hours over a clean container.
Usually, this is all you have to do to get the juice out. Some fruits, on the other hand, such as grapes and apples, require a little force to extract their juices.
Create a sack out of cheesecloth or use an old pillowcase, place the fruit in the bag and squeeze it by hand, or a cider or wine press.
Tighten the press usually every half hour so it does the job for you. Many fruit juices can be frozen into a concentrate. Simply freeze the mixture solid, and then reduce it to slush by putting it in a blender.
You can use a little egg white or unflavored gelatin to thicken the concentrate. Bear in mind that the cold dulls the flavored more than their liquid counterparts.
You can also add flavor by grating in some of the rind when making citrus drinks. Wow, homemade beverages with great flavor and vigorous too!
Extra honey or sugar will also help. I always like to use honey as much as possible because I think it is better for you.
Beverages that you allow to simmer for a few minutes, and then kept in sterile, tightly capped containers, will keep well in the refrigerator.
To store for long term, it is best to can or freeze the drinks. Vegetable drinks, with the exception of those based on tomatoes, should be canned by the boiling water bath method.
To freeze a beverage, pour it into clean plastic containers, cap it securely and store at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
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