Cucumber Juice: Its Benefits and How to Prepare

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Glass of cucumber juice, on bamboo mat, on green backgroundContrary to what others believe, cucumbers are botanically considered as accessory fruits. However, just like squash and tomatoes, cucumbers are often prepared and eaten as vegetables. Cucumbers belong to the watermelon and zucchini family, evident on its skin with its color ranging from green to white and is very juicy.

Nutritionally speaking, 96% of a cucumber is water. What’s more impressive is that its water content is naturally distilled! The cucumber skin is very rich in Vitamin A, and that is the reason why it is advised not to peel it off. The fruit itself contains high levels of Vitamin C, Viamin A, manganese, potassium, folate, molybdenum, calcium, and phosphorus. It is also abundant in antioxidants. Furthermore, cucumbers are known to help promote healthy bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and cartilage and helps prevent kidney stones. Contrary to what others know, cucumbers can actually prevent gout, a type of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. They are also important ingredient to skin creams that treat burns, acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Juicing
Cucumbers may have “bland” tastes which make them unappealing to certain individuals. However, there are many ways to consume a cucumber; one of those is juicing. Here are some simple and easy steps to prepare a cucumber juice. You could opt to prepare a simple or a sweetened one.

Simple Cucumber Juice
1. Prepare all the ingredients and kitchen tools/utensils.

  • Medium cucumbers (3 pieces)
  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Knife
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Bowl
  • Cheesecloth
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Tall Drinking Glass
  • Ice Cubes (optional)

2. Remove the skin using a knife or a peeler. As mentioned, the skin is rich in vitamin A but the wax contained in the skin will affect the texture of the juice, so this time, we need to peel it.

3. Cut off the ends of the cucumber since they are inedible parts.

4. Chop the cucumber into chunks. The pieces must be 1 square inch at most.

5. Place the chunks into the blender or food processor; do not over-fill the machine. Run the machine for about 2 minutes until the mixture is pulpy.

6. Pour the blend into a bowl over a mesh strainer covered with cheesecloth. This is to strain pulp as much as possible.

7. Using the spoon or spatula, press the pulp against the cheese cloth to extract the juice remained in the pulp.

8. Pour the juice into a tall glass, refrigerate or add some ice cubes for a more refreshing drink.

Sweetened Cucumber Juice

1. Prepare the needed ingredients or kitchen tools/utensils.

  • Medium cucumbers (3 pieces)
  • Honey
  • Sugar (2 tbsps.)
  • Water (2 cups)
  • Sauce pan (medium-sized)
  • Knife
  • Hand grater
  • Blender
  • Cheese cloth
  • Bowl
  • Cheesecloth
  • Tall Drinking Glass
  • Ice Cubes (optional)

2. Peel and slice the cucumbers into chunks.

3. Grate the cucumber chunks in small shreds using the hand grater.

4. Using the sauce pan, boil the mixture of sugar and water in medium-high heat. Once the mixture boils, it would start to thicken.

5. Add the cucumber to the mixture then simmer for 10 minutes in medium-low heat, stirring it frequently. The heat will allow thorough combination of flavors from the sugar water and cucumber.

6. Remove the mixture from the heat. Set it aside for a while or until it no longer steams or bubbles.

7. Pour the mixture into the blender and add the honey. Blend it on high speed until it becomes a puree.

8. Spread the cheesecloth over a large bowl.

9. Carefully and slowly pour the puree into the cheesecloth.

10. Bringing the cheesecloth in a tight bundle, squeeze it until all excess juices are extracted.

11. Pour into a glass, refrigerate, or add ice cubes.