Juicing fresh fruit is a quick and excellent way to get your vitamin shots for the day. It is also a great way to entice kids away from cans of pop with a sugar kick that sends them into the stratosphere and you into dealing with the crazed hell of dealing with kids fizzed up by soda pop.
We enjoy this fruity punch as part of our breakfast and often during the day for a pick me up. The energy boost from the fruit is just what's needed to re-energize during a busy day.
Juicing from fresh fruit is obviously a bit more hassle and cost than simply mixing together store-bought juices with their associated preservatives and additives to stop the fruit juice going off too quickly.
Thankfully fresh fruit avoids those additives and we get to see exactly what is in the juice we make.
What fruits are in Tropical Punch?
Tropical punch is made from a mixture of tropical fruits as well as more common fruits to get the right balance of taste and acidity.
In this fresh tropical fruit punch we use pineapple with a mix of pears, apples and oranges all balanced out with a squeeze of lime.
How to Make Homemade Tropical Fruit Punch
Since this is a juicer recipe, making the drink is super easy.
All you need to do is a little preparation to remove the outer skin of the pineapple which is a little too fibrous for most juicing machines to deal with. So we chop off the spiky top and stem at the bottom and then cut down the pineapple sides with a sharp knife.
You will end up with a few black eyes which you can remove if you have a minute of patience or just let the machine handle those under threat of two to three minutes of unblocking if there are a few too many for your juicer to deal with.
The oranges also need to be peeled since the orange zest makes the juice sour quickly and does nothing to enhance the taste. You can either peel with your fingers or just cut it off.
The only other thing that needs removal is the apple pips which can contain harmful chemicals albeit in small amounts. It is important as some of those are heavy elements that can build up over time in your body.
The rest of the fruit can just be quartered into sizes that will fit inside your juicing machine. Just stick in the fruit pieces, turn it on and collect the juice.
Cut the skin off the Pineapple and peel the oranges. Cut the rest of the fruit into small chunks and remove the apple pips.
Put the pieces of fruit into your juicer and let it work its magic!
What is the best type of Juicing Machine?
The best juicing machine that you can buy for home use is a masticating juicer. This type has an auger that pulls the fruit pieces down before crushing them to extract the juice and shoving the fibrous pulp out to the waste chute.
This type of juicer is best because it offers good value for money, is simple to use and fairly easy to clean. The downside is a higher price tag than centrifugal juicers and a tendency to clog if you do not spend a little extra time cutting the juice into small enough chunks.
The clogging occurs because the fibrous waste is not cut by the machine – it just crushes the juice out under the slowly turning auger. And so if you haven't cut fibrous fruit into small pieces then the fibers are long and get caught up on their way out of the machine.
There are a few alternatives such as twin gear juicers that range from around $600 upwards and are a pain to clean but do work exceedingly efficiently crushing the fruit pieces or leaves between sharp gearlike extended cogs that squeezes every last drop out. Great commercially but for home use probably too expensive and over the top.
Centrifugal juicers that are even more difficult to clean and work on the basis of shredding up whatever you are trying to juice and then spinning them at a super high speed to spin the juice out – a bit like the fairground Megaspin you may have had the misfortune to ride in.
Although centrifugal juicers are quite a bit cheaper than the masticating type but have the downside that they are lousy at juicing leafy items, are a real pain to clean (which puts you off even starting – I know because we threw ours out for exactly that reason) and oxidize the fruit.
Oxidation of fruit juice is the main reason for all those additives in store-bought juice, so these juicers are only any good at juicing fleshy fruit and vegetables and oxidize the heck of them in the process. Not good.
Of course, you could go the route of buying a citrus juicer but then you are seriously limiting what you can juice and they are horribly inefficient.
Tropical Fruit Punch for Juicers Recipe
Tropical Fruit Punch for JuicersPin Recipe
- 1 Pineapple Outer Skin Cut Off & Cut into Pieces
- 2 Apples Green or Red – Quartered
- 2 Oranges Quartered
- 2 Pears Quartered
- 1 Lime Halved or Quartered
- Take the Pineapple and cut off the top & bottom. Using a sharp knife cut off the hard outer skin. You can leave a few eyes showing but remove all the skin because otherwise you will block the juicer. Cut into pieces that will fit in the juicing machine model you have.
- Wash the apples to remove any residual pesticides and cut into quarters. No need to remove the skins but do remove the pips as these contain tiny amounts of cyanide. It's easiest to just cut the seeded part of the core off.
- Wash the pears and cut into quarters as you did with the apples.
- Peel the oranges and break between the segments into four pieces. You need to remove the skins as otherwise the juice will turn out bitter.
- Cut the lime into four – no need to peel that.
- Assemble your juicer making sure the collection jugs are correctly placed and insert the fruit into the machine starting with the pineapple and alternating the fruit as you go. That helps to keep the fruit waste flowing out and reduce blockage.
- If the machine stops producing juice or stops extracting the waste fruit then either it has finished or the fruit pulp waste outlet is blocked.
Frequently Asked Questions About Juiced Fruit
Does Fruit Juice Have Vitamins?
Fresh fruit juice from a juicer is packed with Vitamins. Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C. Oranges, Lime, and Pineapple have high concentrations of Vitamin C which boosts the immune system.
Can you Juice Fruit in a Blender?
Some softer fruit will juice in a blender reasonably well but fibrous fruits like orange and pineapple cannot be easily blended unless mixed with water. Berries, for example, are quite easy to blend but still blend better with a liquid added such as milk. A blender will not extract the juice the same as a juicer which is made for the purpose.
Is Juicing Better than Blending?
Juicing extracts the juice from fruits and vegetables without the addition of water which dilutes the final juice. So the nutrients are concentrated in the juice.
Blending is better for producing other drinks that are less nutritious in equal quantity as they are diluted by the liquid needed to blend – unless the liquid is nutritious in itself such as a blend with orange juice. But blenders are better for smoothies and shakes which a juicer will not make.
Can I Mix Fruits and Vegetables When Juicing?
Yes. Fruits and vegetables go together quite nicely if you get the right combination. Just like any ingredients, some go together better than others. Carrots go together with quite a lot of fruits and apples are a good choice to go with many vegetables but there are hundreds more suitable combinations.
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