It’s always a little annoying when you’ve made a glass of juice and it comes out a little bit warm.
It’s just not the same as a cool crisp glass of juice that’s come out the fridge.
So you might start to wonder, can I put ice in a juicer? The answer is, you could but you’ll break your juicer. if it’s a centrifugal juicer with a spinning blade the ice will cause the blades to become blunt and soon enough it just won’t work properly.
And in a masticating juicer the hard ice could cause it to get jammed and the auger to wear out because it will have to work much harder than it needs to.
You’re much better off making your juice and then adding ice cubes if you want to cool it down.
What About Frozen Fruit?
I talked about this more in a different article, but the gist of it is that you have to let the fruit fully defrost before you put it in your juicer otherwise the same damage will occur to your juicing machine as if you were to juice ice. So if you want to crush ice into your drink you’re going to need a blender, which brings me to…
What About Juicing Ice In A Blender?
If you’ve got the right blender, one that can handle frozen fruit and ice like these ones I’ve reviewed, then you’re absolutely fine putting ice in your blender. If it’s a cheap blender you’ll have the same problem of the blades starting to wear out and the consistency of your blends getting worse over time.
But if you have one like a Vitamix which already has blunt blades then you can blend all the ice you want to.
If you’ve got a blender you could use that to crush your ice and then add it to your juice to make it more of a slushie texture which can be fun though a little time-consuming.
How to cool down juice without using ice
The problem, of course, is that ice melts if you don’t drink it fast enough leaving you with a watery drink. So you’ve got a few different options for cooling down your juice without diluting it.
Freeze the glass first – One way is to put the glass you’re going to drink it off in the freezer for a few hours before you make your juice. too long and it will itself be covered in ice which will melt into your drink, too short and it won’t have cooled down enough, but after a couple of hours the glass will be chill and will nicely cool the juice you’ve poured into it.
Try reusable ice cubes – I actually know these as whiskey Stones but they’ve got a few different names. they’re small hard cubes that you put in the freezer which you can then put in the drink and it will cool it down without them melting water into it (here are my favorites on Amazon) similar to the glass and freezer but a much better space saver.
Put it in the refrigerator – An obvious one but you can put it in the refrigerator before you drink it, even just 30 minutes is long enough to cool it down while still having the maximum amount of nutrition left in the glass.
Is Putting Ice In A Juicer Good For The Motor?
While doing research for this article I saw someone mention that they like to put ice in their juicer because it stops the motor getting too hot and overheating. While it seems like there’s sense in that, the limited time the ice is whole and cold will do very little to the temperature of the juicer.
And even less when you’re going to end up having to replace the blades or the main auger of your juicer after about a month. If you’re worried about due to overheating then you should turn it off and leave it for 15 minutes before using it again. And if that’s too impractical then you might need to get consider getting either a high-end juicer or a commercial one.
To sum up, I wouldn’t recommend putting ice in your juicer, otherwise, you’ll be buying a new one very soon.
But what I would recommend, is cooling down your juice another way because it can make it taste nicer and feel fresher while you drink it. I like putting a glass in the freezer to help cool the juice but I’m sure there are other ways apart from the ones I mentioned above.
If you have any ideas then please leave a comment below and let me know, I want these articles to be the best available so I’ll update them if anyone has anything good to add!