Carrot juice is a staple in any one#s juicing regime, it’s one of the first ingredients I ever juiced along with some orange, apple and ginger and it’s where I tell most people to start if they’re new to juicing.
But how are you supposed to prepare carrots? Do you peel them before you juice them? Should you leave the greens on top on? And how the heck do you wash them?
The short version before I get stuck into more detail further down is that no you don’t need to peel them, a lot of the nutrition is in the skin but you do need to wash them before you juice them. Also the tops are completely fine to juice, even if they’ve got sprouted greens coming out of them.
As for washing them that needs a little more detail so read on.
Do You Peel Carrots Before Juicing?
Nope, carrot skin is completely fine to go through your juicer. Peeling them just takes up time that you don’t need to waste. There is good nutrition in the peel and while there is a very minor earthy taste to the skin you’re not going to notice it in your juice.
Unlike with beets for instance that have very tough skin and a very distinct flavour in their skin, carrot skin is thin and the taste difference barely noticeable.
You should chop them up into chunks before you juice them however, this isn’t for any nutritional reason but because your juicer is quite likely to jam if you put carrots in whole, especially if they’re large and fresh so they’re still very hard.
If there is any discolouration or black chunks in the skin you can feel free to cut those parts out, I’m sure you’d be fine putting it through the juicer but best just to leave them out.
Can You Juice Carrot Tops?
You can try put Carrot Top in a juicer but I don’t think he’ll like it!
Jokes aside you can indeed juice carrot tops, they don’t have a huge amount of juice in them but it saves a little bit of time in prep because you don’t have to top and tail them before juicing.
Again there is a little bit of different flavour to carrot greens that might make your juice a little more bitter so you’re more than welcome to compare the two and see if you can tell the difference but I don’t imagine you’ll be able to.
The carrot greens are packed full of antioxidants and vitamins which give your juice an extra boost, and unlike the internet myths they aren’t in fact toxic and don’t have anything poisonous in them.
Parsnip stalks do, as do some wild carrots so you don’t just go juicing anything that looks like a carrot from your garden!
How Do You Clean Carrots Before Juicing
Carrots you bought from the store are nice and easy to clean before juicing, you just have to run them under the cold tap and give them a good run down. Just with your hand rub it all over making sure get any little bits of dirt off so that they look completely clean.
Homegrown or organic carrots are different, the ones that are covered in dirt, those need some extra cleaning so you’ll need a brush to really scrub them down to make sure you’ve got every last piece of dirt off. This is what can make you really sick because the dirt is what carries the germs and dangers that can lead to you getting sick.
Some people make washing solutions for cleaning their vegetables, made from different vinegars but to me this is just overkill. A good cold water wash will clean anything particularly nasty off and anything left over will be totally dealt with in the body. We’re pretty resilient after all!
Are Unpeeled Carrots Healthier?
Almost certainly not, as I said before carrot skin has some lovely nutrients in it the same as in the rest of carrots, good sources of Beta-carotene, vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium and vitamin B6.
But there aren’t that many of them in the skins, it’s not the 90% of the nutrition is in the skin, so if you peel them you are still going to have a healthy juice. So carrots are healthy with or without the peel, it’s entirely up to you. If you’re juicing you just as well leaving them as they are.
How Much Carrot Juice Can You Drink A Day?
You can drink as much as you like really, with in reason obviously, don’t go drinking gallons of it a day, you need much more variety in your nutrition for a balanced diet. But the danger of having too much carrot juice isn’t in accidentally poisoning yourself, it’s the danger you get turned orange!
After about 10 carrots a day, over the course of a few weeks your skin will start to get an orange tinge to it, and not a nice tan look, a not so nice carrot orange colour. Not what anyone wants I’m sure! BUt it’s not just carrots, it’s the beta-carotene which is also found in oranges, cantaloupes, squash and sweet potato, so go easy on it!
Carrot juice is best when mixed with a few other ingredients anyway, make sure you’re getting a nice mix of vegetables.
And there you have it! You want to wash your carrot under the cold tap giving them a good rub down and removing any dirt that you can see.
Then you want to leave them un peeled and leave the tops on for the extra nutrition it can give you but you do want to chop them into chunks so you can get them through the juicer easily.
I know you’ll think a whole carrot will fit fine through your juicer but trust me, it doesn’t work!