Tips on juicing wheatgrass – what a masticating juicer is, and how to harvest and store homegrown wheatgrass.
There are many ways available to obtain wheatgrass juice benefits. Some local health food stores sell fresh wheatgrass shots to purchase and drink on the spot. Some sell fresh cut wheatgrass or flats of growing wheatgrass to take home and juice. Wheatgrass is also available pre-juiced and frozen, ready to thaw and drink, or in tablet or powder form.
Growing and juicing wheatgrass at home is the most economical choice and it is very easy to do. A special juicer called a masticating juicer is required for juicing wheatgrass. A masticating juicer is different from other juicers and blenders because it is actually a screw press that grinds and squeezes the moisture out of the wheatgrass like wringing out wet fabric. Conventional vegetable juicers rip and cut apart vegetable fibers and aren’t designed to handle the woody fibers of grass. Masticating juicers are not only excellent for juicing wheatgrass but all leafy vegetables such as parsley, lettuce, spinach, herbs, sprouts, and celery. There is a wide variety of wheatgrass juicers on the market; explore all the options and choose wisely.
Tips for Juicing Wheatgrass
How Much to Grow: A flat (11×21 inch) of wheatgrass yields approximately 16-20 ounces of wheatgrass juice. Home growers usually have several flats of grass growing at different stages. They are harvesting and planting on a rotating basis to always have fresh grass available. Plan accordingly to yield enough wheatgrass juice required for the family’s consumption.
Some people harvest a tray of wheatgrass and then let the grass grow again to obtain a second harvest. This is not recommended because the soil will most likely have been drained of its important nutrients during the first growth and the second batch of wheatgrass will not be as flavorful or nutritious. Start every tray of grass with new wheatgrass seed and soil to ensure the most nutrient-filled grass possible.
How to Add Flavor: To make the intense flavor of wheatgrass juice more pleasing, add other greens like celery, parsley, alfalfa sprouts, kale, or dandelion with it. Ginger, garlic, or Blue Agave can also soften the flavor.
How to Store Wheatgrass: Harvest wheatgrass when it is 6-7 inches tall by cutting it about an inch above the soil. Refrigerate fresh cut grass inside sprout bags, green eco-storage bags, or plastic containers with a lid. Regular zip-lock plastic bags are not recommended because they suffocate the grass and encourage bacteria growth. Refrigerated grass will remain fresh for about one week.