Today, we take a look at how to make aloe vera juice. This juice recipe is incredibly easy to make, very quick, and exceptionally versatile.
It’s refreshing and can either be served as-is or incorporated into many other recipes. If you love healthy nutrient-dense juices, you have to take a look at some of my other recipes. I especially love this Pineapple Cucumber Juice and Carrot And Orange Juice.
What Is Aloe Vera Juice?
Aloe vera juice is exactly what it sounds like; juiced aloe vera. But how exactly does that work? Aren’t aloe vera a type of leaf?
Aloe vera is actually a type of succulent plant species found in most tropical and arid climates across the globe. It has been used for centuries due to its many versatile functions. It’s a popular ingredient in the beauty industry and is used to make fabric. And, of course, it is prominent in many different cuisines.
So, how exactly is aloe vera used in food? First, you have to peel the outer hard skin. This isn’t difficult to do and it comes off relatively easy. The translucent gel-like sheet that makes up the inside of the leaf is what we are after.
What Does This Recipe Require
So, how do you make aloe vera juice? You can make this juice from aloe vera gel, a sweetener, an acid, and water. There are hundreds of different combinations of different ingredients you can use. That’s why I love it!
This juice is versatile and easy to make. You can adjust the sweetness and amount of acid you add.
For the sweetener, you can use honey or agave nectar. Don’t add too much sweetener from the get-go. It’s easier to add more than it is to take away.
And for the acidic ingredient, I chose to use lime juice. You can obviously add lemon juice instead. But lime juice adds a tangier flavor that I think pairs better with aloe vera.
This juice can be served as is and is uber-refreshing with some ice. And you can incorporate it into many other recipes as well.
So, let’s look at how to make aloe vera juice from scratch.
How To Make Aloe Vera Juice
First, you will need to prepare the leaf. Clean it under running water or wipe it down with a damp clean cloth.
Then, slice off an inch or two from the top or bottom of the leaf. Slice off the thin edges as well to remove the thorns.
Peel off the top “skin” of the leaf. Set it aside. Then, using a large spoon, scrape off the gel sheet that’s left on the bottom part of the leaf. It is a very thick and gooey jelly sheet.
Once removed, you can dip it into a vinegar and water solution. It will help remove the yellow sticky aloe latex, which is not safe to eat.
After the gel has been washed clean, it can be combined with the other ingredients and blended. It’s as easy as that!
Tips And Tricks For This Juice Recipe
- Wear gloves when working with the aloe vera leaf. Aloe latex can be a skin irritant and make some people break out.
- If you are preparing the aloe vera leaf at home, you have to make sure you wash off all of the aloe latex thoroughly. It isn’t safe to eat and can have some serious health side effects.
- You can store the juice in the fridge or freezer. Inside the refrigerator, it will last between 4-5 days. But, as with all types of juice, it is best to use it immediately. I prefer freezing the blended aloe vera gel instead of the juice. Then, it can be freshly made when you feel like it.
Is aloe vera juice safe to drink?
Drinking too much aloe vera can cause stomach cramps and even diarrhea. And generally, doctors don’t recommend it for children under 12, pregnant women, and people with intestinal conditions or digestive issues. Other than that, aloe vera juice in moderation is perfectly fine to drink.
What is the best way to use aloe vera juice?
Aloe vera juice is incredibly versatile. Naturally, you can drink it as-is. But, you can also incorporate this juice into various other recipes. For example, you can blend it into your smoothies, make cocktails, turn it into a type of delicious lemonade, or make jelly from it.
But, to keep it simple, you can just create a blended juice from it with other fruits.
Is aloe vera juice good for you?
So, you know how to make aloe vera juice. But is it good for you? Aloe vera is a nutrient-dense ingredient. It is extraordinarily high in antioxidants, which can help prevent cancer. And it contains many vitamins and minerals like magnesium, calcium, and folic acid. You can look at this in-depth summary of the benefits aloe vera juice can give you.
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How To Make Aloe Vera Juice In Under 10 Minutes
- 2 tbsp white wine vineagr
- 2 cups filtered water
- 10 ounce aloe vera leaf
- 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 – 2 tbsp agave syrup or honey, to taste
- 2 cups filtered water
Prepare the aloe vera leaf
- First, combine the vinegar with the water in a large mixing bowl. Set it aside.
- Next, wash the leaf well, making sure there is no dirt or dust on the surface.
- Then, slice off about 1 1/2 inches from the top and bottom of the leaf. Slice off the edges of the leaf, starting at the thicker bottom part. This should remove the thorny sides.
- Next, peel away the top green leaf. You can try with your hands or use a sharp knife to slice them away.
- Scrape off the aloe vera gel from the bottom green leaf using a large spoon. It looks like a long, thick, transparent gel sheet.
- Place the gel into the bowl of vinegar water. Rinse it well to remove all the yellow gel (aka aloe latex). There shouldn't be any yellow or green rind on this gel. You only want the transparent gel "sheet."
Make the aloe vera juice
- Combine the transparent aloe vera gel with the lime juice, sweetener, and water in a blender jug.
- Blend the ingredients until it is completely smooth and becomes frothy.
- Serve the aloe vera juice immediately with or without ice. You can also use it in many other recipes if you'd like.