The most challenging part of juicing wheat grass and barley grass isn’t juicing the grass; it’s drinking the juice. Wheat grass and barley grass are an energizing tonic for cleansing and detoxifying. Not rich in taste but wheat grass is abundant in chlorophyll, protein, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
Growing your own wheat grass and juicing it is easy. It is also paramount to ensuring that you receive the highest quality crop, which is able to produce the most nutritious juice. Wheat grass reaches its nutritional peak when it reaches around 7 to 8 inches so is best cut at this height. A 17″x17″ flat of wheat grass will produce 12 to 18 ounces of juice. A handful of wheat grass will yield approximately 1oz of fresh juice.
Wheat grass is very leafy and requires a different type of juicer to most fruit and vegetables. The best juicer to use is a masticating juicer that is specifically designed to crush and juice wheat grass. High speed oxidizes wheat grass and the grass fibers bind so electric juicers should be low rpm.
There are several types of juicers suitable for juicing wheat grass. These include: Dedicated Electric Wheat grass Juicers; Multi-Purpose Wheat grass Juicers; and Twin Gear Juice Extractors which will juice wheat grass as well as other produce. Centrifugal Juicers are not capable of juicing wheat grass.
A Manual Wheat Grass Juicer (Single Auger) is another option. You will need a bowl for the expelled pulp and shot glasses are ideal to hold the juice. Feed the grass into the hopper and crank the handle. The green liquid wheat grass will come out and the pulp will come out separately. You can put the wheat grass pulp through the juicer again. This will produce light green foam for your wheat grass juice.
Drink wheat grass immediately for maximum health benefits. Within 30 minutes of harvesting and juicing, wheat grass starts to lose nutrients and within 12 hours begins to break down and decay. Start by drinking 1oz juice first thing in the morning and do not eat or drink for 15 minutes after. This amount of wheat grass juice is the equivalent in nutrient content to 2.5 lbs of green vegetables. Wheat grass juice is an acquired taste, grassy in flavor with a sweet finish.
As long as you use a juicer, specifically engineered for juicing wheat grass, you will receive the maximum beneficial effects. Growing and juicing wheat grass is a wonderful way to receive a concentrated source of antioxidants. You only need to drink 1-2 ounces of wheat grass per day to receive optimum nutritional benefits