Quick and easy tutorial on how to make Homemade Cherry Juice with a steam juicer. We love this healthy cherry juice recipe, made from real cherries, and use it all winter long. Plus, it’s a great way to use up the excess harvest!
I love cherries and they are great in a variety of dishes. Check these out: Homemade Cherry Crumble Recipe, Healthy Cherry Energy Balls (Homemade Cherry Pie Larabars) and Sweet Cherry Waffles
What is a Steam Juicer?
As I mentioned before we had a bumper crop of cherries this year. I dried some, made preserves and jelly with others, but still had gallons and gallons left. An easy way to use all the cherries was to juice them. There is very little work involved with steam juicing; you don’t even have to remove the pit! The juicer is totally worth the monetary investment if you own a cherry tree or grape vines. We love making homemade cherry juice and homemade grape juice with out steam juicer each year.
I first used a steam juicer a few years ago when I borrowed one from a friend to make grape juice. I’ve used hers for years and now that we’ve moved hours from her, it was time to buy one of my own.
If you’ve never seen or used one, then I’ll enlighten you. They are amazing things that are easy to use, clean, and a great way to use lots of fruit.>We bought a Victoria steam juicer for around $70 from Ace Hardware (I know IFA and other places that sell canning supplies have them). You can also buy them on Amazon. The stainless steel juicers have really come down in price and you can buy a stainless steel version for not much more. I’d get the stainless steel if you can, it’s supposed to last a lot longer and there’s some interesting reading on how the use of aluminum in cooking might affect your health. That’s my two cents, but I have used both aluminum and stainless steel and they both work great.
Here is what it looks like:
And this explains how it works. Boiling water on the bottom comes up through a hole and then goes through lots of little holes in the basket the fruit sits in. The steam releases the juice that collects (where #3 is pointed) and it runs out a tube.
Where is the best place to start if I’m a canning novice?
Canning is so fun, rewarding, cost savvy, and messy! If you are new to it, get a book! I recommend the Ball Blue Book; it is an all-inclusive master on the topic and only costs about $6. It’s not hard to learn and most older folks that you know will be more than willing to let you borrow some of their supplies if you want to try it out. This post isn’t all you need to can the juice (if you have never done a hot water bath), but the library will have all that info, so go find it!
Can you freeze homemade cherry juice?
If you don’t want to can/bottle your juice, it freezes well too.
What else can I use cherries for?
I used the juice to make cherry jelly and cherry syrup! Both are delicious. I made a tart cherry juice a few times too using tart cherries and it’s also great for all of the above recipes/ideas.
Are cherries healthy?
Yes! I like to use it in my smoothies in the morning too as it has great anti-inflammatory properties among other healthy nutrients.
Fresh hot cherry juice collecting in a pot.
Check these posts out for more recipes to use those cherries up:
- Sweet Cherry Waffles
- Homemade Cherry Crumble Recipe
- Healthy Cherry Energy Balls (Homemade Cherry Pie Larabars)
- 20 Very Cherry Recipes
- Easy Cherry Berry Smoothie
- Sour Cherry and Pomegranate Detox Smoothie
- Cherry Chip Cupcakes
- Double Chocolate Cherry Cordial M&M Cookies
See! It’s not hard to make Homemade Cherry Juice in your own kitchen. With a load of cherries, the right supplies, and a little time, you’ll have more than enough cherry juice to last all winter long. Nothing tastes better than opening a bottle of summer in the cold of winter!
The recipe was originally published in July 2012. It was updated, rewritten, and republished for your enjoyment in July 2017.