Learn how to make your own homemade pineapple juice using only fresh pineapple. It comes together in under 30 minutes and the result is ultra fresh juice, that's high in nutrients and packed with flavor.
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Pineapple is a fruit we use often in Puerto Rican cuisine. Its tropical nature means it's commonly found in cocktails, desserts, and more.
Making it from scratch is a labor of love, but the result is sure to take your expectations of this juice to the next level.
Like most high quality juices, the ingredients to make this are pretty simple:
- whole ripe pineapple
See recipe card for quantities.
Picking a ripe pineapple: When picking your pineapple, it's important to pick one that isn't green all over. There should be a good balance of yellow and green in the peel. Another strong indicator of a ripe pineapple is the smell at the base of the fruit. It should have a strong pineapple smell.
Chop the peeled pineapple into small chunks. Don't worry about removing the center of the pineapple. Chop the peeled pineapple into chunks that are small enough to fit in your blender.
Hint: while the core of the pineapple can have a rough texture when eating whole, it's perfectly fine to use it when juicing, as those fibers are strained out.
Chop the pineapple into quarters vertically first, then into eighths, and finally chop into small chunks.
Blend. Blend the pineapple until it appears liquid and no large chunks remain. Feel free to add a splash of water if the consistency is too thick for your liking.
Like any juice recipe, this one is pretty easy to customize. You can add in some subtle ingredients to compliment that natural pineapple flavor without overpowering the juice.
Here are my favorite add ins:
- Fresh Ginger - something about ginger and pineapple together just feels right. Add a nob of peeled fresh ginger to the blender with everything and see how the flavor transforms.
- Spices - I really enjoy adding a dash of black pepper and/or turmeric to add to the flavor. You could also add a pinch of cayenne for a spicy kick.
- Sweeteners - Add a teaspoon or two of sugar or maple syrup if you want to amp up the sweetness of your juice. Keep in mind that pineapples contain a great deal of natural sugars, so start small when adding sweeteners.
Also keep in mind that you can throw in any other fruits (apples, citrus, etc.) or veggies (think celery, carrots, parsley, etc.) and strain out solids with the pineapple to create your own custom juice blend with an emphasis on pineapple.
Make it With a juicer
Like most kinds of juice, there are a few different approaches to making it from scratch. It will depend mostly on what tools you have at home.
Most people don't own a juicer, so this recipe was designed to be accessible to the masses.
If you do own a juicer, remove the skin from the pineapple as instructed in step 1. From there, chop your pineapple into pieces small enough to fit through the entrance of your juicer. Process the pineapple the way you would with any other fruits or veggies and enjoy!
Tasty Ways to Use Pineapple Juice
Pineapple juice is delicious as is but also makes a wonderful base to many of my favorite cocktails and mocktails.
Check out these tasty ways to use it:
You will need a good quality blender to make this kind of blender juice.
I like to use a combination of a strainer and cheese cloth as it results in a very smooth and pulp free end result.
For the full nutritional value of this juice, it's best to drink it fresh the day of. It can be stored in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Freeze any leftovers you don't plan to use within 5 days in silicone cube molds. Defrost and use in smoothies, as a juice, or however you like your juice.
If you want to minimize food waste, you can also freeze any leftover pulp and use to add fiber to smoothies, as a flavoring to freeze in ice cubes, and to add flavor to a variety of different baked goods.