In today’s article, we’re going to get into all the nitty-gritty of cabbage juice. We’re going to talk about its health benefits, and why you should consider adding it to your diet, discuss the entire process of how you can make fermented cabbage juice using your blender, and also the alternative methods of preparing cabbage juice that suits your niche. It’s, all together, a straightforward process and you do not need any unique skills or equipment to follow our method. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it.
Health Benefits of Cabbage Juice
Preparing yourself a glass of cabbage juice is a healthy change of pace in comparison to your usual diet, but why is that? Well, there are multiple health benefits of cabbage juice to show. In fact, a medical case study worked with 100 patients and found that it actually improved the healing process of ulcer, gastritis, and many common stomach diseases. This is because many components of cabbages, such as glucosinolates, S-methyl methionine, L-glutamine, and gefarnate help heal the mucous membrane in the digestive system. But other than that, cabbage juice is good for heart diseases, is helpful in the treatment of Anemia, Arthritis, Indigestion, and also lowering the risk of lung, stomach and prostate cancer. It has also been proven to be very useful in treating obesity, a health condition becoming more dangerous every year.
As for the short-term benefits, cabbage juice can also boost your immune system, lower the blood cholesterol levels, detoxify the liver and help lose weight. It’s also quite a light, refreshing and vitalizing drink to restore you after a tiring day or an intense workout session. It removes impurities from your bloodstream, contains lots of vitamin A, B1, B2 and C, iron, and it’s also one of the most budget-friendly vegetables you can find in the market.
Making Cabbage Juice With A Blender
I have already written about making cauliflower rice in a blender, but it turns out you can do much more than that with this versatile kitchen appliance.
Picking the right cabbage
The right cabbage is an essential part of the process. You need to get a fresh pick, preferably from the farmer’s market and not the supermarket, as they’re organically grown as opposed to industrially. But if that is not an option, supermarkets will have to do. A medium sized cabbage will probably get you two liters of juice.
Things you’ll need
- A blender
- Mesh strainer
- A few jars
- Cutting Board
As for the ingredients, a medium sized cabbage and some water are all you’ll need.
First of all, you need to wash the cabbage under a strong current of water, making sure it’s cleaned thoroughly. It’s recommended to peel off any unattractive leaves on the surface of the cabbage. Now, put the cabbage on your cutting board, get rid of the stern and start chopping it. It’s not necessary to be very consistent, but just make sure you’re cutting them into pieces that you can fit into the juicer or blender you’re going to be using.
As for the water, pure water is best for the juice. But you should make sure to boil the water for some time if you’re using tap water, just to get rid of the chlorine and other additives. It’s not necessary in the case of distilled water, however.
Get a large blender and only fill it about two-thirds, as the cabbage will need space to move. Use as much water as you feel is necessary. Everyone has varying preferences when it comes to texture and consistency. You can use smaller blenders as well, but you’ll only be able to do it in smaller quantities. But, whatever the case, just don’t fill the blender all the way through.
Make sure your blender is receiving power and that everything is locked into place, and start blending at the lowest speed and keep it like that for about 10 minutes. After a time, if you start seeing floating chunks of cabbage, you’re going in the right direction. Now, blend at the highest speed for about 10 seconds
When you’re done blending, pour the mixture into your preferred jars without filling them to the brim, as it’ll expand upon cooling. Now, seal the jars so that it prevents air from getting through. This will start the fermentation process. Leave your jars in a room in around 20 degrees Celsius for about three days for the fermentation to be completed.
After three days, you need to strain your mixture. If your strainer does a good job, you should have clean and smooth cabbage juice without any solid bits and pieces.
Now, all there’s left to do is keep the juice in the refrigerator for some time and serve it cold.
Other Methods of Making Cabbage Juice
If you don’t have a blender, or you don’t want to wait 3 days for cabbage juice, there are other methods you can use to make cabbage juice too.
If you want to have your juice instantly, all you need to do is wash and cut your cabbage according to the size of your juicer’s mouth. Put it in, and run the juicer until it’s thoroughly mixed and serve it fresh. You can have unfermented cabbage juice with complete assurance that your juicer has extracted all the right nutrients from your cabbage. Make sure always to have it right away, if you’re making unfermented juice.
You can also add different vegetables into the mix and even improve the taste. Carrots usually go really well with cabbage, but you can also add celery, apples, lemon, what have you. Not everyone can appreciate the taste of pure cabbage juice, so adding different vegetables can help. I have found that cabbage, celery, and carrots can be a great recipe. All you need for that recipe is one-fourth of cabbage, 2 celery stalks, and 2 carrots, and mix them with the juicer. Cabbage, kale, strawberries, and apples can also be a great combination if you’re looking for something a little sweeter. You can follow the same method here as well, and use the proportions you think would go well. There’s nothing wrong with being creative here.
If your diet is low on vegetables and you’re looking to add some, cabbage juice is a great start. It’s also beneficial for people suffering from issues with their digestive system. But that doesn’t mean you should start drinking a liter of it every day. Too much of anything in an uncontrolled environment can have adverse effects, and with cabbage juice, that can mean an upset stomach and intestinal gas. But all in all, cabbage juice can be a great addition to anyone’s diet.