How to Make ‘Dirty Juice’ in a Vita-Mix

A lot of moms want to know how it’s possible to get the recommended daily allowance of fruits and veggies into their families diet… Well, here is a recipe and ‘how to’ video for one of my favorite ways.

Ok, so there’s no dirt actually involved in the process – but since the end result is pure, unfiltered juice, my family has dubbed this recipe ‘Dirty Juice’.  Some might say this is an ‘acquired taste’, but after a while, you’ll be craving the healthy burst of energy you’ll have after drinking 8 oz of this yummy nectar! My son has been raised on this juice and has never had the ‘store bought’ kind.  He loves it, and so does my husband – who used to be a real ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of guy.

If you don’t already have a Vita-Mix, I strongly encourage you to check out what this machine is capable of!  For more information about Vita-Mix you can go directly to the Vita-Mix website.   For free shipping, be sure to use: Coupon Code: 06-004166

Here is the ingredient list… or if you have the Living Cookbook software, you can download the free .fdx recipe file and import it:

Living Cookbook .fdx Recipe File:
Dirty Juice (To Download: Right mouse click on the recipe and select ‘save file as’ – Save to your computer and then you can import it into your Living Cookbook program.

Dirty Juice Recipe:

Ingredients

Fruits
2 whole Red Apples (skin on – cut into half – core removed)
6 berries Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 whole Banana (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup Pineapple (fresh or frozen)
2/3 cup Red Grapes (fresh or frozen)

Vegetables
1 cup Carrots (approx. 1 large carrot)
1 cup Spinach
5 Leaves Kale
1/2 cup Cabbage (red and/or green)
3/4 head Beets (outer skin removed)
1/2 cup Broccoli (approx. 4-5 small heads)

Liquids
1/4 cup Frozen Grape Juice Concentrate (Natural, no sugar) or 2-3 Pitted Dates
3 tbs Lemon Juice Concentrate (or use 2 thin slices of fresh lemon)
1 1/2 cup Water
14 cubes Ice cubes

Procedure

  1. Feel free to experiment with ingredients.  Just be sure to keep a good balance between fruits and veggies – otherwise you’re juice will be too sweet or too ‘earthy’.  Don’t forget to wash all fresh ingredients thoroughly before using.
  2. In Vita-Mix, combine all ingredients (except Ice Cubes) and mix on High for approximately 1 minute (until well processed) using tamper to thoroughly mix.  Stop Vita-Mix and add Ice Cubes, then blend again on high for approx. 20-30 seconds.
  3. Store in air-tight container (preferably glass) in fridge for 2-3 days.
  4. Variation for popsicles:  If making popsicles, blend in ice cubes until mixture is slushy – then pour into molds and freeze.  Kids love these pops and they don’t even know how good they are for them!

Servings: 10
Yield: Approx. 80 Ounces

If you don’t like the thickness, feel free to dilute the juice with more water… Or, you can always strain the juice in a nut-milk bag or through several layers of cheese cloth.

Dirty Juice in VitaMix

Feel free to send me any questions or comments you may have!  :-)

Comments

  1. Chrissy says

    I want to thank you for taking the time to put these helpful videos together, and for making the recipes available for free! I already own a Vita-Mix (love it!) and will look into getting the Living Cookbook as well. Can’t wait to see more of your recipe demonstrations! Thanks again and keep up the good work! :)

  2. Teresa says

    Thank you, we just ordered the Vita Mix you demonstration was so helpful~~Thanks :)What thinks fruits/veggies can we freeze? Beets was an interesting one. Teresa

  3. Teresa says

    Thank you, we just ordered the Vita Mix you demonstration was so helpful~~Thanks :)What thinks fruits/veggies can we freeze? Beets was an interesting one. Teresa

  4. kristin says

    i just found you on the vitamix website. watched your video. so helpful!! your house is like mine with lots of children noises in the background!!
    thanks for posting the video.

  5. Jan says

    love your video! when you store the juice, does everything separate (pulp go to bottom) and if so, does a simple stir do the trick? also, how do you prepare your beets? i’ve been using canned beets in my drinks because i don’t know what do to with fresh beets. i’d love to know in detail how you prepare the beets for your smoothies. thanks!

    • says

      Hi Jan!

      Yes, the juice will separate if it is stored… What we do is shake it up really good when we’re ready to drink the rest – or pop it back in the VitaMix for a quick blend with an ice cube or two.

      To prepare fresh beets, just cut the tops off; use a veggie peeler to peel off the outer skin, cut into quarters, and pop a quarter into the Dirty Juice! =) The remaining quarters can be frozen for making another batch later.

      Hope that helps! =)

      God Bless!
      ~ Erika

    • says

      Hi Charisse!

      You don’t have to peel the skins of the beets if they are clean & bruise-free. I just do it as a general rule of thumb when they don’t come from our garden.

      Thanks for the comment! =)

      God Bless!
      ~Erika

  6. Amy says

    We just bought the Vitamix 5200 and need some advice. We are trying to lose weight with the green smoothies. Everything we have made so far is very very foamy. How do we get rid of the foam without having to strain it. When we saw the demonstration at our Whole Foods store nothing the guy made was foamy. Please help!

    • says

      Hi Amy!

      Congratulations on the VitaMix, you are going to love it!

      You’re right, green smoothies can seem foamy because of the high fiber content in them… especially after they’ve had time to settle. The reason why the VitaMix demonstrations don’t come across foamy is because they’re using very little ‘greens’ and add in a lot of fruits, juice concentrates and/or ice… which really don’t have the most health benefits.

      You won’t be able to avoid the foam/fiber entirely since that is the general idea of a VitaMix. But, the best work around I’ve found for drinking green drinks is to blend everything up really well first, then add a handful of ice at the very end, and drink it right away. Since you’re not fully accustomed to drinking green drinks yet, this helps it go down without your mouth detecting the pulp/fiber. I would also recommend going easy on the high-fiber greens for a while (like broccoli, kale, celery, etc…) and stick with peeled cucumbers, carrots, apples, etc… After a while you will be able to tollerate more and more.

      If you’re still having trouble after that, you may want to consider straining the juice through a ‘Nut Milk Bag’ or a strainer lined with cheesecloth… which takes a few minutes. Or, you may want to add a juicer to your appliance collection for those times when you want only pure, filtered juice. However, I have both and I use my juicer sparingly compared to my VitaMix – the cleanup on a juicer is so time consuming.

      Hope that helps! =)
      God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  7. Fred says

    Grape concentrate has a TON of sugar in it “naturally” so that it doesn’t have more added isn’t saying much. Also no need to cut up the carrot; that machine will pulverize a whole carrot.

    • says

      Aloha Fred!

      You are right… Grape concentrate is essentially 100% Fructose! But when you take into consideration that many people have never juiced or had anything ‘green’ to drink, it helps the transition process. I prefer fresh grapes, but a little of the concentrate goes a long way if you don’t have any on hand. The ultimate goal is to eventually eliminate it all together as your pallet learns to enjoy the taste without it! =)

      I think the only reason we cut up the fruit is to get it all squeezed into the container… but otherwise, you’re right again… the VitaMix has amazing blending power!

      God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  8. Traci says

    Hello Erica!

    I finally got my Vitamix three days ago and I could not be any happier! (yaaay) So far I have made the sauce for my curry chicken, apple juice and 4 different smoothies. It was all so easy and delicious!! My next adventure is to make your Dirty Juice (yummy). I see that you use raw beets. I like that because other recipes I have found call for them to be steamed while the other ingredients are raw. Do you think it would be OK to leave the beets in the other recipes raw as well? Honestly I would probably leave them raw but its always good to have a second opinion. :-) I have started incorporating raw and whole foods into my diet and I want to use them when I can.

    Thanks and God Bless!

    Traci

  9. Chris says

    Hi, Thanks for the video and recipe. I just made it, it was good, a little beet y to me, but I think I put too much in, as I see you put 1 quarter of one, I think I put in around 3. :) So I added another banana , a little more pineapple and a tablespoon of pure honey for sweetness. I didn’t add the cabbage or broccoli . But it taste better now. Thanks again

    • says

      Hi Chris!

      That’s a lot of beets! LOL! =) I don’t usually put in more than 1/4 – 1/2 depending on the size of the beet. I’m glad you were able to salvage the juice! Honey is another fantastic way to sweeten your juice a little!

      God Bless!
      ~Erika

  10. Pam says

    Does the Vitamix leave green specs from the greens? And do you think the 48 oz container would be big enough for 2 of us?

    • says

      Hi Pam!

      No, the Vitamix doesn’t leave any green specs from the greens… unless you don’t blend it enough. It will affect the color of the smoothie, but you won’t be slurping up any ‘chunks’… =)

      Although the 48 ounce container is nice, if your budget allows it, I always recommend the bigger container. With a larger container, you can always make less and will have the option to make larger quantities if you need to. You won’t regret it!

      God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  11. Jenn says

    This is hands down my favourite smoothie to make in the Vitamix. I make it for myself and my husband and store the rest in an airtight glass container in the fridge so we can sip on it or take it in lunches the next day. Thank you so much for sharing. It’s really life changing!

    • says

      Hi Jenn!

      Thanks for the sweet comment – we love our Dirty Juice too! My littlest one just asked last night, ‘Mommy, why do we put dirt in this?’ LOL!

      Enjoy & God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  12. Lorelei says

    Could we put this in an ice cube tray and freeze and then take some out and thaw it, shake it up and drink it later in the week? Will it stay good and will it mix up well after thawing? Thanks for all the great and helpful tips!!!

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