If you have ever been to China, you probably know that corn juice is one of the most popular drinks in local restaurants. It may be surprising for Americans and Europeans because corn is not a common item we consider juicing. In China, you can buy corn juice almost everywhere, fresh, canned or bottled. Because of its milky, starch consistency, it is also called corn milk. Together with watermelon juice, it is the most common beverage, like orange juice, for us.
Let’s find out more about this delicious and healthy drink and the ways you can prepare it.
1. How To Make Corn Juice?
There are at least two options for making homemade corn juice. You can use either raw corn or cook it before juicing. However, the first-mentioned way of preparing it is more healthy. It is so because, during the heat treatment, the corn may lose its valuable components. Juicing it raw, on the contrary, will preserve almost all healthy nutrients. Below we will instruct you step by step how to juice corn considering both ways.
It is more healthy to juice raw corn than boiled.
Juicing corn with a masticating juicer:
To make you own homemade corn juice, you will only need corn and a masticating juicer.
- The first thing you need to do is cut off the kernels from the cob. While doing that, you need to be very careful because you can cut yourself very easily.
- The next step is putting the kernels into the machine. If your masticating juicer is durable and made from quality materials, you can even juice the whole, fully matured corn with cob. Consider cutting it into smaller pieces not to clog the juicer.
- The last step is enjoying your freshly made corn juice!
Tip: When the corn is young and soft enough, you may eat it or juice it whole, together with a cob. Don’t worry, if you can masticate it with your teeth, the juicer will handle it too.
Making corn juice using a blender:
The other way of preparing corn juice is a bit more complicated. To make it, you need to cook corn. Remember not to cook the corn for too long. Otherwise, you will lose almost all the vitamins and minerals corn contains. For a jar of juice, you will need to use around 4 or 5 corns. The juice can be stored in the fridge for a few days.
Here comes the recipe for preparing corn juice:
- Start from cutting off the kernels.
- Once you have it, measure the number of kernels you have.
- For 4 cups of kernels, you will need to add 3 cups of water.
- Put kernels and water together into the pot, cover it with the lid and turn on the heat.
- When kernels start to boil, keep them for a few minutes on the fire until they are cooked.
- Pour the hot mixture carefully into the blender. Cover the blender with a lid and blend corn and water until it is completely smooth. It may take a few minutes.
- If the juice’s consistency is not satisfying and your juice still has some hard parts after blending, you may consider straining it through a sieve.
- Wait until the juice will be cold or drink it warm.
- Remember: Too much water will make the juice flavour too light, while not enough of water will make the juice too thick, and the consistency will be similar to soup rather than juice.
- You may add milk, coconut water to your juice.
- Feel free to season it with a bit of salt or sugar
2. Corn Juice Benefits
Have you ever wondered what corn juice is good for? You should be aware that it has multiple profitable effects on your body due to the high amount of vitamins and minerals.
Drinking corn juice improves the sight and circulation of blood. Thanks to lutein, it helps protect your heart, lowers the bad cholesterol level and even prevents heart attack or stroke.
Because of antioxidants, corn juice protects from cancer. Corn juice makes your skin moisturized and makes it look healthy. It is good for bones and teeth as well. That is particularly significant for infants, because their first teeth start growing and they need to develop strong bones.
We are providing you with valuable information about the incredible number of vitamins and minerals corn juice contains in the graphic below.
3. How Much Juice Is In One Corn?
Corn kernels are very rich in juice. Especially when they are freshly picked up during harvest time, from one average size corn, you can get around 3.5 oz (a bit more than 100 ml) of juice when using a masticating juicer.
In the table below, you can quickly check at a glance how many corns are needed to get a certain amount of juice. It may be very helpful for those preparing more extensive amounts of juice for more than just one person:
1 jar (33.8 oz / 1l)
4. Corn Juice And Diabetes
Corn juice makes the blood sugar level higher; that is why you should avoid excessive consumption of it if you have diabetes. However, including whole-grain corn juice in proper potions (a daily serving is 1 cup) can help regulate the level of insulin in the body. It also may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to recent studies.
If you are a corn lover, without any prejudice, you should try the corn juice! It will be a new and different experience from just eating it. Believe us, the taste is incredible. It is refreshing, a bit dense and surprisingly sweet, even without seasoning it with sugar. In consistency, it is similar to sweet potato juice.
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