To amp up the flavor of a vegetable soup without changing ts consistency or to add vitamins to a sauce without throwing off its appearance and mouthfeel, use extracted vegetable juices. Extracted vegetable juices provide a crisp, pure taste to soups and sauces without seriously altering their character. You can extract juice from any vegetable, even relatively dry ones such as broccoli, and use it as a flavor booster or vitamin-packed addition.
Things You'll Need
- Paring knife
- Kitchen knife
- Food processor
- Fine-mesh sieve
- Mixing bowl
- Rubber spatula or spoon
- Coffee filters
Separate the florets from the head of broccoli with a paring knife, keeping as much of the floret stem as you can. The floret stems hold a lot of water that increases your juice yield significantly.
Rinse the florets in water and roughly chop them with a kitchen knife. Place the chopped florets in a blender or food processor.
Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water for every 10 cups of florets you added to the food-processor bowl. The water just lessens the friction enough so the blades slice through the broccoli faster and more efficiently, and won't detectably dilute the juice you extract.
Process the broccoli on high, pulsing at first to get it started. Process the broccoli until it stops breaking down.
Scrape the juice and the pulp from the food-processor bowl into a fine-mesh sieve lined with two or three layers of cheesecloth. Hold the sieve over a mixing bowl and press the solids with a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon.
Bring the corners of the cheesecloth together and lift it from the sieve. Hold the bundle of cheesecloth containing the pulp over the mixing bowl and twist it hard, like wringing out a towel.
Squeeze the pulp in the cheesecloth until you get as much juice from it as possible. At this point, you can use the broccoli juice as is, or pour it in a fine-mesh sieve lined with coffee filters. Set the coffee-filter-lined sieve over a mixing bowl and let the juice strain through again, about one or two hours.
Tips & Warnings
- You can, of course, use a juicer to extract the juice from the florets.
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