How to Make Sugar Cane Juice


JOHN KOHLER: Alright this John Kohler with
Okraw.com. Today we have another exciting episode and what we’re going to do today
is talk about one of my all-time favorite beverages. No, for those of you that are longtime
viewers it’s not coconut water, which is one of my top favorite, long-term favorite
beverages, but this is probably my second. It’s another nutritious drink that you can
have that’s basically nature’s filtered water with lots of added nutrition. And what
we’re going to talk about today is sugar cane juice, so we got some freshly prepared
sugar cane here that’s all ready to go through my juicer. And what I want to do in this episode
is share with you some information about sugar cane, about juicing sugar cane, about selecting
sugar cane, and basically everything you need to know about juicing this wonderful, not
a fruit, not a vegetable, yes a grass. I am a grass muncher. I have another cool
episode on juicing sugar cane with my friend Chris Overend of Big Island, so I’ll put
another link for that. That was a very fun video that I did, impromptu. This is a little
more contrived and can be more informational for you guys. In any case, let’s go ahead
and get started. Now, the first thing I would say as someone who eats a raw plant-based
diet, I want to always encourage you guys to eat more fruits and vegetables. I don’t
care if you guys go all raw or part raw, but I definitely want to have you guys include
some of the different things I show on my YouTube show here. I make the majority of
my foods out of fruits and vegetables and of course the grasses today, and I would encourage
you, if you don’t want to do it all, life doesn’t have to be all or nothing, all raw
food or all McDonald’s. I don’t care if you guys have McDonald’s
once a month, but every other day you have to be eating nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables,
and grasses are one of them. That’s why I make these videos for you guys so you guys
can improve your life with more fruits and vegetables, and get excited about some of
them because let me tell you, I’m excited about all of them, especially the day I get
some sugar cane juice is a good day at that. Any case, let’s go ahead, talk a little
bit about the sugar cane. First I want to share with you guys how to select the sugar
cane. If you do live in a tropical climate, such as South Florida, Hawaii, I want to encourage
you guys to grow your own sugar cane if you have land. It’ll grow well there. Now, if
you live somewhere like Sacramento, the Bay Area, you have a nice long season. You can
also grow sugar cane. So I’m growing sugar cane in Southern California
and Northern Nevada and it’s growing well, and you want to start them out early, as early
as you possibly can. I started mine in a greenhouse and planted them out when you plant your tomatoes
after the last danger frost has passed. And then you’re going to harvest it before it
freezes once again, because once it freezes, your plants are kaput. You’re going to harvest
your stocks and then also you’re going to save some stocks to replant. And then keep
those going inside in your greenhouse for the next planting season. Now that cane be
a little difficult and tough especially to grow a large volume of sugar cane that way.
So move to the tropics, the better idea, and if you have a place in the tropics, maybe
you have a place in South Florida or Hawaii, South Texas, Brownville, or Puerto Rico, some
place like that, or even South American, Central America, you got land, go ahead and do yourself
a favor. Plant a big patch of sugar cane. It’ll take
care of itself, it will grow on its own, and then you’re going to want to invest in a
good sugar cane juicer because it can be a beverage that can sustain you every day in
the tropics because it grows year round in the tropics, not like the temperature climates
where we get the frost and the sugar cane cannot make. Oh, another thing you can juice
in the sugar cane juicer that you can grow, probably better in temperature climates, that
I’ve been experimenting with, is sweet sorghum. So sweet sorghum varieties that can also be
used that are also grown for its sweet sap. Now I don’t know how it tastes yet but one
of these days I’m going to grow it and we’ll find out soon. So if you’re not able to
get this sugar cane locally or grow it yourself, then you’re going to have to be dependent
on stores to purchase it. And unfortunately, most of the sugar cane
that’s sold in the United States for common people that are going to supermarkets and
all this stuff is basically from a few states: Texas is a big grower, Florida, California.
And in general, it’s a seasonal crop because its’ planted in the spring, harvested in
the fall before the last freeze. So then you’re going to be able to find it around this time
of year, October, November, December, as long as it lasts until it’s sold out completely.
Now when you go to the store, most stores will not sell it. Some stores may sell it
in little packs. If you ask them, “Hey do you have sugar cane?” They may give you
these little packs. If you have a sugar cane juicer, don’t mess with the stupid packages.
Now if you don’t have a sugar cane juicer, yes, buy the packages because they come pre-cut,
pre-sliced, the husks already taken off so you can just take the pieces and put them
in your mouth and chew on it, instead of chewing gum, which is a much better alternative than
chewing gum. And you can squeeze out, use your teeth as
a juicer, squeeze out the delicious, nutritious juice, and then spit out all the pulp. Now,
if you get a juicer, you’re only going to want to mess with the long canes or the stalks,
so let me show you guys two examples here. When you’re at the store, you’re going
to have the opportunity to select out the pieces of cane and of course I don’t have
to tell you guys if they’re selling it by the each, which is how they sell cane, they
retail for $1.99 up to $2.99, $3.99, per stick. And you want to select the largest one that
looks healthy. These guys are pretty good. Pretty good canes here, but I want to show
you indicators of it getting old. Number one here, I don’t know if you guys can see that,
but it’s starting to kind of discolor and get wrinkles, basically, horizontal wrinkles
in there. That’s a sign the cane’s getting old, not the best stocked. But you got to
do the best you can. If you go down further on the cane, then it
looks pretty good, and I want to let you guys know cane will automatically have this light
funky powder on it, which the plant produces naturally, although I’m not exactly sure
what they spray on this cane. This cane is not organic. I have not seen organic cane
in the continental United States. It’s distributed through mainland, wholesale outlets and retail
outlets. So when you go to pick cane, I always want to recommend you get the thickest cane
or the biggest, fattest, girth as possible. This has a fat girth, and generally the fatter
girth is going to be the more mature and sweeter an definitely taste a lot better. You will also have a selection, sometimes,
between green and purple varieties. In general, I recommend buying the purple variety if you
can. That variety is generally sweeter than the green, and that’s the one I like more.
They only had the green one available in nice long stalks for me at the wholesale produce
terminal. I’ll put a link down below this video. This video you can see my latest produce
haul and how I scored this and a whole bunch of other cool stuff. So here’s another stalk
here, and it’s a lot fresher so it’s not as wrinkled here up top. And it’s a lot
thinner diameter, if I could show you guys the diameter there. Whoa these guys are long.
And it’s a lot thinner diameter, but it’s significantly taller. That’s kind of like
who weighs more, a tall guy that’s skinny, or short person that’s overweight? So you
guys got to figure it out. Basically you want to go by weight when selecting them out because
what weighs more is going to have more juice, right? And although the fatter one may be sweeter,
I want to go with one that has more weight so I get more juice because the juice is what
I’m after when buying the sugar cane. So those are some selection tips. You also want to
take a look and make sure there are no cracks in the sugar cane when you’re buying it.
That can be a sign of damage and when it gets cracked, it can oxidize quickly and not be
good. Also bugs and mold and whatnot can get in there. Also you want to take a look at
the cut ends. I can’t easily show you the cut ends on these guys. There’s a cut end
right there and it’s starting to turn black. Don’t be alarmed if the end is black or
moldy or kind of funky, because what you’re going to do is take a meat cleaver like this
and you’re basically going to chop off a little bit above the cut mark to reveal fine
sugar cane that’s not damaged or anything. Now if you have softer hands you do want to
be careful when handling the cane because you can get what’s called “cane splinters”
or cane cuts. The grass can be quite sharp, so pay attention to that. So once you buy
the cane and you get it home and you’re ready to juice it, you’re going to want
to prepare it properly. Let me go ahead and cover this. The storage of the cane store
pretty much out of the fridge in a cool, dry place for easily a week, because this stuff’s
meant to be living outside. Can even last a couple more weeks, depending on the stage
at when you got it. If you got super fresh cane that’s not starting to wrinkle up,
could be good two weeks. If you do want to preserve it more, you can cut it up, wash
it, and then put it in the stalks, and when you cut it into little smaller pieces, I always
encourage you guys to cut it in the largest pieces so you have the minimal number of end
cuts. End cuts is where dehydration will happen
and you will lose the juice and probably have to recut ends if they get kind of funky before
juicing it. So let’s talk about preparation now of your sugar cane for juicing. While
you can take the sugar cane from the field or from the store, and run it through your
juicer just like this, I do not recommend that. I visited many roadside stands in foreign
countries buying sugar cane juice, and some of them wipe it down, some of them put it
through and it looks kind of funky. I would always encourage you guys to support vendors
and request that they wash their cane properly. Because if the cane is not washed, they don’t
have proper sanitation in their sugar cane juicer, you guys could get sick. I mean sugar
cane doesn’t have any weird plant diseases, but if it gets contaminated with E.coli or
some other things, that’s not a good thing. So proper sanitation, cleaning your machine
after each use and cleaning the cane properly also real important. So let’s get into cleaning
the cane. Number one you’re going to see basically these blades of the grass coming
off, and these are dried, so you’re going to want to peel these guys all the way up
and I got a little cane splinter in my finger. So it looks like on this piece there’s no
other pieces aside from here at the top here, so we’re going to go ahead and peel this
guy off here. We get all this stuff off and when we peel
it off, revealing, I don’t know if you guys can see that, but it’s flaking off some
white powder, and this is completely normal. Now the next thing we want to do is up at
the top here, the cane gets kind of thin, right? This is nice and hard and firm, and
as it gets up at the top, it gets softer. While you can juice that, most of the time
it gets jacked up and messed up, and also the soft cane up at the top doesn’t have
a good sweet juice because it’s still not quite as sweet. So what I like to do is at
this point I like to break it off, and to break off the cane it’s best to do it in
little segment areas. So you go there and as you guys can see, this just snaps off and
this is basically now going into my compost pile. We now have a nice long cane here, ready
to clean up so that we can put it through the juicer. Now the next step is to wipe it down so many
people may just wipe it down with a nice, hot rag with some soap or whatnot. I like
to use, just to be sure, because this cane has been on the ground, sitting in places
after it’s been harvested, in stacks, in the stores, wherever it’s been, produce
terminal, so I like to use the stuff. It’s Fit Fruit and Vegetable wash, and it’s organic,
so if I spray this on any conventional fruit, shazam! It’s now organic! Just kidding.
And this is certified-organic so you can use it in organic production, so some of your
produce may be washed with something like this and still remain organic. So anyways
I put this Fit stuff on the whole cane, and then I take a nice damp rag and then I basically
go like this. It’s like another action I’m quite familiar
with, and you want to squeeze and you want to squeeze as you’re basically wiping down
the cane all the way down. And then I’ll kind of turn it in and squeeze and rub my
cane, baby. Alright, so it’s very important to get your cane clean. I have seen dirt on
here and other things, and we want to get that stuff off because it’s not cool if
you’re drinking dirt and whatnot. And plus I want you guys to get the full benefits of
the cane without anything else. Alright, so we’re pretty much down wiping that guy down.
The next step is I like to take a dry rag, we’ll call him Dryington, hey Dryington,
it’s what my Gram used to call him, and we’ll dry this cane off. Getting any particulate,
any things out. Also we’re kind of like cleaning off some
of the little joints here and get some of the extra fibers off it if there are any.
Alright, so there it is. We got now clean fresh prepared cane ready to juice up. So
as you guys can see, I have this really heavy-duty commercial auto cane juicer, and I know some
of you guys out there might not get a commercial heavy duty cane juicer like I do. I am a juicer
fanatic. I love juicers, I collect juicers, and it’s one of my hobbies, actually. So
I had to pick this up when I had a really good deal on it. IN general, cane juicers
can run in excess of $1,000 so unless you’re a fanatical about cane juice, you probably
won’t spend that much money on a sugar cane juicer unless you want to start a business. Which I do encourage you guys to do, no matter
where you live. You can get a constant supply of sugar cane, whether you’re buying it
yourself, buying from a farmer, invest in a sugar cane juicer, set up a shop somewhere
at a local store where there’s a lot of foot traffic, farmers’ market on the weekends,
and sell cane juice. People love cane juice, especially if you flavor it up like I’ll
show you guys in a little bit. And you could, like these cane stalks, wholesale, they cost
maybe between $1 or $1.50. I got the tall ones for a dollar, which is the better deal.
And the shorter, fatter, ones, which aren’t that sweet, for $1.50. And it won’t produce
as much juice. So a dollar can turn into, depending on the thickness of the cane, about
26 or 32 ounces of juice, so that’s $1, $1.50, and then you sell like half that amount
plus some ice in a 16-ounce cup for like five bucks. So now you’ve turned a dollar or $1.50 into
$5. All you had to do was invest in a juicer, and the juicer will pay for itself after selling
100 cups of juice, and then you guys are making profit. I think there should be more sugar
cane juice vendors all over the United States. Absolutely. If you’re looking for a constant
source of commercial sugar cane you can get year round, because normally this is not available,
you can call up the Produce of Sugar Sisco. I believe they may have some. Alright, I got
my juicers here. So the juicers, yes, they can be quite expensive and you do a dedicated
juicer to juice sugar cane properly Standard juicers will not juice sugar cane properly
There are random videos on YouTube showing how, and I’ve tried even doing it in the
past with some of my juicers. It just doesn’t work optimally and aside
from being a little fun experiment, you’re not going to be able to juice any significant
quantity of sugar cane with a standard fruit and vegetable juicer, and I recommend you
do not try it because you will probably break your juicer and it will not be covered under
warranty because juicing sugar cane is something that you’re supposed to do with standard
fruit and vegetable juicers. That being said, let’s talk about some juicers that you can
juice sugar cane with for an affordable price. So this is a commercial sugar cane juicer
made in the USA, originally cost over $1,000 retail. This was used in a restaurant for many years
until they upgraded, got a better model that’s easier to clean, and they put this on Craigslist.
I saw this on Craigslist one day: “Sugar cane juicer $1,000 or best offer.” And I’m
thinking, “Man John, you’ve always wanted a sugar cane juicer, but man $1,000, that’s
just too much money.” So I’m like okay, I’m going to lowball them. I’m going to
send them an offer of like $600, which is basically 40 percent off. So I said, “I’ll
give you $600 cash for that juicer.” They wrote me back and they took it. So I picked
this guy up. This guy, this is solid stainless steel, made in the USA. They don’t make
them like this anymore, and about 100 pounds, carried it out, and got it, and I’ve been
never happier when I’ve been able to use it. Go ahead and take this out, show you guys
what we’re looking at inside and how sugar cane juicers work are with rollers. Hard,
stainless steel rollers coupled with a really hard high-horsepower high-torque motor that
turns these rollers, and there’s three stainless steel rollers in here. So if you do buy a
sugar cane juicer, I do recommend you guys get one with three rollers instead of two.
It’s going to work much better. This is an electric version, but don’t fret. You
can get a hand-cranked version, some of which you can hook up an electric motor to. Brand
new for about $350, if you get it online shipped to you from like China. Now, those are made
in China, I have no idea about the quality of them. I know some people that use them.
If you do want to buy one from America, people import those guys and they buy it for about
$350, they sell them for about $500, $600. And you can try one of those guys. So that’s
one cheap option for you guys, if you’re halfway serious. And then if you just want
to play around, and I haven’t tested these yet, they also have two-wheel brass sugarcane
juicers on eBay for about $100, which I’m a little wary on. I would say if you guys are serious about
sugar cane juicing, get one of those ones that are like $350 on Aliexpress.com and find
one with free shipping about $330 or so. That’s probably your best bet for a low-cost sugar
cane juicer and at least some feedback, let me know how it works if you end up getting
one because I’m interested. I just got a really good commercial one for $600. Now,
if you do get, and are serious about getting a commercial sugar cane juicer, like I have,
I want to encourage you guys to do your research properly. I have friends that have bought
sugar cane juicers at commercial juicers, supposedly from China, that are made in China,
about $600, $700, and before they even got juicing sugar cane, it broke and it didn’t
work because the quality was just not there. Especially if you’re going to have a business
and be reliant on your machine to make an income, you can’t be getting a cheap juicer
that’s going to be breaking own on you and failing. Especially made in China. The parts may be
hard to find and not have a good warranty, so be prudent about investing in a good, solid
machine. Like I’m highly confident this machine will probably never break. Even if
I decided to use it commercially, it’s built like a Sherman tank. Anyways, how this guy
works if you basically take the cane, you put it in these rollers here, and these rollers
just crush and squeeze out all the nutritious goodness, all the juice, out of the sugar
cane. All that stuff drops on to this little tray here, which then funnels it out, this
little area, to a pitcher that’ll have, and I mean that’s pretty much it. So to
sum up, juicing sugar cane, don’t mess with your fruit and vegetable juicers, instead
use your teeth. And if you do want to get a juicer, minimum I would recommend a three-wheel
juicer. The minimum one to get is a hand crank from China about $330 and otherwise, invest
in a good quality, serious one. Sometimes you may be able to find them on Craigslist
or eBay for less expensive. Let’s go ahead and put my sugar cane juicer
together and let’s get started juicing my cane. Alright, now I’m all set up ready
to juice my cane. As you guys can see, you’re looking at the wide shot of the juicer. This
is solid stainless steel, and I did that so you guys can see the cane going in and then
the cane coming out the back side. So this juice’s nice. It actually has a reverse,
off, and forward switch, as well as a master on and off switch. Now this machine will not
come on unless it’s properly assembled, because they don’t want you sticking your
fingers in there, and if you are buying a cane juicer, especially one that is operated
with electricity, you want to make you got some safeties in place, because those rollers
are meant to crush cane and they’ll easily crush bone, they’ll crush fingers. That
would not be good, so you want to make sure you’re all safe when juicing your cane.
I guess the next thing I want to mention is while we could use just a standard pitcher
to collect our cane juice I want to recommend against that because basically the cane juicer,
it’s kind of a crude juicer. There’s no filter or screen on this one.
Some of them may have filters and screens, which I recommend getting one with one, but
if it doesn’t, don’t be alarmed. You could just get a standard strainer here, standard
sieve, and this is a nice, small, fine hole sieve because you will get small particles
of fine cane fiber in your juice if you don’t have a fine-particle screen. So we’re going
to go ahead and put that on here, and now, we’re all ready to juice. First step, turn
the cane juicer on. Nice and quiet. Now, you’ll notice that this is a low rpm juicer. This
is a slow juicer, a cold-press juicer because no heat is being applied. What you do is you’re
going to take the cane and when you stick the cane in, there’s always going to be
two ends of the cane — the thin end and the thick end. Very important to put the thin
end first into the cane juicer. So stick that in. We’re going to feed that in, kind of push
it and check it out you guys can see it coming all the way out there. Nice and crushed. Full
and thick. As you guys can see the juice is coming out there. Comes out this side. We’re
going to go ahead and take this guy and while you could just discard this, and if you have
field of cane, I recommend drinking the first pressing only. It’s definitely the sweetest.
But I don’t have fields of cane and cane is hard to come by in these parts, so I’m
going to make the most of my cane and rejuice once it comes out. So what I like to do is
I like to find the halfway end point and we’re going to go ahead and fold this on top of
each other and make it thick. You can rejuice a single stalk, but it’s
not going to press out as effectively so you need to double it over upon itself so it’s
going to get more efficient. Stick that guy in there and check it out, we’re seeing
more cane juice coming out. Now, you could sit here and do this another ten times, but
ten times, at certain point there’s going to be a point of diminishing returns. In general,
I like to fold it over like one more time here because this stuff’s getting pretty
dry right now. We’ll fold it one more time again and we’re going to go ahead and stick
that guy in there. It’s going to squeeze out a little bit more juice, and if I want
to do it one more time, I can take it and instead of folding it in half again, I’ll
fold it in half the long way like you’re making a sandwich. And that may get me a little bit more additional
delicious cane juice out. Alright, not much more juice for a lot of work, and it created
a lot of foam. After that point, your cane that was previously full and a nice large
water-rich stock, now reduced to rubble, or some fiber, which is really good to be your
compost pile. Let’s go ahead and juice another piece of cane here. Once again, the thin end
side going in, back it on up, push it right in there. Now this can take a little bit of
strength to push in, but once you get it started, all you got to do is keep it feeding in and
it’s going to feed in. Check it out, it’s coming out on the back side fully squeezed.
Check out that flow of juice. We got a really nice flow of juice out. Once
we got this piece, once again, we’re going to take this and bend it in half approximately.
And we’re going to go ahead and get some more juice out. Second time through. Got a
lot more juice out. Now third time through we’re going to go ahead and fold it over
itself in this direction and after this time, I think we’re pretty much good. I mean,
every subsequent time it goes through it’s literally just breaking this stuff up into
fibers and fibers, and it’s going to make more a mess out of this stuff here. Alright,
looks like we almost got a whole little pitcher of the sugar cane juice. Let’s go ahead
and turn this guy off now and let’s talk about this freshly made sugar cane juice.
Let’s go ahead and check this stuff out. We got our fresh sugar cane juice. Now if
you notice, check out the color on this thing here. Look at that. That’s actually green
juice right there. Rich and delicious green juice. Sugar cane is a grass, right? Not a
vegetable, it’s a grass Rich in chlorophyll. Let’s go ahead and try this. Mm. Delicious.
Now I know you guys might be thinking, “John, how could you be drinking sugar cane juice
man? That’s like drinking sugar water.” Well for those of you guys thinking this,
let me make a quick comparison for you guys. Here’s my delicious fresh-pressed sugar
cane juice, right, made fresh, you guys saw the whole process. Let’s go ahead and take a little cup here
and let’s go ahead and take some raw brown sugar. This is raw brown sugar. It’s not
just brown sugar; it’s raw brown sugar. Let’s go ahead and pour some sugar in there
and let’s go ahead and add some water. Now we’ll take a bit of sugar cane and stir
this guy up. So as you guys can see, this is brown, the water’s fairly clear and if
you guys look at the one next door, this is nice and dark and green and this is only brown
because it’s brown sugar. It has a little bit more nutrition in it than the white sugar,
which would be pretty much clear white. There’s a big different between this sugar
water here that you might be thinking, “John! That’s sugar water right?” and this sugar
water here. It’s immensely different. So now I want to cover the differences between
real sugar cane juice and sugar water, or basically using refined sugar, whether it’s
a refined brown sugar, refined coconut sugar, refined white sugar. Basically when a produce
is refined, they’re losing tons of nutrients in there. For example, this fresh sugar cane,
these fresh sugar cane stalks here have living enzymes in it. once sugar cane juice is boiled,
which is one of the processes to make the crystals, you’re losing all the enzymes.
All the different nutrients diminish and are degraded. All the vitamins, the minerals, and more importantly,
things that are super critical to me, the vitamins and enzymes and of course, the most
nutritious part and the biggest benefit of the fresh sugar cane juice to me is not all
that stuff, but it’s the living water! We are 70 to 75 percent water, and if we’re
not eating foods with that high a water content, it’s dehydrating us. And you can think,
“I’m getting the same thing by adding sugar to water.” well yeah, you got sugar
water, but you don’t have living water, structure water, how nature would want us
to drink water, not some reconstituted, heavily processed packaged food that has the majority
of the nutrients stripped out of it. Yes, it’s high in carbohydrates, if that’s
your only focus, but I want you guys to be focused not just on the carbohydrates, but
I want you guys to be focused on whole foods and how we can get whole food sources of foods
that contain plenty of carbohydrates but also the other nutrients that in my opinion are
very critical to your health in this day and age. Many standard Americans might focus on
macronutrients — the protein, the fat, the carbs. And we can look at them and see what
it’s getting them. It’s getting them diseases in my opinion. It’s getting them to be overweight
and all these things. Modern ailments of modern man by focusing
on fat, protein, and carbs. I don’t care what ratio of fat, protein, and carbs, and
there are some better than others, but what we really want to be doing is focusing on
the micronutrients. And that’s why I drink the fresh sugar cane juice, and I will not
drink this basically pee water. Actually that’s what it looks like now. And the sugar cane
juice, you might be thinking, “John that’s high in sugar!” Well, this one’s a lot
more high in sugar because this is literally just sugar and water. And the fresh sugar
cane juice, as you guys can see, it’s green. This is only depending on the research you
believe, 11 percent to about 14, 15 percent max. Probably mostly around 13 percent of sugar
content. So there’s some sugar in there, but this is not like sweet by any means. It
just tastes like a refreshing beverage to me. Soda is sweeter than this stuff. If you
guys drink orange juice for breakfast, guess which one has more sugar — sugar cane juice
or orange juice? Orange juice has more sugar in it than sugar cane juice. Sugar cane juice
is also low glycemic, based on some of the research I’ve seen and to me, tastes so
delicious. Now let’s talk about some of the other nutrients in the sugar cane juice
here. We got the sugar, we got the water, the living structured water, we also got vitamin
sand minerals, and I want to stop there on the minerals for a second. The grass family of plants, which includes
the sugar cane, absorbs probably the majority of the minerals as compared to standard vegetables
and fruits that are being sold to you guys. They can absorb up to 90 or more different
minerals from what I hear, and it’s very important to have these mineral sin the soil
so that the plant can uptake them, and then you can juice the plants and then get those
minerals into you without having to take a Centrum A to Z of zinc or any kind of supplements. And this is why I like to have a varied diet.
If you notice, my diet’s not just all blueberries or strawberries or fruits. I eat a diversity
of things. I eat probably more different foods than any person into raw foods, and I believe
this is one of the reasons I’m able to sustain a healthy raw foods diet for the last 19 years,
while other people may not be as thriving on a raw plant-based diet. Lots of variety
and whenever I got sugar cane, I’m going to juice it up. Another benefit of sugar cane
juice is other nutrients in there, besides the standard vitamins and minerals, which
may of you guys are familiar with, but it’s antioxidants. And polyphenols. And these foods,
or these plant nutrients, basically are anti-aging and healing for us. The plant polyphenols
are produced in the plants to protect the plant from nature — from bugs, from hot
weather, from drying out, from all different kinds of things. And in my opinion, based on research I’ve
seen and there’ several studies on plant polyphenols, antioxidants, and sugar cane
on how it can help us heal certain ailments. And if you do a look and look up sugar cane
juice benefits, you’ll get all these websites with it can help this, it can help that. I
don’t really care what it can help. I just care that you guys be drinking this stuff
because it will, in my opinion, increase your health over other things you could be drinking.
Like I would much rather be drinking sugar cane juice than coffee. Fresh sugar cane juice
than tea. Fresh sugar cane juice than soda, or packaged and bottled juices. You always
want to do good, better, best. If you can make your own sugar cane, grow your own sugar
cane, that’s the best. If you can’t, get a juicer, buy your sugar
cane, that’s even great. And if you can’t do that, there’s some places that sell sugar
cane juice, but that stuff can get quite expensive. Some other cool facts about the sugar cane
juice is that in some studies I’ve seen online is that they use sugar cane juice as
a protein supplement for some people. Think about it. Where do cows get their protein?
They eat grass. That’s because the grass has a lot of amino acids, the cows take the
grass, and then they make their own proteins. So when you eat the cow you get the grass
secondhand or you get the protein from the cow, which is from the grass. Unfortunately most cows are being fed GMO
soy or corn, which I do not recommend for you or for cows, but the sugar cane is also
grass. It is very rich in proteins, and that is why I believe it’s used as a protein
substitute in some instances. And I know, one of these days, hopefully my girlfriend
or wife will get pregnant and sugar cane juice is one of the things I will have her drink.
There are studies where they say, they recommend sugar cane juice for pregnant women. A lot
of things you can’t eat or do when you’re pregnant, but sugar cane juice is definitely
not one of them, from some research I’ve seen that was in Women’s World Magazine.
I’m getting thirsty, and it’s good to drink up your sugar cane juice real quick. Generally I like to drink my sugar cane juice
within about 10 to 15 minutes after I make it, because sugar cane juice, unlike other
common fruit and vegetable juices that can at least store if you make it with a slow
juice like this, for up to 24 hours in your fridge. The sugar cane juice is a very volatile
juice. Once you extract the nutrients from the fiber, it ferments very quickly and if
you store this overnight in the fridge, it’s going to taste different the next day and
not quite as good. So what I want to do next is share with you guys my technique for making
a delicious, actually world’s best lemonade that’s going to taste real great and allow
you to store your sugar cane juice for up to 24, 48 hours max with minimal nutrient
degradation. Let’s go ahead and get into my awesome recipe. Now we’re going to share with you guys how
to make the world’s best lemonade using only two ingredients. I’m not a big fan
of standard lemonades because standard lemonades use lemon juice, sugar, and water, and you
guys know what sugar cane juice is. It’s sugar and water, so all I need to add is one
more ingredient, and that’s organic lemons. So when we juice the lemons with the sugar
cane juice, basically we’re adding a lot of citric acid. Lemon juice is a preservative;
the citric acid, the vitamin C’s going to help preserve the sugar cane juice so it lasts
longer in your fridge or if you’re packing it up and maybe selling it. Also, it makes
the sugar cane juice taste wonderful like the best lemonade you’ve ever had. So we’re going to go ahead and take the
lemon that’s cut in half and carefully feed it into the machine. And get that squeezed
out. It’s going to come out the back side there, fully squeezed, maybe squeeze it through
another time. Look at that man. This thing not only takes your sugar cane, but it’s
very effective with the lemon. Juice one lemon, then we’re going to go ahead and take a
cane, shove that guy in there. Once again it’s coming out the back side. Look at that
man. It’s an amazing sugar cane juicer. Juicing it right up. I think I’m going to
take another half of lemon and we’re going to go ahead and fold this guy in half. Feed
that lemon in there real quick. And then put this other half of the sugar cane in there.
Once again put that lemon right through one more time. Squeezed out man. And go ahead
and put that sugar cane through, third time’s the charm. Last time, get the maximum juice
out. This sugar cane’s getting jacked up, man. It’s turning into all fiber. Alright,
there we go. That’s how we make the most delicious lemonade in the whole world. Let’s
go ahead and turn the juicer off and share with you guys what it tastes like. Let’s
go ahead and get this out. I want to share this with you guys real quick. Look at all
the pulp that my strainer screen is catching. That’s why I’m using a strainer screen;
that would’ve al been in the juice, which would not make for a good juice. Let’s go
ahead and take this stuff. Look at that, it’s got a nice yellowish color. Pour this up,
man, nice, delicious rich. Look at the vibrant color. When I made this juice without the
lemon, do you remember the darker color it had? Look at that, it looks a lot more milky,
green, yellow. If you wanted to take this up a notch, if you want your own natural Sprite,
add some carbonate spring water to it to make the most delicious natural soda you’ve ever
tasted. Now I get to enjoy some natural lemonade, made with only two ingredients, organic lemons
and sugar cane. Wow. You guys ever have lemon heads of lemon
drops when you were a kid, like the candy? That’s what this stuff tastes like, with
the full peel extract of the lemon and the sugar cane juice. This is the best lemonade
I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. You’ve got to try this if you’ve never, so for
the highest level of health, I want to encourage you guys to eat a diversity of foods and eat
the closest you can to whole foods when you can. Of course you can’t take sugar cane,
chew it in your mouth and spit it up, but I don’t go tall day to be chewing sugar
cane up, so I’m going to go ahead and juice it. Get the nutritious goodness out of it, including
the water, the vitamins, the minerals, the low percentage of sugar, the phytochemicals,
also the chlorophyll. Can’t forget about the chlorophyll. This is another green food,
it is a grass. It’s nature’s best packaging. Now I know you guys might be thinking, “John!
You’re removing the fiber!” Well, there are two kinds of fiber — soluble and insoluble
fiber. Soluble fiber is soluble in water, so even with sugar cane juice, you are getting
soluble fiber. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely not eating this fiber. That
might not be too fun, nor would it taste too food. I’ll be getting my fiber tonight in my nice,
large salad that I’ll be eating for dinner. So I hope you guys enjoyed this episode on
how to make your own fresh sugar cane juice and your own natural lemonade. Sugar cane
juice is probably my second favorite beverage in the whole world for hydration after the
coconut water. Once again my name is John Kohler with Okraw.com. We’ll see you next
time and until then, keep eating your fresh fruits and vegetables, including grasses.
They’re always the best.

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