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How to Juice Using a Steam Juicer

August 19, 2015 (Last Updated: August 1, 2019)

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There are a lot of methods for juicing fruits and vegetables.  A steam juicer might be one many aren’t familiar with.  This post explains how to use a steam juicer.

Plum Juice Frozen into Cubes

Plum Juice Frozen into Cubes

Advantages of Using a Steam Juicer

  • You only get juice, no pulp.
  • The juice is crystal clear…well with color.
  • You can do a large patch of fruit at a time.
  • Very little prep.  Just add clean fruit.  No need to peel or pit first.
  • Takes less time than traditional juicing methods.

Disadvantages of Using a Steam Juicer

  • The pot is large and takes up a lot of storage space.

Plum Juice Made from a Steam Juicer

So…as long as you have enough storage space, this steamer is ideal!  I use Mehu – Liisa 10 Liter Stainless Juicer. 

This year I have made over 4 gallons of plum juice!  That is an insane amount of plum juice.  What do I do with all this juice?  I make plum jelly, jalapeno plum jelly, plum sorbet, plum Popsicles,  and I freeze the plum juice into ice cubes.

I throw one or two frozen cubes into a smoothie.  It just adds a bit of flavor and extra nutrition.  I also canned a lot to save for later.  It’s so beautiful sitting in my pantry!  I think with all this juice, I need to make some plum wine!  Just need to figure out how to make wine…


How to use a steam juicer:

The steamer consists of three separate pots.  The bottom one holds the water that creates the steam.  The middle one collects the juice.  It also has a large funnel that connects the steam from the bottom to the top.  The top layer is where all the fruit is placed.


Top Layer of the Steam Juicer. The Fruit Goes in This Layer.

Top Layer of the Steam Juicer. The Fruit Goes in This Layer.


2nd Layer

Middle Layer

As the steam starts to cook the fruit, the juice will drip down into the middle layer.  There is a tube attached to the middle layer.  Once juice starts to form, you simply open the clasp and let the juice flow.  I always place the tube into a bowl or a canning jar.  Even with the clasp closed, I have had leakage.

Oh what a mess!  Luckily we’ve caught it before too much juice seeped out.  The key is placing the tube in the center of the clasp, not just at the end.

Just about any type of fruit would work with a steam juicer; grapes, currents, apricots, blueberries, cranberries…. I’m just getting started with ideas!  The list is endless.

Squeeze the clasp to allow the juice to flow


Plum Juice

5 from 1 vote
Plum Juice Made from a Steam Juicer
How to Make Plum Juice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
This recipe can be adapted to almost any fruit.
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make plum juice, how to use a steam juicer
Author: Kathy
  • Fresh Plums
  1. Wash plums
  2. Place whole plums into to steam basket (top pot) of a Steam Juicer.
  3. Bring steamer to a boil
  4. Once juice begins to form, drain into clean containers.
  5. Continue until juice has been extracted from plums, approx. 1 hours
  6. Makes approx. 6 quarts. Yield depends on type of fruit.



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  • Reply
    Fred G
    November 21, 2018 at 10:21 am

    5 stars
    Interesting. Will give it a try.

    • Reply
      November 22, 2018 at 6:37 am

      It makes great juice. Crystal clear!

  • Reply
    February 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    How many pounds of plums was that for 6 quarts of juice? 15 pounds? 20?


    • Reply
      February 7, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Hi Bob,
      I’m sorry I didn’t weigh what I used. I had two huge colanders full of plums. The plums I used were a very juicy variety. When you bit into them, the juice would just drip down your chin.

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    Food Blogger Club
    August 22, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Great idea to use a steam juicer! Thanks for sharing!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    August 21, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I have a normal juicer, but I have never heard of a steam juicer! This is AWESOME! I’m a huge fan of gadgets, so much so my husband will sometimes lovingly (?) call me “inspector”, and this totally looks like something I need to check out! Thanks for sharing and introducing me to something new!! Cheers to a fantastic weekend! 🙂

    • Reply
      August 21, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      You’d better inspect this juicer!

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    Manali @ CookWithManali
    August 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    wow I have never even heard of steam juicer but it sounds on interesting!

    • Reply
      August 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      It certainly does the trick. Great for juicing large amounts of fruit.

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    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    August 21, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Oh wow! I just love the idea of using stem juicer. And this juice and ice cubes are gorgeous!

    • Reply
      August 21, 2015 at 4:51 am

      Thanks, Anu. The color of the plum juice is quite spectacular.

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    Kalee @ The Crowded Table
    August 20, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I don’t know much about juicing, but your steam juicer sounds awesome!!! Plum wine…… that’s an idea I can get behind 🙂

    • Reply
      August 20, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      I need to give wine making a try!

  • Reply
    August 20, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I really like the idea of using a steam juicer if it means I can get a larger batch. You’d laugh at my current garage sale juicer right now, certainly not much to look at for 3 bucks. It works but I only get a small amount, not good enough for a family who wants seconds. I’m going to have to look into a steam juicer, I can always store it in the basement.

    • Reply
      August 20, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Hey, if it works for $3 then that’s a good deal!

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    Vanessa @ VanessaBaked
    August 20, 2015 at 9:29 am

    What a great kitchen gadget! That juice looks amazing! I just might have to purchase one. We have lots of apple trees in the yard. And homemade apple juice, or cider would be awesome! Even fresh peach juice! Thanks for this tutorial

    • Reply
      August 20, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Peach juice would be delicious!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    August 20, 2015 at 5:30 am

    I love plum juice- this batch would last me a whole year!

    • Reply
      August 20, 2015 at 5:54 am

      It does make a lot of juice!

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    David @ Spiced
    August 20, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Wow…I have never heard of a steam juicer. I’m intrigued now! Just think of the possibilities! 🙂

    • Reply
      August 20, 2015 at 5:54 am

      I know! I think I could go a little overboard trying different kinds of juices…

  • Reply
    August 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Oh my – your plum juice and ice cubes are beautiful! I had no idea about the steam method – fascinating!

    • Reply
      August 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Now I just need to make certain I use all that juice and ice cubes!

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    Sina @ Vegan Heaven
    August 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    What a great idea, Kathy!!:-) I can’t wait to try this!

    • Reply
      August 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks, Sina!

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