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How to Juice Using a Steam Juicer

August 19, 2015 (Last Updated: October 12, 2020)

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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 ice cubes in a turquoise and white bowl.

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.

Fresh plums on a towel and plum juice in glass quart jar.s

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…

A three tiered steam juicer on a black counter top.

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.


The inside of a steam juicer pot is filled with small holes.

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


The middle layer of a steam juicer has a funnel in the center.

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.

Squeezing the clasp to allow the plum juice to flow into a jar.


Adding juice into a glass quart jar.

Pouring hot plum juice from a tube into a glass jar.

How to Make Plum Juice

Steps on how to make plum juice using a steam juicer. This recipe can be adapted to almost any fruit.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Quarts


  • Fresh Plums


  • Wash plums
  • Place whole plums into to steam basket (top pot) of a Steam Juicer.
  • Bring steamer to a boil
  • Once juice begins to form, drain into clean containers.
  • Continue until juice has been extracted from plums, approx. 1 hours
  • Makes approx. 6 quarts. Yield depends on type of fruit.


Yield will vary depending on amount and type of fruit used.
Keyword how to make plum juice, how to use a steam juicer
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  • Reply
    Lorraine Colligan
    October 6, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Just bought the steamer juicer, trying it out right now. I have 8 lbs MacIntosh apples.
    Do I keep the stove on high all the time or do I turn it down after it gets to boil? When do you know it is finished?

    • Reply
      October 6, 2020 at 7:11 pm

      Hi Lorraine,
      Once the juicer begins to boil and steam, turn heat to low or medium low to maintain steaming. It’s done when most of your fruit has turned to mush or has become very soft.

  • Reply
    September 7, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    How long does the steamed juice last after it’s canned? How long before it goes bad?

    • Reply
      September 8, 2020 at 5:57 am

      Hi Denise,
      It depends on how you store it. It will last one week in the refrigerator, and up to one year in a deep freezer or if canned.

  • Reply
    Gabriella Steinlicht
    August 31, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Hello Kathy,
    How long do I water bath the plum juice in quart size jars?
    Thank you,

    • Reply
      August 31, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      Hi Gabriella,
      Process quart jars for 25 minutes in a boiling water bath. If your elevation is higher than 3000 feet, boil for 30 minutes.

  • Reply
    Gwen Brewton
    June 20, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Kathy do I need to process the jars of juice after filling from the juice steamer?

    • Reply
      June 20, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Gwen,
      If you are storing the juice in canning jars at room temperature, you do want to process the juice before storing.

  • Reply
    Kathy Teague
    May 13, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Kathy, this is a great article! Thank you. One question, how does it work on fruit that isn’t very juicy? I have a lot of wild sand plums in my freezer that I would love to juice and can right now to free up freezer space. I really don’t want to make the jelly just yet. Usually I just barely cover the sand plums with water and cook til they are soft. Then strain and freeze the juice. I’m thinking I’ll order one of the juicers you recommended if it will work with our sand plums. Thanks for any advice you can give me.

    • Reply
      May 13, 2020 at 5:50 pm

      Hi Kathy,
      I have used this juicer on plums, grapes and red current berries. It should work fine on all fruit, but I am not familiar with the sand plum. It should extract the juice, even from a drier plum.

  • Reply
    April 22, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Have you ever juiced the steam juicer for rhurbarb?

    • Reply
      April 22, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Janet,
      I have not tried juicing rhubarb before. Let me know if you try it!

  • 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.

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

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

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