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How to Cook With the Aloe Vera Plant

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Overview

Aloe vera is a versatile and popular herb because of the wide range of benefits it provides, from healing and soothing external skin ailments, to helping your digestive system. Eaten by itself, aloe vera pulp has a rather bitter flavor, but aloe vera juice can be added to any number of recipes, from smoothies to yogurt, to mask the taste. If you have your own aloe vera plant, make aloe vera juice to have on hand for drinks and other recipes.

Step 1

Cut off two or three large, pump aloe vera leaves at the base of your plant with a sharp knife. This will not harm your aloe vera plant.

Step 2

Cut each leaf along the outside edge so that it opens up and lays flat, as if it were filleted.

Step 3

Scoop out the clear gel pulp from the inside of the leaf with a spoon. Be very careful not to scoop out any of the green or yellowish colored gel. The colored gel is much more bitter than the clear gel and may cause nausea if digested.

Step 4

Place the clear gel in your blender. Add 1 to 2 tbsp. of citrus juice to aid in the flavor of your aloe vera juice if you plan to add it to smoothies, tea or other drinks. For use in salad dressings, yogurts, puddings and other desserts, you may wish to omit the citrus.

Step 5

Run your blender with the aloe vera gel on medium speed for two to three minutes to liquefy it.

Step 6

Pour the liquefied aloe vera juice into a glass jar and secure the lid. Place the jar in your refrigerator for at least two hours to overnight before using your homemade aloe vera juice.

Step 7

Strain your aloe vera juice through cheese cloth before cooking with it to remove any large chunks of pulp.

Things You'll Need

  • 14 oz. aloe vera leaves
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon
  • Blender
  • Glass Jar with lid
  • Citrus juice
  • Cheese cloth

References

  • Aloe Vera Advise: Aloe Vera Juice Making Recipe
  • I Love India: More Aloe Vera Juice Recipes

Who Can Help

  • Global Herbal Supplies: Aloe Vera Information
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At home in rural California, Kate Carpenter has been writing articles and web content for several well known marketeers since 2007. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas and A Master of Education equivalent from the University of Northern Colorado, Carpenter brings a wealth of diverse experience to her writing.