These simple steps will help you get the most out of aloe vera
Aloe vera juice is a tasty and wholesome supplement to any beverage or smoothie. Aloe vera gel is proven to reduce inflammation, aid with digestion, and control blood sugar levels when consumed. Making your own aloe vera juice can be challenging, but once you've mastered how to remove the gel, you'll be able to make nutritious and delectable smoothies and juices quickly!
Clear the latex
You must thoroughly wash aloe vera since it releases a poisonous yellow liquid right after being harvested. If the leaf was just picked from the outside, let it sit inside for an hour to let all the liquid, often known as "latex," to drain before washing it. When you're prepared to cut it, pat it dry with a clean cloth. The deadly yellow latex has generally already been released in most store-bought leaves, but you should still wash the leaf first to get rid of any dirt and debris. If you are allergic to latex, ingesting the yellow latex may result in fatal stomach cramps, vomiting or diarrhoea.
Remove the edges
It will be simpler to open the leaf if you cut off the sides (almost like filleting it). With your knife's tip, cut the leaf's side "seam," then glide the blade along the length of the leaf. You should end up with two parts after pulling the leaf apart. Cut off the rind, or "seams," on the sides, and throw it away. For this stage, scissors may also be used; however, make sure to keep their blades sharp and wipe any sticky buildup from them afterward.
Discard the rind
The deadly chemical that the leaf secretes when it is harvested should be carefully peeled away using the knife's blade. Once you've completely removed this layer, throw it away. On top of the bottom leaf, you should be left with nothing but a clear, sticky residue. For the other leaf, repeat same procedure. After removing this yellow coating, wash the knife with water and dish soap. The leaf can alternatively be gently rinsed in a solution of 1 tablespoon (3.0 tsp) of white vinegar and 8 fluid ounces (240 mL) of water to remove the yellow layer.
Scrape the gel
To remove the clear, gooey stuff from the leaf, run the edge of a spoon along it. Put as much as you can manage—at least 2 tablespoons (6.0 tsp)—into your blender at once or into an airtight container for later use. Make that the extracted gel is free of any yellow or greenish flecks. The gel can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week, but it should be consumed right away for the greatest health advantages. You can blend the gel with your favourite fruit juice or smoothie.