How to Get the Gel from an Aloe Plant

10 Simple Steps on how to get the gel from an aloe plant.

Want to get the gel from an aloe vera plant? I’ve seen many other ways to do this on YouTube, but this is how I do it. I find this method to be simple, easy, and practical. All you need is a cutting board, a sharp knife, and a table spoon.

Follow the 10 simple steps below.
Be sure to read through to the end for a delicious Aloe Pineapple Smoothie Recipe.

Step 1:

Before you start wash the outside of the leaf. You don’t want to transfer any pesticides or microbes from the outside to the inside as you cut through. Okaaay let’s get the gel from the plant.

Cut off the bottom of the leaf so you can work with a flat surface.

Step 2:

Cut off the piece you actually want to use. The size will depend on you and your body. Start with a small amount and see how it goes. You won’t need more than about two inches. If it’s your first time, start with less. This is a medicinal plant. Check the Food Facts page later for a list of aloe vera benefits.

Step 3:

Store the rest of the leaf upright in a jar on your table or counter for later use. It doesn’t have to go in the fridge. And don’t worry it will naturally seal itself up, which is pretty cool to watch.

Step 4:

Cut off the thorns. They’ll only get in the way.

Step 5:

Turn the aloe upright. Prepare to cut off the green skin.

Step 6:

Notice the difference between the flat and the rounded side of the aloe leaf? First cut off the green skin on the flat side.

It should be a clean cut. There should not be any green left on the jelly side.

If you missed some of the green, go ahead and cut it off before you do the next step.

Step 7:

Scoop out the jelly using a table spoon. Get as close to the rounded side of the green skin as you can.

Step 8:

Success! You have your Aloe Vera Jelly. You can put the green skins in the compost, or squeeze them together (jelly side in) and use them later to give yourself a facial. Check the Wellness Tips page later on for more details. Let’s prepare to make a smoothie!

Step 9:

If this is your first time trying aloe vera gel, rinse it off in cool water before you add it to you your recipe. The jelly that is closest to the green skin is the most bitter part. It is also that part that has a mild laxative effect. Once your see how your body handles the aloe, you can decide to skip this step. I personally don’t do this anymore.

Step 10:

Now you’re ready to make a smoothie! Drop it in your blender and add more ingredients. Although aloe is good for you, it tastes awful by itself lol.

I have lots of smoothie ideas to get you going. I’ll post one idea below.


Pineapple Aloe Smoothie

Your aloe gel is already in the the blender.

Add one cup of water.

1/4 cup of Lemon Juice

2 cups of fresh pineapple.

5 ice cubes.

(optional-1 tsp of raw honey. If the fruit is very sweet you won’t need this)

Blend till smooth


You won’t taste the aloe at all.  This is SO SUPER GOOD.

This recipe makes about three cups. Total prep time less than 5 min.

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Jewells 1 Like

Hi Rochelle,


I have noticed that you use lots of lemon juice in your smoothies and I love lemon juice.  My questions is do you use organic lemons, or just regular lemons for juicing or do you use lemon juice from the bottle?   


Personally I have always juices my own lemons as I need them but I find the organic lemons very expensive when you have to use a certain amount in recipes on a daily basis.


What do you suggest?


Thanks you

Rochelle Hanson
Rochelle Hanson moderator

@Jewells glad you're enjoying the recipes! I suggest using what works best for you, your body, and your budget :) Happy Smoothies my dear!

WilliamPike 1 Like

Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.  I have many plants that I'll be using for these and other recipes.  Aloe Vera is easy to grow.  It's almost invasive but it grows best if you don't let it be rained on.  I live in Florida, so I keep it under a porch. If you get the small leaves, they aren't very bitter, and I'll actually eat the very small ones skin and all, raw, with nothing added, right off the plant. Try it, it's fun.

Rochelle Hanson
Rochelle Hanson moderator 1 Like

 @WilliamPike Hey William! I'm so glad you're enjoying the aloe recipes! You live in Florida? Lucky duck :) It's REALLY great that you're enjoying your plants!! I had an aloe plant once but i ate it all faster than it could grow! LOL!! So now i just buy the leaves from the Asian food market. Anyhoo it's  very nice to connect with you here!!

visalakshi 1 Like

Thanks so much for your recipes, and especially for the way you cut the gel out of the leaf!!!! That was a big help!!!

visalakshi 1 Like

Thanks so much!!! I like your way to get the gel out of the leaf!!!


I'm sure your sister would appreciate that! Let me know what she thinks ;)

Ardean Peters
Ardean Peters

Very cool! I shall have to send this demo to my sister!


Mmm, I loooove aloe vera.... Thanks for sharing this recipe. Looks delicious!