The healing properties of juicing make this delicious approach to nutrition oh-so good for your body. By adding variety to your diet through juiced fruits and vegetables, you are getting most of the beneficial vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals — called phytonutrients — found in raw forms of the foods. Plus, it’s an easy way to eat some fruit and vegetables that you might not typically choose based on taste, as mixing them all together can quell the taste of the things you want to avoid.
But once you’ve mastered the art of blending the perfect juice, you might find that whipping up a new batch multiple times a day becomes burdensome. Though it’s best to down your juice immediately after making it, as some of the benefits are lost within minutes, your body will still thank you for providing it with raw juice concoctions — especially if you store it correctly. Here are our tips for doing just that, helping you reap the rewards of this healthy drink while also saving you some time.
First, Invest in a Quality Juicer.
While this isn’t about storage, this is about doing juicing right. You’ll want to make sure that the juicer you’re using incorporates the least amount of heat possible, as heat leads to enzyme deactivation. The key here is that heat should be used as minimally as possible, as all juicers heat to some degree. You also want one that causes only a small amount of oxidation (exposing cell walls to oxygen) in order to keep the juice high-quality.
Next, Buy Some Supplies
We recommend purchasing glass canning jars if you’re interested in some longer-term storage of juices. Also add a stainless steel thermos or water bottle to the list. Just be sure to steer clear of plastic containers, which can let harmful plastic seep into the once-healthy juices.
Get to Storing
When storing your juice, it’s crucial to reduce the amount of air introduced as much as possible before putting your juice in its respective cooling appliance. Air can cause the juice to degrade quickly, so do your best to keep as much air from getting into your stored juice as possible.
When using glass jars, thermoses or water bottles, fill them to the brim before screwing on the lid. And if you don’t have enough of the liquid to fill the jar, purified water is a good filler. In keeping with avoiding air, once you’re ready to drink it, do so in one setting.
If you’re planning on freezing using freezer boxes, be sure to box it up and stow it immediately after juicing. The same rule regarding air applies here — err on the side of overflowing!
Determine Your Limit
Most people agree that three days is the max for juice storage. Of course, this time varies greatly depending on the type of juice used — for example, bananas oxidize quickly. Some blogs recommend consumption within eight hours using a centrifugal-style juicer and 24 hours for juice made using a low rpm style juicer. We recommend using your judgment here — provided you’re keeping it in the fridge and it’s within the three-day window — give it a tiny smell and taste test. If it passes, drink it down! And if it’s being stored in the freezer, thaw it in the fridge and stay within a 7–10 day window.
So for those times when juicing multiple times a day simply isn’t an option, employ these tips to help you enjoy the delicious benefits of fruits and veggies without spending all day in the kitchen. Remember, some healthy nutrients are better than none at all, so don’t hold on too tightly to the fact some are lost in the process of storage. Happy juicing!