How long does juice last? Tips on properly storing your juice
So you chose to follow a healthier lifestyle and started with your own raw juicing regime, but you simply do not have the time to juice your fruits and vegetables every single day. What do you do?
Change your habit to once every two or three days? Once a week? Did you juice too much and throw most of it away? – The good news is you can store your juice. The bad news however is that you cannot store it forever.
This article will answer the following questions which relate to juicing shelf life:
- How long does juice last?
- How long does homemade juice last?
- how long does juice from a juicer last?
In general, your fresh raw juice should be used within approximately 20 minutes, but our schedules as individuals vary and therefore some of us to juice early in the morning and then take it with us wherever we have to go. So how do you increase the general shelf life of your juice?
There are many juicing guides and juicing recipes online, but many of these website leave out vital information about what to do with your juice once you have made it. The following tips offer advice on how to increase the shelf life of your juice if you plan to save some for later.
There is no doubt about it: organic produce is better. Just make sure you check that its truly organic!
All organic fruits and vegetables are regarded as better for use during raw juicing, simply because it is possible to leave the peels on, and that is where most of its nutritional value is found. But who would have thought it would influence the shelf life of your juice as well?
When you store your juice made from organic produce, most of its nutritional value will be retained throughout. The same goes for buying organic produce which you are not juicing, but just using for other meals – they generally last longer than mass produced, supermarket quality fruits and veggies. Check out these picks for the healthiest organic veggies to add to your juice.
Choose the perfect juicer
The type of juicer you choose will either be a centrifugal or masticating juicer, both of which have pros and cons.
Yes, your juicer can affect the shelf life of your juice!
Some juicers including centrifugal juicers produce a lot of friction and heat during the juicing process, which in turn can cause oxidation which affects the freshness of your juice. Although your juice can still be stored if made with a centrifugal juicer, the process may eliminate some of the nutritional value so that, even over a short period of time, there may be none left at all. Your juice will have a different taste as opposed to when it was freshly juiced, so if you have to store your juice, make sure that you consume it within two hours.
Slow juicers or masticating juicers (also known as cold press juicers) produces very little or no heat at all during the juicing process which ultimately means no oxidation takes place. These juices potentially have a higher storage life and can therefore be stored for periods not exceeding 24 hours. You do not have to worry about the nutritional content, as it will still retain most of its original value.
If you want to juice large quantities of fruits and vegetables, it is best to make use of a triturating (twin gear) juicer. Visit this page for reviews of the best juicers for the money.
Your juice will enjoy a shelf life of approximately 72 hours, if stored correctly.
How to store your juice
Most people store their juice in re-usable milk bottles or plastic containers. However, any plastic container will speed up the oxidation process of your juice.
It is highly recommended that you store your juice in glass containers such as quilted canning glass jars or mason jars. These types of glass jars have the ability to seal tightly with specially designed lids, and can effectively slow down the oxidation process.
As soon as you have juiced your fruits and vegetables, you have to pour any unused juice into your glass containers. Make sure that you fill it up as much as possible so there is little space for air at the top. If you seal your jars, some of the juice may spill over, and that is a good thing as it means there is almost no space for additional air. Once you sealed your jars you should immediately place it in your refrigerator.
Drink your juice as soon as you can
The general shelf life of your raw juice will vary, so try to drink your juice as soon as possible to avoid wasting it. If you opened one of your juice jars, do not place the left-overs back in the refrigerator.
Remember airspace? It will cause your juice to lose some its nutritional value due to the oxidation process. It is therefore advised that you pour your juice into smaller jars which is suitable for one portion.