Useful Tips on Storing Fresh Juice

Fresh juice is best consumed when it is freshly made. Storing fresh juice runs the risk of oxidation, loss of vitamins and living enzymes. Why do we drink fresh juice? Besides quenching thirst, aren’t we also drinking juices for its vast nutritional benefits? Freshly squeezed juices contain living enzymes, vitamins, minerals and trace elements that boost our health and improve our complexion. To maximize the benefits of drinking juice, it is best to consume it within 20 minutes after it is freshly made.

Guide on Fresh Juice Storage

Juicing only as much as you want to drink is the recommended way to juice. However, sometimes we do want to juice more to stock up for convenience. Blame it on our modern, busy lifestyle. Nonetheless, you need not compromise on the nutritional benefits of juices if you practice proper juice storage. Having said that, you should not store fresh juice for a few days even if it is well-kept in the refrigerator. Nutrition in the juice is lost as time passes. How long can I keep fresh juice then? Well, storing fresh juice properly in the refrigerator extends its shelf life up to 48 hours.

Glass bottles are best for fresh juice storage

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What is considered ‘proper’ fresh juice storage? The most important consideration in storing fresh juice is the material of the container that the juice is kept in. Glass containers should be used for fresh juice storage. Clear glass is fine although some health experts advocate using dark colored glass containers. Amber, green, blue and other dark colored glass containers are said to be superior in shielding UV rays, hence offering better preservation of the nutrients in the juice. Since you’ll be storing the juice in the refrigerator, away from direct sunlight, it is perfectly fine even if clear glass container is used.

The second consideration in storing fresh juice has to do with how you fill the glass container with juice. Always remember to fill the juice to the top of the container. Do not allow any space between the juice and the top of the container as this will result in oxidation. Any empty space in between is an opportunity for oxygen to be present. Ensure that the glass container is tightly closed before storing the juice in the refrigerator.

How to keep juice fresh if I don’t have a glass container? Can I use ceramic containers instead for juice storage? The answer is yes. High grade ceramic containers are a feasible option. The only disadvantage is its ability to achieve air-tight containment.

How About Using Plastic Containers?

Most people have the habit of storing food in plastic containers. Storing fresh juice in plastic containers is a big no-no. In fact, you should not even use plastic containers for storing anything that is edible. Plastic contain harmful substances such as bisphenols. Exposure to heat and sunlight causes these harmful chemicals to be released. Normal wear and tear or oxidation breakdown can also result in the release of these harmful substances. Studies have shown that such toxins can cause cancer, hormonal imbalances, abnormalities and other health issues. For the sake of your health, avoid plastic containers at all cost.

We recommend getting the Aquasana glass bottles for storing fresh juice. This handy 18 oz glass bottle is the perfect size for storing one serving of fresh juice. You can juice extra portion but store them in a few 18 oz bottles.  Just open one bottle and finish the juice when you feel like having it. Oxidation is minimized as the bottle is not re-cap again. The Aquasana glass bottles come in a pack of 6 at an affordable price. Both the glass bottles and BPA-free plastic lids are dishwasher safe.

A final note on fresh juice storage. Maintaining the freshness of homemade juice starts not from storage but at the point of juicing. If the fresh juice is subject to high heat during the juicing process, some level of oxidation occurs in the juice and its shelf-life is reduced. Try to minimize oxidation by juicing with a masticating juicer. The slower speed of a masticating juicer generates less heat, thus keeping the nutrients intact.

Storing fresh juice is a breeze as air-tight glass containers are easily available these days. However, drinking fresh juice immediately after it is made will ensure that you reap the maximum benefits of juicing. So, whenever possible, juice just enough for your immediate consumption.

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