One of the common questions asked when starting a juice journey is how to store fresh juice. I remember when I first started juicing I peeled a massive amount of mandarins, and made some wonderfully refreshing juice. I had a glass immediately and thought that I could put the remaining juice it in a plastic bottle and store it in the fridge, so I could have it for breakfast the next day… but I was wrong, it tasted awful. Firstly I made the mistake of using a plastic bottle, and secondly it wasn’t airtight so the juice went really bad.
I generally wouldn’t recommend storing fresh juice. If you can, get up a little earlier, so you have time to prepare and enjoy a freshly squeezed juice that has the maximum amount of nutrients available. However, if you are doing a juice fast or are on a tight schedule and would like to enjoy juice throughout the day e.g. at work, you will have to store it the best you can, and this is where the type of juicer comes to play.
Depending on the type of juicer you are using you may be able to store juice for up to 48 hours in the fridge. If using a centrifugal juicer where a greater amount of oxidation occurs, freshly squeezed juice will probably not last any longer than 6 – 8 hours in the fridge, vegetable juice a little less. If using a single – or twin gear juicer (cold-press) and stored correctly, you may be able to keep it fresh for up to 24 hours, sometimes even up to 48 hours. It seems that there’s no definite answer to how long you can store fresh juice as it largely depends on factors such as juicer type and ingredients used, but if you would like to store juice following the below guidelines should give you a good chance of keeping it fresh.
- Never use plastic bottles as the chemicals in the plastic react with the juice
- Store in a glass jar
- Fill it right up and make jar airtight
- Store in the fridge
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