How to Store Juice from a Juicer – Make Your Juice Last Longer

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How to store juice from a juicer

Freshly juiced juice... So refreshing and nutritious!

But...

It’s a timely process both making the juice and cleaning up afterward. Some people begin to juice less often because it's time consuming. We don't want that to happen. Do you know how to store juice from a juicer?

Do you ever wonder if you can you juice for the week and store it without diminishing the nutrient quality?​

The answer is yes and no! Yes you can juice a couple days’ worth of juice, but a week would be pushing it. Juice definitely has a shelf life, but we can give you pointers on how you can maximize the storage time.

The importance of fresh juice​

To get the most nutrient content from your fresh juice, ideally, it should be consumed within the first 20 minutes after making it. This is because once your juice is exposed to the air around it oxidation begins.

What is oxidation?​

​According to Livestrong, oxidation is a natural chemical process that begins when the cell walls of fruits or vegetables skins are ruptured. Enzymes begin to break down the food, and it begins to lose its nutritional content.

How to store juice

How long can I store fresh squeezed juice?​

You can store it for 24-48 hours when it’s made with a regular juicer and up to 72 hours if you use a masticating juicer and still reap the nutritional benefits.

How to store fresh juice from a juicer​

Immediately after juicing your fruits and vegetables, get your juice into an airtight container.

  • Fill the container to the brim.
  • Lock the lid tight.
  • Get the juice into the refrigerator.

These steps will keep your juice as fresh as possible for a day or two. Make sure that the juice is always refrigerated to keep bacteria from growing. If you have to take your juice to work, put it in a small ice chest to keep the juice as cold as possible.

How to extend the life of your juice

Tip #1 - Store juice in glass bottles

Storing fresh squeezed juice in glass bottles or jars helps to keep it fresh for longer. This is because glass jars do not allow for rapid oxidation of your juice like a flimsy plastic container would.

Here’s why we don’t like plastic:

  • Plastic allows oxidation to occur more rapidly.
  • Plastic holds the flavors of liquids that were stored in it.
  • Plastic holds the odors of liquids it previously stored.
  • The flavors and odors are not easily washed out of plastic.

For example: Sometimes it takes bleach to remove residue and smell from plastic.

You can stock up on Ball Mason Jars at your local grocery store or reuse glass containers that you already have.​

Tip #2 - Juice with organic fruits and vegetables

Storing fresh squeezed juice in glass bottles or jars helps to keep it fresh for longer. This is because glass jars do not allow for rapid oxidation of your juice like a flimsy plastic container would.

organic fruits and vegetables

The National Institute of Health states that multiple studies prove that organic produce provides significantly greater levels of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus than the non-organic varieties of the same foods. Plus, organic produce is higher in antioxidants.

How does this extend juice life when it’s stored?​

Juicing with organic fruits and vegetables starts you out with ingredients that contain higher levels of nutrient content. Juice storage causes some degradation of the nutrients, so if you begin with higher levels of nutrients in the juice, you will also end up with more in the juice by day three.​

Tip #3 - Citrus lasts longer

When you juice with citrus, the juice last longer than if you juice with fruits such as apples. Certain fruits and vegetables oxidize quicker than others. To know which ones oxidize more rapidly, think of the ones that turn colors quickly after they’ve been cut and left on the counter.

Example: Bananas and apples quickly turn brown when you leave them out after taking a bite!​

Tip #4 - Juice in mass with a masticating juicer

Masticating juicers, known as cold press juicers, process juice slowly. They do not produce much heat during the juicing process. This means that little or no oxidation takes place.

Why does this help?​

Without added heat, juices made with masticating juicers have a longer shelf life and they retain their nutritional strength for about 72 hours. If you haven’t bought a juicer or need a new one and plan to do some high volume juicing, go with the masticating juicer.​

How to store juice from a masticating juicer

The process for storing juice from a masticating juicer is the same as a regular juicer except for the fact that the juice will last longer.

The most important thing 

The most important thing is that you continue to juice. The time it takes to make your fruit and vegetable juices each week are worth the health benefits that you reap.​

Not only will you feel great from having your daily does of juice, your body will absorb nutrients more rapidly with less digestion, and you will strengthen your immune system.

Make juicing an every third day event with the tips we have given you on how to store juice from a juicer.

Happy juicing!​

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About the Author

On the day she reached true enlightenment, Koko Zhou was still wearing a toga from the previous evening's beer-fueled debauchery. Late for her first class, her college roommate shook her from a deep sleep and offered her a glass of juice. Bolting it down was like pouring electricity into her body. Now a principal cellist for the Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra, Koko runs marathons in her spare time.

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