In this article, I am gonna tell you how I store my juice for 72 hours.
We are busy all the time. We have a lot of things to do every day. Some have to do their business, some are busy with the company they are serving and some are busy with their kids and family. So, it is difficult to prepare juice every day when you are on a juice cleanse or juice diet.
As a result, it is really crucial to make more juice for 2-3 days and store it for drinking later.
Things that can degrade your juice quickly
- Using uncleaned juicer
- Using inorganic fruits or vegetables
- Not cleaning your produce properly
- Exposure to sunlight
- Exposure to air
- Using a centrifugal juicer
- Using too many ingredients
8 steps to store your juice for 72 hours
So, let’s learn how to store your juice for longer period.
Use your produce while it is cold
Keep your produce chilled prior to juice. You might have already noticed there is browny discoloration when you half-cut fruit and keep it in the air for a while. It is caused by the enzyme activity. The enzyme activity is enhanced by heat.
Every 10 degrees centigrade drop of temperature decreases the enzyme activity by half. While deep freezing will cause to destroy all the enzymes except flavor creating enzymes.
You wouldn’t want your juice to be an enzyme-less drink. Just keep your produce above the freezing point. However, if you want to make a smoothie you might freeze the produce.
What food are you juicing?
Always try to juice fruits that are grown organically. Pesticides, fertilizers, and different chemicals are used to grow up inorganic fruits or vegetables which can’t be removed even after washing.
If you are juicing inorganic fruits or vegetables to store them, you are leaving the culprit in the container to destroy the juice.
Although it is required to use fertilizers to grow up organic fruits or vegetables, the fertilizers are FDA approved. Even most of the chemicals from organic fruits or vegetables can be removed by simply washing them.
So, use organic foods to minimize chemical exposure from your juice.
Using a slow juicer
A slow juicer (Either a masticating or twin gear juicer) is more beneficial when it is a matter of increasing the shelf time of your juice.
This type of juicer doesn’t generate heat while operating; as a result, the juice can’t be oxidized. In the end, you will get a fresh juice rich in nutrients, vitamins, and enzymes.
On the other hand, centrifugal juicers (fast juicers) runs at a speed of 800-1200 RPM. So, while operating they produce heat to oxidize the nutrients, vitamins, and enzymes. Whatever you do to store your juice, prepared by a centrifugal juicer, you won’t be able to store it for more than 24 hours.
To store your juice for the maximum period you should use a slow juicer to juice your produce. Make sure you have cleaned your juicer machine prior to juice.
Filter out the pulps
Although juicing with pulp has some advantages, you should remove the pulp when you have the intention to store it for a couple of days. Pulps contain the tissue where the enzyme act to cause brown discoloration of your juice.
Add natural preservatives
Natural preservatives like Honey, Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), citric acid, malic acid can help to prevent brown discoloration. On the other hand, to preserve flavor you can add essential oil, alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E).
Use airtight glass juice container
Pour your juice into an airtight glass juice container. Make sure to tighten the bottle lid well so that air can’t enter the bottle. Exposure to the oxygen of your juice can destroy the nutrients and might cause the juice to become discolored. Fill the container as much as possible so that there is hardly any space for air to contain.
Plastic bottle contains harmful substances which may be harmful to your health.
So, don’t use plastic bottles.
Make sure to label the jar with the date it was prepared and the juice content as well. Label the expiration date also just like the commercial juice available on market.
Label for 72 hours if you are using a slow juicer or not for more than 24 hours while using a centrifugal juicer or fast juicer.
Refrigerate your juice
Refrigerate your juice rather than freezing it. Freezing your juice might cause your juice to lose taste. However, if you have no other option rather than freezing it, keep some space in the container to let the volume of your juice to be expanded. I wouldn’t want you to clean a broken glass in your freezer.
By the steps you can store your juice for 72 hours if you are using a masticating juicer.
When you will understand that your juice is degrading
You will feel that the taste of the juice has been altered along with the discoloration of the juice. In that case, the citric acid content in lemon can aid your juice to be preserved and slow down degradation.
Also, you can add honey while juicing as honey is known to be a natural preservative.
If you follow the steps mentioned above your juice should be last for 72 hours. Make sure to use a slow juicer if you want your juice to be stored for 72 hours. But if your juicer is a centrifugal juicer, don’t store your juice for more than 24 hours.