By Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND
Drinking juice immediately after it has been made is the most ideal way to consume your juice, but making it ahead of time can be a huge time saver for many of us. Being prepared can make any regular juice consumption more attainable.
So what happens when we make them ahead of time? We store them! Storing juice can be a juicers saving grace. Work commitments, travel, personal situations and a busy schedule are all hindrances to consuming freshly made juices immediately.
Being able to make them ahead of time in preparation for those busy periods can be the only way you may be able to commit yourself to a juice fast or even be able to get them down regularly.
The best tactic is to know how to store them to reduce possible nutrient degradation as much as possible:
Juices can be stored in the fridge for 24-48hrs and up to 72hrs at the absolute most.
We suggest when needing to store juices for longer than that, you then need to freeze them. If freezing, it is advisable to not fill them right to the top to allow room for expansion. Leave at least ½ inch at the top. When thawing them it is advisable to thaw in the refrigerator and drink immediately.
The process that causes apples to go brown so quickly is known as oxidation, which is simply a reaction of the nutrient compounds being exposured to oxygen. Juice is even more susceptible to oxidation because when fruits and vegetables are juiced the cell walls of the produce are broken down which allows the nutrients to be exposed to air, heat and light and with time these factors will contribute to the nutrient degeneration. The longer a juice sits around for, the more the juice nutrients will be oxidised and damaged.
After 72 hours in the fridge:
If you have to purchase a bottled juice then we suggest only reaching for HPP juices which have been pressurised to retain the nutrients without heat.
Follow our tips for juice storage and you can be assured that you are getting the most out of your juices.