Can Juice go Bad?
by Healthy Homestead Team
3 months ago
Do you wish there was a way of preserving fresh juice for weeks? Sadly, there is no such thing. Fresh juices contain a lot of vitamins, enzymes, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Over time, they lose their effectiveness.
There is no special ingredient that can protect the integrity of fresh juice. For the best effects, you should drink fresh juice within 20 minutes. However, if you have to store it, you should drink juice within 48 to 72 hours.
Why you should not juice the night before?
Being that many of us have hectic mornings, a lot of people ask if they can prepare the juice the night before. Sadly, it is not smart to juice the night before. That is, if you are using a conventional home juicer.
The reason is simple. Enzymes will not stay active for more than 30 minutes. However, if you are juicing simply because you like the taste of your juice, then sure, juice the night before. But do that once in a while.
After all, the main reason for drinking vegetable and fruit juice is to reap the health benefits. We would all wish to be possible to make juice well in advance. But the freshness of vegetable juice is what makes it amazing in taste, and beneficial for your health.
The importance of your juicer
One underrated factor in terms of durability and freshness of your juice is the juicer you use. There are two main types of juicers we use, masticating and centrifugal juicers.
Masticating juicers are also known as cold juicers, because the juice remains cool. There is no heat included in the juicing process. Masticating juicers have slow RPM, mostly 50 or 60, which stops the juice from heating up and from getting oxidized. Juice made from masticating juicer is usually fresher, has more vibrant color, and can last 2 or 3 days before it starts to spoil.
Centrifugal juicers, on the other hand, have blades that are spinning fast and suck a lot of air into the machine. Because of that, oxidation is present, and the juice can last maximum of one day. The positive of centrifugal juicers is you can add large pieces of fruit, and the juicer will turn it into juice. With masticating juicers, you have to prepare foods by chopping and cutting them into small pieces.
How to make juice last longer?
There are a couple of ways you can prolong the shelf life of your fresh juice.
For starters, proper storage is important. You have to put your juice into bottles, or mason jars. Cheap plastic containers can encourage oxidation. Instead, use glass container with tight-fitting lid, and make sure to pour the juice immediately after extraction. Leave only 1mm of airspace before screwing the lid on.
One trick that people use is adding lemons to the juice. Lemon juice slows down the oxidation process. But you cannot add lemons to any juice.
Last, but not least, you can freeze fresh juice. While some nutrition experts do not recommend freezing, it is still a valuable method. Just remember, you will lose nutrition over time. You can keep the juice in the freezer and drink it up for 6 months. Just make sure the juice is defrosted before drinking.
How to tell if your juice has gone bad?
You will be able to tell rather quickly if your juice has gone bad. For starters, you can smell it. Your juice will smell differently than it was first made.
Another sign is the color. The juice will have different color, and it will change more and more over time. Slight change in color is normal, but if you notice any brown colors on the top of the juice, it is time to throw it away.