So, you have begun juicing or have been juicing for awhile and may be wondering how to store your juice properly? Storing your juice properly can help to keep its freshness and nutrients intact for longer periods of time than improperly stored juice.
With that being said, the first and most optimal way of getting as many of the nutrients out of your juice as possible is to drink it as soon as you can after it’s made. For some people this may not be possible, or it may simply be more time effective to store the juice and drink it throughout the day.
There are a few good reasons why you want to store your juice the proper way and these are to ensure its freshness, its flavor, and even more importantly, to help retain its nutritional value as long as possible.
As your juice sits its nutrients are damaged and destroyed by oxidation. To reduce this damage and to help your juice maintain its nutritional potency it’s important to store it in the proper way.
The methods to store your juice that we’ll talk about below can help to keep it good for at least 1-3 days. Some people will keep their juice for up to 5 days using these methods, but we personally drink our juice within 3 days of storing it. We believe this is the best way to ensure we’re getting as many of the nutrients as possible.
Before we get started, you may also be interested to find out if you can freeze juice from your juicer to use it later. Ok, let’s get into how storing your juice is done!
How To Store Your Juice Using A Mason Jar Or Any Other Glass Jar
The first way to store your juice is to use a mason jar or any type of glass jar with a screw on lid. A mason jar is the best choice because it has better options for keeping the juice inside sealed and away from air.
Other glass jars that will work are the types that have screw on lids such as pickle jars, spaghetti sauce jars, olive jars, and many others. Before you use any jar to store your juice in, be sure to clean it well.
After you have made your juice you’ll want to store it as soon as possible. This will help to slow down the oxidation process and ensure that more of your nutrients remain inside the juice.
To begin with, you will want to place your jar inside the sink or somewhere that the juice can run into as it will be messy if you don’t. Pour the juice into your jar and fill it to the very top. Now to be sure that it will be completely full once you seal it for the purposes of keeping as much air out as possible you will want to pour more in until the juice overflows a little.
If there is foam at the top of your juice, you will want to be sure to keep filling the jar until as much of the foam is out of the juice and most of what is there is only juice. Once this is done, seal your jar by screwing the lid on tightly. We usually will put the lid on quickly after filling it so that it will be as full as possible.
Once you are finished filling up your glass jar and have sealed the lid, you can then rinse off any juice or foam that remains on the glass jar. Your juice is now ready to go and should be put into your refrigerator! If you are taking your juice with you for the day, then it’s best to keep it in a cool dark place until you are ready to drink it.
If you don’t have access to mason jars where you live or prefer the convenience of ordering them online, here are a few links below where you can buy them.
How To Store Your Juice Using A Glass Bottle
The second method is to first pour your juice into a glass bottle of some kind. You can then use a vacuum sealer to literally take the oxygen out of the bottle while keeping it sealed tight and ready to use later. A wine bottle type vacuum sealer can be used for this and should work for most glass bottles.
Some examples of glass bottles that will work are Pellegrino water bottles or other similar types of glass water bottles, wine bottles (obviously cleaned out well), or any other glass bottle type with a smaller narrow opening where you drink the contents out of.
Vacuum sealers for bottles are very easy to use, and most of them work in the same way. You place the vacuum seal pump over the opening of your glass bottle where you have already placed a stopper and then pump the device in a very similar manner to the way you pump air into a bicycle using a manual air pump. Instead of air going in, though, you are taking the air out of the bottle. Once you are finished, you simply take the sealer pump off, and your juice is sealed and ready to go.
If you cannot find a vacuum sealer for bottles locally or for convenience would rather order one online, these vacuum sealers come highly recommended for this purpose and are really affordable.
Storing Your Juice In A Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Thermos
Although the two methods mentioned above are probably the more optimal way to go, a lot of people have circumstances in which they need to store their juice inside of a container that will not break as easily as glass can. Some people may also just want an easier way to take their juice with them while they are on the go.
While it is true that you can store your juice in a regular stainless steel or aluminum type water bottle, a stainless steel vacuum insulated thermos will be more optimal and will also keep that juice nice and cold for a longer period of time. Since heat can also effect the freshness of your juice, this can be a nice side benefit to using one of these types of storage containers.
As mentioned with the two methods above you should also fill your container to the top until it’s overflowing so that there will be as little oxygen as possible inside of your container. This combined with the vacuum insulated nature of these bottles will help to keep your juice as fresh as possible while also keeping it in a container that is more durable than glass.
Below is a link to some good vacuum insulated stainless steel bottles.
Adding Lemon Juice To Slow Down Oxidation
Aside from storing your juices using one of the methods described above there is another trick you can use to keep your juices fresh longer. This is to add some lemon juice to them. You could do this along with storing your juice using the methods above for even better results!
Lemon juice helps to keep your juice fresh longer by slowing down the process of oxidation. This is due to the types of acids that are contained within lemon juice. You can see this displayed when you squeeze lemon juice over cut, open apples and it keeps them from browning much longer than normal.
In general it’s recommended to add enough so that you can taste the lemon juice among your other juices. This doesn’t mean it has to be overpowering in lemon juice flavor, but it should be enough that you can definitely tell there is some lemon juice in there.
Lime juice can be used in the same way, but lemon juice in has more of a reputation for this purpose. If you wanted to be adventurous and experiment with new flavors though, you could try adding a bit of both!
Storing Your Juice In An Ice Cooler Box, or Ice Cooler Bag When Out and About For The Day
We know that most of us have schedules to keep and that while it would be nice to be able to take all of the time off we need to do our juice cleanse this is just not possible for everyone. Most people need a way to be able to take their juices with them while they are out doing whatever it is they need to be doing during any given day.
The point of storing your juice while you are out and about or at work is to keep it cool and in as much of a dark place as possible. Doing one or both of these things will help your juice to lose nutrients at a much slower pace.
After you’ve stored your juice using any of the other methods we talked about above, you’ll then need an ice cooler or ice bag of some kind. If it’s easy for you to transport one, then you can use any ice cooler box that will work for you. You can even use one of those cheaper Styrofoam ice coolers if you like. All you need is an ice cooler, some ice, and your juices of course and voila you are set for the day!
Here are some ideas for ice cooler boxes if you would like to simply order yours online. You can click either of those images below to take you to where each one is sold.
We also know that in some cases carrying around an ice cooler is not going to work for you. If you are on a bike, are a student of any kind, or have any other reason why carrying an ice cooler around with you just won’t work, then there are other solutions.
Ice cooler bags can be the way to go when you need something more flexible and that might “fit in” with your day easier. Here is a great ice cooler bag we found that should work well for this. Clicking on the picture will take you to where this bag is sold.
Another option, that might be a great solution for a student, anyone bicycling, or anyone on the go in general is this backpack that also doubles as an ice cooler bag. You can put your juices inside of a compartment and add ice or blue ice packs to keep it cool. The separate compartment is made of thermoguard insulation and is also water resistant to guard against leaks. The other compartment in this ice cooler backpack is made to hold anything else.
You can also find other options on amazon.com after you look at any of these ice coolers or ice cooler bags by entering in the keywords ice cooler bag.
If you have any questions at all about anything on this page or would like some more information, feel free to comment below!
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