We have had many of our readers ask this question in many different ways: "Can I freeze juice from my juicer to use it later?"
Recently we were asked by one of our readers this question:
"I was wondering if you can juice your greens, freeze them, and add them to your smoothies or other juices later on and they still keep their nutritional value?"
Thank you for your question Amy. We are going to go ahead and answer this for all vegetables, and fruit, which include the greens that you asked about. 🙂
Right from the start we will say that the answer to this question is YES, and NO.
Yes, freezing juice as soon as you can after you its made, and using it later would be much better than anything you could buy bottled up and pasteurized.
If you do this you will want to freeze it as soon as you can after you make your juice. The reason for this is that oxygen, light, and heat degrade the nutritional value of your juice, and the longer they sit out in any of these, the more nutrients are lost.
This is the reason why you want to store your juices properly, if they are going to sit in the fridge or somewhere else for days at a time.
Will Some Of The Nutrition Be Lost By Freezing My Juice?
Yes, some of the nutrition will be lost.
There are different kinds of nutrients and while some of them shouldn't be harmed by freezing them, others will be harmed and possibly destroyed.
Water Soluble Vitamins
Water-soluble vitamins such as B-complex vitamins, and vitamin C, should not be harmed much at all. These are the same kinds of vitamins that survive when produce is frozen to be sold in grocery stores.
Some antioxidants will be affected greatly when frozen, while others will not be harmed too much at all. In studies, beta-carotene levels have been shown to be reduced in some cases, and not affected much in other cases when being frozen.
In another case specific antioxidants were found to be completely unharmed when frozen. Anthocyanin pigments are antioxidants that are responsible for the red, purple and blue colors in many fruits and vegetables. In this study they were found to remain completely stable when frozen and stored for 1 to 3 months at a time.
Can I Freeze My Juice and Use It Later During A Juice Cleanse?
We wouldn't recommend that you do this, mainly because during a juice cleanse you want to get as much nutrition into your body as you can.
A lot of the benefits you receive during a juice cleanse come from the raw home-made juices that you drink, and the nutrients within. Some of these nutrients already degrade over time if you do not drink the juice fresh, which is not as much of a problem if you store your juice properly.
Since its been shown that there's some nutrient loss from freezing, it would be wise to keep this to a minimum when doing a juice cleanse.
If you would like to freeze some as ice cubes and then add them to your already made juices for flavor, there would be absolutely nothing wrong with this! It sounds pretty good actually! 🙂 You would still get some of the nutrients from these frozen "juice cubes."
Generally, it would be safe to say that some nutrients are affected by being frozen while others aren't. The best way to consume your juice is as soon as possible after you make it, but it would be much better to freeze your juice after making it fresh, than to not drink juice at all.
We hope that this article will be of help to you Amy, and to anyone else who has ever wondered about this! Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them in the comments section below! We love hearing from you, and are happy you have found our site!
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