The whole point of juicing is to reap the benefits that come with the freshness and goodness of the luscious fruits and veggies that are simply the best for our mind, body, and soul. But what’s the point of juicing, if the glorious liquids don’t maintain their freshness and keep their nutritional value intact. You absolutely must make sure your juices stay optimal in their nutritional value while keeping their taste at their yummiest levels. Want to know how?
Juice It Right
Your juice has an arch nemesis. No, it’s not the ‘cape-yielding, evil-laugh’ kinda nemesis but rather a simple one — heat. Heat damages the nutrients and enzymes present in your juices.
The more the heat generated while juicing, the shorter will be its storage life. Avoid centrifugal juicers as they operate at high speeds and generate a lot of heat, which speeds up oxidation. They compromise the freshness of the juice and you can’t store it for long. Masticating juicers, on the other hand, are slow juicers and operate at very slow speeds with little to no heat. This means that there will be less oxidation in the juicing process, which is why such juices can retain their nutritional potency for up to 72 hours.
While you may lead a fast and busy life, get a slow juicer for your juices!
Did you hate veggies growing up as a kid and find every excuse not to eat them? Well, you have to face karma now as you need to befriend fresh, organic vegetables and fruits to make juices. If they are older than 2 days, don’t even let them come near your juicer. Organic fresh produce will have high nutrient content, which is ideal as the nutrient content drops when you store it. If you can’t afford organic produce, at least make sure they are fresh and that you utilize them soon.
Keep It Cool
If juices could have a life mantra, it would be — ‘just chill’. Always store juices at lower temperatures — the colder they are, the better. If you leave them out, bacteria will start growing and you will end up getting sick, thus defeating the purpose of drinking healthy juices! Refrigerate your juices if you don’t consume them right when you make them, so carry them with you in a temperature control bottle.
Put the Brakes on Oxidation
The juicer breaks the cell walls of the fruits and vegetables exposing them to air. The substances within the cell react with the air, producing oxidation. You can’t avoid oxidation while juicing, especially when a lot of heat is produced while making it, but you can slow it down.
Oxidation also occurs even when the juice sits around for a long time. This is why you must drink it as soon as you make it. However, it might not always be possible. You can slow down the oxidation process by storing it properly. Use a container specifically made for the purpose of cutting out oxidation like SANS bottle. They are great for storing juices as they slow down oxidation. The lid includes an innovative vacuum pump mechanism designed to preserve the life of smoothies and juices by removing the air from the bottle and maintaining a tight seal.
Fiber It Up
If heat is the enemy, then fiber is the side-kick that always has the juice’s back. Adding fiber or pulp to the juice will prevent further oxidation and increase its storage life. The more fiber or pulp there is in your juice, the longer it is likely to last in the fridge. So, the next time you think of straining your juices, think again.
Extend Life With the Right Container
Use an airtight container when you store juices in the fridge and have as little air as possible. Containers like SANS bottles are perfect for storing your favorite juices as they work to your juices and keep them fresher for longer. They are non-toxic, easy to clean, and perfect on the go. You can carry it anywhere you want as it is leak-proof too. Avoid storing your juices plastic bottles as they can often speed up the oxidation process.