5 Ways to Keep Your Juice Fresh and Tasty
Worried about the freshness and taste of your juice? Here are five tips you need to follow to remove the worries away!
- Use a cold press juicer.
Cold press juicers, also known as masticating juicers, prevent fruits and vegetables from oxidizing and losing their nutrients and flavor by not using heat to separate the juice of the produce from the pulp. Unlike the traditional centrifugal juicers that use fast-spinning blades that generate heat to break the ingredients into tiny bits, cold press juicers rely on pressure, retaining the freshness of your fruits and vegetables. They simply keep the nutrients pristine. There may be more expensive than the other type, but they sure keep your juice fresh and tasty.
- Store them properly.
As much as possible, drink your juice immediately after making them. It’s better to not store juices at all. If you have no choice, however, then don’t store them for more than eight hours especially if they’re made with a centrifugal juicer. Do not store them for more than 24 hours if you’re using a juicer with low rpm. Consumer your juices before 24 hours in order to still be able to acquire the nutrients they have. Remember to store them in dark containers only because the nutrients can be degraded by light. Also, do keep them somewhere dark.
- Refrigerate at once!
If you have excess juice, never ever leave your juice outside the refrigerator for long. This is a huge mistake. As quickly as you can, go and transfer them into a bottle and place them into the fridge to keep the juice cold. The juice will lose its nutrients faster if it’s exposed to room temperature for too long, preventing you from getting all the nutrients when you drink it again. Don’t waste them by leaving them on your counter right after they’re made.
- Take out the pulp.
Some juicers will do this one automatically for you. However, that depends on the brand and quality of the juicer you have. Whether or not your juicer does it for you, you still have to make sure that the pulp is removed. You can use the pulp for other purposes. You can mix them with your pancakes or breakfast cereals, add them to your broth, or turn them into cold treats. You may add some if you prefer your juice to be pulpy, but if you want the juice to stay fresh as long as it could, then take out all the pulp because it prides itself of the most oxidizing enzymes.
- Lower the pH level.
A little acidity is good. When your juice is more acidic than it should be, the acid can help prevent the juice from spoiling. You can do this by adding honey, citric acid, or ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The more acidic your juice is, the slower it allows the enzymes to cause oxidation, and the longer your juice can stay fresh and flavorful.