How Long Does Fresh Juice Last?

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The Difference In Juicers

Before you get started with juicing, it's good to learn about the different types of juicers out there. Choosing the right juicer will make all the difference in the taste of your juice, and will also determine how much time you need to invest in making it.

Centrifugal Juicer

Many people start with a centrifugal juicer, which works by grinding up whatever is pushed through a spinning basket. These juicers work quickly, as the name implies, so they're a great choice for people who don't want to spend too much time juicing. The down side is that these juicers don't retain all the nutrients of the raw ingredients, so many people buy a separate, masticating juicer. These work by grinding up your fruits and/or vegetables to make purees and then squeeze the remaining liquid through a screen. They are known to do a better job at retaining the nutrients, but they take longer.

Masticating Juicer

Masticating juicers work at a slower speed and spin at about 80 rpm. This slower spin means that the juice has more time to be extracted from the fruit or vegetable, so more of the nutrients are retained in the juice. This type of juicing is also better for the environment, because you end up with less pulp and more juice. Masticating juicers are generally more expensive than centrifugal juicers.

How Long Does Fresh Juice Last In the Fridge?

You don’t even need to buy a juicer yourself to reap the myriad health benefits that come with regular juice consumption.

Before you run out to your local health food store to stock up on fruit or vegetable juices, consult this guide first.

Juicing your own fruits and vegetables is the healthiest way to enjoy fresh juices.

Fresh juices are the perfect healthy refreshment you can enjoy on-the-go.

They are not only easy to bring along in a to-go cup without any other ingredients but they are also the least processed and contain the most nutrition.

The best part about fresh juices is they are full of healthy enzymes that aid in digestion, nutrient absorption, cell renewal and detoxification of your body.

So why is it that fresh juices can only be consumed right after they are made?

Can they be refrigerated and consumed later or even the next day?

Find out how long fresh juices last in the refrigerator.

What Is Fresh Juice?

Fresh juice, as the name implies, is juice made directly from fruits and vegetables. No added ingredients or additives whatsoever.

The best buy fresh juice juices you can make is 100% all natural, raw and totally organic.

That means they have not been pasteurized, heated or exposed any high temperatures at any point and they potentially have added food preservatives, flavor enhancers or sweeteners.

How Long Does Fresh Juice Last In a Mason Jar?

Juice is a full meal replacement rich in vitamins and nutrients, but its shelf life is pretty short. That is why this article covers how long cold pressed juice in a mason jar lasts.

A glass jar is a good option because it keeps light away from the juice and prevents the oxidation process that deteriorates the quality of the beverage.

What Is Oxidation and How Does It Affect Beverages?

The process of oxidation is the gradual degradation of the beverage quality due to the exposure to oxygen over time.

The antioxidants found in the juice can slow the degradation process but they can’t stop it. The loss of nutrients noticeably impacts the flavor.

How Long Does Cold Pressed Juice Last In a Mason Jar?

The taste, nutrients, and color quality of the juice can maintain a decent level for up to 3 days in a glass jar.

There may be changes, but you shouldn’t be able to see or taste them until 2 days after that.

After 3 days, the juice starts to lose flavor and nutrients. Low pressure cold pressed juices last longer than high pressure cold pressed juices.

If you have a high-pressure juice extractor, the pressure increases the juice quality retention capacity. You can keep it for a few more days than the traditional cold pressed juice.

Keeping It Fresh

So you just made a fresh glass of juice and you’re ready to enjoy your creation. How long will it last for in your fridge before becoming potentially harmful to your health?

Here are some steps you can take to make sure you can enjoy all of your freshly prepared juices in the fastest way possible.

The Juicer

The first thing you can do to keep your juice fresh is to make sure your juicer is clean.

Use your juicers owner’s manual and check the manufacturer’s web site for the proper instructions to remove all parts and clean and/or sterilize them properly.

A properly cleaned and sterilized machine will produce juice much more efficiently. A clean machine also requires fewer fruits and vegetables and is healthier for you.

The Produce

The next step you can take is to make sure that the produce you are using is fresh.

Check the use-by dates on the bottom of the produce.

If you don't see it, check the packaging.

After opening the package, wash the fruits or vegetables with water and dry.

You can also wash your fruits or vegetables in mild soap and water to remove any residue, but this is not usually necessary.