View Full Version : Calling All Veggie Juicing Experts!!!!
01-11-2005, 04:51 PM
Am new here and got great support in the Welcome Area! Thanks to all that posted there.
I did do a search looking for posts on my question but found none, perhaps I used wrong search words......Anyway I am veggie juicing.
I am looking for a better way if any, to store my juice for a day or two. So I can make it during one juicing for the day or two. I currently use a hand pump called the pump and seal I got on line. It was only about 20 bucks. It does remove the air but makes alot of added froth and bubbles while doing so. It looks like the bubbles collapse during the final pumping. The juice is fresher than not using this device but I am wondering if there is a better way as the juice still does not taste as good as fresh. Just trying to improve the nutritional quality and help it go down better! LOL
Before I bought the pump and seal thingy I would fill the mason jars all the way to the top and then seal them with the lids. I read this tip on line and it was supposed to keep the juice fresh. It did not. It would turn brown and rotton tasting and would not last the day. I do use alot of greens!
Then I got the above device and as I said it does work better but makes too much froth and air bubbles as it is removing the air.
So now I am considering getting the gadget with the bags and canisters you buy at the store. I forget the exact name. It is used to store stuff in the freezer etc. It removes all the air but not by hand as with the cheapo thingy. I have lots of kitchen gadgets though, so not sure if I should buy it. It is expensive but if it works better than what I am using I will buy it. :confused:
Any tips or suggestions on what works for others if anything does, would be greatly appreciated! Making up the juice during one time frame does help with my following thru throughout the day cause then I can just get it from the fridge instead of juicing and cleaning up each time. Something I fail to do more than once per day. I do know the best is to juice fresh.
01-11-2005, 09:16 PM
Try the green star juicer. you can check into it online. The juice from that juicer lasts 24-48 hrs, because of the twin gear which is magnetic. I have one and love it. Alissa may have it on her website too. Hope this helps:)
01-11-2005, 09:53 PM
I've been wondering the same thing about storage. I'd like to do a juice fast soon, but I know I'll be needing juice while at work. Woa - I just had a crazy idea - I could bring my juicer and produce to work with me & make it fresh! This could actually work with my working environment, but most people wouldn't be able to do it. I'd still like to know what's a cheap and effective way to prolong the life of juice. Where are the experts at? Hello?
01-12-2005, 12:33 AM
I do have a green star! Bought it last year and used to use it all the time. And ya know, I saw absolutely no difference in the freshness or staying power of the enzymes. I know they claim it is better than the centrifugal ones but I really think that is marketing hype. :) I use alot of greens and it turned brown really fast despite their claims.
I recently got a Waring Juicer and like it alot better. I had tried the Jack LaLane one too and did not like it.
Thanks for the input, I do appreciate your help and thoughts very much!
01-15-2005, 03:46 AM
I think the secret to getting more shelf life out of green vegetable juices is to include some lemon in the juice. I use a GreenStar. I leave a little air space at the top of my jars so I don't make a mess when I open them, and my green juice tastes quite fresh (refrigerated) 48 hours. It certainly is not brown. Without the lemon, I would want to consume it within 12 hours.
01-15-2005, 08:10 AM
I have the tilia brand vacuum sealer. I absolutely LOVE it!! You can find it on sale for $40 or Sam's Club carries it for around $120 or so including bags and a canister or two. We bought ours off of TV (gasp) and got all the extras with it and it was actually cheaper to do it that way. Each canister is $20 on sale,(perhaps it was Best Buy where I saw it? I can't remember) but ours came with the mason jar attachment so I assume that you could use the mason jars to keep produce, etc fresh for longer and not have to buy a bunch of canisters.
I haven't tried it with juice, but I have used it for EVERYTHING else! And it is way worth the price. Sears sells an off brand and the accessories are cheaper-but I don't know how well it works. I have used the canisters to save veggies in the fridge and it was amazing. It made them at least look fresh for about a week longer than without vacuum sealing.
Hope that helps!
01-16-2005, 01:22 PM
Wow !!! Jackpot ! Thanks Nickster and Waken and the Gang!
Nick, I will look for the Tilia Brand Vacuum Sealer on line and in the stores. I was surprised at the price fluctuaction from $40 to $120 with assessories. Will try to find as great a deal on it as you did.This sounds like an excellent idea! Seems I could use the canisters storing some of the veggies before I use them too which will help the freshness and still use my mason jars for the juice. This is gonna help my commitment to do juice and raw eating!!! Yahoo!!!! :eek:
Waken, I am gonna incorportate your lemon juice idea as well. I have used lemons on occassion in with other juices before but not sure if it was stored too or if I drank it right away. I bet there is a good improvement doing that!!! Using these two suggestions from you both, I think the taste and storage problems will improve ! :D
Nicken, I am also gonna try and store the juice in the bags too. Would like to see if that works. Then I could stack several flat in a box with maybe some dry ice and bring on the plane when traveling! :cool:
Can't thank you guys enough! Wil let you know as to my success.
01-16-2005, 01:31 PM
Hi. Just one more bit of advice from a dedicated juicer: If I know I want to drink several juices on a particular day, I don't bother cleaning in between juicings (I'm talking about w/in a few hours time, not days...and I'm in a cold winter climate ;) ) There's no problem with the taste or hygiene in doing this and it makes it very quick and easy to run some veggies through the juicer throughout the day when I'm home and puttering around. Then I do one big clean-up. In working with juices to heal my fibromyalgia, I've really found that fresh juices, consumed immediately, have a much better effect on me than those stored for later. Best wishes! M.
01-16-2005, 01:40 PM
me too Melissa - the pineapple and oj seem to be really helpful
01-16-2005, 04:48 PM
Thanks Mellissa and Glad!
I will keep that tip in mind!
01-24-2005, 08:50 PM
Thanks again to all who gave their feedback (no pun intended, LOL) on storing veggie juice !
Nickster, you said the Tilia FoodSaver was great. I have ordered the attachments that work with the Canning Jars and am going to either get the Tilia "gun device" that extracts the air or get the whole setup. I am wondering if the "bagger" can be used with soups and juice,otherwise I may not want it.
Nickster, have you ever put something liquid in the plastic bags before it sucks the air out? The company says you can not do that but maybe cause they want everyone to buy the canisters and jar attachments.
I am trying to make the veggie juice and store it in bags to stack together in a duffle bag with ice and take on the plane with me. Then I will put the bags on ice and use up in a couple of days. I do not want to bring jars or canisters as this would be too many to haul. I could take my juicer but am not going to have a car while at the hotel to drive to buy veggies. Also won't have a sink in the hotel room except bathtub to clean out the juicer.
Whahoo! I am doing the Tony Robbins Seminar! :eek:
Any input or opinions from folks who have used Foodsavers would be appreciated!
01-24-2005, 08:54 PM
Heh Waken and Everybody,
Putting the lemon in the Green juice really helps ! Just wanted to thank you again for that valuable tip!
02-08-2005, 06:11 PM
LOVE IT I have the FoodSaver, and when we got I vaccumed sealed everything, except our son, couldn't buy a roll large enough - I am kidding :p .
I have used for my juices, and I also picked up a tip from Smatsy, I leave a little room at the top and freeze my juice, thaws out during the day, and it is great.
03-04-2005, 06:19 AM
I froze some carrot juice a couple of weeks ago in a plastic bottle. I will unthaw when I go out of town. Is this ok, and will it be fresh enough?
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