View Full Version : How long does juice stay good for?
04-05-2012, 01:14 PM
I've been juicing every day for about 8 months now and I sell some of my juice to friends and coworkers. I typically tell people that the juice stays good for about 24 hours when in an airtight container and refriderated. This seems to work well for most juice but I have noticed that I have made juices with kale, spinach, parsely, beet tops, etc and have drinken them 8-10 hours later and they taste just terrible, like something turned bad. Are there any suggestions? I have many friends that want me to mix the greens in their juices but I am nervous about selling it to them because I don't want it to go bad before I can get it to them. Why is the green stuff going bad so fast and is there anything I can do about it? How long should it be staying good for?
04-07-2012, 03:11 PM
I have seen charts that indicate that it depends on the juicer and it lasts longer from some than from others.
I would think that if you can manage to fill the container to the brim so that there is no air left in it then it will have a better chance to survive. Top up with water if you have to. Oxidation is the problem and that needs oxygen.
The Sproutarian (Mr Raw)
04-08-2012, 02:36 AM
Juices start deteriorating within seconds. No juicer or container will stop this from happening. 24 hours is way too late. Drink the juice within 5 minutes at most. We would like the convenience of juice staying good for hours, but this doesn't happen with juices.
The Sproutarian (Mr Raw)
04-08-2012, 02:38 AM
I have many friends that want me to mix the greens in their juices but I am nervous about selling it to them because I don't want it to go bad before I can get it to them.
lt's best to do them a favour and not sell them any juices. lf they want the health benefit bad enough l would be telling them to make the juices themselves. lf it is too much trouble for them to prepare them, too bad for them.
04-08-2012, 03:37 AM
I think that you guys are being over dramatic. Yes they do begin to deteriorate immediatly but it takes a long time for the good to be gone completely. The ideal is to drink them as fast as you can but if you can not then drink them anyway. You will know if they are off.
04-08-2012, 08:35 AM
there's a big difference between centrifugal juicers and masticating or twin gear juicers.
if you are using a centrifugal you need to drink it immediately, otherwise you have time. no it's not as fresh as it is the moment it comes out of the juicer but you can tell when it's 'composted' itself to the point of becoming nutritionally deficient. you can taste it.
the colder the juice is kept, the more air tight, the type of juice made all makes a difference. experiment and see what works best for you and for your juicer.
but the most important aspect is... the kind of juicer you are using.
04-08-2012, 01:12 PM
I juice pretty much every day and I take it to work. I have a centrifugal juicer. How I keep my juice good (sometimes up to 24 hours), I put it in mason jars, pop it in the freezer for about 40 minutes. I put a thermos in the freezer as well for the same time period. I put the juice in the thermos to keep. I see no evidence of oxidation. I have tried other methods but this works for me.
04-08-2012, 06:55 PM
if you are using a centrifugal juicer it is oxidizing regardless of what you are doing to it afterwards. the process of extracting juice from the produce adds oxygen - no way around it with a centrifugal juicer.
is it healthier than processed juice... definitely.
is it healthy compared to drinking it fresh... definitely not.
but we all have to pick our "better thans" in life...
Raw Angel Mom
04-11-2012, 09:10 AM
High speed juicer or centrifugal, you only have 20 minute to drink it. It is best to use a low speed juicer if you want your juice to last through the day. The Omega 8000 series, are low speed and fairly quick to use because the clean up is fast.
04-11-2012, 11:42 AM
I have a centrifugal juicer and I keep mine up to 24 hours sometimes, in the fridge. Never tastes bad to me. May not be as nutritionally awesome as at first, but I'm okay with that. I don't need perfection. Just goodness. :)
04-12-2012, 01:24 PM
I was hoping to prepare breakfast and lunch before I leave for work in the morning. Given the shelf life of juice, does this seem practical?
04-13-2012, 04:33 AM
Can anyone offer advice?
Raw Angel Mom
04-13-2012, 06:45 AM
Go ahead and do this. Prepare your juice ahead for the day, at least lunch and breakfast. You need to do what works for you to be a success. In time, you might be able to find a way, but in the mid time this is what you need to do. Your juice will still be good and packed with nutrient. Ideally, it is best to make the juice and drink it but again, you need to do what works for you. I have to make my food also for the day. I haven't brought a smoothie for a while but i used to bring 3 liter of them at work, lol... I don't eat so much now.
All the best!
04-13-2012, 07:17 AM
I have a centrifugal juicer. I add lemon or lime to my juices. I have to juice the night before and take it to work with me the next day. My theory is old nutrients are better than no nutrients. If this is what you have to do do it. Air tight container is a must. I find cucumber juice does not keep very well. Enjoy don't be detered do the best you can for you.
04-17-2012, 02:45 PM
Thank you Raw Angel Mom and Traceyraw!
04-17-2012, 11:12 PM
Juice does stay fresh for about 24-36 hours if it is kept in cold climate, the loss of the nutrients come with time. Juice is better consumed right after you make it because the more time you take to consume it the less nutrient value it will have. You should consume the juice right away to get the full value of your juice. But for your fellow co-workers they are probably consuming it more for taste and some nutrients, it is safe for them to drink within the recommended time.
04-24-2012, 03:14 PM
Masticating juicers have the edge because of their low-RPM processing of juices. Hi RPM juicers start the oxidation process immediately, but that doesn't mean the juice is no good within minutes.
I juice for my wife and me in the morning around 6pm. I store our lunch juice in an airtight/vacuum, stainless steel thermos. This minimized the continued oxidation, and the juice if fine a lunch. If storage duration is of the utmost importance to you, then a masticating juicer is your best choice.
You should know that juicers have evolved significantly over the last few years. There's also a lack of scientific data to prove or disprove how "potent" masticating juicers are vs other juicers. Much of the opinion out there (like mine) is opinion and very unscientific.
If you plan to consume the juice within a few hours, and store it properly, centrifugal juicers are a viable option. Your research will show that each type of juicer has significant advantages and disadvantages.
The best juice from the supermarket is worst than juice produced from the cheapest juicer.
For anyone to suggest that Centrifugal juicers are poor juicers is simply false.
04-24-2012, 03:31 PM
There is a comparison chart at the bottom of this page.
usually inexpensive centrifugal juicers (the sort available on the high street) merely grate fruits and vegetables, leaving strings of unbroken cells. The juice from the cells that have been broken is then spun out at very high speed (6,000 to 10,000 rpm). Because the juice is flung out, it mixes with the air and so oxidises (turns brown) quickly. The pulp usually remains very moist, because the process has not extracted all the juice. Not only is this more wasteful, but the juice is paler, more watery, lower in nutrient value and often quite insipid in flavour.
05-01-2012, 03:57 PM
I'm just beginning to juice. I have an hour commute to work and would really love to be able to take some with me for during the day. What are your thoughts on freezing the juice? I have an idea of using ice cube trays to freeze quicker and then I would be able to mix certain flavors in one glass. What nutrients are you losing when you don't drink it right away? Also, instead of juicing kale I wanted to add kale powder to my other fresh juices... Or is that a bad idea. Lol clearly I'm a beginner but id really appreciate any feedback! Thanks
06-03-2012, 07:06 PM
Are all nutrients being lost with time? Vitamins? Phytonutrients?
06-10-2012, 07:43 AM
Are all nutrients being lost with time? Vitamins? Phytonutrients? It is not just a problem with loosing nutrients. There is also the problem of oxidisation.
The Sproutarian (Mr Raw)
06-13-2012, 10:49 AM
I think that you guys are being over dramatic.
Far from it.
The real truth about juicing that the companies don't want you to know about
The juicing companies will tell you all types of lies about juices staying good for hours and even days, but...
Listen carefully to the first 90 seconds of this:
Now, how do we know Brian is telling the truth? Think about it.... When you pick fruit off the tree or vegetables out of the ground, testing has shown they lose HUGE amounts of nutrition within the first hour (enzymes, phytonutrients, hormones and even vitamins). So how can something which has been juiced magically retain the nutrients??? IT CAN'T!!! lf a picked vegetable or fruit can't retain the nutrition, there is no hope that a juice can.
People are being deceived...but all people need to do is use their common sense and it is obvious what the real truth is.
Yes, even the Norwalk juice goes bad in 15 minutes. That's way l have always said to drink it within the first 5 minutes at the very latest. Do the juicing session in small amounts and numerous sessions: juice half a cup and drink it, then juice another half a cup and drink it....that's the only way it can be done.
06-13-2012, 11:41 AM
I know that what you are saying is the ideal but we can not always have the ideal and will just have to do the best that we can.
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