Although delicious and extremely nutritious, fresh fruit and vegetable juices are a perishable drink if you dont know how to store it properly. The following article will introduce you to tips for storing fruit juice at home simply and effectively.
Why juice does not last long?
To force pure peeling from fresh vegetables, tubers, fruits, requires the use of specialized tools or presses. Their common mechanism of action is to exert a force (generating heat) on fruits and vegetables to squeeze juice.
The disadvantage of this process is the impact on the nutrients in the juice, causing them to break the bond, evaporate, change a certain amount.
In addition, external factors contribute to faster fermentation and oxidation of fresh juices. Therefore, they are easily spoiled, unlike bottled juices with preservatives.
Are you storing the juice properly?
You have put in effort, time, money (or a lot of money, you use organic things), to get a beautiful cup of juice full of nutrition. Believe me: you must drink as soon as possible. Drinking juice as soon as you have finished, pure, fresh, is the best way to enjoy juice properly.
Every time you want to drink juice, youll follow the same procedure – its in the ideal world. But with modern life, the to-do list is long and you dont have time for these snobbish things (only the time to surf Facebook is the same idea), it’s convenient to make juice once to use for one day (or even two days). Of course, to save time, you need to prepare. With a plan, everything will go much more smoothly.
And when you have pressed a lot already, in addition to drinking one part of the juice, the rest should be preserved as best as possible. Storing juice properly will save time for busy people, like us, and still benefit from the juice. Because for many people, if they didnt do it first and prepared in advance, they would probably never drink juice, or drink frequently.
So what are the considerations for preserving the best juice – minimizing the process of nutrition reduction and juice quality?
- Please preserve immediately after pressing.
- Tools containing juice: If you use tools that are not clean or not tight then it is easy to make the damage process much faster. The best way is to use bottles, glass jars.
- Covered with airtight lid: Helps keep pressing away from the environment inside the refrigerator, does not catch odors, bacteria from other foods, lids keep hygiene, and effectively prevent oxidation inside in juice.
- Use bottles with wide mouth: Convenient to clean the juice, no bacterial residue after each time you take the juice. Cleaning after using the juice will also be easier.
- Choose bottles with dark color: Limit vitamin evaporation, disappear due to the impact from the light outside.
- When pouring juice into a container, fill the bottle with water – minimize the amount of air between the water and the lid (reduce contact with oxygen causing oxidation), as the less air in the middle of the distance, the better it is.
- Another small note is that you can add a little lemon when pressed (as you often see in many juice formulas containing ½ – 1 lemon): both to increase the flavor, and to help minimize nutrient loss in preservation process thanks to the amount of vitamin C, citric acid and antioxidants (just like when you squeeze a lemon into an apple, the apple will see longer).
- Juice is best stored in a place protected from light. Because the juice will oxidize when exposed to heat and light. You can store the juice in thermo-retaining bottles, but they dont look as glamorous as they do in a glass bottle because you see all its colors. If you need to move and bring the juice bottles with you for 1 hour or more, use the travel icebox.
- In general, the juice if stored as above can be stored for 24 hours (with a centrifuge) and 48 hours (with a slow press) in the refrigerator compartment (<5०C), even for up to 72 hours.
Things to keep in mind when preserving fruit juice:
– The longer it is left, the more the juice will naturally lose nutrition. It is best to squeeze in the morning and drink during the day. If you really need to store longer, you should freeze the juice.
– Do not use metal containers to preserve fruit juice because it will cause the vitamin content in foods to be changed or destroyed.
– If you put the juice in the freezer compartment, you should not overfill the bottle to avoid deformation or damage of the bottle due to the expansion of the air, leave some air for the juice to expand (about 5-10cm on top).
– If you want to use the juice after freezing, put it in the cool compartment or soak the juice bottle in water to allow the bottle to thaw slowly. Do not perform rapid defrosting using a microwave oven or direct heat source. Drink immediately after defrosting
– Remember, juices are oxidized faster than fruits and vegetables when they are whole, because when pressed, the cell walls of the vegetables have been broken down so nutrients are easily exposed to the gas, temperature, and light, and the longer these elements age, the less the nutritional quality of the juice.
– The storage time above is relative. It is important to observe when using. If you see a lot of changes in smell, taste, and color, which indicates that the juice has been highly oxidized, there is a risk that unhealthy bacteria can multiply and can cause abdominal pain. Make use of his visualization.
Above is the information related to how to store fruit juice that we want to share with readers. Hopefully, after referencing the article, you know how to store the juice for a long time while ensuring the flavor and content of vitamins and nutrients in the product. However, remember: always try to drink the freshest juice when possible, as soon as you have finished! And if you cant drink it right away, preserve the juice as much as possible!