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The Best Way To Store Freshly Juiced Drinks To Preserve Their Flavor
There is nothing more refreshing than freshly squeezed juice, but that fresh flavor can quickly disappear. However, this problem can be remedied with proper storage.
Juices should always be stored in airtight containers to maximize shelf life. Avoid plastics and instead use glass jars, bottles, or pitchers as they won't leach chemicals.
Shortly after the produce is juiced and sealed, the liquid is best kept in the fridge to maintain its freshness and nutritive qualities, but be aware that it won’t last forever.
Freshly pressed juice is best consumed almost immediately. After a very short window of just 24 hours, oxidation, browning, and separation start to occur.
In addition to these visible changes, antioxidant levels also start to decrease. Unless juice is pasteurized, its aromas and flavors quickly fade, then spoil within a few days.
Bacterial growth will occur in juice within a matter of a few hours at room temperature, and even when stored in the fridge, cold-pressed juices shouldn't be consumed beyond 3 days.
The only true way to extend a juice’s lifespan beyond mere hours or days is to freeze it. Keep in mind that this isn't always the best option when it comes to mixed juice drinks.