Juicy, simply means superb. It is a word used in most cases to describe the awesomeness of something. For example we could say this is a juicy piece of article to imply that the article in question is terrific. The whole point is; the reason people liken outstanding experiences to juice is because of their love for juice and the popularity of the drink. Despite its widespread manufacture, most people have resulted to making their own juice. The main challenge facing homemade juice however, is that in most cases no preservatives are used and therefore it has a short shelf-life. In this article we are going to explore one issue regarding storage of homemade juice; to freeze or not to freeze?
It is advisable to take juice immediately after making it but some situation may necessitate one to store it for later use. Below are some of the useful tips that may come in handy in case you need to store juice for later consumption:
To get the most out of the juice; prepare two batches. Consume one immediately then store the other for later
You can store fresh juice in the fridge for a maximum of 72 hours or in a cooler in case you are on transit
An airtight container can also work as a good juice storage
It is important to fill your container to the brim to make sure there is as little oxygen in your container as possible. Oxygen catalyzes the reactions that will enhance perishability.
Store in a cool dark place
There is no definite answer as to whether it is advisable to freeze fresh homemade juice. Like most things, it has it has its pros and cons. One of the pros is that it has been done before, it is being done and you can also do it. The main cone is that its nutritional value decreases with time and it is advisable that if frozen, it should be consumed before ten days. The issue of time is however controversial; some say ten days, others three months while other say that as long as the juice is in a frozen state it can be in storage for as long as you desire.
When juices or vegetables are frozen their vitamins degrade with time. Meaning that the more time they are in the frozen state the more vitamins they lose. Oxygen, heat and light degrade the nutritional value of your juice and that is why if freezing is your chosen method of storage it should be done promptly. The amount of nutrients saved will be indirectly proportional to the time taken before the juice is frozen i.e. the more the time taken the more the nutrients lost.
There are some vitamins that will not be harmed by freezing. They include; B-complex vitamins, and vitamin C. Also antioxidants such as anthocyanin pigments do not get altered by the process.
In a nutshell, the best way to benefit maximally from homemade juice is by ingesting it immediately. It is also understood that conditions may force one to need to prepare juice for later. In such cases freezing is an option. You may not obtain maximum benefit from frozen juice but you will still benefit.