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How Long Do Homemade Juices Stay Fresh?

Learn how long homemade juices stay fresh in this Howcast video featuring nutritionist Natalia Rose.

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Hi, there. I'm Natalia Rose. And today, we're going to talk about how long homemade juices will last. Most homemade juices are made by centrifugal juicer, which heats up the juice slightly while it's being made. This is why you want to consume a centrifugally processed juice as soon after making it as possible. As soon as it's made, the juice will start to oxidize. The more it's exposed to air, the quicker it will oxidize. Now, there are a few tricks to help your juice last longer. One that would be to make sure that you put it in a container that is very well sealed and doesn't have any extra air in it. So fill it up to the top of the container as possible so that it exposes little air as possible. Another thing you can do if you want your juice to last a couple of days would be to immediately freeze it. Freezing a juice will compromise its enzymatic activity a bit, but it will enable most of the juice to stay in integrity and certainly will enable to last a whole lot longer.

The other type of juicer would be a cold press juicer like a Norwalk Press. As more and more people are juicing, more and more people are using the Norwalk Press at home, which is more of a commercial juicer. But the great thing about the Norwalk Press Juicer, the cold press juicing, is it enables the enzymes to stay intact for a much longer duration. Adding lemon or lime to your juice will extend its duration as well because of the citric acid. And a green juice that has no fruit in it will last longer than a green juice that does have fruit in it. So those are a few things you can keep in mind. One way to test and see whether your juice is still fresh just simply to taste it. If there's any fermentation, it's past its prime. If you do choose to consume a juice made from a centrifugal force juicer, the next day, the juice won't be bad by any means. It will just have significantly lost its vitality. So it's still safe to consume and can be fairly beneficial, it will have some vitality, and it will still be full of chlorophyll, but it just won't have the same zip, the same life force it would have immediately upon consumption.

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