As we all know, the best time to drink a freshly made juice is as soon as it has been made – but some of us simply don’t have that choice and would like a proactive and healthy juicing option when on the go! Having the ability to prepare your juices for the hustle and bustle of everyday life may be your only feasible option. That’s where I come in – I’ve put this article together in order to give you the most informed choice possible for juice storage and have included what I believe are 5 of the best containers for juicing.
My simple answer to this one is: yes you can! For those of us who are looking for an on-the-go solution to juicing and who have accepted that juice containers are the only way to have this option readily available, the biggest problem we will face is loss of nutrients. Considering that this degradation begins immediately after (and even during, in some cases) juice is produced, it’s paramount that we know how to store them to prevent nutrient degradation as much as we can.
As stated, the degradation process begins immediately after your juice is produced. The primary reason for this is oxidization. When juicing, you have not only opened up your fruit and veg to be able to provide you with more nutrients than would be the case while eaten, but you have also essentially given natural elements access to the parts of the fruit that would have otherwise been untouched.
Keep in mind that fruit and veg are protected by their natural skins, so once this has been removed from the equation, the fruit will begin to immediately deteriorate. Imagine a freshly peeled apple – it doesn’t take long before it begins to brown, does it?
With this in consideration – what’s the best thing we can possibly do after juicing our fruit and veg? Give it a new skin of course! In other words, make sure we have the appropriate, air tight storage at hand. This is why great juice containers are important – you’ll be essentially emulating a natural protector. The juice container is basically their new skin! As such, when storing, fill up your containers as close to the brim as possible. You want to have next to 0% oxygen held with your juice.
Not only are juice containers extremely important for ensuring shelf-life, but the process through which you make your juice beforehand can determine how long you can store them.
Before I delve a little deeper into the best containers and bottles for juicing available to you, it is certainly important to note that the shelf-life of your juice does not rely only on your bottles for juicing, but also through the type of juicer you use.
For example, juice extracted from centrifugal juicers have a typical lifespan of about 24 hours after juicing. This is because these juicers have a high RPM (revolutions per minute) and as such a high amount of movement occurs during this process, these juicers have no choice but to introduce oxygen during the juicing process. Whereas, if you’re using a cold press juicer, the lifespan can be much longer – up to 72 hours after!
As most juice-enthusiasts will tell you, the cold press juicing option is that little bit more expensive, but with better longevity on the final product and overall greater nutrition, it certainly is worth that little investment over the usual centrifugal price.
Everyone has their go-to material when it comes to juice containers but our rundown includes plastic, glass and stainless steel so you can find the best juicing container to meet both your needs and budget!
Mason jars have always been a staple solution to home-made food storage and are also an inexpensive favorite amongst juicers alike.
The most convenient aspect of the Rubbermaid Serving Saver Juicebox is that, well, it saves you serving the juice! These containers come with a leak-resistant sipping spout for convenient drinking.
This is stainless steel – so it will be durable, to say the least. This will also help ensure your juice stays cold which is fantastic for keeping as much freshness as possible throughout the day!
16 Oz. Empty Clear Plastic Juice Bottles
Straight forward, heavy duty plastic bottles. Ideal shape if storing juices in a limited space.
Not only aesthetically superior to most juicing containers you’ll find on the market, but these also include the added benefit of both glass and stainless steel. The caps of these bottles are stainless steel lined with a rubber ring in order to prevent any chance of your juices coming into any contact with oxygen.
No excuse not to juice!
So, as you can see, even for those of us who cannot justify every-day-all-day juicing that just doesn’t agree with the hustle and bustle of modern day living, we can still benefit from the nutritional prowess of juicing. All it takes is a little bit of forethought and a little bit of planning ahead.
The forefront of this planning is in choosing the right juice container for your needs! Although containers are made of plastic, glass and stainless steel, each have their advantages and disadvantages so it is important for you to try them out and decide which works for you.
Finally, it is important to keep in mind that it’s not just the juice container that’s important, but also what produce you’re putting into your container for that long day ahead. Cold press juicers, while a little bit more expensive, yield fresher results in the juice department. You may even find that due to the extended life-span of your juice by using a cold press juicer that this mini-investment will pay itself off in no time at all.
Embrace the health kick and happy juicing!