Checking in with a VERY quick question of the week. A few nights ago, I said a few words about my weekend prep routine. I mentioned that I do a lot of juicing on weekends, so some of you asked, “is it OK to juice over the night before you intend to drink?”
Let me clarify: when I said that I spend a lot of time juicing over the weekend, I meant that I spend more time juicing relative to the week, when I’ll often purchase juice on the way to the office at a juice bar (an expense I don’t love, but given that I don’t drink alcohol or coffee, one that I’ve managed to justify). But no, it’s not smart to juice the night before, at least not if you use a conventional home juicer. The enzymes in the juice won’t stay active for more than thirty minutes or so.
If you have a Norwalk juicer, juice will keep at cool temperatures for 1-3 days. Otherwise, if you want to preserve your juice, freeze it in a mason jar or other glass container as soon as you make it. (Avoid exposing fresh juice to direct sunlight for more than a moment, too.) This is a great tip to keep in mind when you travel! I often put frozen mason jars of juice in my suitcase and check my luggage. For any flight that’s relatively quick, this is perfect: the moment I land, I can reclaim my bag and chug my juice. Yum.
Of course, juice isn’t just about enzymes; it’s also about taste. So if you’re juicing simply because you like the taste, it’s fine to juice the night before — once in a while. But you’ll be missing out on lots of pure nutrition if you do that frequently.
I wish it were possible to make juice well in advance! But remember: the freshness of vegetable juice is what makes it so awesome and so great for you. Well worth the effort, if you ask me!