Looking to start juicing? One of the most challenging aspects of juicing at home tends to be finding fresh produce and learning how to keep it fresh until you’re ready to juice it.
You may have heard before that juice is at its healthiest (with the most vitamins and minerals) immediately after being freshly squeezed or pressed. This means you’re best off juicing on a daily or every-other-day basis, so how do you store your fruits in between juicing rounds?
Obviously, you don’t want to be going to the store all the time just to get the freshest of fruits. Luckily, with these tips, you will really only have to pick up fresh produce about once per week in order to enjoy the freshest juices possible.
When you buy leafy greens, the first thing you should do is remove them from their containers or wrappers, rinse them up really nice, and then dry them off. Store them in a cheese cloth or terry cloth and put them back into a container. This will help extend their shelf life, and they’ll be ready to enjoy when you’re ready to use them.
When storing berries, sometimes it’s best to freeze them but at minimum you should definitely keep them refrigerated. You should avoid washing them beforehand, especially with raspberries and strawberries, as they will hold moisture and spoil more quickly. Washing berries early can cause mold growth, so definitely avoid doing that!
You can store your citrus fruits on the counter so long as they’re in a cool, dry place and kept out of direct sunlight. Storing them in a mesh or perforated bag can also help lengthen their shelf life, which means you may want to save the packaging that they come in! Getting a citrus rack allows you to easily keep your lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits organized on the counter and within easy reach.
Other Fruits and Veggies
Any unripe fruits and veggies (like kiwis, mangoes, pears, peaches, plums, melons, and bananas) should be stored on the counter. Once they are ripe and ready to eat, move them to the fridge. In the fridge, banana peels will turn dark brown but the inside will not be effected. Cut the leafy top off your pineapples and store them upside down on the counter.
Produce that has to be peeled can be washed ahead of time, dried, and then stored in the fridge. You can buy freezer trays and maxi spacers, vegetable savers and other gadgets to help keep them fresh for longer. Plastic containers and plastic wrapping can shorten the lifespan of your produce and should be removed.
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