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freezing juice?

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I tried a google search on this question but came up short so thought i'd try hear. I was wondering if anyone has experience with freezing vegetables that have been juiced and how long it might last?

I have a lot of romaine lettuce in my garden that I want to preserve somehow and thought of maybe juicing it in my vitamix and then freezing cubes in icecube trays to be added to smoothies later on and possible even into the winter? Does this sound doable? or would they loose too much value?

Is there any other way to preserve lettuce? I know kale I can blanch and freeze for soups but this doesn't seem possible with romaine

Thank you :)

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I would think you could if you added lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. 

 

I have heard of lettuce soup though so blanching is possible. :)

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I don't know which kind of juicer you have; I found this on the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer website:

 

 

Q. How long does the fresh juice last?

A. To get the full benefits of fresh juice it is best if you drink it right away. As fresh juice sits it looses significant amounts of vitamins and nutrients. Some juices last longer than others and refrigerate well as long as they are in a sealed container. They can only be kept for a few hours. Preferably in a glass covered container so the flavor is not altered. You can add a few drops of lemon juice to help maintain the flavor. Here is a list of juices that refrigerate well: carrot, apple, orange, pear, grape, grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi, prune, peach, celery, and beet juice. You can also freeze fresh juice the same way. Juice can be frozen in an airtight container for up to one month.

Q. How long does the pulp last?

A. Fruit and vegetable pulp can be frozen. It is best if it is in an airtight container or freezer bag. Discard after one month. We recommend that you use a separate container or bag for each pulp.

 

http://www.powerjuicer.com/power-juicer-faqs.php

 

 

 

And here's from the Juicing and Raw Foods website:


 

How long can you store the juice?

 

This will depend on the type of juice, conditions of the juicing process and quality of the food prior to juicing. All these things will effect how quickly your juice will degrade once stored.Typically no more than 24 hours. At best 72 hours, but after that forget about it. I would not even recommend more than 48 hours to be honest. Citrus juices will last longer than green juices or tomato juice. Do not attempt to freeze your juices. I know you where thinking that. The freezing process destroys the juice.

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People do freeze their juice or attempt to but degradation of the nutrients still occurs and by freezing you are not only changing the taste once thawed but also degradation still occurs and the color and texture is different. Some juices, like apple cider, will last longer. Freezing should be a last resort at best.

“Pasteurized juice” with preservatives can be stored longer and is what you find at your local store however the pasteurization process destroys most of the nutrients. It’s still healthier than many alternatives but the taste is not as good and will not give you the health benefits of fresh juice.

You can buy certain frozen juice at the store, however you do not get the nutritional benefits and they typically contain more sugar and preservatives.

What you can freeze

You can however freeze the veggies and fruit BEFORE they are juiced. Once juiced you really need to drink it right away. The idea behind fresh juice vs store bought is that the nutritional value and taste is vastly better.

 

http://www.juicingandrawfoods.com/how-to-store-your-juices

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