Customers at my juice bar loved the convenience of frozen juice. I know there’s an argument to be made that fresh is best. However when it comes to convenience and time saving, frozen juice comes out on top. If I had the choice of drinking a 3 day old “fresh” juice or a 1 month old frozen juice, I’d pick frozen every time. Freezing juice as soon as it’s made is a great way to preserve the taste. And my opinion is that when it tastes the same as fresh juice, most of the nutrition is going to remain.
In the paper ‘A comparison of the vitamin C content of fresh and frozen vegetables‘ – the author writes [emphasis added]:
The nutrient status of frozen peas and broccoli was similar to that of the typical market-purchased vegetable and was superior to peas that have been stored in-home for several days.
Of course, the paper is not talking about juices, however I think it backs up my point that freezing produce (or juice) as soon as it is picked (or made) is a good way to preserve nutrition.
Video: Making Lemon & Ginger Juice
A huge benefit of freezing juices is that we can make them when we have time, so that they are available whenever we want.
I like to have 32oz of Lemon, Ginger and Distilled Water when I get up. But I only want to juice 1 lemon and a thumb of ginger. It kind of seems a bit of a hassle making that amount of juice every morning. So what I prefer to do is make a batch every couple of weeks. This way, I’m always going to be able to have my lemon and ginger water, even when I’m in a rush.
Depending upon how much space you have in your freezer, you can make and freeze whole batches of juice, not just juice cubes. Although today, I decided just to make a batch of lemon and ginger cubes. Turmeric makes a healthful addition to the mix if you have any.
Also, if you grow your own greens or if you’ve bought a big batch, it might be a good idea to juice them all together and make kale cubes, spinach cubes, or whatever.
Sieving juice comes down to personal preference. After getting used to completely pulp free juice from my Norwalk juicer, I’m now firmly in the sieving camp…except orange juice.
I should mention that if you’re going to be using your cubes in smoothies, then it’s probably a better idea not to sieve the juice. But if you’re going to be drinking the juice, you should break out the sieve!
Once my ice cubes are frozen, I pop them out and store them in an air tight plastic bag. And that’s it. Lemon and ginger water sorted for the next two weeks!