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How To Save A Smoothie For Later

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People often ask me what’s the best way to store a green smoothie or juice for later. Fresh is always best, but I also love the idea of making a double batch to save time; it’s far better to have a smoothie or juice that you’ve stored in the refrigerator overnight than a bagel or afternoon coffee break.

In general, smoothies keep longer than juice. My rule of thumb is that juice will keep for about 12 hours using the method below, while a smoothie will keep up to 24 hours. Just use your eyes and nose to tell – if it smells off or looks dark brown don’t drink it.

How To Store Smoothies (& Juices) For Later:

  1. Always make a double batch so you have a quick and healthy option in the refrigerator. You’ll have one for now and one for later.
  2. Store your drink in a glass container with an airtight lid. Fill the container to the very top to prevent air from being trapped in the container as air will oxidize the nutrients in your smoothie (oxidizing degrades the nutrients in your smoothie, making it less nutritious.)
  3. Seal your container tightly and store in the refrigerator. Above: Ball mason jar with BPA-free plastic reusable lid that I got at the hardware store for about two dollars.
  4. Bonus: Add lemon juice to your smoothie or juice. The extra vitamin C will also help prevent oxidation.

Happy Green Drinking!

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  • Shaina Henry

    If we don’t have enough to fill the jar to the very top are we losing too many nutrients that it’s not worth saving or will it be okay with a little lemon juice? Also, how long can you keep it in the fridge before it needs to be consumed?

    • It’s really case by case. If it turns color or smells off don’t drink it. Also, you can get a few of the smaller mason jars (made for jam) so store small leftovers. See above for storage time, but again, it’s always case by case 🙂

      • Elizabeth Grant

        You can also use plastic wrap and push it down in the jar so it is in contact with the top of the juice. It is sealed so no air touches the juice at all. That is good when the jar is not all the way full or even when it is.

    • I just push some plastic wrap down to seal on top of the juice/smoothie… Another option is a freezer baggie, and squeezing up so there is no air… I do that for storing/freezing stocks and broths.

  • Carolyn Clark

    How do you feel about freezing jars of extra juice to thaw and drink at a later date?

    • Haven’t ever tried it. In general I do think the fresher the better.

    • Rebecca

      Works fine. Leave room for expansion and leave the top loose until it’s frozen. Did 10qts. last week. They were yummy and fresh tasting all week. Not icky like when I put them in the fridge.

      • Carolyn Clark

        Okay, I’m forging ahead with my frozen juices. Life is so much easier with a supply of juice in the freezer ready to grab on my way out the door! I was using any old jar until I saw on a box of canning jars that only the wide mouth pints and jam jars are considered safe for the freezer. Wouldn’t you know that I had already purchased regular mouth pints and quarts. Oh well, I’ll just use those for the juice I don’t freeze! Always learning something….. :o)

  • Adam

    On your video blog on common mistakes of juicing….you describe types of juicers. Your information is incorrect. Centrifugal juicers are the high speed ones and the masticating are the slow speed more expensive but better juicer. You state the exact opposite. Otherwise all good advise. Please correct. Thank you.

    • Yes, it’s already corrected, there is an annotation in the video and it’s corrected in the comments, too.

  • blender dude

    Excellent storage advice. I do the same things!

  • Michelle

    Most recipes are just enough for one quart correct? So do most of you just double?

    • Juice and smoothie recipe yield can vary, mostly because the size of the produce can vary so much. On my site, most recipes are for one large serving, or as indicated in the recipe. So, if you want to save one for later, just double it 🙂

  • Connie Klimek

    I love your ideas & recipes, Elizabeth. Yesterday, I doubled the veggie smoothie recipe & put the ‘remains’ in ice cube trays. Today I used 5 cubes in my/your Chai Berry Protein Shake. Great tips! Thank you

  • unapologetictruth

    I use the Thermos Thermocafe 0.8 Litre Stainless Steel Multi Purpose Food Flask.

  • ESara Oldroyd

    I just tried my first green smoothie this morning! Thank you for this blog, I’ve found some very helpful info and great ideas!

  • ESara Oldroyd

    Sorry I hit post to early. I’m looking for a plastic lid for my new plastic bpa free mason jars, Ive search every department at Wally’s and no luck I see you said you gots yours at a hardware store, which department of the store? I’m on a hunt now to find them so I can take a spare smoothie for long days at work!! THANK YOU!!

  • JuiceoftheGinger

    sooooo you put a lid on it…. thanks for the tip!!

  • Sharonacles

    Is it ok to use mason jars with the metal 2-piece lids to store juice?