The world has changed significantly in the past several weeks. In America, individual states are beginning to shelter in place, ordering residents to stay home unless absolutely necessary. As a result, most of us are taking fewer grocery trips than ever before. For juice lovers, this can spell trouble. Most of the ingredients used in juice perish quickly, and in a world where canned beans and dry pasta are the most sought-after items in the grocery store, you might be wondering how to maintain a semi-normal lifestyle.
Luckily, there are a handful of fruits and vegetables that can last in your refrigerator for weeks. There is no need to run to your local juicer every other day. Instead, limit your shopping trips to once every week or two, and stock up on the following items to ensure you have what you need to stay healthy and happy.
Beets can last for several months when stored in a cool, dark, and humid space – like the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Before storing, remove the beet tops. This will prevent them from shriveling too much. Leave around a half of an inch of the step to prevent the juices from bleeding out. When you’re ready to make a drink, you can either juice raw or boil the roots to make them easier to blend.
While not the tastiest vegetable out there, cabbage has an extremely long shelf life – around six months if stored correctly. If you notice the outer leaves of your cabbage head beginning to spoil, don’t worry. Simply remove the outer shell to reveal fresh leaves underneath.
Carrots can last between four and five weeks in the refrigerator. Even pre-processed baby carrots can last for nearly a month when stored in the crisper drawer. If you have an old bunch in your refrigerator and are unsure whether they’re still edible, look for a flimsy texture and white dots. These are signs that the vegetable has gone bad.
Bananas spoil quickly on the counter top, but when frozen, they can last for months. Cut your bananas into smaller pieces and store inside airtight Tupperware containers. When you’re ready to make a juice or smoothly, simply chip out the amount you want to use and return the container to the freezer.
When stored correctly, lemons can last for up to a month. Instead of leaving them on your counter top, place them in a sealed plastic bag inside your refrigerator. This is a great way to add a kick of flavor to otherwise boring or dull juices. You can also pre-juice lemons and store the liquid in airtight jars in the refrigerator or freezer.