How to Keep Unpasteurized Juice Fresh

by Maya Black
Drink unpasteurized juice directly after squeezing or store it in the refrigerator.

Drink unpasteurized juice directly after squeezing or store it in the refrigerator.

Much of the juice sold in supermarkets is pasteurized, meaning it has been heat-treated to kill bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses. Some supermarket delis, cafes and restaurants, however, sell fresh-squeezed juice. Squeezing and blending juice on-site allows juice sellers to create tantalizing flavor combinations, but not everyone can consume freshly squeezed beverages, especially children, pregnant women, the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system. Whether you buy unpasteurized juice or make it yourself, it must be stored properly to be consumed safely.

Place a thermometer in your refrigerator to check the temperature. The refrigerator's temperature must be 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder to keep harmful bacteria at bay.

Wash a glass or plastic container to ensure that it's bacteria-free. Transfer the fresh-squeezed juice from your juicer, blender or to-go cup into the container, close it tight and place it in the fridge. Store unpasteurized juice for no longer than three days.

Fill a large bowl with ice and set your juice pitcher down in it if you plan to serve fresh-squeezed, unpasteurized juice at a family breakfast or luncheon. Let everyone know that the juice is unpasteurized, so that anyone who shouldn't consume it can avoid it.

Items you will need

  • Unpasteurized juice
  • Thermometer
  • Container with lid


  • If you juice regularly and wish to keep some for more than a few days, place it in plastic containers or resealable bags and store it in the freezer.
  • Follow the sell-by dates printed on store-bought unpasteurized juices and toss any juice past its expiration date.

About the Author

Maya Black has been covering business, food, travel, cultural topics and decorating since 1992. She has bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in cultural studies from University of Texas, a culinary arts certificate and a real estate license. Her articles appear in magazines such as Virginia Living and Albemarle.

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