This morning I looked in the refrigerator and noticed a bottle filled with dark brown juice staring at me, and remembered that every once and a while we get this question from a customer:
"My juices have been in the refrigerator for a while, how do I know if they went bad?"
This is how you know your juice isn't fresh anymore...
It starts to look brown. While it is normal for the juice to settle- meaning the darker color will separate to the bottom and lighter at the top- it is not normal for the top of the juice to be brown in color. It should be a lighter version of the color of the juice. In this case, it should be light green.
You can also tell that a juice has "turned" when you taste it and it is off/vinegar-like/carbonated or the bottle has expanded and looks over-stuffed. In any of those cases (including when the color changes) the juice(s) should be thrown in the garbage.
When does something like this happen?
1. The juice is left at room temperature for too long. The juice should never be left at room temperature. It should remain in the freezer or refrigerator until you are ready to consume it.
2. When the juice is old. It is best to consume the juices within 3 days of thawing. Yes, I have seen juices last longer, but to be on the safe side 3 days is the maximum time they should be kept in the refrigerator.
Any other questions about your juices please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.