Does Aloe Vera Juice Need to be Refrigerated?


Does Aloe Vera Juice Need to be Refrigerated?

After opening, aloe vera juice should be refrigerated to maintain its freshness and potency. Air and bacteria can cause the juice to spoil quickly, and refrigeration helps to slow down the growth of bacteria. 

The recommended temperature for storing aloe vera juice is between 35°F and 40°F (2°C to 4°C). Make sure to tightly seal the container after each use, and check the expiration date before using. Discard any juice that has passed its expiry date, even if it has been refrigerated.

Freshly made aloe vera juice (including cold-pressed juice) is a natural product that lacks preservatives and is more perishable than other juices. It is extracted from the inner gel of the aloe vera plant, which is high in enzymes and nutrients that can quickly break down when exposed to oxygen and light.

Aloe vera juice has a slightly acidic pH of 4.5, which can create an environment conducive to the growth of bacteria, and other microorganisms that can cause it to spoil if not stored properly.

Unlike pasteurized juices, freshly squeezed and pressed aloe vera juices are not exposed to the high-heat pasteurization process that kills bacteria and micro organisms (along with many valuable nutrients).

How Long Does Aloe Vera Juice Last?

Store bought Aloe Vera juice that's been consistently refrigerated will last a couple of weeks after opening. You can preserve Aloe Vera juice by freezing it if you need to keep it longer than 7 to 10 days.

Cold-pressed Aloe Vera juice will last 4 to 5 days when refrigerated. You can preserve your cold-pressed aloe vera juice by freezing it if you need to keep it longer than 2 to 4 days. However, make sure to let it thaw out completely before consuming it to prevent a diluted flavor, as the water melts at a faster rate than the vitamins.