When making juice commercially, you are probably making juice in large batches. While large, national producers of cold-pressed juice have the advantage of a factory that’s kept at a cool 40 degrees, you may not. Working a room temperature kitchen, your juice may not be very cold after it’s made. It is very important to cool the juice down as quickly as possible to avoid time and temperature abuse. Making sure the juice quickly reaches proper temperature will keep it bright, fresh, and tasting great longer.
Putting a large container of juice, or many bottles of juice, in the refrigerator is probably not enough. As part of my hospitality management training at UNLV, we were taught something interesting. If you were to put a large pot of hot soup in a refrigerator overnight, the soup near the middle may still be hot in the morning! It takes too long for the cool air of the refrigerator to completely cool down the entire batch of soup.
That same concept can apply to a batch of 20 bottles of juice sitting next to each other in a fridge. The bottles near the middle of the shelf may never actually cool down. So it’s very important to cool down your juice below 40 degrees F before placing it in the refrigerator, or make sure there’s plenty of surface areas on each bottle of juice exposed to the cool air.
Top 3 Ways to Cool Down Your juice Quickly
- Using an ice bath: Placing your bottles of juice into a bin of ice can cool them down fairly quickly. Make sure each bottle is surrounded by ice.
- Cooling paddles: Fill these paddles with water and freeze them. They basically become giant ice cubes that you can stir your juice with to cool it down if your juice is in large buckets.
- Blast chiller: Although more expensive than the other options, a blast chiller will cool down a batch of bottles in a matter of minutes without the need for ice. A blast chiller is a device that blows forced, cold air over whatever is inside. A blast chiller may also offer a thermometer than can be submerged in one of the bottles of juice to get a temperature reading.
- Large refrigerator: If none of the above methods are available to you, you may use a reach-in or walk-in refrigerator, but make sure the juice reaches 40 degrees within four hours.