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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my juice last?

Carrot juice has the shortest shelf life of about 36 hours. If you include lemon, ginger, orange or apple juice it seems to last a little longer.

Orange juice tastes great for 3-4 days and is quite nice for another day or two, but loses a little flavour each day.

Apple juice has an amazing life - it lasts with integrity for about 7 days, then just quietly starts to ferment and become like kombucha. I've had bottles of apple juice in the fridge for 3 weeks or more and it just keeps tasting better and better. You just need to remember to release the pressure every day, otherwise they may explode! 

Is your juice organic?

Some of our juices are organic, but most are not, at this stage.  The main reason for this is affordability. We want to keep our fresh produce costs down so our juice is available to as many people as possible. It's too healthy to just be for the wealthy! 

The other reason is continuity of organic produce supply is not guaranteed at the amounts we need. We are continually expanding our organic grower contacts and our organic juice range will develop as we get more growers onboard.  

Norman Walker (the Grandaddy of juicing) advises "In my experiments, I have found that the toxic sprays are retained in the fibres and are not present in the fibre-free juices", so if you can't source or afford organic produce, then juicing is the safest way to have your standard fruit and veges.

Your orange juice is cold-pressed, but are your other juices?

Our soft fruits are slow juiced, but because we are working at speed to produce large amounts of juice quickly (in the market situation) we have to use centrifugal juicers for the hard vegetables and fruit.

To minimise the heating we have purchased the best Breville juicers we can find. In this independent test the BJE820 juicer we use shows a cooler temperature than most other juicers tested (including a slow juicer!).

We will be trialling Zummo's new Z22 centrifugal juicer shortly. Because of its larger filter basket it claims no heating at all. We'll share our results soon.

We know from our own body's experience that the virtue and integrity of the juice made through the Breville BJE820 is high and long-lasting. We quite often do a big juice-up to last for two days (saves on cleaning!) and Bruce notices his badminton game perks up hugely with three bottles of juice in him. The perking-power may diminish by about 10% on the second day, but it most definitely improves his game nearly as effectively as the previous day's juice.

I'd like to hire you for our function, but can you serve 200 people in 30 minutes?

Absolutely! Our Zummo Z40 Citrus Press from Spain can make up to 200 litres of delicious, cold-pressed juice an hour, at the touch of a button.  And for slightly less demanding events our Z14 Citrus Press is able to press up to 140 kgs of oranges in an hour, which yields about 40 litres of juice. These amounts may alter a little, depending on seasonal variations and whether we're juicing oranges or tangelos (tangelos are juicier).

To serve a massive volume of juice at one time we just need to start juicing a bit earlier and keep the juice in insulated dispensers or large serving jugs until it's needed. (And if your event is really big we'll just bring another press... easy!) 

For a lot of serves in a very short time we recommend either multiple dispensers set up that we will keep topping up with fresh juice as people are filling their cups from them. Or we can bottle the juice (250ml, 350ml or 500ml glass bottles) and serve it on ice, in display tubs, so people can quickly take one. 

We are very flexible and have various options available for your particular scenario. Tell us what you need and we'll make it work!

Do you have a shop? 

No we don't and we may never have one.

We're trying very hard to set up an efficient distribution system that will deliver all over Auckland every day. That's our ultimate goal.  

Until then, our orange juice can be found at these retail establishments and our wider range of juices can be got at the markets and events we do (follow us on facebook for regular updates). 

If you have a favourite cafe, restaurant, hotel, supermarket or greengrocers you'd like to see a citrus press in, please call us or send a quick message via our contact page, and we'll talk with them.

Do you sell used juicers?

We sure do. Bruce buys great deals off TradeMe so he always has some available for sale. We've got a small range from cheaper domestic models right up to the higher end stainless steel models. Send us an email with your query.

I have a centrifugal juicer at home and the filter basket mesh is really clogged. What's the best way to clean it?

It's really important to keep the filter basket clean so that you're getting the maximum amount of juice from your produce. Even a quarter of the holes blocked up makes the pulp much wetter, which means less juice is being extracted.

There are a few things you can try... 

Scrubbing briskly with your scrubbing brush and hot water, inside and out, in both directions, then scrub all over with a scouring sponge, inside and out. Don't press too hard because the mesh can buckle - we know from experience :( 

Make a baking soda and water paste and pat it onto the mesh. Let it sit for an hour or two. Place the filter basket into a container (a 2 litre ice cream tub is the perfect size) and slowly pour white vinegar into the container. The baking soda will fizz and bubble up high, so don't pour too fast. Keep pouring until the mesh is covered and leave it overnight. Scrub with hot water. If it's still not clean you can try...

Gently boiling the basket in a saucepan full of water on the stove for 15 to 30 minutes then scrubbing again. And if that fails...

Contact the manufacturer for a new one!

 Of course the trick is to wash your juicer straight after using it. I've timed how long it takes to wash our juicer - 3 and a half minutes!  

The sooner after using your juicer you can wash it, the less time the particles of veg and fruit have to concrete themselves into the mesh! 

If you don't want to wash it completely because you're going to be juicing again quite soon, just run a few cups of water through it while it's going (with a cloth over the pulp catcher - it gets a bit messy). This cleans out a lot of the little bits of produce in the filter basket and keeps it nice and moist. 

 

If you have a question that isn't answered here feel free to call us (phone number below) or pop over to our contact page and send us a message. We're happy to help, if we can.

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Living Juice
P O Box 18079
Glen Innes
Auckland 1743


Magnetic Holdings trading as Living Juice


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Contacts

General enquiry 
Ph: 09 FRUIT 4 U
       (09 378 4848)
E: hello@livingjuice.co.nz
Bruce "the Juice" Coventry (Operations, Installations)
Phone: 027 688 4665
E: bruce@livingjuice.co.nz
Linda Muir 
(Events, Accounts)

Phone: 022 045 2399
E: linda@livingjuice.co.nz