Norwalk’s Juice of the Month for August is watermelon juice. Here are some helpful tips for juicing and storing your watermelon juice.
To press watermelon, place no more than 1 and 1/2 cups of sliced watermelon into the center third of a flat cloth, then fold the cloth into thirds, keeping the pulp in the center third. Seeds do not need to be removed for pressing. Place the folded cloth onto the center of the juice tray. Repeat these steps for the second cloth. Always juice with two cloths and check that the juice tray is centered on the press plate.
Turn on the Norwalk, and turn the press lever to press the juice. Do not let the tray sit fully pressed for longer than 10 seconds, before turning the press lever off and letting the juice tray down.
Juice needs to be stored quickly to stay fresh and reduce oxidation. Pour into small glass jars for storing in the refrigerator, leaving only enough room at the top of the jar for the lid. This ensures there is limited oxygen in the jar, and will keep your juice fresh longer. Enjoy this delicious pulp-free juice, which can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
If freezing, leave 3/4 to an inch of room in the top of the jar for expansion. Watermelon juice will store in the back of the freezer for 30-60 days.