Wondering how to store smoothies for maximum freshness and nutrition? Whether you’re looking for storage tips for your fridge, freezer, ingredients, or ready-made smoothies, we’ve got you covered.

In this article – we outline the best ways to store your smoothies so you can enjoy fresh, delicious beverages day after day.

Whether you’re a seasoned smoothie enthusiast or simply looking for convenient options, knowing the best storage options can be a game-changer. In this guide, we’ll explore the reasons for storing smoothies, the benefits, best storage methods, and how long you can safely store them. Let’s dive in…

Why Store Smoothies?

We’ve been experimenting with smoothie recipes since 2014, so we’ve prepared a fair few over the years! While we love a freshly made smoothie, there are a few situations where it can be helpful to store them. In our experience, these are the three most common ones…

Batch Prep

Batch preparing food and snacks is a time-saving marvel, especially when you make them in larger quantities. The same goes for smoothies and their ingredients – by investing a little time upfront, you’ll have grab-and-go options ready for the entire week.

Preparing for Work or Travel

Mornings can be hectic, but making a smoothie the night before can save you time. It allows you to enjoy a nourishing breakfast without the morning rush. Prepare them the night before and savour a healthy, delicious start to your day.

Unfinished Ready-Made Smoothies

Bought a ready-made smoothie but couldn’t finish it? Or blended more than you meant to? Storing it properly ensures you can enjoy the remaining goodness later on.

Benefits of Storing Smoothies

Storing your smoothies, whether it’s in the fridge or freezer, has three key benefits – convenience, nutrient preservation, and waste reduction.

  • ConveniencePreparing and storing smoothies in advance guarantees a hassle-free and nutritious meal or snack whenever you need it.
  • Nutrient Preservation – Storing smoothies properly helps to maintain the nutritional value of your smoothies, ensuring you get all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants they offer.
  • Minimises Waste – Storing smoothies allows you to reduce food waste by using up ripe or leftover produce in a quick and delicious way.

Now let’s explore how to actually store them in your kitchen…

How to Store Smoothies in the Fridge

If you only need to store your smoothie for a few hours to a couple of days, then the fridge is ideal. Simply pour your blended smoothie into an airtight container and seal it tightly to maintain freshness (we’ll talk more about the best types of container in a bit).

If it’s just smoothie ingredients you want to store and you haven’t blended them yet, then don’t put them all in the same container. Seal each individual ingredient in its own airtight container – only combine them to blend your fresh smoothie when needed. This method is great for preserving the taste and texture of delicate ingredients like leafy greens.

For shop-bought smoothies, transfer the liquid into an airtight container if it didn’t come in one. For example, an Innocent Smoothie bottle would be fine since it has a screw-on airtight lid. But a Smoothie King one that comes in a cup with a straw wouldn’t be suitable, since it’s not airtight. Make sure the container is tightly sealed to retain the flavor and prevent contamination.

How long do smoothies last in the fridge?

When stored in the fridge, smoothies generally last for 24-48 hours. However, always use your senses (smell, appearance, and taste) to determine freshness before consuming and consider the shelf life of individual ingredients used to prepare it.

How to Store Smoothies in the Freezer

To store a ready-blended smoothie, pour it into a freezer-safe container, leaving some space for expansion. Seal the container tightly, ensuring no air is trapped inside. Alternatively, you can use ice cube trays to freeze individual portions, then transfer the frozen cubes into a freezer bag.

If it’s just the ingredients you want to store in the freezer, then prepare and freeze them individually in separate containers or bags. When you’re ready to use them, you can then blend the frozen ingredients with your preferred liquid.

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For store-bought smoothies, check if the container is freezer-safe. Glass needs to be the tempered type to stay in the freezer, otherwise it can crack. If the container isn’t suitable or airtight, transfer the smoothie into a freezer-safe alternative. Ensure it’s tightly sealed to prevent freezer burn.

How long do smoothies last in the freezer?

Frozen smoothies can be frozen for up to 3 months. However, it’s always advisable to check the smell and appearance to assess its freshness before consumption. Look for any signs of freezer burn or deterioration before consuming.

Best Containers for Storing Smoothies

We’ve tried and tested lots of smoothie cups and storage containers over the years. If storage is your primary goal, then our top picks are…

  • Mason Jars – These versatile glass jars with screw-on lids are perfect for storing smoothies. They are sturdy, leak-proof, and can be easily cleaned.
  • BPA-Free Plastic Containers – Look for high-quality, BPA-free plastic containers with airtight seals to ensure freshness and prevent leaks.
  • Insulated Tumblers – If you’re taking your smoothie on the go, insulated tumblers with secure lids are an excellent option to keep your smoothie chilled and spill-proof.

As we mentioned above, not all containers are suitable for the freezer so be sure to check the specs if that’s your intended use for it.

Storing smoothies opens up a world of convenience, nutrition, and taste. From batch prepping to getting ready for work, knowing the best storage methods can help you enjoy delicious and healthy smoothies anytime. So, stock up on your favourite ingredients, grab your containers, and get blending today!

Smoothie Storage FAQs

How do you store smoothies for later?

You can refrigerate or freeze smoothies for later by putting them into an air-tight (and freezer-proof if needed) container.

Can you freeze smoothies?

Absolutely, you can freeze smoothies for up to 3 months depending on the ingredients you’ve used.

Can you leave a smoothie in the fridge overnight?

Yes you can leave a smoothie in the fridge overnight, but it’s usually best to transfer it to an airtight container to keep it fresher.

Where should I store smoothies in the fridge?

Store your smoothies on the top shelf of your fridge – this is the best place for food hygiene and longevity purposes.

Should I store a leftover smoothie in the fridge or freezer?

If you’ve opened a store-bought smoothie and broken the airtight seal, then store the leftovers in the fridge where it should last up to 2 days (depending on the ingredients). If you’ve blended a fresh smoothie yourself but have leftovers, then transfer it into an airtight container before storing in the fridge.

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Written by Caroline, a qualified nutritionist with a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and English, Diploma in Personal Training, and 15+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry.