So how do you produce this?
"Cold pressing" is a technique in which high pressure is exerted on nutrient rich and fresh ingredients by means of a hydraulic press. This enormous pressure ensures that all vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants from fruit, vegetables and other power ingredients is extracted. By making use of the cold-press technique there is almost no air in contact with the juice. This allows for slow oxidation and dissolution, even if the cell structure is maintained. 'Cold pressing' is therefore the only method where juices can be bottled without preservatives and without pasteurization, while retaining all vitamins, nutrients and flavor alive. In addition, through the cold-press technique, much more product can be compressed in a small bottle.
Gingerwald is in close cooperation with nature! From seed to bottle, everything is handpicked, handmade and hand-bottled. We handpick our ingredients, so Gingerwald can ensure you the finest quality of product. Also, we make everything with love and are very meticulous about the creation of our handmade Gingerwald shots. We believe in as little intervention as possible and strive for a transparent and honest production process. Of course that also means we never use additives or preservatives. So only juice and nothing but the juice!
Pasteurization is a process in the food industry that extends the shelf life of beverages by destroying harmful bacteria by shortly heating the product. The disadvantage of pasteurization is that also vitamins and enzymes are destroyed. Even with so-called "light" pasteurization a large part of the healthy nutrients are lost. When heating juice, as much as 30% to 80% of the vitamins and minerals it contains will be destroyed.
The Juice Shots
Gingerwald shots are a fast, easy and efficient way to pump up your healthy routine. All the best of what nature has to offer pressed into a small amount of super healthy juice you can gulp down in an instant for an immediate boost in health and performance. In one 100ml-shot, the equivalent of 300 grams vegetables and fruits is present in the form of pure vitamins and nutrients, which is near the recommended amount of your daily vegetable and fruit intake.
CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING INGREDIENTS
Gingerwald does not aim to become world known for the best flavoured and delicious tasting juices (although this would be a competition we would be competitive in easily ;-). In stead, we like to offer you a huge variety of vegetables and fruits that otherwise would be difficult to ingest in a not-juice form.
On top of that, we believe in the strength of this variety. According to the ‘Independent health organisation, “it is not one certain bioactive substance that protects against cancer, but it is the synergy between these substances that is protective. Therefore it is good to vary as much as possible with fruits and vegetables”.
Sourcing of our produce
We source all of our vegetables, fruits and herbs from the local auctions to get access to the most fresh ingredients out there. We can not claim that our ingredients are all biological (yet), because this would lay a strain over our huge variety of juice-combinations we are trying to offer.
For the moment we have delivered over more than 50 different juice-shots, packed with over more than 60 different type of ingredients.
Why do you use plastic bottles?
We do realize we don’t have the 100% perfect solution yet (which would be no bottles at all), but with Gingerwald we deliberately chose for recyclable PET-bottles for the following reasons:
- PET bottles use less energy to produce than glass
- PET bottles use considerably less energy to recycle than glass
- Since PET bottles are significantly lighter in weight than glass bottles (up to 9 times), they are easier to ship, transport and distribute and hence less transport energy to be used.
- We do not use any other packaging materials, because our juices are pressed in the morning, immediately bottled and transported by cooler to the office floor, which means no extra plastic or other type of material packaging.
- All Gingerwald bottles are 100% BPA free.
Nevertheless we strive to become even more green in the future, and are always looking for ways to improve.
Why cold-pressed with hydraulic juicers? (and not blended with centrifugal juicers)
Hydraulic cold-pressed juicers gently and slowly grinds the produce into a fine pulp (called "slurry") and is then placed in cloth press bags/cloths. Once the slurry is ready, the filled press bags are placed in the press. Two stainless-steel blades are pressed together, placing thousands of pounds of pressure on the pulp to extract every last drop of juice. This little-to-no-heat method results in a juice that’s not only superior in flavor but also in nutritional value, containing up to five times the amount of vitamins, trace minerals and enzymes as a typical centrifugally-produced juice. Cold-pressed juice may be bottled and kept fresh for 72 hours.
The most widely available juicer in the home (and many juice bars). These appliances extract juice with a fast-spinning metal blade that spins against a mesh filter, separating juice from the fruit/vegetable flesh via centrifugal force. As the blade inside this juicer spins it generates heat, destroying enzymes and micronutrients in the process. While even cold-pressed juice starts to naturally separate after time, centrifugally-produced juice begins to separate almost immediately due to premature oxidation during the extraction process. Centrifugal juicers also produce a juice that usually is quite foamy - and that foam is made up of air bubbles, exposing your juice to continued nutrient loss.
What about fibers? What about pasteurisation?
Fiber is great for regulating and cleaning out your digestive tract. However there is a significant energy expenditure that your body undergoes when it has to separate juice from fiber. By drinking cold-pressured juices, your body gives your digestive tract a break. Moreover, since you'll have your average fiber intake by your normal daily meals, cold-pressed juicing gives you the opportunity to maximise your direct vitamine and nutrient absorption.
All fruit and vegetable juice found at the supermarket must be processed and treated to maintain a longer shelf-life as required by the Food Inspection and Administration. Most commonly this is accomplished by adding preservatives and pasteurising. Pasteurised juice is heated to a high temperature for a short time before it is sold. While that may sound fine, pasteurization kills the vital raw vitamins, enzymes and minerals making the juice nutritionally pointless.