Can You Freeze Orange Juice?
Orange juice is an extremely popular drink that is high in vitamin C. However, since it spoils easily, you must consume it within a few days. To prolong the shelf life of your orange juice, you may wonder – can you freeze orange juice?
The answer is yes. Freezing orange juice is possible, and it can preserve your orange juice for a long time.
In this article, you will learn how to freeze orange juice, whether freshly squeezed or store-bought, in different ways.
Can You Freeze Orange Juice and How?
When it comes to freezing orange juice, there are a few choices to consider. How you do it depends on the amount of juice remaining. You may also have some unopened juice to freeze to extend your self-life.
Take note that smooth orange juice without pulp freezes faster than that with pulp. Keeping the pulp in the juice will make its texture grainy when defrosted.
How to Freeze Leftover Orange Juice
When you have leftover orange juice, do not discard it. You can save it for later by freezing it. Follow the instructions below.
- Strain the orange juice to remove the pulp before you put it on the freezer to prevent a grainy texture after thawing.
- Pour the orange juice into an airtight container that is safe for use when freezing liquids. Fill the container with the juice. Leave space on the top to allow for expansion of the juice as it freezes.
- Securely seal the orange juice.
- Put a label on with the date.
- Place it in the freezer in a straight and flat position as it freezes.
How to Freeze Unopened Orange Juice?
If you purchased some orange juice on sale and cannot consume it before the expiration date, you can freeze it.
If it comes in a carton or bottle, it may be frozen. But keep in mind that orange juice expands as it freezes. If the carton or bottle is too full, it can burst. If it breaks when frozen, you must either defrost it and use it right away or discard it.
Alternatively, you can place the orange juice in a container or a freezer bag to prevent this.
How to Make Orange Juice Ice Cubes?
- Fill each part of your ice cube tray with orange juice. To allow the juice to expand as it freezes, leave a bit of room at the top of each division.
- Place the ice cube tray in the freezer so it is flat and will not spill.
- Leave for several hours for the orange juice to freeze.
- Remove the orange ice cubes from the ice cube tray and put them in a freezer container or bag.
- Seal the container/bag tightly.
- Put a label on with the date, and place it back into the freezer.
How to Defrost Frozen Orange Juice?
When it is time for you to use the orange juice, it is almost as easy to defrost frozen orange juice as it is to freeze it.
If you have frozen orange juice in a container, just remove it from the freezer and transfer it to your fridge to defrost. Depending on the amount of orange juice you have, it will either take a few hours or overnight.
If you are in a hurry, you can soak the container in warm water or microwave it for a few seconds.
Afterward, shake the defrosted orange juice to remix the liquid content. And that’s it. You can enjoy your orange juice.
How Long Does Orange Juice Last?
Fresh orange juice should be consumed immediately after being squeezed. You should not leave it at room temperature. Freshly squeezed orange juice will last up to 3 days in the fridge and up to 6 months in the freezer if kept properly.
- When unopened, store-bought orange juice will last until the listed expiration date, usually quite some time.
- When opened, store-bought orange juice can be kept in the fridge for up to 10 days or frozen for up to 6 months.
- Store-bought orange juices as a longer shelf life because it contains preservatives and other additives.
Both freshly squeezed and store-bought orange juice can be frozen to extend its shelf-life. Simply follow the guidelines mentioned above. Remember also that pulp can affect the juice’s texture.
With all that, you will be able to store orange juice so it tastes almost as good as fresh.
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