As the mother of six, I tend to buy food items in large packs to avoid any fights between the children. My children are huge fans of orange juice, and they go through the several bottles quickly. So now that I’ve found a place to buy orange juice in bulk, I’d like to know how I can store the juice safely in my fridge or freezer.
Wow, your kids definitely like their orange juice! Freshly squeezed or from the supermarket, this tangy drink is a great way to refresh. It would be a good idea to buy the juice in bulk.
Orange juice can be frozen, and this even extends the shelf life of the juice. Freezing the juice may prove to be a bit difficult if there are floating particles like fruit pulp. You can store the cartons or containers of juice directly inside the freezer, ensuring that the containers are freezer safe and that there is enough space for the juice to expand.
Can You Freeze Orange Juice?
Freezing orange juice will not affect its quality or its flavor if it is stored correctly. Prevent odors from affecting the taste of the juice by checking the containers for cracks and leaks.
Orange juice consistency can change when it is frozen. Since the juice takes on a crystallized form, the resulting thawed juice will have a grainy texture, particularly those with pulp or sugars.
If you want to use the orange juice in small portions, such as for fruit shakes or for sauces, you can place the juice in ice cube trays for easier handling.
Straining the orange juice will remove the pulp and give it a more even consistency. This will allow the orange juice to freeze faster and retain its texture even after thawing.
For best results, place the orange juice in the coolest part of the freezer. It needs a lower temperature than water so that it can be frozen well.
You can store the orange juice in the freezer for a year, but it is best consumed within six months of freezing. Once thawed, it is best to consume the juice immediately and avoid refreezing.
How to Freeze Orange Juice
Both store-bought and freshly squeezed orange juice can be kept in the freezer for future use.
- First, strain the orange juice to remove the pulp. It is easier to freeze the juice without the free-floating particles. If you like pulp, expect a consistency that is similar to sludge as the end result.
- Next, transfer the orange juice into smaller, freezer-safe containers. You can also opt to keep them inside the cartons they came in. For both cases, make sure that there is enough space for the juice to expand as it freezes.
- Label the containers with the date of preparation if necessary.
- If you can, lower the temperature of your freezer. The freezing point of juice is lower than water’s, so it is better to have the temperature at around 15 degrees Fahrenheit or around -10 degrees Celsius.
- In six hours, the juice should be fully frozen. Should it have more pulp, then expect a longer freezing time.
- Thaw the frozen orange juice by placing it in the refrigerator overnight.
- Shake the orange juice well so that any particles that have settled will be mixed back into the juice.
Orange Juice Recipes
A unique treat for orange juice lovers is this Orange Juice Cake. With its tangy and zesty flavor, it’s sure to please your adventurous friends and family.
For lovers of cakes and custards, the Orange Juice Pudding is a great recommendation. Make this sweet dessert with a twist by incorporating orange juice.
A classic refreshing drink is the Orange Smoothie. Orange juice, blended with yogurt and fresh fruits, is not only tasty but also healthy for the body.
Yes, you can freeze orange juice! Just make sure to pour fresh orange juice into an air-tight container or freezer bag. Fill it up as much as possible. The more empty space you have, the more oxygen will be absorbed by your orange juice which can result in changing its flavor. Seal the container or bag tightly. If you are using a glass jar, make sure to leave some space at the top for expansion. Store properly and label it with today’s date.
Don’t forget to share your experience with freezing orange juice with me in the comments!