Q. I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately, and have been buying a variety of different juices to help add more fruits and vegetables to my diet. My kids like the fruity ones and help me finish them, so they never go to waste. However, no one but me likes the vegetable juices, and I often struggle to finish them before they go bad. Natural juice has a pretty short shelf life, and I keep throwing away at least a quarter of a bottle of each kind I buy. I would like to maybe freeze some of the vegetable juices in smaller containers, so that I could make them last longer, and have a greater variety of choices available to me. I’m worried that carrot juice won’t freeze well and I’ll be wasting my time. Can you freeze carrot juice?
A. Sure you can freeze carrot juice! Like most juices, there will be some separation during the freezing process, so don’t be alarmed if it looks like the water is on one end and all the carrot bits are on the other! It’s perfectly normal and will work itself out after being thawed. Also, be aware that freezing juice can often intensify its flavour. Carrot juice will taste sweeter and have a more intense carrot flavour after being frozen, so you may decide to water it down a bit after thawing it out. That being said, freezing the juice won’t affect the quality of the product.
To freeze carrot juice, I recommend beginning with the freshest juice possible. Rather than waiting until the bottle has almost expired, freeze some of the juice right away upon opening. That way there’s less chance of any bacteria growing in the bottle and the flavour will remain fresh. If you want to have single serving sizes, then I recommend small freezer-safe containers that hold about a cup of liquid. Pour the juice into the container, leaving a bit of headroom at the top for expansion. Then, seal the container. Label and date it, and place it in the freezer.
To use, remove the frozen carrot juice from the freezer the night before, allowing it to thaw in the fridge. Once thawed, either give the container a good shake or stir the juice with a spoon to return it to its original consistency. Give the juice a taste, and water it down a bit if you find it is too strong. Keep unused carrot juice in the fridge up to 48 hours, and do not refreeze.