Q. My husband bought several bottles of orange juice on sale, but he’s the only one in the family who drinks it. Now I have a fridge full of orange juice that only one person is drinking. Not only does it take up a ton of space, I’m afraid that it’s going to spoil before my husband can drink it all. Can you freeze orange juice?
A. Yes, you can freeze orange juice! The good thing about freezing orange juice is that it significantly extends the shelf life of the product. Freezing and thawing orange juice shouldn’t affect the quality or the flavour of the product, and is a convenient way to store it over the long term. However, freezing orange juice can change the consistency, particularly in natural orange juice. The sugars and pulp can make the juice texture a bit grainy or flaky, but the texture can be returned almost to normal by following a few simple tips.
How to freeze orange juice?
Orange juice can be frozen in its original container, provided there is a bit of room left for expansion of the juice as it freezes. However, most store-bought orange juice containers are too big for conventional freezers, so it makes more sense to freeze the juice in smaller portions. If the orange juice has pulp in it, I recommend straining it out as it doesn’t freeze well. Then, pour the orange juice into freezer safe containers, leaving some room at the top for expansion. Seal the containers and place in the freezer. Juice freezes at a lower temperature than water does, and the sugars in the orange juice will slow down the freezing process, so make sure to place the juice in the coldest part of the freezer for best results.
To thaw frozen orange juice, remove the juice from the freezer and place it in the fridge for several hours or overnight. Once thawed through, orange juice may have separated a little bit and the flavour will be more watery than usual.
To return orange juice to its original flavour and texture, stir the juice vigorously to reconstitute the natural sugars with the rest of the juice. It may be necessary to give it a good stir or shake before drinking if it will be left in the fridge and not consumed all at once. Thawed orange juice can be safely kept in the fridge for up to five days, but for best results, consume immediately.