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What juice can be frozen?

Juice is a delicious and nutritious beverage that can be enjoyed year-round. With proper preparation and storage, many types of juice can be frozen for future use. Freezing juice allows you to preserve nutrients and flavors while taking advantage of seasonal produce. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll look at what kinds of juice freeze well and how to freeze juice properly for best results.

Benefits of Freezing Juice

Freezing juice offers several advantages:

  • Preserves nutrients – Freezing locks in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • Retains flavor – Frozen juice tastes freshly made when thawed.
  • Saves money – Stock up on juice when prices are low.
  • Reduces waste – Freeze extra juice rather than letting it spoil.
  • Enjoys seasonal produce year-round – Freeze juice at peak ripeness.
  • Convenient – Thaw just what you need or make frozen juice cubes.

Juice That Freezes Well

Many types of juice freeze beautifully. Juices that contain more water and less fiber tend to freeze the best. Here are some juices that freeze exceptionally well:

Citrus Juices

  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime

Citrus juices like orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime juice freeze very well. Their high acidity helps them maintain both texture and flavor during freezing.

Other Fruit Juices

  • Apple
  • Cranberry
  • Grape
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate

Juices made from apples, cranberries, grapes, pineapple and pomegranate also freeze nicely. Their lower fiber content allows them to freeze solidly.

Vegetable Juices

  • Tomato
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Beet

Vegetable juices like tomato, carrot, celery and beet juice tend to freeze well too. Make sure vegetable juices do not separate or become watery when thawed.

Juice Blends

  • Cranberry-apple
  • Pomegranate-blueberry
  • Orange-carrot
  • Apple-beet-carrot

Combination juices that blend fruits and/or vegetables also freeze nicely. Try freezing cranberry-apple, pomegranate-blueberry, orange-carrot or apple-beet-carrot juices.

Juices to Avoid Freezing

Some juices simply do not retain their quality when frozen. Avoid freezing these types of juices:

  • Coconut water – Separates and becomes watery.
  • Watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe – Lose flavor and nutrients.
  • Banana, mango, guava – Turn brown or develop ice crystals.
  • Kale, spinach, parsley – Become bitter in taste and mushy in texture.
  • Berry juices like strawberry, blueberry, blackberry – Can leak pigments and nutrients.

Coconut water, melons, tropical fruit juices, leafy green juices and berry juices are better consumed fresh. They tend to degrade in quality when frozen.

How to Freeze Juice in Ice Cube Trays

One easy way to freeze juice is in ice cube trays. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide:

  1. Choose juice that freezes well like orange, apple, grape or cranberry juice.
  2. Pour juice into clean ice cube trays, leaving a little headspace.
  3. Place trays carefully in freezer, being sure not to spill juice.
  4. Freeze juice cubes overnight or until solidly frozen, about 12 hours.
  5. Pop out frozen juice cubes and transfer to freezer bags or airtight containers.
  6. Store frozen juice cubes for up to 6 months.
  7. Add cubes to water, smoothies or other beverages as needed.

Freezing juice in ice cube trays creates conveniently sized portions. Kids especially enjoy juice cubes in their drinks and snacks.

How to Freeze Juice in Plastic Containers

For larger quantities, freezing juice in plastic containers works well:

  1. Select BPA-free plastic containers, jars or freezer bags.
  2. Make sure containers are clean and completely dry.
  3. Fill containers with juice, leaving 1/2 to 1 inch of headspace.
  4. Seal containers tightly using lids, caps or freezer tape.
  5. Lay containers flat in freezer to freeze juice rapidly.
  6. Once frozen solid, stack or stand containers upright.
  7. Label containers with juice type and freeze date.
  8. Store frozen juice for up to 6 months.
  9. Thaw in refrigerator before using.

Freezing juice in plastic makes it easy to thaw larger amounts for drinks, recipes and snacks.

Tips for Successful Juice Freezing

Follow these tips for best results freezing juice:

  • Choose the right juices – Only freeze juices recommended for freezing.
  • Freeze juice fast – Use ice cube trays or thin containers to freeze juice rapidly.
  • Leave headspace – Allow room for expansion as juice freezes.
  • Prevent freezer burn – Use airtight containers and minimize air exposure.
  • Label containers – Identify juice type and date before freezing.
  • Rotate stock – Use oldest frozen juice first.
  • Avoid temperature fluctuations – Maintain stable freezing temperature.
  • Use within 6 months – For best quality and nutrition.

Following these simple guidelines will ensure your frozen juice stays fresh and flavorful.

Does Frozen Juice Go Bad?

Properly frozen juice stays safe indefinitely, but its quality degrades over time:

  • 2-3 months – Optimal quality and freshness.
  • 4-6 months – Still good quality if frozen correctly.
  • 8-12 months – Decreasing quality and nutrient loss.
  • 1+ years – Poor flavor, texture and nutrition.

For best results, use frozen juice within 6 months. Discard any juice that smells, tastes or looks bad after thawing.

Signs Frozen Juice May Be Bad

Watch for these signs that frozen juice is past its prime:

  • Freezer burn – Dry, icy patches or frosty coating.
  • Thawed juice is mushy or watery.
  • Strange odor, color or foam.
  • Mold – Discard immediately if moldy.
  • Unpleasant stale or cardboard taste.

Dispose of frozen juice if it shows signs of spoilage. When in doubt, remember the old adage – “When frozen juice goes bad, throw it out and be glad!”

How to Thaw Frozen Juice

Thaw frozen juice properly to retain highest quality:

  • Refrigerator thawing – Slowest but best method. Thaw overnight in refrigerator.
  • Cold water bath – Faster thawing in a bowl of cold tap water, changing water every 30 mins.
  • Microwave – Quick thawing in 10 sec bursts, swirling between. Avoid overheating.
  • Counter top – Least preferred. Thaw smallest amounts at room temp for 1 hour max.

Avoid letting juice thaw at room temperature for more than 1-2 hours. Refrigerate thawed juice and use within 2-3 days. Do not refreeze thawed juice.

How to Use Thawed Frozen Juice

Enjoy thawed frozen juice in all your favorite ways:

  • Drink straight or over ice
  • Blend into smoothies
  • Mix into cocktails, punches or lemonade
  • Use in salad dressings and marinades
  • Stir into oatmeal, yogurt or chia pudding
  • Drizzle over fruit, granola or ice cream
  • Simmer with vegetables, grains or meat
  • Bake into muffins, cakes, pies and other desserts

Thawed juice is delicious enjoyed on its own or incorporated into both sweet and savory recipes. Never refreeze thawed juice.

Recipes Using Frozen Juice

Here are some tasty recipes using frozen juice:

Orange Juice Smoothie

1 cup Frozen orange juice cubes
1 banana Peeled and sliced
1 cup Vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp Honey (optional)

Blend orange juice cubes, banana, yogurt and honey in blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Grape Juice Spritzer

2 cups Thawed grape juice
1 cup Sparkling water
Fresh mint For garnish

Mix grape juice and sparkling water. Serve over ice with fresh mint.

Cranberry Sauce

12 ounces Thawed cranberry juice
1 cup Sugar
Pinch Cinnamon
Pinch Nutmeg

Simmer cranberry juice, sugar and spices for 10 minutes until thickened. Chill before serving.


Freezing is a simple, cost-effective way to preserve juices at peak freshness to enjoy all year long. With proper freezing and thawing methods, many juices like orange, apple, grape and cranberry can be frozen successfully. Avoid freezing coconut water, melons and berry juices. Use frozen juice within 6 months for optimal flavor and nutrition. Thaw juice gently in the refrigerator or with a cold water bath. Incorporate thawed frozen juices into smoothies, spritzers, sauces and more. With a little planning, you can enjoy deliciously fresh-tasting juice no matter the season.