Apple juice is always delicious and healthy, especially if you make it yourself. If you love the juice but don’t always get to finish it, you could freeze the apple juice rather than let it go bad.
Whether we’re talking about serving apple juice to small kids or drinking it yourself, it doesn’t really matter, because you can always put some into the freezer to have later.
Can You Freeze Apple Juice?
We’re not the only ones who are considering how to freeze juice, including apple juice, to have later. One of our readers sent us the following message:
My grandson likes apple juice, so whenever he comes to visit I make sure to have some on hand. He’s very young, so he doesn’t drink very much of it and I always have most of the container leftover. No one else in the house drinks it, so when he goes home the leftovers just stay in the fridge until someone throws it out. I was thinking that it might be a better idea to freeze the leftovers and just defrost some apple juice when my grandson comes for a visit. Can you freeze apple juice?
It’s sweet that you purchase apple juice just because your grandson likes it. To answer your question, yes, you can freeze apple juice. Like most fruit juices, apple juice freezes quite well.
However, there are a few things to remember when freezing apple juice. First, the high water content of the juice will cause it to expand upon freezing, so make sure to leave some room for expansion in the container when you freeze it.
Also, the juice may become cloudy upon freezing, but the color will return to normal once thawed.
Finally, sometimes the sweetness of a juice can increase with freezing, so you may find yourself needing to dilute the juice a bit before serving it to your grandson.
How to Freeze Apple Juice?
If you’re going to freeze your leftover apple juice, you want to follow a few steps:
- To freeze apple juice, give the juice a shake or a stir to incorporate any sediment at the bottom of the container.
- Make sure the juice is as fresh as possible.
- Pour the juice into a hard-sided freezer container or into a freezer bag.
- I would recommend freezing it in single serving sizes for your grandson, but you can also freeze the leftover juice in one larger container.
- Leave some headroom for expansion, then seal the container.
- Label and date the container, and then put it in the freezer.
How to Keep Apple Juice for Longer?
If you want to make sure that your apple juice will last a longer time in the freezer, you’re going to have to invest in a food saver. Food savers are awesome because they give your ingredients, juices, or dishes a perfect seal, preserving them for longer.
Our favorite is the FoodSaver V4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealer Machine which works with both freezer bags and containers of various sizes. It will save you money and time in the long run.
How to Thaw Apple Juice?
To thaw frozen apple juice, remove the juice from the freezer and allow the juice to thaw on the counter or in the refrigerator for several hours.
Once thawed, give the juice a stir and then taste for sweetness. Dilute the juice if necessary.
How Long Does Apple Juice Last?
If we’re talking about thawed juice, it will last for a few days in the fridge. Any unused juice should be discarded within a few days and should not be sent to the freezer again.
Store-bought apple juice should be consumed within 7 to 10 days after opening, or as per the instructions on the bottle/carton.
Homemade apple juice is best to drink in the same day, but it can sit in the fridge for up to three days. Remember to stir it a bit before drinking, however, as you’ll notice deposits.
Can You Freeze Apples?
Another thing you can take into consideration is to freeze apples. You can do this in multiple ways, as freezing apples works whether you leave them whole, slice them, puree them, and so on. You can learn more about how you can freeze apples by reading our article.
Recipe for Freezing Fresh Apples
- Wash the apples.
- Place them on a baking sheet, making sure they do not touch.
- Put them in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes.
- Transfer them into freezer bags and put them back into the freezer.