Can You Freeze Orange Juice?

A typical breakfast drink and often packed full of vitamin C, fresh orange juice is a tasty drink that many of us enjoy. There is one problem with it though and that’s how quickly it goes bad.

When you open a carton of orange juice you usually need to drink it within a couple of days otherwise it will spoil and it might even start to go mouldy.

It would be great if freezing was an option to extend the life of your orange juice. So, can you freeze orange juice?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze orange juice. Orange juice can be frozen for around 10 months. You can either freeze leftover orange juice into containers or you can freeze unopened orange juice in the carton.

How To Freeze Orange Juice

You have a couple of options when it comes to freezing your orange juice and how you do it will depend on whether you have a lot of juice leftover or only a little.

You might even have unopened juice to freeze before it’s best before date passes. Let’s take a look at the methods you can use.

How to Freeze Leftover Orange Juice

This method is the most common because the reason most people need to freeze orange juice is that they have a lot of leftovers.

  1. Strain
    If your orange juice has pulp then it is worth straining it before freezing to avoid the grainy texture when you thaw it out.
  2. Transfer to Containers
    You will need to transfer the orange juice into a container that is suitable for freezing liquids. You will need to choose one with a tight lid. Pour the orange into the container. Make sure you leave a gap at the top to allow the juice to expand as it freezes.
  3. Seal
    Seal the orange juice tightly.
  4. Label
    Label it with the date and contents.
  5. Freeze
    Pop it into the freezer, making sure you keep the container upright and flat while it freezes.

How to Freeze Unopened Orange Juice

If you have bought some bargain orange juice but can’t use it before the use-by date then you may be able to freeze it in the carton it came in. Cardboard can be frozen but you do need to be aware that orange juice does expand when it freezes and if the carton is too full then it may burst from its packaging.

To avoid this you could pop it into a container or put it in a freezer bag or two.

If the carton splits while freezing then you will need to defrost and use it straight away or throw the carton away.

How to Freeze Orange Juice Ice Cubes

Orange juice ice cubes are a fantastic way to use up orange juice. It’s easy to do and is a great option for smoothies, juices or even to pop a cube or two into some sparkly water for a citrus treat.

  1. Pour Into Ice Cubes
    Grab your ice cube tray and pour the orange juice into each section. You do need to leave a gap at the top of each section to allow for the juice to expand as it freezes.
  2. Freeze
    Put the ice cube tray into the freezer. Make sure it is flat and won’t spill. Allow the orange juice to freeze for several hours.
  3. Pop Cubes Into a Bag
    Take the ice cube tray out of the freezer and transfer the orange ice cubes into a freezer bag.
  4. Refreeze
    Label the bag with the date, seal the bag tightly and pop it back into the freezer.

3 Tips for Freezing Orange Juice

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing orange juice to have the best results:

  • Opt for Smooth Juice – One thing to remember with all methods is that smooth orange juice without pulp freezes much better than juice with pulp. If you leave the pulp in then the juice can become grainy in texture when it is defrosted.
  • Label It Clearly – If you have frozen other juices then they can all begin to look the same in the freezer. Make sure you write clear labels for each of them. 
  • Make Ice Lollies – Orange juice makes great ice lollies. All you need to do is pour the juice into a lolly mould (you may want to di

How Long Can You Freeze Orange Juice?

As if it couldn’t get any better, orange juice also freezes for a really long time safely! As long as you have kept it airtight and removed the pulp before freezing then you should be able to freeze it for between 8 and 12 months.

Plenty of time to make the most of all those ‘buy one get one free’ offers at the supermarket!

You Can Freeze Orange Juice for Around 10 Months

How Do You Defrost Orange Juice?

The best way to thaw out your frozen orange juice is in the fridge. You just need to take it out of the freezer and pop the container into the fridge and allow it to defrost for several hours. It is best to defrost overnight so make sure you plan ahead!

There is no real way to speed up this process without spoiling the juice.

Another way to use your frozen orange juice is to not defrost it at all! If you have chosen to freeze the juice in ice cube form for juices then you don’t need to defrost it at all.

Just pop a few orange ice cubes into your juice or smoothie and blend. This makes the juice or smoothie wonderfully creamy in texture plus this is the easiest way to use your frozen orange juice.

Can You Refreeze Orange Juice?

Orange juice is one of those drinks that does spoil easily so although it can be frozen for a long time you shouldn’t try and refreeze it once it has defrosted. It just isn’t worth the risk.

Does Orange Juice Freeze Well?

How well the orange juice freezes depends completely on the type of juice it is and how well you froze it. Pulpy juice really doesn’t freeze well as the liquid and pulpy bits tend to crystalise and you end up with juice that is grainy and a little odd in texture.

Smooth orange juice freezes fairly well and you should notice minimal change in the juice and it should still be an enjoyable drink.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing orange juice or juice in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Pineapple Juice?

The good news is that the method on this page will work for any fruit juice whether that’s pineapple, grapefruit or blood orange. You can follow either of the three methods towards the top of this page.

Can You Freeze Orange Juice in Ice Cube Trays?

You certainly can! This is a great way to store orange juice in the freezer if you want to store it in small portions. We’ve actually outlined the method for freezing orange juice in ice cube trays above.

Can You Freeze Tropicana Orange Juice?

You can buy orange juice from the store and it is absolutely fine to freeze it. This includes Tropicana orange juice. All you need to do is freeze it using the same methods outlined in this article.

Just be aware that it is unlikely that brands would recommend you freeze in the cartons or bottles the juice comes in.

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