Homemade Fruit Juice Concentrate

Concentrate your homemade fruit juice…

to save space in the freezer or pantry. Being a good lover of natural fruit juices, I like to make my own at home while the fruit is in season. It can take up a lot of space in the pantry or cellar. Here’s a nifty way to make your own concentrated fruit juice just like you’ll find in the freezer section of the grocery store.

Refreshing Glass of Orange Juice

After making the juice through whatever method you prefer, pour it into a gallon plastic milk or water jug or a mason canning jar and freeze. Make sure to leave head space for expansion. After this has become frozen solid, take out of the freezer and allow to thaw half way.

The juice will thaw out before the water that’s in the juice.

Pour the juice off and you should still have frozen water crystals in the container. When all the juice has thawed out and only water remains, allow the rest of the water to thaw out and discard of this water. The juice that you poured off is now a concentrate and you can either can or freeze this for later or use it in a recipe that calls for concentrated fruit juice.

Apple Juice and Cider

To reconstitute,

add water until the desired sweetness is achieved, generally a 3:1 ratio. Three parts water to one part juice concentrate.

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