Frozen navel orange juice

MrClintFebruary 16, 2014

Navel orange juice contains limonin which turns the juice bitter at some point. Where is that point? After an hour? Six hours? What about freezing?

I'm freezing some navel orange juice in ice cube trays just like I do with lemons. These frozen juice cubes are used later in cocktails or to just add some citrus flavor to water. Am I wasting my time or will quick freezing hold back some or all of the bitterness?

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gregbradley(Upland, CA USDA 9b Sunset 19)

I can't help you with the freezing part but I've found that Navel Orange Juice tastes fine for a lot longer than 6 hours. I usually only squeeze enough for that day and part of the next so 24 hours seems to be fine and probably 36. It is definitely bitter after 2-3 days.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 8:13PM
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MrClint

GregBradley, good to know the threshold. There just isn't much clear cut info to be had on the subject.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 8:46PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Clint,

It isn't the orange that is the problem it is you, the juicer. On navels you have to juice them lightly and avoid the navel end and you won't have that bitterness problem. Try to get 90% of the juice and leave the juice at the ends and voila no bitterness. It is a well known Navel orange issue but easily worked around.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 3:21PM
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MrClint

Hi citrus people! I'm not getting much feedback on freezing navel orange juice, but wanted to pass along my results. The juice is dog-gone-good so far as ice cubes. I'm squeezing them all the way. My Washington navels have been holding so long that they are tacky to the touch with sweetness. I sampled some ice cubes and I feel like I've been eating candy. It would be an absolute shame if they turned bitter after time.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 12:04AM
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