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Frozen navel orange juice

Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 16, 14 at 16:12

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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RE: Frozen navel orange juice

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.

RE: Frozen navel orange juice

  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 16, 14 at 20:46

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

RE: Frozen navel orange juice


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.

RE: Frozen navel orange juice

  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 18, 14 at 0:04

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.

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