If this is your first time freezing or it has been awhile, it is recommended that you read General Freezing Information before beginning.
- Select fresh, mature, firm fruit free of soft spots to make juice with. Do not use fruit that show signs of decay or mold.
- Cutting board
- Tool for fruit juicing
- Ruler/headspace tool
- Use clean packing containers and materials that are moisture and vapor-proof/resistant:
- Rigid containers (glass jars and hard plastic containers) are especially good for freezing foods with liquid. Covers for rigid containers should fit tightly.
- Square or rectangular, straight-sided rigid plastic containers make the best use of freezer space.
- Wide-mouth, dual-purpose glass jars made for canning and freezing are tempered to withstand extremes in temperature and allow for easier removal of partially-thawed foods.
- Narrow-mouth dual-purpose glass jars can also be used but require greater headspace (to avoid expansion breakage at the shoulder) and foods must be completely thawed before removal.
- Flexible bags or wrappings (plastic freezer bags, freezer paper and heavyweight aluminum foil) are best for freezing food products with little or no liquid.
- Vacuum packaging removes more oxygen than other freezing methods (Refer to manufacturer's instructions.)
3. Prepare Equipment
- Before use, wash containers in hot soapy water and rinse well.
4. Prepare Fruit
- Thoroughly wash citrus fruit.
- Squeeze juice using squeezer that does not press oil from rind.
- Sweeten with 2 tablespoons sugar per quart of juice or pack unsweetened.
- Add ¾ teaspoon ascorbic acid per gallon of juice to prevent darkening.
- Before sealing, make sure sealing edges are free of moisture or food.
- Leave proper headspace, depending on shape of container (See Headspace table below).
Headspace for Freezing Juice
|Type of Pack
||Container with wide-top opening
||Container with narrow-top opening
||Flexible bags and wraps
||Remove as much air as possible
- Label with the name of food, date, and type of pack.
- Freeze packaged fruits as quickly as possible to 0°F or below.
- For quickest freezing, place containers in single layer in freezer.
- Most fruits will maintain high quality for 8-12 months at 0°F or below.