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Concentrate Juice vs store bought

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Concentrate Juice vs store bought

I was curious about how long concentrated juices will keep and the consensus is sort of forever or a very long time when it's frozen. Freezer burn is negligible, ice crystals the same. However, if you reconstitute it, it will be 5-7 days. I seem to recall having it keep longer from personal exerpience. My question however has to do with the juice still in concentrate but thaw form. I was not able to get an answer for this by searching Google but again going by personal experience, on more than a few occasions I have opened them to mix with club soda and they seem to keep fine in the fridge; 2 weeks or more in fact. It usually takes about a month before I do my fridge cleaning and that's when I discover a little mould has grown.

anyway, I dispute the claim that after mixing it will only keep for 5-7 days whereas store-bought juice will keep up to a month, if not more. In fact, I have a jug of Del Monte Tropical fruit and it had a 3 month Best Before.. I suspect it's one the cheap stuff that doesn't require refridgeration, i.e powder type.

Any regular consumers of frozen juices care to chime in?
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I think best bet would be to keep them frozen and only thaw them just before you need them especially if you have citrus fruits in the mix which undergo reaction once they mix with water.
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Perhaps naively I thought of frozen has such a short shelf life after it’s been reconstituted then it must have so little preservatives compared to the store bought variety. Minute Maid actually tastes very good compared to Tropicana. I will start to buy more frozen going forward but my main thing still remains to have it enhance club soda.
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I had Minute Maid orange frozen juice five years past its expiry date. The frozen content in the canisters had turned a brown colour. However, after reconstituting it, it still tasted like orange juice. Sugar seems to keep its sugary flavour, it seems. For example, I have 20 yr old maple syrup in the fridge that still tastes like maple syrup. Anyways, I drank something like 6 expired Minute Maid canisters and I am still alive. I also have drank milk two weeks past its expiry date (it tasted very sour) and still survived.
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where are people buying concentrates? Are you just referring to the frozen juices in the little cardboard cans?
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gemenichic wrote: where are people buying concentrates? Are you just referring to the frozen juices in the little cardboard cans?
Most "juice" purchased at grocers are "from concentrate".
Juice Concentrates can be found in the freezer section or in the juice/drink section in bottles/tetras.

In the older days before "frost free" freezers, frozen concentrate could likely live there forever (relatively long long time)...with frost free freezers, the "shelf life" is less than "forever" but still a long time (vs long long).
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gemenichic wrote: where are people buying concentrates? Are you just referring to the frozen juices in the little cardboard cans?
Is there another type of concentrate? I know there are concentrate juices that are pasturized and kept in glass bottle forms and you just dilute. Frozen is obviously more economical. I wonder if it’s possible to can them so they can keep without refrigeration. I suspect it’s still a lot of water in the concentrate so if you reduce it down it’s a few tea spoon worth that can be canned and or rivals those kore expensive types in glass bottles.
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gemenichic wrote: where are people buying concentrates? Are you just referring to the frozen juices in the little cardboard cans?
trini wrote: They're all reconstituted juice. So those who buy frozen male the better choice.
This is exactly what I meant as well. It just goes to show how marketing can change perception.

Back in my University days, I used to buy Minute Maid frozen concentrate all the time...IIRC it was pretty inexpensive. Companies must have came to the conclusion they weren't making enough money and "created" this "premium" juice label and off to the races they went.
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gr8dlr wrote: This is exactly what I meant as well. It just goes to show how marketing can change perception.

Back in my University days, I used to buy Minute Maid frozen concentrate all the time...IIRC it was pretty inexpensive. Companies must have came to the conclusion they weren't making enough money and "created" this "premium" juice label and off to the races they went.
Its shame that the regulators allow this including the relevant food and advertisement standards authorities.

I have purchased juice where it mentioned blueberry on the packaging with words as well as photos but when I read the ingredients it only had blueberry flavour.

Again I had brought juices in other countries where they say blackcurrant juice but they would only have 2% blackcurrant. Now good thing is they still mention %.

Even though in here % are not mentioned in ingredients but my guess is the same tricks are being used.

Finally even when you buy concentrate you would be getting max 10% of juice from concentrate.

Basically starbucks trick of water & ice but with juice & water. Them CEOs of juice companies need fat salaries too :)
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Becks wrote: I had Minute Maid orange frozen juice five years past its expiry date. The frozen content in the canisters had turned a brown colour. However, after reconstituting it, it still tasted like orange juice. Sugar seems to keep its sugary flavour, it seems. For example, I have 20 yr old maple syrup in the fridge that still tastes like maple syrup. Anyways, I drank something like 6 expired Minute Maid canisters and I am still alive. I also have drank milk two weeks past its expiry date (it tasted very sour) and still survived.
You sound unusually proud for having drank what was milk turned yogurt.

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