Can apple juice go bad in the fridge?

In this short guide, we will answer the query, “can apple juice go bad in the fridge?” We will also discuss how long apple juice lasts in the fridge, how to tell if your apple juice is bad, and how to make your apple juice last longer.

Can apple juice go bad in the fridge?

Yes, apple juice can go bad in the fridge, particularly when not properly stored. Apple juice, either homemade or bought from the store, is perishable and can only stay fresh for so long and eventually go bad no matter how or where you store them.

The process of food spoilage involves the action of microorganisms and other spoilage elements, such as air and moisture. This process is typically slowed down in the fridge but not completely stopped. As a result, your apples can go bad even in the fridge.

How long does apple juice last in the fridge?

Apple juice can last until the expiry date (plus 1 – 3 days after), if store-bought, unopened, and kept in the fridge.  However, the storage time of apple juice varies based on whether it is homemade, refrigerated store-bought, or unrefrigerated bottled apple juice.

For store-bought refrigerated apple juice, the label normally includes a use-by date. It will not keep much longer after that date because it requires refrigeration. Within 7 to 10 days of opening the bottle, you should finish or freeze the juice.

It is recommended to consume homemade apple juice the same day you make it. If that is not feasible, it can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Apples, on the other hand, keep for a long time in the fridge and can wait until you’re ready to sip the juice. 

How to tell if apple juice is bad?

Apple juice has gone bad if there are slight changes in scent and taste which show a reduction in quality. You might find the juice drinkable, but not as nice as it was when the container was first opened. You may reach a point when the juice is no longer enjoyable – a solid indicator that it is past its use-by date. 

If you see any fungal growth, color changes, or a strange odor, discard the juice. The most prominent indicator of bad apple juice is a sour odor, which overall, is a fairly accurate method of detecting if apple juice is still safe to consume. Discard the juice if it smells more like vinegar than fruit juice.

Pouring the apple juice into a glass is another technique to tell if it is bad. Check to see whether the juice has any little bubbles in it. A murky look should tell you that the juice has begun to ferment and should be dumped immediately.

Always observe the expiration dates. If you keep an unsealed one in the fridge for more than three weeks, it’s usually best to discard it. Or a homemade apple juice that lasts longer than seven days.

How to make your apple juice last longer?

You can make your apple juice last longer by either freezing or pasteurizing the juice. It is far easier to freeze apple juice than it is to pasteurize it. If you don’t have time or aren’t in the mood to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, freezing is an excellent technique to make it keep for a more extended period.

Freezing

Apple juice will freeze quickly, particularly when the sugar content is high. Although the frozen juice may become cloudy, once defrosted, it will most likely return to its previous state. You can keep apple juice in the freezer for 8 to 12 months.

The best way to thaw apple juice is to leave it in the fridge for a few hours. However, if you need it quick, you can also thaw apple juice at room temperature. Defrosted apple juice will keep well in the fridge for a few days. Don’t refreeze apple juice.

Pasteurizing

You may pasteurize apple juice by simmering it for around 15 minutes on low heat (167 °F). This method is an excellent way to keep fresh juices from fermenting. Although pasteurization takes more time and work, it can keep apple juice for 18 months.

Pasteurized apple juice does not require refrigeration but can be stored in a cool and dark area.

Conclusion

In this short guide, we have addressed the query, “can apple juice go bad in the fridge?” We have also discussed how long apple juice lasts in the fridge, how to tell if your apple juice is bad, and how to make your apple juice last longer.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citation

https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/what-you-need-know-about-juice-safety
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