Can you freeze agua fresca?

This brief guide will address the query: “Can you freeze agua fresca?” Also, we’ll explore how agua fresca can be frozen, what agua fresca is, and what are the benefits of drinking agua fresca. 

Can you freeze agua fresca

Yes, agua fresca can be frozen. As a beverage prepared with fresh fruit, storing it is feasible for prolonging its shelf life and can help preserve its flavor, as in refrigeration there may be some odor transfer that can make agua fresca less appealing. 

Also, as freezing solidifies agua fresca, it’s an easy way to make smoothies with it in a slushy phase.  

Also, agua fresca can be chilled in the freezer, so long as users keep a close watch and make sure it doesn’t freeze solid. 

Below, we’ll describe how agua fresca can easily be frozen.  

How can I freeze agua fresca

Freezing agua fresca is ideally done in tempered glass jars with wide mouths. Bottles with narrowing necks are not recommended when freezing solid, as they’ll make it difficult to scoop out, and otherwise empty the frozen beverage  

Freeze-resistant plastic bottles can also be used, and in both cases, there should be at least one inch of airspace under the lid, for the ice to expand into. 

The agua fresca, once packed into a jar or bottle, can then be stored at subzero temperatures. 

Agua fresca can be chilled in narrow-necked bottles simply by being stored in the freezer, and this cooling process can be sped up by wrapping the bottle in moist paper towels. After 15 to 20 minutes, the agua fresca should be chilled.  

Agua fresca can remain frozen for up to one month, although as time goes on, being frozen may reduce the water content and as a result, concentrate the flavor. It’s best consumed within a week. 

Defrosting agua fresca can be done simply by taking it out of the fridge and letting it sit on the counter at room temperature, or by letting it sit in the refrigerator. 

What is agua fresca

Agua fresca alludes to water that has been flavored with freshly squeezed fruit, puréed fruit, sugar, and/or concentrated extracts from flowers. The term is Spanish for -fresh water- and it can be made of many flavors and fruits. 

Depending on the region, seasonal fruits can be used, and some common flavors include. 

  • Cantaloupe
  • Papaya
  • Mango
  • Strawberry
  • Starfruit
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Watermelon, etc.

Lemonade technically counts as an -agua fresca- though it is more commonly known by its original moniker.

Also, many fruits can be combined and puréed to make a punch. In many countries, it is customary to serve it with sliced ingredients and ice. 

Agua fresca can also be made fizzy by placing it in a flask and carbonating it with pre-packaged carbon dioxide (CO2) cartridges. There are commercially available appliances with this specific function, such as SodaStream ®. 

What are the benefits of drinking agua fresca

The exact benefits of drinking agua fresca are contingent on the ingredients used to prepare it. 

For example, agua fresca that is made with citric fruits will provide copious amounts of vitamin C, reduce the sedimentation in a person’s kidneys, and provide antioxidants. 

Similarly, variations made with pulpy fruits can provide fiber, sugars, and other bioactive compounds such as vitamins and minerals.

Agua fresca can be a preferable alternative to drinking sodas that are made with high-fructose corn syrup and depending on the ingredients used to make them, they can be a source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds such as flavonoids, oxalates, antioxidants, carotenoids, etc. 

However, while they are a healthier alternative to sodas, users should also be cautious about not ingesting them in excess. 

Some fruits may have a high glycemic index, and they may be contraindicated for patients with type II diabetes, or those looking to regulate their blood sugar. 

Also, agua fresca made with fruit that is rich in oxalates may be contraindicated in patients that have a predisposition to forming kidney stones. 

As some fruits are high in calories, they may not be ideal to use in agua fresca, especially for users on stringent weight-loss diets.

Agua fresca may not be as nutritious as its fruity counterpart, as most of the fiber has been ground or whittled, and some fruits may lack their pulp. Pulp contributes to an early feeling of satiety, which can help curb a person’s appetite.   

To summarize, agua fresca is a healthy alternative to soda and other pre-made carbonated drinks, but readers should be cautious when selecting what fruit they’ll use to make their own, and the amount of sugar (if any) that they’ll add. 

Conclusion

This brief guide addressed the query: “Can you freeze agua fresca?” Also, we’ve explored how agua fresca can be frozen, what agua fresca is, and what are the benefits of drinking agua fresca.  

References

https://www.thespruceeats.com/agua-fresca-recipe-2343055

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1012543-watermelon-or-cantaloupe-agua-fresca

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/citrus-fruit-benefits#TOC_TITLE_HDR_7

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/sugar.html

https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/sugar/added-sugars

https://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/fruits-vegetables

https://www.healthline.com/health/phytonutrients

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