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Fresh apple juice will keep in the refrigerator for two to three days before it begins to ferment. Juice may be stored for longer periods by:
Cut the top off an empty fruit juice carton, place a polythene bag inside, fill with juice, tie the top of the bag and freeze. Once frozen, the bag can be removed from the box and you have a brick of juice, which can be stacked in your freezer. One cubic foot will hold over five gallons. Juice can be frozen for months without any appreciable loss of flavour.
Pasteurised juice can be stored for anything between 6 months and 2 years, depending on how it is stored. Careful pasteurisation will kill off any organisms that could cause spoilage of the juice whilst preserving its fresh apple flavour. We offer purpose built pasteurisers with both thermostats and timers for pasteurising juice in the bottle or in the bags for the bag-in-box.
Pasteurising in the Bottle
Fill clean glass bottles with juice and close the caps loosely, place them in the tank of the pasteuriser, fill the tank with water to the required level and set the pasteuriser to 75°C. Set the timer on the pasteuriser to 25 minutes. Once the juice inside the bottles has reached temperature, the timer will start to count down. When the timer reaches zero, the caps on the bottles can be tightened, and the bottles carefully removed and allowed to cool. Our pasteurisers hold 13 x 75cl bottles so juice can be bottled in large batches with ease. The shelf life of bottle, pasteurised juice should be 1 – 2 years.
Pasteurising in the Bag
Alternatively, juice can be pasteurised in our 5 and 10 litre bag-in-boxes for medium term storage. With the aid of a filling stand, the bags can be filled with juice ready for pasteurisation and then sealed. Two 5 litre bags or one 10 litre bag can be pasteurised in the pasteuriser at any one time by the same process described above. [NB: The 20 litre bag should not be used in the pasteuriser as the tank capacity in insufficient.] Bag-in-boxes can easily fit into a fridge so are excellent for those who wish to serve chilled apple juice. The shelf life of bag-in-box pasteurised juice should be 6 - 12 months.
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