How To Preserve Passion Fruit Juice
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As mentioned before, passion fruit is an in-season tropical fruit that can be consumed raw or made into juices, jams, and preserves. It may sound strange at first, but once you try it, you will love it!
Passion fruits are not like most other citrus fruits as they do not have large segments of peel that need to be removed. They only have very thin white skin surrounding the juicy pulp that contains the flavor of the fruit.
The juice of the passion fruit does not require additional sweetening either, which makes it perfect for making recipes. When preparing your own passion fruit juice, there are two main things to consider.
This article will talk about how to preserve the fresh taste of the juice and what types of containers to use for the different recipes.
Freeze fresh fruit juice
Another way to preserve the pure flavor of passion fruits is by freezing their juice! Simply freeze your purified passion fruit juice until it is solid, then use it in recipes or to make drinks like plain old frozen beverages.
This can be done with just about any liquid you want to keep for later, including other citrus juices, ketchup, and even water!
Thaw out the frozen drink and add ingredients such as berries or chocolate chips to taste. You can also add some sweetener if needed.
By doing this, the passion fruit will still retain its natural tang and flavor.
Canister of sugar substitutes
For those who cannot afford or do not like using fresh fruits as ingredients, there are several brands of canned passion fruit juice that contain glucose-cereal supplements such as maltitol or sucralose.
These taste similar to plain white sugar, so people may be able to find it more acceptable than pureed berries!
However, because they are slightly less rich in nutrients than the raw berry pulp, we recommend only half the amount of liquid needed for the same effect. This way you get the same nutritional value, and you can mix them into other recipes easily.
You should also remember that these sugars will contribute approximately 5 grams of sugar per 2 tablespoons. So, if you’re very careful with how much you use, you can still achieve our target goal of 6–8 ounces (170–235 ml) of preserved passion fruit juice every two weeks.
What is the best type of glucose cereal?
We prefer using maltitol over cyclamate or Aspartame due to its lower risk of cancer. However, either one of these works well to preserve the flavor and texture of the preserved passion fruit juice.
General tips for using glucose cereals: never heat the drink powder beyond the boiling point, and always shake the container before drinking to ensure all the powder has dissolved. You can also pour off any leftover powder to save for later.
High quality bottled juice
While fresh passion fruit juice is delicious, it does not last very long. The skin of the fruit contains natural acids that help preserve the pulp and liquid within. When consuming the pulp, make sure to remove just enough of the peel for your personal taste – too much peel can affect the flavor.
As mentioned before, the skin of the passion fruits comes with an acid layer that helps preserve the drink’s tangy flavor. This process also contributes to the overall health benefits of the beverage.
To conserve the passion fruit juice, you have to remove just enough of this protective layer to perceive the underlying sweetness of the pulp. Then, once the texture is slightly thicker, pour off some of the juice to reduce the amount of time the pulp has in contact with air.
After removing all of the desired juice, place the rest in a sealed glass container and let it ferment. Depending on how strong you want the preserved passion fruit juice to be, you can leave it as is or add more sugar to balance out the alcohol content.
Make fresh juice drinks
Another way to use preserved passion fruit halves is in drink recipes! If you are making an alcoholic beverage, like a white wine or vodka cocktail, one of your ingredients can be preserved passion fruit half.
If there are some leftover pieces of passion fruit after using it in a recipe, those pieces can also be dried out and put into a container as part of the preservation method.
You can then add them to another recipe at a later time! They will still taste the same if used properly.
Mix fruit juices with water
One of our favorite ways to preserve the flavor and nutritional value of fresh fruits is by mixing them into a liquid or gel-like product. This preservation method works for almost any fruit!
Preserving the juice as opposed to using whole berries, pieces, or dried chunks is your best bet if you want to taste the pure deliciousness of the fruit raw.
That’s why it’s important to remember how to preserve the pulp and the juice separately.
We will talk more about this in another article, but for now just know that you should separate out only the juicy part of the fruit from its pit when preserving it. The peel can be discarded or saved for later use.
The most common way to do this is via juicing. But there are many different types of juicers, so make sure to pick one that separates the pulpy parts easily!
After separating the components, pour the preserved juice onto a lined shelf or pan and let it set and solidify. You may have to check it every few minutes until it hardens.
Use fresh lemon juice
One of the biggest mistakes people make when preserving fruits is using bottled or liquid acid as a flavor agent. While these are fine once, if you want to keep it fresh and natural then use freshly squeezed citrus juice!
Using manufactured acids may contain stabilizers that prevent the solid pieces of your fruit from sinking in solution, but plain old white vinegar will work just as well. The only thing is, you have to be careful not to overdo it!
Too much vinegar can result in water being eliminated, which could cause dehydration or even death for your preserved food. Make sure to mix in enough so that there is an adequate amount of acidity and no more than the required amount of moisture is removed.
Also remember that sugar does not dissolve into vinegar, so where necessary, one should include some glucose or sucrose to help preserve the texture and taste of the preserved product.
Another tip is to add those dried ingredients like cinnamon, cloves, or salt at the last minute since they can potentially burn.
Use citric acid
While there are several ways to preserve fresh fruits, how to preserve passion fruit juice is one of the most important. If you do not know how to make it into pulp or concentrate its flavor, then this recipe cannot be done!
While some people suggest using gelatin as an agent, that does not work for every type of passion fruit. Some will not gel properly due to the taste being too strong. Using agar can also prove difficult because the mixture will likely set in your mouth while you are eating it – no good.
Luckily, we have something better! Citric acid is a natural compound that helps balance out the acidic nature of passion fruit. When mixed with water, it forms a solution which can then be used in recipes directly or dried and re-used later.
There are two types of citric acids that differ in strength. You should use the weaker one to be sure the vinegar does not completely evaporate during processing.
Try making fruit juice pops
Another way to preserve your passion fruits is by creating “fruit juice pops”. You will need an oven, sugar, and cinnamon sticks for this recipe. Simply place a spoonful of sugar and one drop of liquid acid (such as lemon or vinegar) in each plastic bowl cavity. Add 1-2 drops of warm milk to make it slightly runny. Mix together both ingredients and then pour into your cavities. Let cool before putting in the freezer!
Once frozen, remove them from the freezer and pull apart the lid to enjoy some fresh passion fruit juice. If you like more flavor, you can add another stick of cinnamon to the mixture.