Contributed By: Live. Life. Simple.
This will make as many trays as you choose to make*
Orange juice can be freeze dried fresh-squeezed, 100% juice or from concentrate. If you are doing orange juice from concentrate, add required water before freeze drying. If doing concentrate or juice from a carton or container, try to avoid high fructose corn syrup and other added sugars. Scan the ingredients for ingredients known to have problems freeze drying. For my video, I used Simply Orange.
- In a pre-cut parchment or silicone lined freeze dryer tray, pour juice into trays, leaving plenty of room for expanding during freeze drying. I used 4 cups per tray in the medium
- I have found dividers placed into the tray can help reduce the orange juice from puffing up during the freeze drying cycle.
- If possible, pre freeze juice for 24 hours or more before freeze drying
- Freeze dry as usual, periodically checking for excessive puffing to avoid a mess
- When complete, run the freeze dried orange juice through a food processor to create a fine powder
- Prepare for a sticky freeze dried product as goes for any high sugar item
- Store Appropriately (See Tips and Tricks for storage help)
34 hours 54 minutes
¾ cup (40-50 grams) of orange juice powder + 4 cup of water = 4 cup of orange juice. Shake vigorously for 1 minute and enjoy!
* Extra Large Tray = 15 Cups/Tray Large Tray = 8 Cups/tray Medium = 6 Cups/Tray Small = 4 Cups/Tray
Cycle times & rehydration for reference only. Your results may vary.