Soursop is a healthy and tasty fruit, and most people love to drink soursop as a juice. However, every fruity thing gets rotten after a certain time and gives an off smell and off-flavor.
Therefore before you eat soursop juice, you should ensure its quality. But how do you know when soursop juice goes bad? Further reading will give the answers to all your doubts.
The microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungus, are the main reason that causes to reduce the soursop juice quality. They react with the juice and create unpleasant flavors.
Therefore to increase the shelflife of soursop juice, you have to follow some strategies. Among them, controlling temperature and reducing exposure time to the environment are the key strategies.
HOW LONG DOES FRESH SOURSOP JUICE LAST?
Every fruits or food have a specific shelflife. But it can be varied with the way your store it. So, as usual, soursop juice also has a specific lifespan. It can be defined as follows.
- If you store your soursop juice at room temperature, it will last for about 5 to 6 hours
- You can keep soursop juice for about 2 to 4 days. But you should keep it in the refrigerator
- In the freezer, you can keep soursop juice for up to about three months
However, not only soursop juice but also other fruit juice can be kept longer by choosing proper condition and proper storage methods.
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- You can keep whole ripe soursop fruit for 1 to 2 days at room temperature
- However, if you store your ripe whole soursop fruit in the refrigerator, the lifespan of soursop fruit increases up to about 3 to 4 days
- Cut soursop lifespan may be similar to soursop juice. It means 5 to 6 hours at room temperature and 2 to 4 days in the refrigerator
- Another notable thing is you cannot freeze whole soursop fruit of cut soursop. Only soursop juice and pulp can be frozen.
HOW TO MAKE FRESH SOURSOP JUICE?
Soursop juice is not popular as mango juice. But if you try it at once, I am sure you will be a lifetime fan of soursop juice because it is delicious. However, you can try these simple steps at home to collect an exciting and delightful experience!
Step 1: select a better soursop fruit
Here you can choose soursop fruit that is yellow-green and fairly soft. Because it is perfect for making tasty soursop juice. Also, check whether that fruit has any damages like bird bitten areas or trash areas.
If you notice some of them, cut these areas and take only the fresh part.
Step 2: peel the soursop fruit
If you select soursop according to step 1, peeling the fruit is an easy task. Because, it is already ripened. Here, you only have to put the initial cut first and peel the skin off with your hands.
Before starting the peeling, you have to wear gloves or clean your hands with soaps.
Step 3: remove the center
Generally, the pulp of soursop is cottony and light texture. However, there is a center that is stiffer and sponge-like. It is not better to use to make your soursop juice. So, cut it out.
Step 4: remove the soursop seeds
You can eat some seeds of fruits. It depends on your preference. But do not try to add soursop seeds to your juice. Why do I say that?
Actually, soursop seeds contain annonacin. It is a neurotoxin. If you have high doses, this toxin has the ability to attack and damage the nervous system. Therefore, you should remove soursop seeds.
However, it is easy to remove them. Thus, soursop seeds are large. If you squeeze the soursop pulp, seeds tend to pop out. Another option is a strainer.
Step 5: blend the pulp
After ensuring that you remove all the seeds, it is time to blend the soursop pulp. You can use a blender and blend it for a couple of minutes.
However, you can blend row pulp. But if the pulp is too thick, it does not matter to add a little water (a quarter cup at a time). Then blend it again.
Step 6: sweeten and flavor
You can add your favorite sweetener to the juice while in the blender. Here you can add sugar as your preference.
In addition to that, you can add a teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg to flavor the juice. Also, cinnamon or ginger makes the perfect combination with soursop juice.
HOW TO PRESERVE AND MAKE SOURSOP JUICE LAST LONGER?
You can preserve and make soursop juice last long by freezing. So, here you may have a question: Can we freeze the soursop juice?
Yes, you can freeze soursop juice and keep it for about 3 months. But how do freeze soursop juice? Here, you have to prepare the soursop juice as usual. Then transfer the juice to the airtight container.
Keeping the juice in the original container can be broken apart due to extremely cold temperatures.
HOW TO TELL IF FRESH SOURSOP JUICE GOES BAD?
If you use whatever storage method, every fruit will go bad at a certain time. So, how do you recognize whether your soursop juice goes bad or not?
Mainly two factors will help you to ensure that. It is appearance and smell. So, let’s see how appearance, smell, and texture change when soursop juice goes bad.
Appearance or color
When the soursop juice spoils, its color tends to change. Generally, fresh soursop juice is white in color, and when it goes bad, it starts to change from white to brown or grey. The color difference is clearly visible to the naked eye.
Ripe soursop has a good smell. But when soursop juice starts to get worse, it will be a sour rotting smell. It has the ability to turn your head away.
Generally, good soursop juice has snow-white color and pleasant texture. However, when it gets bad, the texture of the juice will become soggy and watery. However, you can understand that your soursop juice goes bad once you see its texture. It seems to be unpleasant.
CAN WE ADD WATER IN SOURSOP JUICE?
Yes. You can add water to soursop juice. But here, the amount of water can be changing the nature of soursop juice.
It means if you add a little water to soursop juice, the juice will have a creamy and thicker texture.
On the other hand, if you add more water, you can get nice and thinner juice. However, the water amount can be adjusted according to your preference. So, it is up to you.
Moreover, water content directly influences the taste of soursop juice. Thus, here you have to add water carefully. If not, you may feel of watery taste in your juice.
Everything has a lifespan, including soursop juice. But you can increase it by following preserved methods.
For example, you can increase the lifespan of the soursop juice by freezing it. However, you can identify when soursop juice goes bad by checking its texture, smell, and appearance. However, do not consume spoiled soursop juice.