Can You Drink Fermented Orange Juice?

Is Fermented Orange Juice Safe?

If you've ever had a batch of orange juice you made ferment in the fridge, you're probably wondering if it's safe to drink...

The short answer is yes, but it's even safer (with more consistent quality) if you follow the steps to ferment it with a starter culture.

Fermented Orange Juice Ingredients

– 6 cups of fresh-squeezed orange juice – 4-6 tablespoons of vegetable starter culture – 1 cup of filtered water – Quart-sized mason jars – Whisk

How to Make Fermented Orange Juice with a Starter Culture


Squeeze Oranges

Begin by squeezing your fresh orange juice using your desired method and add about 3 cups of the juice to each mason jar.


Prepare Starter Culture

Prepare your vegetable starter culture by following the package directions. This often includes whisking a packet of powder with warm water.


Combine Juice, Water and Starter Culture

Whisk ½ cup of room temperature water and 2-3 tablespoons of the culture starter into each mason jar of orange juice. 


Seal and Ferment Jars of Juice

Once it’s well mixed, you need to put the lid on the jar. Set the jar of juice somewhere warm, but out of sunlight, for 24-48 hours.

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