Uses for Juice from Canned Fruit

Juice can get pricey. Our juice was running low, and instead of buying more, I simply added 2 free ingredients and our juice bottle was suddenly full again! One of these is all that yummy but syrupy sweet juice left in the bottom of a can of peaches. It's a shame to just throw it away, now you don't have to. This was tested and approved by 3 kids so far, so I was happy, and it saved me a trip to the store!


Start with a large bottle of apple juice, about 1/2 empty.

Add about 3 cans of leftover peach juice (a funnel works great!), and as much cold water needed to fill your bottle to the top again. Replace cap, shake vigorously, enjoy!

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February 22, 2010

Use it when making yeast breads; including cinnamon rolls and or quick breads. It adds another layer of delicious flavor and nutrition. You may want to reduce the amount of sugar by a Tbsp. or so to keep from having your breads or rolls too sweet.

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I always have a pitcher of orange juice made, so whenever I open any can of fruit I always add the juices left at the bottom to the orange juice so as to not waste a drop!

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During the summer months I save the juice from our canned fruit. I do one of 4 things with the juice.

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January 6, 2005

Whenever we eat canned fruit or frozen fruit, I save the juice and put it in ice cube trays. Once frozen, I put them in the baggies and put them in the freezer. We then use them for milkshakes by taking a few ice cubes and milk or plain yogurt and mixing them in the blender. My kids love them and it is sweeter than any store bought yogurt. By Tina

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November 3, 2011

These are made from juice you've already paid for, and fairly healthy popsicles. I freeze the juice from canned fruit in popsicle molds. I also use the liquid that forms in a bowl of cut watermelon.

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If you enjoy canned fruit, buy it in heavy syrup. Save on sugar and use the syrup instead to sweeten and flavor your iced tea.

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September 5, 2011

I have made several peach cobblers using canned peaches. When I drained the peaches I hated throwing the juice from the can down the drain. It seems like a waste of money, so I freeze it. I now have several frozen bags of sweetened peach juice. What recipes can you share that I can use them in? Thanks!

By Nena5 from Hopewell, VA


September 5, 20110 found this helpful
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You might be able to use it to make 'jelly', just omit the sugar, and use the pectin products. I do know that if you bake, you can use the juice in place of the water or milk called for in the recipe. I did that just last night with some pineapple juice. Hated to throw it away, so I used it in place of the water, and just topped it off with milk, to make the volume of liquid required for the recipe. It didn't make a strong taste, but just made it a bit different.

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September 8, 20111 found this helpful
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Use it in your cobblers. I thicken the juice with cornstarch and sugar and add nutmeg to my peach cobbler along with some pats of butter.

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September 10, 20110 found this helpful
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This is not really juice. It is very thick high fructose corn syrup and you really should just pour it down the drain. The liquid in "lite" peaches is pear juice with a small amount of high fructose corn syrup.

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January 14, 2014

I have looked high and low, and can't find (or discover through trial and error) a method of cooking and thickening, the canned fruit juice to then use in a cobbler. If you do nothing, it's just too runny. I want that thick almost jam-like juice around the fruit like my grandmother used to make, but she's gone and I can't ask her.

By Vickie


January 15, 20142 found this helpful
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Drain the fruit, and put juice in a saucepan.
In a small bowl, combine 2-3 teaspoons of corn starch with enough of the fruit juice to make a soft paste.
Add the spices in your recipe to the juice.
Stir paste into juice, heating until bubbly. Should thicken up in a few minutes.
Pour over fruit in pan, add top crust and bake as usual.
This works for me. Hope it helps you.

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January 15, 20140 found this helpful
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Have you tried cooking it with arrowroot? (generally cheaper at a health food store than a grocery store). Arrowroot makes a clear "sauce" and thickens like cornstarch or flour.

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October 29, 2019

The first person said to use 2/3 teaspoons of cornstarch mixed into enough of the peach juice to make a paste and stir over heat then pour into peaches. Can I use plain flour if I haven't got cornstarch and what effect will it have in the pie?


October 29, 20190 found this helpful

Use arrowroot or cornstarch. It thickens better than plain flour.

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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

If you use plain flour it leaves a pasty taste in the juice. You need to use cornstarch and make sure you cook this well and get out all the lumps.

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October 30, 20190 found this helpful

If you use plain flour as a substitute for cornstarch, you'll need to use more flour than you would cornstarch. Typically, you'd double the amount. This will result in a thicker, heavier mixture and possibly may make the pie filling taste pasty. You can use peach juice and cornstarch to make a pie filling but you won't need much cornstarch to thicken the juice.

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May 20, 2009

I used to drain off the juice from canned fruit and let it run down the sink. Was I crazy? YES!

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October 5, 2010

To extend your juice supply, use the liquid from canned fruit. Drain the liquid into the juice pitcher and stir.

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February 22, 2010

Does anyone have recipes that use fruit juices from canned fruits in them?

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