General Questions

  1. What is a fruit juice blend?

    Generally juice blends consist of a flavouring fruit such as Raspberry juice for instance and a sweetening juice such as apple or white grape juice, which are made from, concentrated versions of such.   Like making lemonade, it would not be pleasant drinking pure lemon juice without sweetening (usually sugar) and diluting with water.   

    Our blends however do not have any added sugars and are composed of 100% fruit juice although some of that blend may be from reconstituted juice from concentrate.  Pure raspberry juice, apple juice concentrate and some water to make it perfect is how we make our Raspberry Blend. 

  2. What is fruit juice concentrate?

    If you boil a fruit juice the water in that juice comes out in the steam from your pot.   You would be left with a ( less watery ) thicker stronger tasting juice.  Unfortunately, the heat from that process would destroy some of the good parts of that juice and the aroma in the steam would be part of the flavour of that juice being lost to the atmosphere.

    Companies that concentrate juices use vacuum processes to remove water from juices and they also can capture the aromas from that water.  The captured aromas or essences can be added back to the ”less watery” or “concentrated juice”.  These vacuum processes use less heat and so preserve better the integrity of the juices.

  3. What is a “reconstituted juice”?

    A “reconstituted juice” is concentrated juice that has had the water that was removed in the concentration process, added back.  The reconstituted juice has been brought back to its original strength. 

  4. Do you sweeten or thicken any of your juices?

    Sweeteners have many names; sugar, cane sugar, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, dehydrated sugar cane sap, which are only some of many.   Most shelf juices contain almost no natural goodness of the fruit they try to imitate. We do not use any sweeteners in any of our juices at all.

    Thickeners like starches, pectins, or xanthum or guar gums are relatively cheap and replace the mouth feel of more fruit without the fruit.  We use lots of real fruit in our juices so we never need to make them seem thicker artificially.

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  5. How long do your juices last, and do they need to be refrigerated?

    We squeeze living fruits and use pasteurization to create shelf stable juices. This means that they are shelf stable for two years, but should be consumed within 2 weeks after opening. Look for Black River if an apocalypse hits. We will survive with you.

  6. Where do you get your ingredients?

    Our first apple juice contained 17 varieties of apples from a Prince Edward County grower near Belleville.  He was committed even in the 70’s to preserving heritage crops and growing diversified varieties.  Thirty years later and we still buy as much fruit as we can from local farmers some that we have known for decades.  Conventional apples from Campbellford, Bartlett Pears near Grimsby, Tart and Dark Sweet Cherries from the Niagara region, Cranberries out of Bala are some of the fruits and farms we deal with locally.  Of course not all of our fruits are from Ontario but if you know someone growing mangos around here we will be knocking on their door.

    When local is not an option, we consciously chose suppliers who care about the environment and fruits like we do!

  7. What should I do with my empty glass bottles?

    1. Drink your juice
    2. Rinse the bottle
    3. Recycle!

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  8. What does certified organic mean?

    Crops grown organically are those that are not genetically modified and are grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or fungicides.   It can also mean that those crops are produced in an ecologically friendly way which does not harm the soil, atmosphere or water table.

    Certified organic products are not only grown in the above fashion but every step of their production, transportation and storage is documented and these stages and their compliance to established standards is verified by a government authorized certifying body.  Periodic audits of the growers, processors, storage facilities, carriers and packers  who hold organic certificates ensure their integrity.

    Black River is certified by EcoCert Canada an international certifying body.

  9. Are any preservatives in Black River juices?

    Black River Juice does not use any preservatives.   Except for our frozen and unpasteurized pure cranberry  juice all of our juices are pasteurized and packed in glass jars.  The usage of glass, a recyclable package that does not leach any plastics, dyes or other chemicals into the juice and the environment is in our experience an excellent choice for preserving juice without compromising its taste in any way.