Here in the citrus corridor, we are blessed with an abundance of citrus. One of the best ways to preserve the bounty is by juicing the oranges for fresh-squeezed orange juice.

 I could list some of the health benefits of orange juice (vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamin, folate, potassium, fiber, proteins, copper, magnesium, flavonoids, hesperidin, and a variety of other trace vitamins and minerals), but if you’ve had a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, you remember the taste. It is so good! Besides being one of the most nutrient-packed fruits available, oranges are delicious. 

After several years of juicing thousands of oranges, I’m sharing my 3 best tips for juicing oranges.

3 Tips for Juicing Oranges

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1. Juice the correct type of orange

When it comes to juice, not all oranges are equal. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Sweet oranges are good for both juice and eating fresh.

  • Valencia oranges ripen later in the spring and are known for their delicious juice, which has a deep orange color and high sugar content.

  • Navel oranges are best eaten fresh. If you juice them, use the juice right away because navels contain a compound called limonin which produces a bitter taste in the juice.

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2. Use a quality juicer

For many years, I used a small citrus juicer and it was fine.

But once I was able to purchase this citrus press, I juiced 10 times the amount of oranges in the same amount of time. If you have access each year to abundant citrus, consider purchasing a citrus press. For several years, my mom and I shared one and took turns juicing our oranges.

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3. Correctly store fresh-squeezed orange juice

Fresh squeezed juice stores well in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks. Use frozen juice within 12 months for best taste.  

Three tips for juicing oranges #juicing #orangejuice #oranges #citrus

Fresh juice separates and needs to be remixed before drinking. Plunger-type pitchers are perfect for short-term juice storage in the fridge. When you are ready to drink the juice, simply mix it up right before pouring.

For longer-term storage, I fill these half gallon Rubbermaid storage containers.

  • They are reusable from year to year.
  • They nestle close together without wasted space.
  • Use them in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • To use frozen orange juice, let it unthaw in the fridge overnight.
  • They look great on ladders in the garden 🙂

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