Tasty Homesqueezed Orange Juice

On a recent trip to Phoenix to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousin, I was able to go with my aunt to a friends house to pick oranges from a tree in her back yard. The friend said she liked peeling and juicing the oranges as the quickest method.

From right to left, you see:

  • Washed oranges – cut ends off, slit through rind on both sides
  • Peel each side off (works best if oranges are fairly fresh!)
  • Take peeled orange and break into slices small enough to fit in the juicer you are using

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  Pulp comes out the end tap (my chickens loved it, mixed with a little cream!)

Juice comes out the bottom into a measuring cup.

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I then poured the juice into quart jars for freezing (tipped on their sides).

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We also juiced our lemons this way, but for storage, we pour the juice into ice cube trays, let freeze, and then pop the lemon cubes out into a freezer container, so they’re single serving size ready for recipes, tea, or to add to your water!

We kept a little out for sipping – it’s delicious and has some pulp for nutrition – the best of both worlds!

DSC04857From now on, we decided we will try to buy fresh oranges when we want orange juice – the taste is so much fresher, sweeter, and alive!

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