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Orange Juice Recipe

Updated: May 5, 2024, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

In this post I show you how to make refreshing Orange Juice in 4 easy ways. There is nothing quite refreshing like a glass of freshly squeezed homemade juice. Bright and sweet with just the perfect amount of acidity, a glass of homemade orange juice packs amazing flavor and so much more. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, it may help to improve immunity naturally.

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Homemade fruit juices if consumed in moderation could be healthy as they are undiluted, fresh and made without any additives. Enjoyed after breakfast or at any time of the day, this is a delicious beverage that does more than just quench your thirst.

Regular consumption of oranges is believed to build immunity and improve the overall health. High vitamin C in orange juice has proved to be an immunity booster in kids and grownups alike. Homemade pure juice is delicious, fresh and cannot be compared with any bottled version.

Though eating the fruit on its own has a lot of health benefits, it is hard to get my kids to eat them regularly. So we prefer juicing them 3 times a week. On the other days we add the oranges to smoothies along with banana or apples & sometimes we make mixed fruit juices.

Best Oranges for Juicing

When deciding what type of oranges to use for making orange juice, you should select the fruit that will yield the most juice. I recommend Valencia oranges for the very best juice, followed closely behind by navel oranges.

Blood oranges are a nice option that will yield a lovely pinkish juice while clementines and tangerines will give you a sweeter beverage. You can certainly use whatever oranges that you happen to have on hand, but keep in mind that a fresh orange will be the juiciest.

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How to Make Orange Juice (stepwise photos)

There are a number of ways to juice oranges at home. Depending on your kitchen equipment, you can use a citrus juicer, blender, or a slow juicer. Each will work fine, but keep in mind that the end product will vary slightly.

Method 1 – Manual Juicing

This is by far the best in my opinion, juicing without any equipment or tool. But all kinds of oranges cannot be juiced this way. Oranges with thinner skin can be easily squeezed and juiced the way I have shown below. Note that it is hard to juice a lot of oranges this way and some amount of pulp remains in the fruit.

1. Rinse the fruit well under running water and pat dry with kitchen tissues. Cut the fruit to 2 parts.

2. Remove the seeds as much as possible with the help of a knife.

3. Squeeze the halved oranges over a glass, to extract the juice. Simply remove any seeds left in the juice. Please note this method works only with the freshest, thin skinned juicy oranges.

Method 2 – Orange Juice With a Citrus Juicer

This is probably the most obvious way to juice oranges. With either a handheld juicer or an electric model, this method is quite effective. Start by washing the fruit and cutting it in half, exposing the fruit.

Simple wooden citrus reamers work just fine, though probably aren’t the best for larger quantities.

There are countertop citrus squeezers that operate with a handle that presses the citrus with gravity and your own force to extract juice. This is a nice option for those who can dedicated counter space to a large kitchen tool.

Finally, you can use an electric citrus juicer that does a great deal of the work for you. By just pressing the cut oranges onto a circulating reamer, this juicer yields a good amount of juice with a bit less effort.

Whichever of these juicers it is best to strain your juice to eliminate the stray seed that may have made its way into your glass.

Method 3 – In a Blender

1. Another way to make this juice at home is with an electric blender. This is a great option because it utilizes the whole orange, minus the peel, providing more fiber that other methods that yield just the juice.

2. For this method, start by washing your oranges and removing the peel.

3. Remove the white pith or white membrane, as well. Orange pith is nutritious and is a rich source of fiber however it imparts a bitter taste so I try to remove as much as possible.

4. You will have to halve the oranges and then make a deep cut in the center as seen in the picture below.

5. You will see the seeds there.

6. Remove them gently with the knife. If you prefer cold juice, freeze your oranges for about an hour before juicing them.

7. Once your oranges are prepared simply add them to the jar of your electric blender. Pour water or any other juice just to cover them partially and blend until smooth and liquefied. Do not add a lot as it dilutes the taste.

8. When properly blended, optionally strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove any pith and enjoy!

Juice made in blender has slight bitter taste from the pith. Also note that pith is healthy and has many nutritional benefits. To cut down the bitter taste, you may add a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup.

orange juice in a blender

Method 4 – Using a Slow Juicer

If you happen to have a slow juicer in your arsenal of kitchen tools, making juice is quite simple. Start by washing the fruit and peeling. Remove any white pith.

Turn on the slow juicer and add the whole peeled fruit to the chute/feeding tube. Collect the juice and the pulp in the respective containers. You can also add a small piece of ginger if you live in a cold place. We always add little mineral salt and a small piece of ginger to the juice since the cold pressed juice is very cooling to the body.

Other ingredients you can try with are tulsi/ holy basil leaves or mint leaves which helps to improve the immunity. If you are into alkaline diet, you may also squeeze in a lemon.

Serve orange juice immediately before if begins to oxidize. If you have any excess you can also freeze it to popsicles. Pour it the moulds and freeze.

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Faqs

What can I make with homemade orange juice?

You can make pudding, sorbet, cocktails, cakes, muffins, cupcakes, mixed fruit juices, orange tea, orange kesari and many more with this juice.

Can I add salt or sugar to my juice?

Yes you may add a pinch of salt and a little sweetener if your juice is too tart for your preference. Also note that this increases the sodium levels and sugar content in your drink.

What is the best way to store orange juice?

It is best enjoyed shortly after it is made. However, you can keep it in your refrigerator for 2-3 days in a glass bottle or jar that is fitted with a lid.

Is orange juice alkaline?

While orange juice is acidic by nature it does actually transform from acid to alkaline in your body. The good news is that people who are interested in an alkaline diet for optimal health benefits can enjoy it in moderation because it does not promote the production of acid in your body.

What is the pH of orange juice?

The actual pH of orange juice ranges from 3.3 to 4.2

Can you freeze orange juice?

If you happen to find yourself with more juice than you can use within a couple of days in your refrigerator you can freeze it for later. It is best to keep it in a covered glass or plastic container. Ice cube trays work nicely because they will thaw quickly. When you are ready to use it, simply take it out of the freezer and thaw.

References: Healthline.com and Webmd.com

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Orange Juice Recipe

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There is nothing quite refreshing like a glass of freshly squeezed homemade orange juice. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, it helps to improve immunity naturally.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time10 minutes
Servings4 cups
AuthorSwasthi

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 8 to 10 large oranges (Valencia, tangerines, satsuma or navel)

Optional (use only for blender method or juicer)

  • 1 inch organic ginger or turmeric root optional (peeled, can use up to 5 grams per serving)


Instructions

  • Rinse oranges well under running water and wipe dry.

With a Manual Orange Juicer

  • Cut each orange horizontally to 2 halves.
  • Place the cut orange over the reamer of your juicer and press down. If using a manual juicer, press and move it to and fro to extract the juice. If using an electric juicer, just press down and hold the orange on the circulating reamer. It does the job of juicing automatically.
  • Pour the juice to the serving glasses.

Using a Slow Juicer

  • Peel and remove the white membranes and pith of the oranges. If the oranges are too large to fit in your juicer chute, chop them to smaller sizes.
  • Turn on the slow juicer and add a few at a time, to the chute. You can also add in ginger/turmeric at his stage. You can also add any other fruit you wish to.
  • Serve fresh orange juice immediately.

How to Make Orange Juice in Blender

  • Peel the oranges and remove the pith. Halve the oranges lengthwise. Make a deep cut in the center. (Check video or step by step pictures).
  • Using the edge of a small knife or a little fork, remove the seeds. Freeze your oranges for an hour if you prefer cold juice.
  • To a blender, add the oranges and the optional ingredient ginger/ turmeric. Pour some water to cover the oranges partially. (about ½ to ¾ cup)
  • Blend until smooth. Optionally place a strainer over a large bowl and pour the blended juice to the strainer.
  • Using a spoon, pass the juice through the sieve. Serve it immediately. If you want add a pinch of salt or little honey.

Use your pulp

  • Freeze your pulp in ice tray and use them in your smoothies, chutney and dairy-free shakes.


Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

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NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Orange Juice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 496mg14%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 495IU10%
Vitamin C 124mg150%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
My favourite beverage. Extremely easy to make and very refreshing. Thanks for sharing this

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I also want to include that it did not require sugar because persimmon tastes sweet like honey. I used a small piece of turmeric root.

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I only have a blender and never thought I could use it to make orange juice. My oranges are tarter so I combined them with tangerines and a small piece of persimmon. Seems to have worked fantastic. I didn’t strain it though because I like the pulp for its fibers.

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Love this orange juice with ginger.

Navel oranges are best eaten than juiced in a blender. But they can be juiced with a hand juicer. When made in a blender, it often turn bitter after 30 mins due to a bitter component called limonin. Valencia oranges are a winner always and they are better in combination with other sweet tasting fruits like watermelon, pineapple or roma tomatoes. Beautiful presentation of pictures and instructions.

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Winter is the best time for oranges. This orange juice is excellent with turmeric and ginger. It doesn’t need added salt or sugar 🙂 . I always juice mine by hand using a reamer. I was looking for an orange juice recipe with fresh turmeric root but found ginger here. I used both and its delicious and earthy, different from what I had been making

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Thank You for the help. I use your recipes in my juice bar.

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I made half a gallon of orange squash using the orange juice from the blender. Steamed the peels for easy removal of pith and blended with the orange juice. Mixed with the hot sugar syrup. Absolutely delicious and all thanks to your recipe. It was easy to remove the seeds with the method mentioned in the recipe.

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I’m very much inspired by your work, thoughts and ideas. Love everything on this blog from this orange juice to biryanis. Thank you and keep inspiring us.

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Inspired by your juicing recipes I bought a slow juicer and loving everything from this orange juice to celery. I made orange juice with some celery and it tastes amazing.

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I let my 5 year old juice the oranges with his hands, no juicer. It was so much fun and he enjoyed it. Thank you

Just amazing its outstanding

Wow amazing juice making process. I will try at least once.
Thank you.

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When I looked up online for natural foods to boost immunity, I found orange juice to be on the top list of recommended. Right now I need to build immunity. I always used store bought orange juice from Tropicana but all the store bought versions are pasteurized meaning loss of nutrients. To make up for the loss, more stuff is added. But natural homemade orange juice is best. This recipe helped me squeeze out the juice with a manual juicer.

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Valencia oranges are the actual juice oranges and they are the best for juicer. For many years I just used a fork and then moved on to a handheld manual citrus press. Cut the oranges and put them in between the press. Place it over a pitcher and it press down. I don’t strain because we like some of the pulp. Thank you for helping people during these difficult times.

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My family seriously needs a better diet and the amount of fruits we eat is bare minimum. I am trying out different juice recipes from your website. This orange juice was the way to go to boost our immunity. I started off last month with this and soon realized we need a slow juicer to make different combinations. I bought a ninja cold juicer and have made orange juice with variations like adding carrots, watermelon and even celery. I am here to thank you for inspiring me

Can’t wait to try your recipes!

My mom says we should drink fresh orange juice to prevent acne and hair fall. So I & my sister drink regularly when they are in season.

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Thank you. It helped me in my juicing project

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Love this post! Very inspiring and tried it in the blender for the first time. Turned out delicious with a bit of honey.

I made a large batch of orange syrup with mandarins, satsuma and Valencia. The recipe calls you to peel the oranges and juice. But after peeling it is difficult to hold the oranges and juice. If you have a masticating juicer like shown in this post, use it. It is way easier and I did the same.

If you don’t use a juicer, always roll the oranges on the counter to release the juices better.