How to juice an orange
Fresh-squeezed orange juice
Yes, it's easier to just pour it out of a carton, but you can't beat the flavor of freshly-squeezed orange juice. Whether you want to make your own orange juice every morning or just on special occasions, you need to know how to juice an orange.
The easiest way is with some kind of juicer — either electric or manual — but you can also juice oranges with a blender or with no equipment at all.
Juicing an orange by hand
If a person doesn’t have any equipment to juice an orange, it's possible to do so completely by hand, though the yield will be lower than if using a blender or any kind of juicer.
Cut the orange
Start by cutting an orange in half with a sharp kitchen knife, using a chopping board to protect the countertop. There's no need to peel an orange when juicing by hand.
Squeeze the orange
Next squeeze the orange into a wide-rimmed glass. Simply squeeze the orange in the palm of your hand, applying as much pressure as possible. After getting as much juice out as you can in one position, rotate the orange and squeeze again, so you're squeezing at different points around the diameter to extract as much juice as possible.
Scrape out the pulp
Those who prefer pulp in their orange juice should use a spoon to scrape out some of the pulp inside the orange and add it to the glass. Since squeezing by hand tends to leave the most juice behind, get a bit more juice by scraping out the inside of the orange.
Juicing an orange with a manual juicer
Manual juicers are great for juicing oranges, along with other citrus fruits. When talking about manual juicers, we usually mean small handheld models, such as the Tramotina Gourmet Citrus Juicer. However, manual citrus presses, like the Zulay Manual Citrus Press, are even more effective.
Cut the orange
Just like when juicing an orange by hand, to juice an orange using a manual juicer, cut the orange into two equal halves with a kitchen knife before getting started. The outside of the orange may be washed but not peeled.
Use the manual juicer
Next juice the orange using a manual juicer. If it is handheld, press the orange half onto the protruding cone, rotate and squeeze the orange to juice it. These types of juicers have a container to catch the juice and usually a strainer to filter out pits. Once the orange has been juiced, pour it into a glass to drink.
If using a manual citrus press, place the orange half in position cut side down, pop a glass below the press to catch the juice and pull down on the level. Citrus presses are quicker than handheld citrus juices and generally offer a better yield.
Scrape the pulp
When juicing an orange with a manual juicer, there is usually not much pulp in the mix. So you may wish to scrape out the pulp from inside the juiced orange half if the preference is juice with plenty of pulp.
Juicing an orange with an electric juicer
An electric juicer is a quick and simple way to juice an orange. Juice the oranges in either centrifugal juicers, like the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Plus 2-Speed Juice Extractor, or in masticating juicers, such as the Omega Vertical Slow Masticating Juicer. Masticating juicers are more expensive, but generally make higher quality juice.
Peel the orange
When juicing oranges in an electric juicer, peel them first. Although technically oranges can be juiced with the peel on, the compounds found in the skin will make the orange juice taste bitter. Plus, these bitter compounds can irritate the digestive system, leaving you with stomach troubles if you drink too much.
Break into quarters
Unless the juicer has an extremely wide chute, the orange will need to be broken into quarters so that it will fit down the chute. Remember to remove the stringy pith from the center of the orange.
Feed into the juicer
Switch your juicer on and feed the orange into the chute, making sure the glass is in place to collect the juice. Some juicers have several pulp settings to control the amount of pulp in the juice, but if that isn’t included, you'll have to take it as it comes.
Juicing an orange with a blender
If you don't own a juicer, it's possible to juice oranges with a blender. Since oranges are juicier than a lot of other fruits, water doesn’t need to be added to blend them, so you don't end up diluting the juice. You'll get the smoothest results with a high-speed blender, like the Vitamix A2500. However, even a cheap stick blender will do the job.
Peel and chop the orange
Peel the orange before blending it and separate it into segments, roughly chopping it. Also, remove the seeds and as much of the white pith as possible.
Add the chopped orange to the blender glass, or a suitable blending container if using a stick blender and run the blender on low until it starts to become pulpy. Then switch to high until the liquid looks smooth and is liquefied.
Even if you like pulp in your orange juice, it's best to strain it through a fine mesh strainer before drinking, because blended orange juice contains a large amount of pulp. Some pulp will make it through the strainer, giving you a well-balanced juice.
Lauren Corona is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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