If you want to kickstart your day on a healthy note, you must try my fresh made orange juice recipe. It is easy, delicious, and loaded with vitamins and minerals. And it takes less than 10 minutes to make!
If you love today’s fresh orange juice recipe, you will also love this Sugar-Free Pineapple Cucumber Juice and my famous Jugo De Remolacha Y Naranja recipe. But make sure to go check out my website for loads more! There is bound to be one you fall in love with!
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how to make orange juice at home.
Why I Love This Fresh Made Orange Juice Recipe
There are honestly so many reasons why I am obsessed with making fresh orange juice at home, I don’t even know where to begin!
First, when you make fresh orange juice at home, you know that it will only contain unprocessed ingredients. You have complete control over what you add and even the quality of ingredients you add. You can add regular store-bought oranges or organic or GMO-free oranges.
The same goes for honey. You can buy honey-flavored syrup or raw honey.
Now, I’m not advocating for one or the other. My point is just that homemade orange juice gives you that choice. You aren’t forced to ingest preservatives, artificial flavorings, and even colorants!
Secondly, the orange juice ingredients for this recipe are pretty simple. It’s mostly fresh juice, honey (for some sweetness), and mint (for some freshness).
When you make orange juice, it’s important to remember that it already contains natural sugar. So, don’t overdo it with the honey.
Then, as you probably already know, oranges are loaded with nutrients. It is healthy, loaded with beneficial nutrients, and will fill you up in minutes.
Nutritional Value Of Orange Juice
One of the most searched-for questions on juice is “what vitamins are in oranges?” This is a great question! Many people know that orange juice is healthy. But few know the exact nutritional value of oranges.
Keep in mind that we are using fresh whole oranges to make the juice. So, the nutritional composition will look different from store-bought (and even “fresh” store-bought) orange juice.
First, a single fresh medium orange (130 grams) contains about 62 calories. That’s surprisingly low for such a sweet fruit.
It is completely fat-free, contains about 3 grams of fiber (depending on the amount of pulp you keep in the juice), and is very low in protein (about 1 gram only). In total, one orange contains 15 grams of carbohydrates.
Now, oranges are exceptionally high in vitamin C. But exactly how much is a lot? A single orange contains 116% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) for vitamin C. That’s an incredible amount!
Then, oranges are also high in vitamin A, thiamine, folate, and potassium.
Other note-worthy nutrients oranges contain include vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium.
Now, because I add honey to my fresh made orange juice, the calorie and carb count will be higher. And, if you don’t want a high-calorie juice, remove the honey completely.
Tips And Tricks For Making Orange Juice With a Juicer
- For this tutorial on how to make homemade orange juice, you do need a blender. If you don’t have one, you can also use a juicer or food processor. Unfortunately, not many other tools can juice oranges in the same way. Even a hand-juicer will be very labor-intensive and take a long time.
- If you still want to add sweetness without the calories, you can try using Stevia. It’s your best zero-calorie option. And, for this juice recipe, you will only need a couple of pinches. It’s extremely sweet, so don’t overdo it.
- If your oranges are exceptionally hard, you can soften them in the microwave. Only put them in for 10 seconds. That will make them easier to cut and help them release more juice from their pulp. It ultimately creates more juice, especially when you hand-squeeze juice.
- If you want to add more flavor you can add mint leaves or ginger. Do not add dried mint leaves or ginger powder. These ingredients have to be fresh, otherwise, the flavor of the juice will be off. Their fresh versions are also much more nutritional than the dried forms.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING ORANGE JUICE WITHOUT A BLENDER
YOU CAN USE A MANUAL JUICER
A manual juicer is a great choice if you want to avoid having a lot of cleaning to do afterward.
To use a manual juicer, first, cut the oranges in half and juice them. Next, take the strainer and place it over the bowl.
If you don’t have a strainer, you can also line the bowl with a coffee filter or cheesecloth. This will help to remove any pulp or seeds that may have made their way into the juice.
Once you have strained the juice, it’s ready to drink!
You can use an electric juicer
An electric juicer will make the process much easier, and quicker. If you have an electric juicer, simply cut the oranges in a quarter and juice them. The pulp and seeds will be collected in a container, if you want pulp-free juice, you can strain the juice a second time. I personally like a little bit of pulp in my orange juice, but it’s up to you!
If you don’t have a juicer
You can also make orange juice in a food processor. Simply cut the oranges into small pieces and add them to the food processor. Pulse until the oranges are liquified. Then, pour the mixture into a strainer over a bowl and press down on the pulp with a spoon to extract all of the juice.
You can also make orange juice with no gadgets at all
You can use your hand to squeeze the juice out. This is a bit more labor-intensive, but it’s still doable.
To do this, first, massage the oranges a bit to soften them up and help release the juice. Next, cut them in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Keep squeezing until all of the juice has been extracted. Repeat with the remaining orange halves.
Once you have squeezed all of the juice out, you can drink it as is or strain it to remove any pulp or seeds.
How many calories are in homemade orange juice recipes?
My orange juice recipe (if divided by two) will contain roughly 147 calories per portion. Keep in mind: the exact amount of juice you get from a single orange depends on many factors. I worked off of about 2 cups of fresh juice that you get from the 8 medium oranges. If you get more juice, the calorie count will also be more.
Is apple juice or orange juice healthier?
That’s like comparing apples and oranges (pun intended). It depends entirely on which vitamins you need and what your daily calorie allowance is. You can read up on this comparison of the two popular fruit juices.
Why does fresh orange juice go bitter?
When freshly squeezed orange juice is left to stand, it develops limonin, a bitter component. It isn’t present when orange juice is first squeezed. But time and heat help it develop. That’s why fresh orange juice is so rare and should be used immediately. That is also why so many manufacturers add chemicals to the juice.
Homemade Fresh Orange Juice Recipe
- 8 large oranges
- A small piece of ginger, peeled
- 8 mint leaves, washed
- First, peel all of the oranges.
- Then, remove the white membrane of the oranges carefully. Try to take off as much as you can (they add a bitter flavor to the juice).
- Cut each orange into quarters. Use a fork to remove all of the seeds inside.
- Next, add the prepared orange pieces into a blender jar.
- Then, add the peeled piece of ginger, washed mint leaves, and a tablespoon of honey. You can also add some salt if you'd like.
- Blend the ingredients together until you have a completely uniform juice.
- If you don't like pulpy juice, you can strain it through a muslin cloth of fine-mesh strainer. And, if you liek a specific amount of pulp, you can always add some strained pulp back into your juice.
- Serve your orange juice immediately or store it inside the fridge for a couple of days.