Oranges are sweet, juicy and full of vitamins. But that’s not all: oranges are also versatile. Whether fresh, as juice or jam, in desserts or smoothies – oranges are suitable for baking and cooking as well as a small snack in between meals. We reveal what makes oranges so healthy and why the juicy vitamin bombs are so good for our bodies.
Oranges are rich in vitamins and minerals. For example, 100 grams of its pulp contain around 50 milligrams of vitamin C – more than half of the recommended daily allowance. The vitamin strengthens the immune system and protects us from infections.
In addition, vitamin C improves the absorption of iron, which is needed for oxygen transport in the blood. The mineral is also found in the round fruits (0.4 milligrams per 100 grams). In addition, in oranges include vitamins of the B group, folic acid and phosphorus.
Also in terms of calories, oranges are perfect snacks: 100 grams contain only about 47 kilocalories. With them the citrus fruits are especially good in the winter season. Meanwhile, oranges are available in the supermarket throughout the year and an integral part of our diet. From the tropical fruits can do much more than just freshly squeezed orange juice.
For example, they taste really good: as orange marmalade,in cookies, muffins and cakes in desserts such as tiramisu, orange cream or fruit salad in orange sauce as a side dish to fish or meat, in salads, for example in fennel salad, as a component of smoothies
When peeling an orange you should not be too thorough: Not only is the flesh of the orange healthy, but also its white skin. This contains many phytochemicals that are supposed to protect against various diseases.
Also, the outer, orange layer of the shell is edible. It is used in wafer-thin strips (so-called Zesten) or in grated form mainly for baking and cooking, but also for decorating desserts. However, you should make sure to use oranges from organic quality and wash them thoroughly with hot water before. Traditional oranges are often treated with preservatives or, to make them look more beautiful, wax, which is why their peel is not fit for consumption.
The orange peel so popular in the Christmas bakery is also made from orange peel. For its production, the peel of bitter oranges is usually candied.
Freezing food and liquids
In the freezer, the fruits and nutrients can be preserved from their harvest and used for the low-vitamin time in winter.
Fortunately, there are usually freezer bags and plastic cans that are used for this purpose. Is there no plastic-free and waste-free alternative? Of course you could also conserve fresh fruits and vegetables, soups, sauces and more, for example by boiling, soaking or drying. Some foods are best kept in the freezer. In addition, you always have a quick supply of fresh food, which only needs to be thawed if necessary.
For freezing without plastic, there is a simple and effective solution: freezing in the glass. It works much better than you might think. Everyone has heard of bursting bottles when they have been cooled down in the freezer for too long.
Therefore, the belief is widespread that freezing in the glass is not possible. But with the right approach, bursting glass is almost impossible.
Which glasses are suitable for freezing?
Suitable in principle are all jars of jams and preserves such as applesauce, cherries or mixed vegetables with screw cap, which would otherwise probably land unused in the glass container. They should have the widest possible opening, be round and reasonably straight.
By Joel Kramer if you want to go a step further, you can also get cheap jars (tumblers with screw cap) in the household or alternatively online. Such preserving jars are particularly heat-resistant and better withstand tensions. In addition, they are available in different sizes, so can pre-cooked food perfectly portionwise freeze.
What can I freeze in them?
Both solid and liquid foods can be easily frozen in glasses. Fresh berries, beans, peas and the like are washed, drained well or dried and poured loosely into glasses. Larger fruits such as apples, cauliflower or rhubarb should first be crushed ready for processing and then layered loosely to just below the edge in glasses. Whether they are frozen standing or lying, does not really matter.
But also soups, sauces, baby porridge, applesauce and other liquid foods can be filled directly into jars and frozen. In contrast to chunky frozen food liquids remain no cavities in which the frozen food can expand, the risk of bursting of glasses is greater. However, this can be effectively prevented with a trick. Freezing liquids without glass breakage Water is known to expand when frozen, so full glasses can easily burst.
To prevent this from happening, each jar may only be filled to about three quarters and should freeze when standing. This leaves enough space to dilate the liquid, the vessel is evenly loaded all round and broken glasses remain the exception. The larger the cross-section of the glass in relation to the volume, within which the content can expand freely upwards, the lower the risk of breakage. Avoid particularly high and narrow glasses, but rather grab those with a large diameter.
In it, the liquid exerts less pressure on the surrounding glass. Heated food should always be placed in the freezer after cooling down. Thawing Frozen properly In the case of berries and the like, thawing is usually unproblematic.
After a short shake they are already pourable and can be easily distributed in the desired amount, the rest comes back into the freezer.
On the other hand, you should first slowly thaw liquid food. Store the glasses in the fridge overnight or allow to thaw at room temperature a few hours before use. In no case should you put frozen glasses directly from the refrigerator compartment into hot or even boiling water, because the glass can jump due to large temperature differences. With these tips, you may soon banish plastic cans and freezer bags from your refrigerator and freeze food in the non-human and animal harmless, environmentally friendly material glass.
Can you freeze Orange Juice?
Now we come to the main question, can we freeze orange juice? The answer to this question is yes but with the right approach. Orange juice has some grains especially if it is freshly squeezed and therefore you must be careful how you freeze it if you want to have a nice drink after defrosting it later on. When you freeze the orange juice it is going to expand a little bit, so you have to put in something that is going to be able to allow the orange juice to expand. Make sure that the containers are closed safely so that the juice doesn’t leak out. Put on a label on the glass jar or on the bag so that you know when you put in the freezer.
Another way you can freeze the orange juice is to put it in the ice cube trays and then freeze it because this way you can simply put them in the glass and wait for the orange juice to thaw. This is also going to make a nice cool beverage for you whenever you feel like drinking something nice and cool.
Thawing orange juice
If you feel like thawing some orange juice you have frozen before, you have to apply the right method of thawing.
Get the orange juice out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, depending on the fact what you used for freezing the orange juice. Problem with freezing orange juice is that it might become a little bit watery because of the additional water content after freezing. If you have frozen the orange juice from fresh oranges without adding water, then it will probably be okay.
This also applies to orange juice if you like drinking it watered down.
If you are not planning on drinking orange juice right after you have thawed it, then put it back in the refrigerator but shake it a bit before. Orange juice can stay in the freezer for five days max, so make sure you drink it before that. Everything beyond this date is going to make your orange juice taste different and not as sweet as just right before freezing.
Orange juice can definitely but follows the simple rules we have listed. When freezing orange juice makes sure you use the right containers and don’t place it in something too tight because when freezing liquid it has to have more space to expand and grow in the fridge.
You can use ice cube trays or fridge bags or freeze orange juice, but you can also use glass bottles or jars like we already mentioned. Make sure you turn the bags and bottles so that the juice doesn’t get spilled outside of the bottle. This way you are going to enjoy a nice glass of orange juice even few days after making the orange juice, which is a perfect way to save the orange juice from throwing it away.