Fruit juice is one of the most popular drinks that are made and consumed locally in Nigeria. We all know that a fully matured fruits can’t be stored for more than two weeks it would definitely lose its nutrients and health benefit. So if you have lots of fruits and do not know what to do with them, just turn them into fruit juice. Natural juices are full of nutrients and they are great to cleanse and remove the harmful substance from your body.
If you don’t want to invest in a good juicer, you can make juice with a blender; it’s really easy and you only need a blender to blend everything together. To make the juice you just need to blend your fruits and veggies in the blender with some water. Although is really easy to make juice with a blender, I recommend you to buy a good juicer if you are going to make juices very often and you can afford it.
Juices bought from the store are full of sugar, additives and preservatives and they are not healthy, even if they are made with fruits they are pasteurized, so almost all the nutrients are gone. Make natural juices at home, there are thousands and one recipe you can try. There is just no similarity between homemade and store-bought orange juice.
Oranges have vitamin C and loads of benefits, so it becomes an ideal drink to have in summer or any season. I prefer to make my own fresh juices at home than buying canned juice packs from the stores, as lots of sugar goes in the canned juice which is not good for my body. Bear it in mind that whenever you make any fruit juice have it at once or they start fermenting which is not good also.
It is great to start your day with a healthy breakfast, orange juice and some dry fruits. Orange juice can be taken at any time of the day or season as it refreshes and instantly energizes your body.
How to make Orange Juice
- Rinse the oranges underwater.
- Wipe them with a clean cloth or napkin.
- Peel the oranges and slice them into four parts.
- Place the sliced oranges into the juicer.
- Drizzle some honey or sugar.
- Grind until they become juicy.
- Sieve the juice over a mesh strainer and collect the juice in a bowl.
- Pour the collected orange juice into a glass cup.
- Serve your orange juice chilled.
Making orange juice with a manual juicer
Manual juicers come in different sizes and shapes, some are easy to use that fit straight into your drawer, while others are big presses that make quick work but take up a lot of space on your countertop. You are going to keep the skin on and just cut the oranges in half, you can remove the seed using a knife or your hands. Don’t worry if there are still some seed, they will be caught by the juicer.
Twist on the juicer: put it flesh side down on the juicing spike, squeeze and twist. Keep squeezing until all the juice has been removed and for an extra thorough step squeeze it and go for a back and forth motion instead of a twist. This gets any last bits of juice that might still be in the orange.
Enjoy: that is your delicious orange juice ready to drink. You have worked hard for it, so enjoy while it’s still fresh.
Making of orange juice using a blender
Things are a little trickier with a blender, but it all depends on how you will like your orange juice. If you like it all smooth, using a blender involves putting the juice through a strainer afterwards. But if you prefer it more like a smoothie with lots of pulp then a blender is the perfect method for you.
Peel it: just like with the juicer method, you are going to have to peel your oranges. With your hands, if you can get all of the white pith off or with a knife making sure all the peel are removed.
Remove the seeds: removing the seed is more important for the blender method because you will be eating everything you are putting in the blender and won’t want to eat orange seeds.
Blitz it: put all of it in the blender and whizz until it becomes a smooth puree. It is good to drink it as it is or you can add in some water if it is too thick to loosen it up and make it smoother or you can strain it.
Orange juice with a juicer
Peel it off: always a good way to start, the orange peel has a really bitter taste but if you like you can put it in the juicer but is not recommended for you too, it doesn’t taste good at all. You will want to use your hand or a knife, either ways, make sure you don’t leave the white pith on it.
Remove seeds: once it is peeled, pull it apart into two halves and see if there are seeds and flick them out using a knife, being careful not to cut your hand. It helps your juice last longer and improves the flavour. Life is all about experiment; feel free to experiment with juicing your oranges with or without the seeds and see if there is a difference.
Put it in the juicer: you are now ready to go ahead and juice, turn on the juicer with your glass underneath.
Add pulp: with an electric juicer, you will be left with a smooth orange juice in one container and pulp in another. If you want pulp in your drink just spoon some in and stir it, remember is a lot easier to put the pulp in than taking it off.
5 Health Benefit
Protect the skin from sun damage
The vitamin C helps the skin to stay strong and resist the damage that can be caused by UV rays, so it is great in the summer or if you live somewhere sunny. It won’t replace sunscreen but it will help protect your skin alongside that keeping it youthful.
May improve heart health
Heart disease is a serious problem, accounting for over 17 million deaths worldwide every year. Some studies have shown that drinking orange juice may reduce several risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol and helps keep your heart healthy and strong.
Help prevent kidney stones
Kidney stones are small mineral deposits that accumulate in your kidneys, often causing symptoms like severe pain, nausea or blood in your urine. Orange juice can increase the pH or urine making it more alkaline. Studies show that having a higher more alkaline urinary pH may aid in preventing kidney stones.
Protect from free radicals
Free radicals are molecules that are all around you that try and steal electrons from your cells. It means, your cells get mutated and damage which can lead to all sorts of problems as bad as altering your DNA. So, getting protection against them is a must and orange juice is one of the ways to doing that.
3 best oranges for juicing
Valencia’s are robust almost year-round oranges that have a sweet taste and are full of juice but have few seeds inside. They are the types most commercial juices are made. You have only January to March that these oranges are not available to cause from April to December their season.
Blood oranges have a distinct colour and are high in antioxidant making them the healthiest. They are available within mid-January to April; the taste is that of a fresh spicy orange flavour with a great aroma that is unique amongst oranges. They are not the cheapest but maybe the most fun to make orange juice with.
Navel oranges are often the at-home juicing orange but they have limonene in the flesh rather than in their seeds. Their main advantage is they do not have seeds, so you can juice away without having to pick anything out and they are great inside a juicing machine. Navel oranges have a compound called limonin which when exposed to air makes the oranges taste bitter. In navel oranges, their limonin is in the flesh so around 30 minutes after you juice it, it becomes bitterer. Navel oranges, however, are still fine if you are going to juice them and drink straight away.