There is nothing like a nice cold glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Particularly if consumed with a fry up and a coffee (just my personal choice haha!).
Unfortunately in my quest to go zero waste, though the milk man does offer orange juice in the same glass bottles the milk arrives in, it’s unfortunately this sickly sweet synthetic tasting “from concentrate” garbage (but at twice the price you can get it in Aldi – saving the environment can get pretty pricey huh?).
So when I saw an entire box of Nardicots (a type of easy peal clementine) for £5 I thought it was worth an experiment to find a quick way of juicing them without a juicer.
What you’ll need
- Some kind of easy peel orange – you can try regular oranges, but the effort to peel them sort of defeats the object (about 10 will make around a litre)
- A blender – I use my trusty Blendtec
- A jelly bag or kitchen sieve
- Peel all the oranges removing as much of the white pith as possible (this will make it bitter)
- Tear them in half and throw in your blender, filling no more than 3/4 full. (I managed to fill with about 15 oranges but it will depend on the size and type of orange you use)
- Pulse the oranges until you can no longer see any whole segments and everything is nicely broken down (but not completely smooth)
- Throw all the pulp into your jelly bag (or sieve) over a bowl or jug and wait for the juice to filter through.
- Once most of the liquid and filtered to the bowl below I like to give the jelly bag a good squeeze. Or if you’re using a sieve, use the back of your spoon to push down on the pulp to get as much of the liquid through as possible
To make this EVEN easier, you can skip steps 4 and 5, blend your juice to a smoother consistency and drink as is. You’ll be getting lots of additional fibre and vitamins from the orange skins, and honestly, it’s just as good as long as you don’t mind your juice a bit thicker.
This will keep in the fridge for about a week. But I had about 70 oranges to get through so I used a load of old glass milk bottles, filled them up (leaving room for expansion in the freezer) and stuck them in the freezer. You can either re-use the metal lids from your milk or cover with a bit of tin foil.
I’ve made this juice quite a few times so I’ve actually now invested in some of these from eBay. They are plastic, which I don’t love, but you have to choose your battles…
What to do with the leftover skins
- Make enzyme cleaner (good recipe here)
- Make orange oil (blog post on this to come!)