As summer is the season for consuming a vast amount of berries, pineapples, mangoes and the list goes on, but oranges are available all year round. This citrus fruit is the most commonly grown fruit in the world. Tis the question: How can we create more variety with orange juice?
First let’s go over a few health benefits of eating oranges:
- High Source of Vitamin C (it can satisfy your daily intake amount).
- High source a fiber (a single orange provides 12.5% of the daily value for fiber)
- Reduces the risk of arthritis (because its contains antioxidant beta-cryptoxanthin)
- Anti-Cancer Superfood. Oranges have a high dose of limonene which stimulates our antioxidant detoxification enzyme system, thus helping to stop cancer before it can even begin. (Source)
If only I can give an orange a fist punch for all it’s healthy components. Now it’s time to learn how to add a little more variety by squeezing the goodness of an orange. Before we get into ways of bringing the citrus flavor to your meals and home, it’s best to invest in an orange juicer, like a Breville 800 Citrus Press.
Why? It helps take the hassle out of making freshly squeezed juice (and it’s super fast and simple). Plus, it’s easy to clean.
Speaking of freshly squeezed orange juice, OJ is the most common fruit juice consumed in North American homes. Now, it the perfect time to learn creative ways to use this citrus fruit juice for the benefit of your health.
1) Sunny Orange Lemonade
Remember we like to add an extra kick to your orange juice, which is why we’ve discovered this flavorful recipe. In this recipe, you’ll also need lemon juice. (side note: you can make fresh lemon juice by using the Breville 800).
- 4 1/4 cups water, divided
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup lemon juice
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
- 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
- ice cubes
- Lemon slices Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com
2) Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette
Your salads will love the added tang of citrus, and you’ll find it satisfying yet refreshing.
- 1/3 cup good-quality aged balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 2 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Freshly-ground black pepper
- 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
Recipe adapted from What’s Cooking?
3) Baked Salmon with Orange Juice
Adding a little orange kick to your baked salmon will have people after seconds. But if you prefer a nice steak instead, this orange marinated sauce works well too. Bon appetite.
- 2 salmon steaks or 2 salmon fillets
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 10 tablespoons orange juice (with pulp)
- ground pepper
- 1 dash oregano (optional)
Recipe adapted from Food.com
4) Fresh Orange Refrigerator Cake
Finish your meal with an orange flavored dessert. Yummy.
- 4 cups fresh orange juice
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 34 oz unflavored gelatin
- 13 cup lemon juice
- 18 tsp salt
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup orange segments (diced)
- 12 ozs ladyfingers
- 1 pt strawberries (fresh)
Recipe adapted from Yummly.
5) Orange Peel Air Freshener
After pressing all those oranges to make juice, what to do with the peels? Don’t throw it away. Instead, make a room air freshener!
- Take a small/medium size pot.
- Put a bunch of orange peels in the pot and pour water. Low-Medium heat level.
- Optional, add spices like cinnamon or clove.
- As it begins to boil, the water will evaporate. So, keep adding more water.
- If you have extra orange peels, replace the old with the new.
- Voila, your home will have a nice orange fragrance.
With its durable, stainless steel design, the Breville 800CPXL Citrus Press truly takes the hassle out of making fresh-squeezed juice. An active-arm with Quadra-Fin juicing cone can fit any size of citrus fruit, so you can create a variety of delicious combinations. And with a slew of innovative features, you can enjoy fresh juice any time of the day.
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