Are you wanting to make homemade orange juice but not sure how to make it?
Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
A cold glass of orange juice is the perfect way to start your morning.
Orange juice is rich in vitamins and important nutrients.
With this guide, you don’t need a fancy juicer or expensive equipment to make orange juice, all you need is a blender!
In this guide, you’ll learn:
- The benefits of making orange juice with a blender
- The different ways to make orange juice with a blender
What's in this Guide?
What Are The Benefits of Making Orange Juice with a Blender
Making orange juice with a blender is easier than you think. With just a few easy steps you’ll have natural, healthy, and delicious orange juice in the blink of an eye.
Orange juice is very healthy for you; however, store bought orange juice is very different from making your orange juice at home.
Store bought orange juice contains preservatives, artificial flavors, and a lot of unneeded added sugar.
That’s because it’s hard to make orange juice shelf stable enough to make it from the orchard to the store, and then into your refrigerator. The processing that makes orange juice shelf stable, also means that its nutritional content is altered, and that it’s very different from fresh orange juice.
Fresh orange juice can improve digestion, immune system, and heart health. A few important nutrients in fresh orange juice include potassium, folate, and vitamin C.
Freshly squeezed orange juice is also packed with key digestive enzymes and antioxidant polyphenols. These nutrients are actually destroyed when the juice is pasteurized. Vitamin C and other important nutrients are sensitive to heat and tend to break down when they are pasteurized.
Occasionally manufacturers will add back nutrients; however they aren’t natural vitamins from the fruit. They also add in orange chemical flavoring into the orange juice. Once the juice is squeezed, it is placed in vats. Vats remove the oxygen in the juice to prolong the shelf life and prevent the juice from spoiling. During this process, the flavor of the juice can easily get lost so they add in a lot of the flavor.
It is also important to know that there are different types of oranges and it’s important to use the correct type for the best possible orange juice.
Sweet oranges are perfect for eating and juicing. They have a great taste without being overly sweet. Navel oranges are best for eating. Navel oranges can be used for juice, but they have to be consumed quickly because there’s a compound in them called limonin that makes the juice taste bitter after a while.
Valencia oranges are well-known for their delicious taste. They have a higher sugar content but they are great for eating and juicing.
If your grocery store has lots of different types of oranges, consider experimenting with different varieties. Most will be sweet oranges and suitable for juicing, but every orange tastes a little different. You can also easily combine orange juice with citrus fruit juices, or even other fruits and vegetables!
Check out this video that demonstrates how to make a carrot orange apple juice in a blender.
What You Need To Know About Making Orange Juice with a Blender
Blenders are a common kitchen item. You can easily find a great dependable blender for under $100. Comparatively, juicers can have quite a hefty price tag, whereas you may already own a blender.
Blenders are also easy to clean and most are dishwasher safe, compared to a juicer which can be difficult to clean.
Juicers have special compartments like their fine mesh strainers, which make cleaning more of a chore. Cleaning juicers can become incredibly time consuming and more of a hassle than anything.
Orange juice should be consumed when served, as the taste of the juice will become bitter over time.
You can also use a blender to make a lot of variations on orange juice, from smoothies with other whole fresh or frozen fruits, to an orange lassi with yogurt and a little bit of honey. The process is the same through step 5, just add the additional ingredients with the orange, and leave the water out for a thicker drink.
Supplies You’ll Need For Making Orange Juice with a Blender
Making orange juice with a blender is simple and only requires a few key ingredients.
- 2 oranges
- Approximately 1 cup of cold water
- Nut milk bag, cheese cloth, or a juice strainer (optional)
What Are The Different Ways to Make Orange Juice with a Blender
Making orange juice with a blender offers two different methods of making it. You have the choice if you want orange juice with or without pulp.
If you want to keep the pulp, then you just simply leave the pulp in the juice. If you want to get rid of the pulp, then after you blend the juice you can either use a cheese or nut milk bag to filter the pulp.
Just simply put the cloth over a cup and pour the juice over top of it. Once you have poured it, carefully pull the cloth up and discard the pulp.
Depending on your blender, you may have more very fine pulp in your juice. If you want truly pulp-free orange juice try layering your cheesecloth to create a more effective filter, or filter the juice several times.
If you filter several times, don’t rinse the pulp off the cheesecloth or nut milk bag. The pulp actually helps create a more effective filter by closing the gaps between fabric fibers.
However, I also want to note that there is a lot of nutrition contained in juice pulp, and even the pith (the white stuff inside the peel) or your orange. So, if you’re drinking orange juice for its health benefits, I would avoid filtering it. The pulp and pith can make your juice a little more bitter if you include them. So, you may need to experiment to find the right amounts to include while still enjoying your orange juice.
Another thing you can do to boost the flavor of your orange juice is to add about a teaspoon of lemon juice, fresh or bottled. The lemon juice helps to add some contrast, and can really boost the flavor of very sweet varieties of orange.
How To Make Orange Juice with a Blender (7 Steps)
- Cut and peel your oranges
- Toss the oranges into your blender
- Add the water in with your oranges
- Turn the blender on and blend the oranges
- If you want your juice to have pulp then it can be served now
- For juice without pulp, grab a cheesecloth or milk cloth and place over a cup
- Pour the juice over the cup so it catches the pulp, then serve
Step 1: Cut and peel your oranges
Prepare your oranges by peeling and cutting them into small chunks. If there are seeds in the oranges, use a fork to extract them. Seeds can prematurely dull your blender’s blade, and can also contain toxins you don’t want in your juice if they break open. It’s important to make sure every seed is removed.
Step 2: Toss the oranges into your blender
Plug your blender in and add in the chunks of oranges. The natural segments of most oranges are a great size for your blender, so don’t worry about cutting them smaller.
Step 3: Add the water in with your oranges
Pour just enough water to cover the top of the oranges. You don’t want too much water or your juice will be extremely thin and runny but you also don’t want your juice to be too thick. Make sure the water you use is cold, otherwise your orange juice will be room temperature or warm.
If you’re adding anything else to flavor your juice, add it with the water. If you’re making a mixed fruit juice, make sure the water covers all the fruit, not just the oranges.
Step 4: Turn the blender on and blend the oranges
Carefully, turn on your blender and blend the oranges for about 35-45 seconds. Make sure the top of the blender is completely closed, because orange juice can be a little unpredictable in the first few seconds of blending.
You probably won’t need the most powerful settings on your blender for orange juice. It’s a good idea to use the lowest setting that works because that will help your blender last longer. Lower settings are also quieter, and less likely to make your blender rock back and forth.
Step 5: If you want your juice to have pulp, then you can serve it now
Serve your orange juice if you are wanting your juice to have pulp, otherwise continue on with the other steps.
Step 6: For juice without pulp, put a nut milk bag or cheesecloth over a glass
If you are wanting your juice to not have pulp, then grab a nut bag or cheesecloth and a glass. Place the cloth over top of the cup. Fold 2-3 times for a finer mesh filter. The more you fold it though, the longer it will take for your juice to filter.
If you’re making a large amount of juice (like for a party or a family breakfast), don’t feel like you have to filter the juice one cup at a time. Go ahead and make all the juice, and filter it into a pitcher instead of a glass. The time difference between making one glass and making a whole pitcher isn’t enough to change the flavor.
Step 7: Pour the juice from the blender into the cloth covered cup and dispose of the cloth. Serve and enjoy.
Pour the juice over the cloth and into the glass. The cloth will catch the pulp. If your juice still has pulp in it, repeat that same process until your juice is pulp free.
My Final Thoughts on Making Orange Juice with a Blender
Making orange juice with a blender is extremely easy and the way to enjoy the freshest possible juice. Fresh homemade orange juice is extremely healthy and good for you. It has important vitamins and nutrients that are good for your health and wellness. Not to mention, fresh juice usually tastes better than store-bought, and has more nutrients and fiber to balance it’s sugar content.
Fresh orange juice is way better than store bought orange juice because it has all of the nutrients from an orange without the unwanted added sugar or preservatives.
I do want to note, that even fresh orange juice isn’t quite the same as eating you oranges whole. This article does a great job of discussing the nutritional differences between different kinds of juice and whole fruits.
Orange juice made with a blender is a great way to start your morning off right, or as a pick-me-up at the end of a stressful day. It is also a great staple piece at your next brunch with your friends. What better way to impress your friends and family than by making orange juice with a blender?