Why is orange juice bitter? Steps to make a perfect orange juice.

Making orange juice may seem simple, but like everything, it has its trick . Everything is important, from the type of oranges we use to the method of extracting the juice.

We are going to give you some instructions so that you obtain the best possible result, as well as resolve the most common doubts regarding this topic. Let us begin!

salustiana orange

What type of orange is best for making juice?

Among all the orange varieties that exist, there are some in particular that are ideal for juice , since they contain more juice . The most common orange varieties for juice are:

  • Salustiana (From December to March)
  • Valencia Late (From May to July)

Depending on the time of year, in Campos del Abuelo you can find different varieties.

naveline orange

The main characteristics of juice oranges are:

  • The amount of juice is greater
  • The size is usually medium, to be able to have good handling with the juicer.
  • They have a balance between acidity and sweetness so that the flavor of the juice is perfect.

How many oranges do I need to make a glass of juice?

We are going to start from the idea that from one orange for juice you can obtain about 100 ml of juice , so with two oranges we will have enough to make a glass of juice.

How is orange juice extracted?

We all know the most common ways to juice oranges. AND We will briefly explain the ways in which you can extract orange juice and you can choose the one you like the most:

Making orange juice by hand

If you don't have a juicer, simply squeezing the orange you can obtain juice. You can also use a fork to get more juice with just the strength of your hand.

Although it is a useful system when you do not have a juicer nearby, it does not allow you to extract all the juice possible, so we do not consider it the most appropriate way to use the fruit.

We are also going to include in this section the manual juicer, the traditional one. It is a system for the brave, not like those of us who have become accustomed to electric.

homemade orange juice

Making orange juice with electric juicer

There are many electric juicers. There is a whole world around this topic. There are different prices, with different capacities, with interchangeable heads, with an anti-drip system, with a pulp regulator... In short, there are many varieties where you will surely find the ideal one for you.

Making orange juice with juicer

Do you know the difference between a juicer and an extractor? Don't worry, we'll solve your doubt.

A juice extractor can extract juice from any fruit or vegetable while the juicer can only be used with citrus .

The same thing happens with juicers, you can find a wide range of extractors on the market. And that's when the big question comes: What is better, a juicer or an extractor?

To help you resolve this question, you have a comparative image with the benefits that each one offers you:

juicer or extractor

Do you have to peel oranges before making juice?

If you are going to use a juice extractor, you should peel the oranges before putting them in the glass since the juicer will crush everything you add. If you are going to make the juice with a juicer it is not necessary, and with the skin it will be easier for you to pick up the fruit.

 How to make orange juice step by step?

It is very simple. Follow these 3 steps.

  1. Choose seasonal oranges.
  2. Halve 2-3 oranges.
  3. Extract the juice with the system you have chosen.

Extra: If you don't like it with pulp, you can strain it.

How long does freshly squeezed orange juice last?

Orange juice can last up to 12 hours in the refrigerator perfectly. That the thing about your vitamins going away is a myth. You can see it in this article published in THE SPANISH JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS.

How much orange juice should you drink a day?

Taking into account that according to the NIH , it is recommended to ingest between 65 and 90 mg of vitamin C per day, and according to the USDA , one piece of orange contains 69.7 mg of vitamin C, with 1-2 oranges we have more than covered the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. 

Why is my orange juice bitter?

If you have followed our instructions and it still turned out bitter, we leave you some possible causes:

  • Check that you have chosen the correct variety of orange . There are orange varieties that are more bitter than others, choose oranges from the Salustiana variety (between December and March) or the Valencia Late (From May to July) which are the sweetest and with the most juice.
  • Check that your juicer is not squeezing the orange too much until it reaches the albedo, which is the white part of the orange. This part is usually bitter and could change the flavor.
  • Check that not too much time has passed between when you made the juice and when you drink it. Try not to exceed 12 hours to drink the juice. It is the moment when it begins to oxidize and change its flavor.

And that's all. At Campos Del Abuelo, we hope to have solved at least most of your doubts.

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