Orange Juice

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Bright and sweet orange juice is delicious to enjoy on its own for a healthy beverage, or include in your favorite drink recipes. And even without a standing juicer it’s very easy to make freshly squeezed orange juice at home. Here I share with you step-by-step instructions for how to make orange juice using a blender or mixer.

orange juice in a glass with two oranges on top on a cane tray

About This Recipe

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a freshly-squeezed glass of cold, sweet fruit juice. I’ve shared several of my favorite recipes over the years, like how to make Guava, Pineapple, Musk melon, Mosambi and Watermelon Juice. They are all big hits, but surely none is as classic as this orange juice recipe.

Not only are fresh oranges super tasty, enjoying them raw as a juice is a nice way to get the most nutrients possible from the fruit. Each sip is packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, and a bit of fiber, too.

If you happen to have an electric juicer, then making a healthy glass of nearly any juice is basically effortless. However, if you’re like me and don’t have a standing juicer, you might have been a bit hesitant about trying to squeeze oranges at home. I’m here to show you just how easy it can be to make orange juice in a mixer or blender – no special countertop gadgets needed!

Simply blend peeled orange segments, either with or without sugar and/or lemon juice, strain a bit, and enjoy! The orange juice is terrific to drink as-is or can be used to make mocktails, smoothies, or even baked goods and desserts.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Orange Juice

1. First, peel the oranges. Do remove the pith and the white layers from the orange segments.

You can put them in a bowl and chill them in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes before blending, if you like your it cold. Once ready, add the orange segments in a mixie jar or blender jar.

peeled oranges segments a in blender

2. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. This is optional and you can skip if you want. However, I really like how the tartness of the lemon balances the sweetness of the oranges.

It also will help keep the juice tasting fresher for a bit longer if you plan to chill in the fridge before drinking.

lemon juice added to oranges in blender

3. Run the mixer or blender on low to medium speed for several seconds, until the mixture becomes pulpy and the oranges are crushed.

Avoid blending too much though, as we just need to crush the segments and do not want to pulverize the seeds. You can also use the pulse option of the mixer or blender.

orange juice in blender

4. Set a strainer over a bowl, and pour in the juice. You can use a juice strainer or a mesh strainer.

straining orange juice

6. Use a spoon to press and move the pulp around to help strain the juice. Continue to do this until as much of the juice as possible has been strained into the bowl.

straining orange juice in a mesh strainer using spoon

7. You should only have the stringy pulp remaining after all the juice is strained. You will have to discard the pulp as it will be bitter or you can add it to your compost.

orange juice in a bowl

8. Pour immediately into two tall glasses and serve orange juice.

orange juice in a glass with two oranges on top on a cane tray

FAQs

Can I make orange juice with sugar?

If your oranges aren’t quite sweet enough you can add a teaspoon of your preferred sweetener such as honey, jaggery or granulated sugar.

How long does homemade orange juice keep well?

I recommend that you enjoy fresh the juice as soon as possible. You can chill in the refrigerator for an hour or so. Because there are no preservatives, it will begin to have a bitter taste if it sits too long.

What other recipes can I make with homemade orange juice?

Fresh orange juice made in a blender is great to include anytime a recipe calls for it! Use it to make my Eggless fruit cake, Orange cake and Orange muffins (of course).

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orange juice in a glass with orange on top on a cane tray

Orange Juice

4.89 from 9 votes
Bright and sweet orange juice is delicious to enjoy on its own for a healthy beverage, or include in your favorite drink recipes. I share making this fresh orange juice in a blender which is so easy.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Cuisine World
Course: Beverages
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 2
Units

Ingredients

  • 850 grams oranges or 6 to 7 medium oranges
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
  • sugar or honey or jaggery as required – (optional)

Instructions

  • Peel the oranges and take the orange segments in a mixie jar or blender jar.
  • Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. This is optional and you can skip if you want.
  • Run the mixie or blender on low to medium speed for some seconds till the mixture becomes pulpy and the oranges are crushed. Avoid blending too much as we just need to crush the segments and not the seeds.
  • If the seeds gets crushed, the juice will become bitter. So don't blend at a stretch. You can also use the pulse option of the blender. If you prefer you can remove the orange seeds before juicing them.
  • Line a juice strainer over a bowl or pan. In the juice strainer, pour the orange juice.
  • Strain the juice with a help of a spoon. Keep on pressing and moving the spoon, so that the all the juice is strained well.
  • You should only have the stringy orange pulp remaining after all the juice is strained.
  • The juice will be collected in the bowl or pan. If you want you can add some sugar or honey or jaggery to the juice to sweeten it.
  • Pour immediately in glasses and serve orange juice.

Notes

  • Try to include sweet tasting oranges so that you don’t need to add any additional sweetener. If the oranges are not sweet you will have to add some sugar or honey or your preferred sweetener.
  • Drink the juice as soon as it is prepared. Don’t keep it standing for few hours as then it will turn bitter.
  • For a colder juice place the oranges or the orange segments in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. 
  • The recipe can be scaled.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Orange Juice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 777mg22%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 957IU19%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 229mg278%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Calcium 170mg17%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 129µg32%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 43mg11%
Phosphorus 60mg6%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Orange Juice Recipe is from the blog archives (Feb 2015) has been republished and updated on 31 May 2021.

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6 Comments

    1. orange juice turns bitter if kept for hours or a long time. it is best to have it as soon as it is made.

  1. Gonna try it today. It’s a good idea. I’m in no mood to buy a juicer coz they waste a lot of pulp. Bunch of mosamees lying in the fridge. Here I go……5 stars

  2. This article is really helpful, it helps me to make an orange juice in a proper ways because most of the time I didn’t do it in a proper way. Thankyou for showing the right way how to make an orange juice.5 stars