A few months ago, our local grocery store put oranges on sale in a major way. Seriously, it was a 40-lb box for $3.99!
We don’t eat a lot of oranges at our house, although we should, but I could NOT pass up that deal. Am I a woman, or what? But I have to give myself some credit, because I didn’t buy any at first. My mom bought some, and shared the spoils with me. We enjoyed using the new juicer I got for Christmas and enjoyed ourselves from freshly squeezed orange juice. It was then that I decided I had to buy my own steal of a deal…and so after the 20 or so lbs my mom gave me, I went and bought myself another box.
So…I peeled lots and lots of oranges. Even ripped the nail from my skin doing it so much (and let me tell ya, orange juice and bloody fingers do not mix. OUCH!). And I juiced lots and lots of oranges. Way more than we could drink. So, I decided to try my hand at orange juice concentrate making. ha ha!!
This doesn’t make your concentrate as…well, CONCENTRATED, as you buy at the store. I’m assuming it’s because I didn’t want to add a lot of sweetener. Who knows? I sure don’t. What I do know is that it turned out well. So, here’s what I did:
I took some freshly squeezed orange juice and pour it into a saucepan. Added some sugar. I added 1/4 cup for most of my batches, but the last one was more bitter, probably because I didn’t take as much time to peel as much of the white stuff off (I had a sore finger, what can I say? Since making this, I’ve switched out most of my sugar for agave nectar, and so I think the next time I do this I’ll use that instead. Let it simmer for awhile, and then I poured it into jars to freeze. Seriously that simple!
I LOVE using my new “concentrate” as the liquid in our smoothies…so good!
Evie’s Orange Juice Concentrate
1 quart (4 cups) freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar, vegan sugar, or agave nectar
Over medium heat, bring the ingredients to a light boil in a saucepan. Lower the heat down to low and let simmer, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. Pour into clean jars, making sure to leave about an inch and a half headspace (to allow expansion when freezing). Stick in the freezer. To make juice, thaw concentrate; mix in a pitcher with an equal amount of water. Enjoy!