A lot of people drink orange juice every day but don’t ever think about how juicing oranges ever got started. Admittedly, I’ve never thought much about it myself. With a little research, I learned that oranges were first juiced in California after an overproduction of oranges in the mid-1910s. Over time, Florida became known for its citrus production, accounting for more than 80 percent of citrus fruit production worldwide.
As I was making my List of 50 Things, and thinking about all of the things I’d never tried and or done, I decided I wanted to learn how to make freshly squeezed orange juice. I mean, who wouldn’t love to have freshly orange juice every morning?
Juicing oranges begins with a juicer and delicious oranges
Although I’d never juiced oranges before, I knew I would need two things: oranges and a juicer. So the first thing I did was order my favorite oranges from B&B Farms in Mesa, AZ. The oranges from B&B are seriously the best oranges in the world. I was introduced to B&B by my sister-in-law who lives in Arizona. She shipped a box to us one year for Christmas, and I’ve been in love with them ever since.
After ordering the oranges, I researched juicers on Amazon. I didn’t want to spend too much money because I wasn’t sure if I would love juicing oranges on a regular basis. As I scrolled through the products on Amazon, I learned a lot. I learned that the most expensive juicer runs nearly $8k and is for commercial use. The least expensive juicer costs 23 cents and is pretty manual. After a lot of scrolling, I landed on the Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer with over 17k 4½ star reviews. After reading all of the positive comments, I knew I had to hit the “Buy Now” button. True to Amazon fashion, the juicer arrived in three days and I was ready to start juicing.
Ready to begin juicing
Luckily for me, the B&B box of oranges arrived the same week and I was good to go. However, before I had a chance to try the new juicer, my daughter beat me to it. She was in town for the weekend and offered teach me how to use it. Since I hate reading instructions, this would be a win-win. In no time, she had called me into the kitchen for a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice.
I was surprised to learn that it only took three oranges to fill the glass. I thought it would take at least four. Also, I was also expecting there to be a huge mess when she was finished. Given the clean kitchen and the wonderful glass of orange juice staring up at me, I vowed to make freshly-squeezed orange juice every day. I even ordered another box of oranges in anticipation of juicing.
Well, it’s now been over a month since I learned how to make orange juice. I wish I could report I was a juicing maniac. Sadly, I’ve only made orange juice three times. It’s not that I didn’t want to continue juicing oranges, it’s just that I think I like it more when someone else makes it for me. Not surprisingly, I also feel this same way about sandwiches.
Fortunately, my daughter will be home from college in a couple of months. Maybe, I can convince her to make me freshly-squeezed orange juice again. And while she’s at it, maybe some sandwiches.