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How to Juice an Orange Without a Juicer

How to Juice an Orange Without a Juicer

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Who doesn’t love a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice on a hot summer day or first thing in the morning? It’s way better than those store-bought ones packed with sugar. But what if you don’t have a juicer? There are still a couple of easy tricks you can use to get that juicy goodness. Let’s check ’em out!


What Are the Best Oranges for Juicing?

Valencia oranges are a great choice. They are specifically grown for juicing and have a sweet flavor with a slightly bitter taste. Another great option are Navel oranges. These are widely available and have a rich, sweet taste. Blood oranges can also be used for juicing. They have a deep, vibrant color and a unique flavor with hints of raspberry. When making a choice, always choose oranges that feel heavy for their size, since they contain more juice.


How to Juice an Orange Without a Juicer

Making your own orange juice without a juicer is simple. Here’s how to do it:


Gather Your Supplies

To get started, you’ll need a few basic items:

  • Fresh oranges
  • A sharp knife
  • A cutting board
  • A fork
  • A bowl or glass
  • Strainer


Step 1: Prepare Your Oranges

Start by rolling the orange on a cutting board with the palm of your hand. This breaks down the internal segments and makes it easier to extract the juice. Next, cut the orange in half across the segments. Make sure to cut through the middle, from the top to the bottom, so you expose the juicy flesh inside.


Step 2: Juice with a Fork

Take one-half of the orange and hold it over a bowl or cup. Insert a fork into the pulp and twist it gently. As you twist the fork, use your other hand to squeeze the orange. Continue squeezing and twisting until you’ve extracted all the juice from the orange.


Step 3: Alternative Method—Squeeze by Hand

You can also simply squeeze the orange half with your hands. Cup the orange half in one hand and squeeze it tightly. Use your fingers to press into the pulp.


Step 4: Strain

If you prefer pulp-free fresh orange juice, you can strain the juice using a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag. Pour the juice into a bowl or glass through the strainer. Any pulp or seeds will be caught.


Step 5: Enjoy Your Fresh-Squeezed Homemade Orange Juice

Once you’ve finished juicing your oranges, it’s time to sit back and enjoy! Pour the freshly squeezed juice into a glass and add some ice. Depending on the orange juice recipe, you can also use the juice as a base for cocktails, smoothies, or salad dressings.


Tip: For maximum juice extraction, make sure the oranges are at room temperature before juicing. If they are cold, let them sit out or warm them slightly in the microwave for about 10 seconds.


When Should You Use a Juicer?

Juicers work by crushing the fruit and separating the juice from the pulp. This process ensures that every last drop of juice is extracted, so you get the most out of your oranges. They’re an excellent choice if you frequently make orange juice or need to prepare large batches quickly. They’re also great if you make different types of homemade fruit juices.




Can I make orange juice ahead of time?

Yes, you can. You can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Just be sure to give it a good stir before drinking as it may separate over time.


Do I need to remove the seeds before juicing?

Yes, if you don’t want them to end up in your fresh squeezed juice. However, if a few seeds get into the juice, they can easily be strained out afterward.


Can I use a blender instead of a fork to juice the orange?

While it’s technically possible to use a blender to juice an orange, it’s not recommended as it can be difficult to control and may result in a pulpy mess.


Can I freeze orange juice?

Yes. Pour the juice into an airtight container. Leave some space at the top since the juice will expand when frozen. Frozen orange juice can be stored for up to 4 months.



Making orange juice without a juicer is easier than you might think. With just a few simple steps and basic kitchen tools, you can enjoy fresh-squeezed orange juice anytime, anywhere. So next time you’re craving a glass of OJ, skip the store-bought stuff and try juicing your own!

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