A couple of years ago I planted two orange trees and a lime tree. That lime tree went bonanza right away, but the orange trees have been a bit more slow to produce. At least, until this year. I planted two different varieties of oranges, and one of them is still kinda limping along... but - as you can see - tree #2 is going to town! We have SO MANY ORANGES.
just one of many giant batches of OJ
But, here's the dilemma: they really aren't the best oranges. Alas! Every week, when I go to the farmers market, I allow myself to buy one beautiful, perfect and delicious orange for a snack. It seems so ridiculous to buy oranges when I have so many oranges on my tree that I am literally harvesting off the ground... and yet, there you have it.
Our oranges are pretty good - but not very sweet... Pretty much the only way to get through them en masse is by juicing them.
I only have one of those little tiny glass juicer thingees, where you have to turn your wrist back and forth a million times to get out 3 tablespoons of juice. When you have giant cardboard boxes filled with oranges urgently awaiting your timely attention, this can seem a bit overwhelming. But, due to my absolute dedication to never letting food go to waste, I have tackled this project already a few times this season ... and I"m sure I have many more juice-a-thons in my future.
The actual juice is pretty good, but again, not too sweet. I figured out that if I think about grapefruit juice, then it's really good. It's just not as sweet as you'd except OJ to be, but it's a totally passable grapefruit juice.
Besides just drinking the juice, I've been trying to use it up in other ways. I took some to a breakfast gathering, I gave some to my mom and dad (who admitted to adding sweetener, fair enough!), and I've been trying to find as many recipes as I can that call for orange juice.
This is the Citrus Tahini Bowl from Isa Does It
In addition to the bowl above, I've made the Orange Chicky Seitan (also from Isa Does It), and lots of various salads with the Orange-Miso Dressing from "Oh She Glows Cookbook." That dressing is really quick and easy and uses up a little big of dressing. The Orange Chicky Seitan came and went without getting photographed - but it was a big hit. Very delicious, not too time-consuming to make, and used up a whole cup of OJ. I think I'll have to make it again soon!
I welcome your orange juice ideas!