Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Orange Juice Has Many Uses

In many homes, Orange Juice is used just once a day. That is a real shame, because 100% orange juice dishes out worthwhile vitamins and minerals (and also contains zero saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium or added sugar). 

Some nutritional highlights: Orange juice is crammed with vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps support a healthy immune system, along with potassium, which plays an important role in muscle function and may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.  The juice also delivers folate, essential for healthy red blood cells, and vitamin B6, which helps the body process energy from food.

Cakes and Quick Breads:
Use orange juice in place of water and/or milk in your favorite cake and quick bread recipes.

Citrus Glaze:
Combine confectioners’ sugar and orange juice (instead of milk or water) and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over your favorite quick breads, muffins, angel food cake and challah bread.

Fruit Topping:
Combine sliced strawberries and orange juice and let sit for 30 minutes (or overnight in the fridge). Spoon berries and juice over sliced angel food cake, frozen yogurt, pancakes and waffles.

Ice Cubes:
Make flavorful ice by filling ice cube trays with orange juice instead of water. Add the cubes to sangria, fruit punch or hot or cold tea. Bonus: You can use the cubes in your favorite fruit smoothies without diluting the puree.

Ice Pops:
Make frozen treats sans added sugar and preservatives; simply pour the juice into your favorite freezer-pop molds. For a creamy version, combine equal parts orange juice and vanilla yogurt. (For a very berry top, add berries to the bottom of the molds before adding juice.)

Instead of traditional wine- or vinegar-based marinades, try OJ; the acid tenderizes meat, fish, poultry and pork. Mix the juice with different seasonings, such as garlic, oregano, thyme, basil and pepper. For an Asian-style marinade, mix the juice with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame oil and cilantro.

Orange Juice Chicken:
Instead of using a can of beer, insert a can of OJ into the cavity of the chicken before cooking on the grill. The orange juice flavors the entire chicken because, as the juice heats up, it creates a citrus steam that permeates the chicken from the inside out.

Salad Dressings and Vinaigrettes:
Replace all but 1 tablespoon of oil with orange juice in your favorite dressing and vinaigrette recipes and don’t forget to add grated orange peel, too.

Use orange juice to deglaze pans that you’ve used to pan-sear chicken, pork, seafood, shellfish and steak. The juice picks up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan and creates a fabulous braising liquid.

Create dairy-free smoothies by combining fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries) with orange juice instead of milk or yogurt.

If you are looking for the perfect citrus for yourself or as a gift for a business associates, your family or friends? A quick visit to sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

Presented By:
Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257

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