Have you ever wondered how many oranges you need to get one glass of freshly squeezed juice, or how much juice contains one average-size orange? You are in the right place to find out! Enjoy our article below and find out the answers to those puzzling questions.
1. One orange equals …?
The amount of juice you will get from an average size orange can be slightly different according to the way of squeezing and the type of fruit you are using. The most efficient way of juicing this fruit is by using a masticating juicer or a squeezer intended for citrus fruits. You can also make your orange juice the old fashioned way, pressing it with your bare hands, but it will demand some patience, strength and… can be a bit messy. If you are strong and lucky enough, you will get slightly less juice than while using a juicer or a hand press.
3 ways to squeeze an orange juice:
- Using a masticating juicer is the recommended method, as you get the highest yield and the maximum vitamins within your glass of juice.
- Using hand press – another cheaper but slightly less efficient option.
- Manually – the most budget-friendly but the least efficient and time-consuming way of juicing oranges.
Let’s get back to the question asked in our article’s title – how much juice is in one orange? Here comes the answer:
In short, one average size orange (~3 oz) contains around 4 to 5 tablespoons of juice (2.5 oz). To get one glass of juice (~8oz), you need 3 oranges (~9oz).
To make it even easier we prepared a special table showing how much juice you can expect from one, three and ten oranges. To prepare it, we juiced Navel oranges – the most popular and available in most of the markets. Be aware that if you use smaller oranges like clementines, your result can vary from ours. Take a glance at our research.
5 tablespoons of juice (2.5 oz / 74 ml)
1 glass of juice (8 oz / 236 ml)
1 jar of juice (33.81 oz / 1l)
In addition to that, we decided to juice one big Navel orange ( 5 oz ) with a masticating juicer in order to check how much juice can we get from the bigger fruit. The yield was almost twice higher than from an average orange:
2. Choosing oranges for juicing
Oranges suitable for juicing should have a thick skin, a lot of juice, and not too many seeds inside. But how to check if the fruit we intend to buy is juicy enough? The best tip is to take the heaviest one. If the fruit is heavy enough, we can assume it has a lot of juice also.
If you have access to various types of oranges and you can pick the juiciest fruit, try the Valencia type. They take their name from the region in Spain – Valencia, which is their motherland. Valencia oranges are considered the most suitable for juicing because of the low amount of seeds, pleasantly sweet flavor, and higher amount of juice than other oranges.
If you would like to find out more about the Valencia Oranges and other types of oranges, feel free to check out our article: How do you pick the best oranges for juicing?
3. Juicing oranges with skin
Orange peel is not harmful to our health; on the contrary, it contains much valuable fiber, vitamin C, and minerals, like potassium and magnesium. Nevertheless, the skin’s flavor is somewhat bitter, and in the outcome, not very tasty.
Another argument in favor of peeling oranges before juicing is that it may contain pesticides – chemical substances used to protect fruits and vegetables from harmful organisms. They defend the fruit but maybe unhealthy for humans. Pesticides can hurt the nervous system and cause cancer. Sadly, those substances are commonly used for large-scale farming.
The question is how to get rid of pesticides? First, we need to wash the fruit in water with baking soda (1 tablespoon for 34oz/1l), then carefully rinse it once again only with water. We can also buy our oranges from an ecological farm, where plants are grown more naturally without chemical supplements.
4. To drink or not to drink… a freshly squeezed orange juice?
We see on TV in advertisements or films that it is very healthy to drink orange juice together with meals from early childhood. The picture of a smiling, looking, healthy family gathered at the table, and drinking juice for breakfast or supper is very common. But is it healthy for everyone?
Oranges are those fruits loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin C, which boost our immune systems and help many organs in our bodies function properly. Those facts are undoubtedly the positive impacts of oranges on our health.
Unfortunately, oranges also contain a lot of sugar. In fact, one orange has 0.3 oz of sugar (~9g). That is why those who suffer from diabetes should avoid excessive consumption of oranges and orange juice.
Orange juice also has a high level of acidity. For that reason, it is not recommended for those with stomach ulcers and heartburn problems.
If you do not have diabetes and do not have stomach problems, you can add orange juice into your diet and drink it regularly a few times per week. Remember not to drink more than 6 glasses of orange juice each week.
To find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of drinking orange juice, please check out our article: What happens if you drink orange juice every day?
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