Monday, September 26, 2011

Frozen Oranges, aka "Orange Cubes"

I love juice, but I just don't have the patience to be a "juicer". 
For me personally, I'd rather just throw a bunch of ingredients into my blender and not have to worry about composting or reusing the pulp. It's just a little too much work - and I like cutting corners.
Don't get me wrong though, I love drinking juice, I love visiting my Natural Food Store's juice bar, and I have a huge amount of respect for those of you who are serious die-hard juicers! You guys make me jealous!
In spite of this not really being an actual recipe, I wanted to share with you my version of Orange Juice, or what I like to call Orange Cubes.
Whenever I use Oranges in my smoothies they're either fresh sections, or frozen Orange Cubes. Taking the place of ice cubes, they add a wonderfully sweet and acidic boost to my smoothies. I'm  basically hooked on having these Orange Cubes on hand (in my freezer, not really my hands - they'd melt!) and they really don't take much time to make either. Since Sunday has become my designated "food prep" day for the week ahead I've included making Orange Cubes every week as of late.
To make a batch of Orange Cubes using roughly 10 Oranges takes less the 30 minutes. I think that's a fair deal for getting the satisfaction of making something so wonderful from scratch! And you don't have to worry about straining the pulp or anything!
Ready?
Lets go...
This is what your station will look like:
Ice cube tray
Measuring cup (not that you really need it)
Date Sweetener
Blender
and of course - Oranges
AtV Orange Cubes
In this recipe I'm going to show you the amount of cubes you'll get using 2 Medium sized Valencia Oranges. From there it's up to you how many Orange cubes you decide to make.
First I'm gonna show you how to section an Orange...it's really simple.
Start by slicing off the top and bottom of your Orange - only slice off enough flesh so that you can see the "pin wheel" of your Orange, or the Oranges the skin that you will be cutting in between. This will help you also when sectioning.
Why do we section Oranges? For starters, right now all I can find at my store is Valencia Oranges - which is great because they tend to be the juiciest, but they also have seeds. Sectioning your Oranges helps get around the seeds so they don't end up in your mouth or in your smoothie. You don't wanna grow an Orange tree in your tummy now, do you?
Okay back to sectioning...
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Using your knife, slice off all of the Orange flesh, leaving as little of the white flesh as you can. This will help you in seeing the sections better.
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When you're finished you'll have a hollowed out Orange that will look like the photo above. But don't toss it! There's still a lot of juice in that sad little empty Orange.
Squeeze all of the juice from your leftover Orange remnant...
And now you should have roughly 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of Orange sections and Juice combined!
2 Valencia Oranges = 1 and 1/2 cup Orange Sections and juice
Place those  babies into your blender
Add:
3 tsp Date Paste 
Puree!
I had almost enough for one full Ice cube tray.
9 Oranges later - almost 4 full Ice cube trays...put those babies into the freezer!
Oh hay! We're just some sexy Orange cubes...waiting to get into your Blender to make your smoothie more awesome. No big deal...
Honestly I probably could have put these babies on a Popsicle stick and been in heaven! 
Coming soon: My recipe for an Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
xoxo,
Sarahfae - AtV

See you back here on Wednesday with something really yummy involving these cuties:

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