Old-fashioned hand-squeezed orange juice

Gin Lee

Old-fashioned hand-squeezed orange juice/Photo byGin Lee

Old-fashioned hand-squeezed orange juice

To a lot of you, it may sound a little silly, but yes, I am really going back to using my grandmother's old-fashioned hand juicer to make delicious, thick, and pulpy old-fashioned orange juice. I do not add any type of sweetener to this juice because there's just no need for it. Not when you use really sweet oranges to start with.

So what's the sweetest orange to use to make naturally sweet homemade orange juice? My answer is probably always going to be navel oranges. Plus, they're the biggest-sized oranges that will give you the most juice. One navel orange will make about 1/4 cup of delicious juice.

Four nice-sized navel oranges will make about one cup of freshly squeezed juice. So, if you're interested in making a quart (4 cups) of fresh squeezed orange juice, you'll need about sixteen navel oranges.

Navel oranges/Photo byGin Lee

Of course, there are various types of oranges that range in size. I'm using navel oranges as my guide here today, and I will be juicing enough oranges to make approximately two quarts of freshly squeezed orange juice. So, I will be juicing thirty-two oranges by hand today.

There are four quarts in a gallon. So, if you're interested in juicing enough oranges to yield one gallon of juice, you'll need about sixty-four navel oranges.

For whatever amount of oranges you have on hand, the first thing you'll need to do is wash each one in clean, running water and scrub the outer peel if needed. Then slice each orange in half. Take all the seeds out of the cut fruit. I like preparing the oranges in this manner all at once before I begin juicing them.

Squeezing fresh orange juice/Photo byGin Lee

Next, place one cut half of an orange over the top of your juicer. Then press the fruit down firmly and squeeze the fruit while you turn it clockwise. Keep doing this until all the juice has been squeezed out. Pour the freshly squeezed juice into a jar or pitcher when needed. Keep repeating these steps until all the halves have been juiced.

Save the peelings to dehydrate so that you'll have them to use in other recipes.

If you prefer using an electric juicer, blender, or food processor, you can. Just peel all of the oranges first and separate the segments. Pick out all the seeds, then add the pieces of fruit to your preferred machine and blend until the oranges are juiced to your satisfaction. You may need to add about 1/4 cup of cold water to your machine along with the orange segments.


I don't add any sweetener or water to my freshly squeezed orange juice. You can add both if you prefer your juice to be thinner and sweeter.

I also do not strain my juice, but you can if you dislike having pulp in yours.

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About the author: Gin Lee is a native of Arkansas. She studied at the Institute of Children's Literature. She is an animal rescuer, food critic, organic gardener, food editor, home cook, food blogger, artist, and a complete do-it-yourselfer. Gin Lee is a published author, journalist, and contributor, among other works, and she resides in a rural town in Arkansas with her husband and their fur babies, Highway, Princess, and Stinkpot the turtle. A huge thanks goes out to all for reading, following, and sharing Gin Lee's articles! Thank you! Since Gin Lee lives in a rural area, there's not much local news to cover. So, she covers articles of interest on how-to's about organic gardening, recipes, homesteading, and survival techniques. If those things are of interest to you, then you'll never (hopefully) be disappointed. She tries to cover a wide variety of articles to entertain everyone. Comments are turned off due to rudeness and hatefulness. The world has enough vulgarity, hatefulness, and arrogance without it having any help. Since having the simple courtesy of manners is lacking and sharing words of kindness does not abide in a few people. Those few people ruin what's supposed to be educational and an enjoyable experience for all others. Gin Lee does have children and young adults that are followers. Potty mouths, vulgarity, and hate are not acceptable. Apologies go out to those of you who generally are very sweet and also to Gin Lee's followers who have been a witness to others being rude and malicious. Hopefully, you'll be understanding of the measures that have to be put into place. Please be kind to one another.

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