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How to Freeze and Store Oranges

Sliced orangesOranges are probably one of the most popular and accessible fruits, and because there are endless ways to use them in food and drinks, it makes sense to stock up and save yourself a trip to the grocery store. But will they stay fresh for later? They will if you freeze and store the oranges.

There are several different methods, depending on how you will use them later. Oranges can be frozen peeled, unpeeled, sliced or whole. Place the oranges in a freezer-safe bag, remove as much air as possible and freeze. The oranges will stay fresh for six months to a year.

Freeze Whole Oranges

Freezing whole oranges is great for extracting fresh juice later. Because the freezing process has an adverse effect on the fruit’s texture, the extraction process is easier. If you are a regular smoothie or juice drinker, freezing whole oranges is a great method for you.

  1. Choose your oranges wisely – remember that the ripest and freshest oranges always work best.<
  2. Put the oranges in a freezer-safe bag. You can pack it tightly but don’t overdo it.
  3. Create a vacuum environment by squeezing out as much air as you can before you seal the bag.
  4. Place the oranges in the freezer.

Frozen whole oranges will last for up to six months.

Freeze Unpeeled Orange Slices

There is another method that involves leaving the peel on. This method takes a bit more work and dexterity than the previous one. Unpeeled orange slices work great as a garnish for drinks and cocktails. If you are a regular drinker or are hosting a cocktail party, you will want to use this methood.

  1. Prepare the oranges by slicing them into rings or semi-circles, whichever you prefer. Just remember to keep the skin intact.  
  2. Put the orange slices on a baking sheet, making sure that the slices are not touching each other. Freeze them for four hours. 
  3. Remove the frozen orange slices from the freezer and pan, and place them in a freezer-safe bag. 
  4. Place the bag in the freezer. 

The frozen oranges will last for 10 to 12 months. 

Freeze Peeled and Cut Oranges

This next method is perfect if you want oranges that are ready to be a quick snack. It eliminates the tedious process of peeling and cutting as you enjoy the orange because everything is been done ahead of time. This method also helps the oranges retain much of the orange’s original flavor and texture.

  1. Prepare the oranges by peeling them and removing the white residue.
  2. Cut the oranges into bite-size pieces.
  3. Place them in sealable freezer-safe bags.
  4. Remove any excess air in the bag before sealing.
  5. Place in the freezer.

Oranges that have been frozen using this method will stay good in the freezer for 10 to 12 months.

Freeze Oranges with the Peel

This method is useful if you want to keep the peel intact because there are many instances where you may need the orange peel.

  1. Cut the orange into segments; be careful not to cut off the peel.
  2. Place inside a freezer-safe bag.
  3. Take out any excess air and seal the freezer-safe container.
  4. Place in the freezer.

There you have it, a comprehensive guide to freezing oranges. All you need to do is decide on the method that will work best for you, depending on your intended use.

About the Author

Carol Valle is the dietician at Carroll Lutheran Village. She has been working at CLV since 2018.