Oranges 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.
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.
Frozen whole oranges will last for up to six months.
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.
The frozen oranges will last for 10 to 12 months.
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.
Oranges that have been frozen using this method will stay good in the freezer for 10 to 12 months.
This method is useful if you want to keep the peel intact because there are many instances where you may need the orange peel.
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.
Carol Valle is the dietician at Carroll Lutheran Village. She has been working at CLV since 2018.