Commercial orange juice, even the “not from concentrate” stuff, is a far cry from natural. Unfortunately, this goes for Odwalla and Naked juice, too. And what’s worse, most of the time, orange juice is packaged in plastic. (However, you can still purchase some brands in compostable paper cartons!)
But let’s get back to the juice itself.
Naturally, orange juice deteriorates very quickly, and thus has a very short shelf life. To increase the shelf life, all the oxygen is extracted from the juice, which subsequently removes all of the orange flavor. So, companies dump ‘orange flavor packets’ back into the mixture and call it orange juice. They’re not technically artificial, so they don’t have to be labeled as artificially flavored.
Photo Credit: treehugger.com
- Tropicana, Minute Maid, and Florida’s Natural were created in the same lab as Dior and Calvin Klein perfume.
- Tropicana is owned by Pepsi
- Simply Orange was purchased by Coca Cola.
Photo Credit: http://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/
Just like sticking a bamboo straw in an orange, right?
Orange juice has become synonymous with the “complete breakfast,” but unfortunately that has resulted in single-use plastic and little to-go bottles for your sugar and vitamin C fix, on the run. Some come as juice boxes with plastic straws wrapped in plastic. So, what can we do to get our Cs?
I love the occasional orange juice. I was brought up on it. Fortunately, I was able to find a Whole Foods near my house that has a press-your-own orange juice station, where I can wash and re-use my bottle without the need to recycle (or worse landfill).
Me at the Whole Foods in San Jose, CA
This orange juice tastes real, it tastes amazing, it tastes like orange juice should actually taste like. And it matches my hair.
It’s so good, trust me, it will be hard to go back to the other stuff.
My other tip is to wait for a citrus sale and juice it yourself. Be adventurous! Blood oranges are my favorite.
I found an awesome wooden citrus reamer at a thrift store for $0.75! It’s a bit messy, so I juice the oranges over a wide mixing bowl to collect all the juice without risk of splashing.
Whatever I don’t think I will drink in the next few days, I put into mason jars, giving about an inch of space on top, and freeze. Once frozen, I seal the mason jar (this minimizes any risk of orange juice explosions). Frozen orange juice can be stored for years, just thaw, and serve.
Written by Madison MacLeod