We love it when we go out to breakfast and the restaurant has fresh-squeezed orange juice. And we love it when we get a jug of grove stand-style grocery store orange juice that really tastes like fresh-squeezed. We never thought to squeeze our own orange juice, until last Saturday. I’m not sure why.
I remember reading a passage on squeezing oranges for juice in The Joy of Cooking, and thinking it sounded so exotic. Do many people squeeze their own orange juice? And I’m not talking about making juice out of any fruit or vegetable with a mechanical juicer, but just plain, old-fashioned, hand squeezed orange juice.
We picked up a few oranges on Friday and squeezed them Saturday morning. Our glass of juice was pretty darn good – bright, sweet, pulpy and freshly citrusy. But we got one glass from four large oranges. At a dollar an orange, it wasn’t a cheap glass of juice. And if we want to have enough for all three of us to have a small glass, we are talking at least $10 just for orange juice for one meal.
Does anyone know the secret to making fresh squeezed orange juice without breaking the bank? Buy oranges in bulk? Move to Florida or California? Fill me in folks, so we can feed our newfound squeezing habit.