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Orange Preparation Tips, Gadgets and Recipes

Updated on September 29, 2014

A Taste of Sunshine

One of the best things about living in Central Florida is that there are oranges for sale everywhere. I love having a glass of juice in the mornings with my breakfast. Now that I buy oranges by the bagfuls I can drink fresh squeezed juice whenever I want.

I have been known to go overboard when they go on sale though. So I have included some great recipes to enjoy as well as some helpful tips and information that I use and I hope you enjoy.

This multi-use tool quickly creates restaurant-style garnishes. Scores fruit to begin the peel of orange.

Sharp perforations on this citrus zester shave strips extra-fine for desserts, sauces, breads and salads.

In 1872 orange seeds were purchased in New Orleans and distributed throughout Florida. Many orange groves were established by grafting the sweet orange onto sour orange root stocks.

Valencia Oranges Make Great Tasting Juice

A really great glass of orange juice has to start with the right orange. The Valencia orange has a perfect balance of both sweet and tart flavors and makes a delicious tasting orange juice. The Valencia orange is in peak season May through August. It is,known as the summer orange. They are also called the king of the juice orange because they are thin-skinned and have very few seeds. This makes Valencias the perfect orange for juicing!

Would You Rather Eat An Orange or Drink Orange Juice?

Picardie drinking glasses by Duralex are the original French tumblers used in European schools and sidewalk bistros for more than 60 years due to their durability, stackability and style. Serving orange juice to sangria, hot cocoa or coffee, these beautifully-balanced glass tumblers serve cold or hot beverages. Tempered drinking glasses are shock-resistant from -4 to +266 F

Party Tip!

Freeze fresh orange juice in ice cube trays and use in place of regular ice cubes in juices, cocktails and smoothies to infuse flavor and prevent watering down.

This is great for marinating shrimp, seafood or chicken. Place meat in a heavy duty zip bag add meat and marinate in refrigerator 2 hours. You can marinate vegetables for the grill to (use a separate bag)

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 / 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Mix all ingredients together with a wire wisk. Place meat in a zip bag then pour the marinade over the meat. Marinate at least 2 hours.
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