No doubt, orange is a delicious fruit. It is sometimes sweet, sometimes tangy and sometimes pungently delightful. Rich in antioxidants, oranges are also known to help boost immunity and lower the risk of diseases because of the presence of healthy amounts of vitamin C. People suffering from diabetes can also be benefitted by substituting sugary fruits with oranges that are known to be high in fibre too. Interestingly, oranges are easy to store by keeping them at room temperature. If peeled, they need to be kept inside the refrigerator. Eating chilled oranges can be a delightful experience in itself. They can be added to fruit cream, vanilla ice cream and parfait or just be added in fruit salads.
Oranges also works well with a lot of fruits for smoothies and juices which are a very healthy way of starting you morning. Oranges can be blended with mangoes, strawberries, pineapples, and even banana to make the perfect refreshing smoothie for the summer. We all love to drink the orange juice already. This classic drink can be spiked even further with adding booze to make thirst-quenching mimosas for brunches.
“First peel it, and then drink it” should be your way to drinking healthy and living a spirited life.
Eating chilled oranges can be a delightful experience in itself.
4 Best Techniques To Peel Oranges
Peeling oranges may sound easy but trust me if it is not done properly, it can lose all of its juice and texture. To avoid accidents like these, follow the techniques below, listing the best ways for peeling oranges. They are sure to take less time, less effort and create a lot less of a mess while also making your peeling chores fun. You just need an orange, a sharpened knife and within three steps, you’ll be able to peel your way through the orange.
- Take an orange and remove its top and the bottom end by slicing it in thin circular shape.
- Now, make a cut from the centre around the orange so as to open it up in a semi-circular shape.
- Remove its outer covering and voila! You peeled an orange.
- Take an orange and make a cut in the middle all around it circular length.
- It should not be deep enough to cut the flesh but only affect the outer layer.
- Insert a spoon or blunt knife between the peel and the flesh to remove the covering properly from both top and bottom and it’s done.
- Take an orange and remove its top and the bottom end by slicing it in thin circular shape.
- Make cuts around it vertically in shape of wedges and separate it from each other.
- Now remove the peel from the wedged-shape pieces of the orange.
- Take the orange and immerse it in warm water.
- Take it out and wait 1 minute before peeling.
- The rind will easily glide off the orange body.
- You will be able to peel it just by your hands quite easily.
Orange peels form a part of the green content that is added in the compost to encourage growth of bacteria proficient in decomposing.
Composting The Peels: Why Is It So Good!
Making compost requires two essential groups of ingredients – carbon-filled and nitrogen-rich substances also called as brown and green content, respectively. Orange peels form a part of the green content that is added in the compost to encourage growth of bacteria proficient in decomposing.
Nutrient-rich: Compost made of orange peels when breaks down, fills the soil with nutrients like phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.
Pest Control: Keeping the orange peel for composting is often recommended because of the strong smell it emanates which is very effective in keeping pests away. It will not only combat pest infestation but also keep common insects like ants and bugs away from the infiltrating the soil.
Pet Control: The same powerful fragrance can also keep pets like cats and dogs away. When orange peels are scattered around pants and flower beds and combined with other strong odours (like lemon peels or coffee beans), they can easily keep pets away. It is very useful in preventing these naughty furriers from urinating or disregarding your gardens in general.
Natural Fertilisers: Not just as compost, but it can also be used as natural fertiliser eliminating the needs of other chemical and artificially created fertilisers, which are proven to damage soil in long-term.
High Acid Level: Orange peel also tends to turn soil more acidic, which can either be used to neutralise an excessively alkaline soil or can work to benefit the specific plants that prefer to grow in acidic soil.
Now, that you know a variety of ways in which orange peel can be valuable to our households, peeling oranges does sound like a good start before taking up gardening and nurturing your cooking techniques.
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Here's how you can peel an orange without getting sticky fingers.
Kyoungmin (Kelub) Roh
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Personally, I find it really difficult to peel an orange compared to a mandarin. Whenever I have to peel an orange by myself, my hands become sticky. I’m going to show you how to peel an orange two different ways without making your hands sticky. One requires a knife, while the other requires your hands.
How to Peel an Orange With a Knife
Got a handy knife around you? Here’s how you would peel an orange with a knife without putting in too much effort. Also, please take extra caution to not cut yourself.
1. Hold the orange and slice both ends with a knife.
2. Cut halfway through the orange vertically.
3. Open up and peel the orange with ease.
How to Peel an Orange With Your Hands
Just because you don’t have a knife doesn’t mean you can’t peel an orange easily.
1. Roll the orange firmly. We;re not making orange juice here, so make sure you’re not squishing the orange by putting too much force. Roll it for 20-30 seconds.
3. Start peeling. If you’re skeptical of this method, compare an orange peeled through this method to an orange peeled purely using force and see the difference.
Now you know the two easiest ways to peel an orange. If you’re willing to be a bit more adventurous, try using a microwave to make peeling an orange easier.
Oranges have so much going for them—they’re high in vitamin C, they’re delicious, they’re cheap. But anyone who has eaten an orange knows that they are notoriously messy. Whether you find yourself desperately clawing at the peel to get it off, accidentally spraying yourself in the eye as you try to section your orange, or just getting citris-y residue all over your hands, preparing an orange is no picnic. It’s like they don’t want to be eaten.
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Enter Emily Hankey, Whole Foods Produce Butcher. In the video above, she shares her trick for how to peel and section an orange without getting your hands dirty. All you need is a knife (she uses an eight-inch chef’s knife) and a steady hand. Here’s her step-by-step:
1. Wash your orange, then cut off the ends.
2. Stand up your orange on a flat end, then carefully slice down to remove the rind using the heel of the knife.
3. Repeat around the whole fruit until all of the peel is removed. Shave off the white pith parts clinging to the fruit as well until only the flesh is exposed.
4. Use the seams (the white lines in the fruit that mark where it’s segmented) as a guide to slice off wedges of orange. Cut into those lines to remove each slice like a piece of cake.
Stumped on what to do with the peel? Don’t just throw it away—it actually has some surprising cancer-fighting benefits. Hankey suggests drying the skin and using it with cloves in tea or cocktails, or for your next infused water. You can also zest it and add to salads or in baked goods to pump up the citrus.
When enjoying citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, you end up with a lot of waste. Unless you’re adding tons of zest to your dishes, the peel ends up in the trash. It’s a shame since there’s a lot of good citrus flavor and aroma stored in the peel. You can certainly freeze citrus zest and peel, but one great way to preserve and harness this flavor is by drying lemon and orange peel, which are perfectly edible and can really add a whole lot of flavor to your cooking.
While dried orange peel and lemon peel are sold in markets and natural food stores, they can be difficult to find. The good news is that dried citrus peel is quite easy to make at home, and can be made with or without the help of an oven—no fancy dehydrating equipment required.
If at all possible, use organically grown citrus fruit with untreated, pesticide-free peels, and wash and dry them well before beginning. Oranges, such as navel, Valencia, or cara cara, are great for drying, as are lemons, limes, tangerines, and grapefruits. Once your peels are thoroughly dried, you can leave them whole or grind them in a spice grinder to form a fine powder.
Introduction: Easiest (cleanest) Way to Open an Orange
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I haven’t seen many Instructables on peeling oranges. Lately I have been eating oranges all the time and have developed a really simple, quick and clean way of peeling oranges. Trust me, after this you will find the difficult part of eating oranges is to decide what side to eat first!
Step 1: Crack the Line!
First find a place on the orange where you think the slice under the peel might be. Then make a crack using your thumb (or knife) from bottom tip to top.
Step 2: Split the Orange
This part might take some practice. Just line up your fingers across the crack that you made and pull it open like you want to climb into the orange!
Step 3: Eat the Brains!
At this point you can sit back and look at the nice job you have done! I prefer to pull out each of the slices. Just simply slide your finger between the peel and the slices as you pull each slice out!
Step 4: Only the Peel Left!
All that is left is this hat you can wear or put on your pet! Very clean! usually you are only left with 2 pieces to clean up, if you are really good you can keep it all in one piece and fool someone with the shell. fun stuff!
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Thats not an orange its a tangerine
I use a pocket knife, cut just past the skin make quarters and it works like a charm
. The easlest, neatest way to peel an orange is the way my grandmother and mother did it. Make one superficial slice just through the skin, from stem to stem (top to bottom); then insert a large soup spoon at a very slight angle through the slit and push the spoon around just under the skin. This takes one or two tries before you get it right but once you do, you’re a convert!
Good if you are knifeless. But if you are scoring with a knife, why not just quarter the thing and munch on the quarters? Either peel the quarters much the way your method hauls out sections, or just hang onto the peel ends and chomp/slurp away. What am I missing?
“First find a place on the orange where you think the slice under the peel might be.”
Like with your x-ray vision? How do you do this?
your story was on komonews.com! im so glad cuz this is epic haha
Don’t use it as a hat for your pet. make some orange Jello with citrus vodka (Orange jello-shot mix) and pour it in the orange skin ‘cup’.
Let firm up and then slice into wedges for awesome easy to eat orange jello-shots!
My family has been doing this since we have seen it: it is teh awesomez! 🙂 Great and easy to follow inst 🙂 This has made me want oranges even more 🙂
Oranges go bad eventually just like any other fruit. You can tell if oranges have gone bad by the way they look, smell or if you are brave enough by the way they taste.
You should be able to tell if they are bad before you have to get to the taste part. Sour or fermented smells or bruised, soft, dark spots on the oranges peel are good signs that your oranges have spoiled.
Picking the right oranges at the store, storing them correctly and knowing when they are starting to spoil are important things to know about oranges.
The question at hand is how to tell if oranges have gone bad. Looking them over carefully is the best way to know if oranges have gone bad.
The first signs of oranges going bad are discoloration, mushy brown spots on the peel, or white mold growing on the rind.
4 ways to tell if oranges have gone bad
When you are buying oranges at the store you want to be sure to look them over carefully so that you don’t end up with bad oranges to start with.
These same attributes will help you tell if your oranges have gone bad as well.
1. Look them over
Look over your oranges and if they have any brown discoloration or mushy spots then they are starting to rot. Or the rind might be shriveling as another sign of oranges going bad.
You might see that some oranges have small scars on their peels.
This is ok. It is caused by them getting scraped by the branches on the trees and as long as it didn’t cut the orange peel open, you should be fine.
White on the peel is mold growing, you want to stay clear of those. If they are already cut slices then you may notice green mold growing when your oranges are bad.
2. Give them a gentle squeeze
Go ahead and pick up each orange and give it a gentle squeeze, you want your orange to be firm. If oranges are bad you will notice that they have soft mushy spots.
Sometimes if oranges are left rotting for too long they will start to ooze juices. These will typically start to grow mold on them as well.
3. How do they smell?
If your oranges have gone bad they will have a moldy or foul smell to them. Fresh oranges do not have much of a smell to them and if they do it is a slight citrus smell.
Any unpleasant smell of your oranges is a good sign that they have gone bad.
Even though this is the outside that you are smelling if they are foul then the inside isn’t going to be any better so toss them out.
4. Taste them
If you really can’t tell then chances are they are probably fine but you can taste them and if they are sour or have a fermented taste to them I would throw them away.
This is a great way to tell if orange juice specially has gone bad.
How long do oranges last?
Oranges typically last about 3 weeks at room temperature from when they are picked. However, unless you have your own orange tree then you are probably buying oranges that were picked a week or so ago.
With that said, store-bought oranges can last you about 2 weeks on the counter. To make them last you even longer you can store them in the fridge. Refrigerated oranges will last you a couple of months unpeeled.
Once you have peeled or cut up your oranges you can keep them in the refrigerator for up to two days before you will want to discard them.
You can check out my post here on how to cut oranges and I also have another about how to zest an orange which makes for some really good flavors.
Learn how to supreme an orange or any other citrus fruit (also called segmenting or sectioning) and you can make your salads look like they do at restaurants.
You may have noticed when you eat in a restaurant that the citrus segments have no membrane or white pith on them. This makes them easier to eat and they look nicer too. The membrane can be papery and has no taste.
Once you’ve practiced the “supreme” method a few times you will see how easy it is to do. Our step by step below with photos will help guide you.
What is the membrane of citrus fruit?
The membrane is like a coat for the actual fruit segments or sections, inside the peel, helping hold the pieces together. The texture is thin and papery, and relatively easy to remove. You can remove the membrane from any orange, lime, grapefruit or lemon.
Once removed the citrus segments are considered “Citrus Supreme”.
Our Tricolore Salad is topped with perfect orange “supreme”
Tricolore Salad with Supremed Oranges
Step by Step on how to supreme or segment oranges or any citrus fruit:
Step 1: Cut off both ends of the orange
- Begin by cutting off both ends of the orange
- Cut both ends of the orange before cutting peel off
Step 2: Stand the orange upright and with your knife and cut downward to remove the peel and pith.
Follow the natural curve of the orange from top to bottom. Continue around the orange until all peel and pith are removed.
- Start by cutting the peel off one downward strip at a time
- Continue cutting all the peel and white pith off the orange
Step 3: Once you have removed the peel you can easily see the membranes between each segment. Slice on each side of the membrane to remove the segment.
- Slice between the membranes on each side of the orange segments
- Carefully slice the segments
- Remove each segment of the orange to supreme
Step 4: Continue until each segment is removed
Supreme Oranges are perfect for salads
Pro Tips for segmenting citrus:
- Use a very sharp knife. We recommend a serrated knife with a sharp tip
- Cold oranges are easier to cut and segment
- Navel, Valencia, and Blood Oranges are easiest to segment because they are firmer. Softer oranges, such as Cara Cara, Mandarins, and Satsumas can be segmented but it can be harder to get a clean cut.
Other Salads and Vinaigrette Dressing recipes you might like:
topped with Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette
- Our Arugula Beet Avocado Saladuses orange segments too
- Try our Classic Champagne or Balsamic Vinaigrettesor our Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing.
Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
How to Supreme an Orange (or any citrus fruit)
- 1 cold orange, Navel, Valencia, Blood Oranges or any cold citrus
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Glad I’m not the only one that (until now I thought I was crazy) peels of the membrane. The only difference is the peeling of the rind. I also cut both ends, but then I score it with 2 vertical lines parallel to each about an inch apart. Then peel it normally. Oh, I also should admit something. It takes me upwards of 20 minutes before I even get to the part where I actually each the thing. I have this “OCD” of getting all of the white spongy stuff. Other than it being tasteless or bitter? I can’t, for the life of me, explain why I do it. It’s my “Catcher in the Rye” disorder I guess. Something in my brain makes me do it. Oh well. Thanks for sticking around to listen to my story. Bye
Sounds like a great method too – thanks for sharing!
A lovely guide for preparing citrus indeed. This is how I prepare my citrus for salad as well. 🙂
Thanks Anita – I love the way the oranges look when supremed!
So glad that I found this! I’ve always wanted to know how to wedge citrus for salads 🙂
Great! And it’s so easy once you try it
Thank you for sharing these helpful tips and tricks. I love citrusy salads and now it’s going to be easier for me to prepare them:)
Thank you for this! I love oranges but I hate when the white stuff wont come off.
What a useful post it is! Sometimes I make desserts, and I need to supreme oranges. I am learning and sharing with my family! Thanks.
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I grew up peeling oranges the way my father taught me: With a knife, cut through the skin and pith down from the stem end to the bottom, with 4 cuts. Pierce the little scar where the stem was with the tip of a knife and peel down each of the 4 quarters of skin. I’ve been doing this for over 50 years and thought this was the only way to peel an orange.
Then a few years ago, my sister showed me that she peeled an orange differently. She did the same scoring, but started peeling from the navel end towards the stem. I tried it and found my sister was brilliant! On most types of orange, the skin comes off much more easily that way!
I was looking through You Tube for videos illustrating the difference for this blog and I discovered those aren’t the only ways to peel an orange. Here’s one that’s a variant of the method my father taught me, slicing off the top and bottom of the orange and scoring the peel into 6 or more pieces instead of 4:
Then I found yet another, totally different method:
This looks messier, but you get a half of a skin to use as an orange oil candle – or to fill with sherbet and freeze as a self-contained dessert. Others videos show a variant of this method, massaging the skin to loosen it from the fruit before scoring and peeling.
Looking through You Tube there are even more ways including a nice way of cutting to make pieces of cut orange for a fruit salad:
After so many decades of peeling oranges one way, I’ll now keep looking and trying other methods. So far, though, I think I’ll end up using the “cut off the top and bottom and score into 6 sections” method but peel from the bottom end to the top.
Peeling an orange for a recipe is different from peeling one to eat. You generally don’t want any of the white part left, so it’s better to cut the orange out of the skin than to peel the skin off the orange. This works for all citrus.
You’re going to need this for the citrus-chocolate cake I mentioned yesterday.
Start by cutting the ends off. Make sure you get all the way through the peel, but not much farther.
Then cut it in half.
Make a V-shaped cut to remove the fibers down the center.
Cut the halves in half again, and in half one more time.
Starting at one corner, cut the peel away from the fruit.
Now your orange — or lemon, lime or grapefruit — is ready for your recipe.