Drinks

Homemade Orange Juice with Lemon and Ginger

This homemade orange juice is what I call my Vitamin C Bomb Juice. This stuff is just awesome. It tastes so much better than the store-bought version (wait, is there a store-bought version??) and it is, of course, full of Vitamin C – exactly what is so needed in the wintertime. This has been on repeat at our house since probably December.

Fresh pressed orange juice with lemon slice

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Equipment

This recipe does require some special equipment, namely a juicer. Generally, I don’t like buying equipment that you can only use for one thing. I think a juicer is an exception. We’ve had one in our family for over 15 years and with good reason. Juicing your fruits and vegetables is a great way to get an increased amount of vitamins. You probably would not be able to eat enough of said vegetables and fruits to get the same amount of the vitamins.

Type of Juicers

There are about 4 types of juicers on the market (maybe more depending on how you classify them). The two basic ones and probably most known are Centrifugal Force Juicers and Masticating Juicers. The biggest differences are that centrifugal force juicers are fast, you need to do less prep work for them and they are cheaper in price. They also produce less juice and you have more pulp left over. The masticating juicers are also known as slow juicers because it takes longer to juice with them (duh!). You also need to prep your ingredients more (i.e. cutting) as they have a smaller chute. They also tend to be more expensive. If you’re interested in learning more about all the different kinds of juicers in more detail, take a look at the Types of Juicers post from goodnature.com.

Our Juicer

Juicer

Our juicer is from the first category of juicers I mention above – a centrifugal force juicer. (Here is a link to the brand/company of our juicer, but I do think it’s mostly available in Germany and our model is definitely not there). I like that it’s fast and I don’t have to cut my produce into very small pieces in order to juice. We bought our juicer used for about €40 and it’s probably a decade old now. lol. I imagine it was around €80-€100 new. Here is an Amazon link to a similar one which has good reviews. What I really like about our juicer is that it has a container with a cover to catch the flowing juice (as seen above). The juice does spray a bit when it comes out, so that’s why I wouldn’t want to just use an open glass.

Ingredients for juice

Oranges, lemon, ginger and turmeric

For the juice, you will need all these ingredients peeled:

  • Oranges
  • Lemon
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric (optional) – we don’t always have turmeric in our grocery stores, so I add it only if I have it.

Use a spoon to scrape the skin off the ginger and turmeric.

Note: Turmeric leaves stains that are hard to get out. That’s why I use a glove to hold it while I scrape it with a spoon. If you do get some on your hands, rub some vegetable oil on them. That should help apparently, but in my experience I still had some color left on my fingers. Best to use gloves as a preventative measure.

Peeled fruits in a bowl for ready to make juice

Juice Preparation

Once the ingredients are prepared, power up your juicer and throw all the fruits into the chute one after the other. I usually start with ginger and turmeric as they produce very little juice and the other items can “wash out” as much of the flavor into my cup as possible. I usually halve the oranges if they are especially big (so that they fit into the chute better). But as you can see here, the chute on this juicer is big enough for a whole orange to fit through.

Once done, stir the juice together as the foam tends to gather on the top, and pour into glasses.

Juice in juicer container

Depending on the size of the oranges and lemon, this amount produces about 2 full glasses of juice (or 500-600ml).

Orange juice served in a glass with a slice of lemon

Tip: Clean the juicer right away so that the little fruit particles don’t dry out on the equipment. I clean everything before even serving the juice. Since it’s nothing greasy, it’s enough to just rinse everything. Note that turmeric does stain the juicer parts as you might see on the container in pictures above. I don’t mind, as we juice often and I don’t notice any impact from it on other juices. But if you’d like to learn more about removing those stains, read How to remove turmeric stains easily.

Homemade Orange Juice with Lemon and Ginger

A real Vitamin C Bomb glass of juice!
Prep Time10 minutes
Juicing Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Juice, Juicing, Orange Juice
Servings: 2

Equipment

  • Juicer

Ingredients

  • 5 Oranges
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 inch Ginger, or to taste
  • ½ inch Turmeric (Optional)

Instructions

  • Peel the oranges and lemon.
  • Using a spoon, scrape the skin off from the ginger and turmeric (if using).
  • Juice the ginger, turmeric, lemon and oranges through using your juicer. Serve.

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