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How much Juice, Zest, or Sections of an Orange are in a Pound?

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Many recipes require the juice of one orange or the zest of one orange. But exactly how much juice is in an orange anyway? And how much zest is in an orange?

In order to figure out how much juice and zest are in an orange we used medium oranges weighing about 4.7 ounces for our test sample. So you can count on getting 3 to 4 medium sized oranges in 1 pound. On average, one medium orange has 2 ounces (or 4 tablespoons) of orange juice in it and contains 10 fruit sections. One orange also has 2 to 3 tablespoons of orange zest on it.

Did you know that oranges originated in Southeast Asia but today Brazil grows 1/3 of all oranges consumed. Navel oranges get their name from the belly-button formation opposite the stem end. And in 1911 dare-devil Bobby Leach survived plunging over Niagara Falls in a steel barrel. Years later while sightseeing in New Zealand, Bobby slipped on an orange peel and died from complications!

So now you can be confident that 4 tablespoons is how much juice is in an orange. To determine other correct orange measurements, you can use the converter below. Having trouble juicing oranges? We highly recommended getting a hand juicer, such as the Bellemain Squeezer because it makes juicing oranges, lemons and limes so much easier. If you are struggling to get the zest off, look into a zester, or better yet a microplane, which will also work with Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, garlic and ginger!

Custom Conversions for Orange

One Orange Equals

  • There is 2 Tablespoons (30 mls) of Orange Zest in a Orange
  • There is ⅓ Cup (79 mls) of Orange Juice in a Orange
  • There is ½ Cup (118 mls) of Orange Sections in a Orange
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You need 8 Oranges

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How to Store Orange

Short Term Orange Storage

Oranges are sensitive to chill-injury and should be placed in the front of the refrigerator where the temperature tends to be higher. Regardless of the variety of orange, all will maintain their juicy quality for about 2 weeks.

For orange juice, squeeze chilled oranges as close to serving time as to reduce the loss of vitamin C.

Orange Long Term Storage

You can freeze fresh juice by squeezing the orange and placing the liquid in an airtight container. You can store in the freezer for a month.

Whole citrus does not freeze with good results. When whole oranges are frozen, the juice expands and bursts the cells inside. When the fruit thaws the pulp will be dry and the peel will be mushy.

Orange Side Notes

There are over 600 varieties of oranges worldwide, some of the most popular ones are: navel, Valencia, blood, Hamlin, Cleopatra mandarin, and Jaffa.

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What is the Produce Converter?

One of the biggest hassles when cooking and working in the kitchen is when a recipe calls for "the juice of 1 lime" or a similar measurement. Often times when cooking people use bottled juices, pre-sliced vegetables and other convenient cooking time savers. Produce Converter will help you convert the "juice of 1 lime" and other similar recipe instructions into tablespoons, cups and other concrete measurements.

Produce Converter can also be used to figure out how many vegetables to buy when you need, for instance, "A cup of diced onion." You can use our easy conversion tool to figure out exactly how many onions you need to buy at the store in order to end up with the amount you need for your cooking.

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