What do with oranges besides orange juice or marmalade?

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

I have @ 20 #s of excellent navel oranges. Anyone have a unique idea as to what to do with them??

Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.


Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

isn't there a way to push cloves into the skin , let them dry, and make a - um, not potpourri - pomander?, something you put in a darwer to keep clothes smelling nice? what is that thing?

edit...yeah pomander - here's one link I found;


Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

Thanks I hadn't thought of that. I'll check out the link.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Make Candied orange peels

Then juice the orange flesh and freeze in ice cube trays. The cubes make a great addition to a sauce for roasts, in a salad dressing, or in iced tea.

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

It just seems a shame to make pomander balls out of excellent naval oranges. There are lots of salad recipes that use great tasting oranges, there is ambrosia too. Many Asian dishes use oranges with chicken. You could extend their fresh life by refrigerating most of them and taking out only what you can use in a week. There is the drink Orange Julius. I used to love to get that in the mall. I try to always serve fruit with breakfast of ham and eggs etc.including oranges. Hope this gets your thots in motion.

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

Thanks for all your good ideas. My DH did make and freeze some orange juice. Still have a fridge drawer full. Tonight I'm making a Moroccan dinner with a salad recipe with oranges and orange juice. I try to find recipes to use with foods I have on hand. Hope DH does not "freak" over green salad with oranges !!

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

Wendy's Asian salad is terrific with oranges, almonds lettuces, chicken and I forget what else.

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

I will try to find the Wendy's recipe. Thanks!

Lake Charles, LA(Zone 9a)

grate the peels and dry them out and you can use them on chicken, fish, and pork for a zesty flavor. the juice is good for marinating the said meats as well.

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

This recipe is 1/4 scale of the original but sounded good--a dressing for an orzo salad. Food network chef Danny Boome (Rescue Chef) is the origin of the recipe.

juice and zest of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 orange
1/4 c cider vinegar
1/2 c fresh parsley
1/2 c fresh basil
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
1 T honey or agave nectar
salt and pepper to taste

Blitz all but oil and s&p in food processor. Once mixed, slowly drizzle in olive oil until blended in. Season to taste w/ s&p. Set aside.

Orzo salad:
1 cup orzo (1/2 box) cooked in salted boiling water til al dente, drained, rinsed in cool water and drained again.

1 ear of corn-kernals cut off-- you can also blanch slightly if you prefer that to raw corn.
1 stalk celery, diced
1/2 english cucumber, diced
1/2-1 pint of grape tomatoes--left whole

Toss all with drained cooled orzo. Toss with dressing. Best at room temp.

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

That sounds Yum-o for summer. Still have lots of oranges in the fridge. They keep well. The Moroccan salad with the oranges & juice was very good BTW. DH liked it ......who knew???
Have bookmarked the recipe you posted.
Thank you so much!!

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

Well you've gotta post the Morrocan salad recipe when you get a chance. I'm a huge fan of citrus:)

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

dmac Hope I can find it again?? I cannot resist a challenge................I'll be on it probably tomorrow.

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

LOL no hurry--I completely understand that:lol:

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

O.K. found the recipe for the salad. I'm not too techy so I'm not able to "cut &past" the web address. Probably would make my head explode if I tried to figure it out today, another day perhaps. Having said all that if you DM your email address I am able to send it to you. One reason I used this recipe was it called for Orange Blossom Water.
I love to try exotic ings, which I pick up at outlet type grocery stores. Also used the OBW for a lovely mojito.

Dolan Springs, AZ(Zone 9a)

If any of the oranges start to go bad, cut them in half and stick them on branches or anything sharp outside-certain typed of birds love them!

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

I just discovered orange sections (and other citrus) can be water-bath canned in a light simple syrup.

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

We put some orange pieces out for the Orioles that were visiting our Humming Bird feeder. They ignored the oranges. As far as canning oranges........we live in California, no need to can them as we have them most of the year, thank's anyway.

Mexico City, Mexico

My inlaws make a dish called "Pollo a la naranja" - orange chicken. It soaks overnight in an orange marinade and bakes in the oven. Uses a good 5 kilos of oranges or so (11 pounds?).

I will ask them the exact ingredients... Chicken. Ornges. Pepper. Salt. Some other yummy herbs.

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

That sounds really good--will definitely check back when you get the recipe from them:)

Monticello, IA

Add them to lettuce salad with chicken. Delicious.

Algonquin, IL(Zone 5a)

Try an orange "half" for the Orioles rather than pieces and plop a little grape jelly on top. If they eat enough to leave a depression, add more jelly. They love grape jelly and will line up to get some.

I eventually end up with a hollowed out orange peel which I fill with more jelly, then I start the process all over again.

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