How to preserve oranges

Orange peel

Oranges are traded all year round. Therefore, these fruits are usually not purchased in large quantities. But if by chance, there were so many citrus fruits that they could not be eaten right away, the question arises: How to preserve oranges? And how much they can be stored? In this blog, we will discuss how to preserve oranges for a long time.

Oranges storage selection rules

When buying oranges for future use, you need to decide how long they will remain intact. In this case, it is advisable to pay attention to the following indicators:

  1. Skin color. If the oranges are supposed to be stored for no more than 1-2 weeks, it is worth taking ripe fruits of bright orange or reddish color. If citrus fruits are likely to last longer, it is better to pay attention to the light yellow ones with greenery.
  2. Fully ripe fruits are heavier. Low weight in relation to size indicates that the fruit is either not yet fully ripe, or has already wilted.
  3. The size. It is not advisable to buy very large specimens with thick, porous skin. They tend to taste bland and do not last long. It is recommended to choose medium-sized fruits with an almost smooth thin skin. They usually have sweet flesh and lie well.
  4. Properly stored oranges are odorless. If the peel exudes a characteristic aroma, the fruit was warm and not suitable for long-term storage.
  5. The degree of elasticity. Well-ripened fruits are slightly soft. If, when pressing on the peel, it does not take its original shape, the fruit is overripe or stale. Unripe citrus fruits are firm to the touch.

Too shiny skin indicates that the orange was treated with preservative wax. If the peel will be used for drinks or candied fruits, the fruit should be washed with hot water and a brush.

Oranges storage periods

The shelf life of “Chinese apples” depends on two factors: the degree of ripeness and storage conditions.

  • Fully ripe fruits will not deteriorate at room temperature for 7 days. In the refrigerator, in the fruit compartment, they will stay fresh for about 2 weeks. At a temperature of 1-2 ° C above 0, fruits can be stored for up to 2 months.
  • Oranges of medium ripeness, with a light yellow skin, in the main compartment of the refrigerator will not lose their freshness within 2 months. At a lower temperature (+ 1-2 ° C), they will not deteriorate for 4 months.
  • Greenish unripe “Chinese apples” at 4-6 ° C above 0 will lie for 5-6 months.

Even if the shelf life is not exceeded, but the fruits were stored at low temperatures, they will not lose their appearance, only there will be much less vitamins in them.

To help preserve flavor and prolong freshness

To keep the oranges from spoiling for as long as possible, the following conditions must be met:

  • Keep fruits at a temperature of 2 to 8 ° C. If the oranges are not ripe, they are placed in batches in paper bags or cardboard boxes and left to ripen in a dark place at room temperature.
  • Store ripe “Chinese apples” at 85-90% humidity, unripe – 80-85%.
  • Do not expose citrus fruits to direct sunlight. The best storage places for them are a dark pantry, refrigerator, cellar.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure of fruits in plastic bags or plastic containers. Condensation quickly forms in such a container, and the oranges will rot.
  • Do not store citrus fruits together with other fruits, for example: apples, melons, pears. Many of them secrete phytohormones, under the influence of which oranges will quickly overripe and begin to deteriorate.
  • Look at the fruits in the long-term storage boxes several times a week. Instantly remove instances with signs of deterioration.
  • If condensation appears on the peel, wipe it with a dry soft cloth.

How to increase the shelf life of oranges at home? To do this, you can apply 2 simple techniques.

  1. Before placing in the main container, wrap each fruit in white paper.
  2. Apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to the skin.

Do not suddenly move oranges from warm to cold. This will make their flesh tasteless.

As you can see, oranges are less demanding on storage conditions than many other fruits. To preserve the fruits for several weeks and even months, it is enough to place them in a dark, cold place with optimal humidity.


Abbas Jahangir

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