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Sep 5, 2006 02:40 AM

Excess Oranges

I need some way to store oranges. We overbought and have been eating them like mad for the last 2 weeks. I just need a break from oranges for a while.

Now we need a way to store them or freeze them or something. I was thinking about adding them to a little water and then boiling them for a while and freezing them to later make a sauce. I guess I could juice them and freeze the juice. This is just off the hip. Any one have other ideas? I'd rather not peal the slices, but I'm open to suggestions.

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  1. I would go with the juice idea.
    I don't know what thawed frozen oranges would be like, or what they would be used for. But the juice should be fine. Save some peel, too, and use the zest later!

    1. You could make a more orangey (sorry, that's not even a word!) tarte au orange and serve it with some creme fraiche with something like Grand Marnier whipped into it!

          1. re: Covert Ops

            Here's a recipe...although I usually don't slice them that thin (more like 1/4")...



            a.. 2 large, thin skinned oranges
            b.. 1 cup sugar
            c.. 3/4 cup water
            Method of Preparation
            Wash and dry oranges and slice as thinly as you can, about 1/16th of an
            inch thick. Use a mandoline if you have one or a very sharp knife. In a
            medium pot, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar
            dissolves. Remove from heat and cool ten minutes. Add oranges to pot.
            Cover and let stand 2 hours. Preheat oven to 225°. Line two baking sheets
            with parchment paper. Arrange orange slices on baking sheet and press flat.
            Bake two hours or until golden. Cool completely. Store in an air tight
            container in single layers or between layers of parchment.

            If you like, you can then dip them in chocolate. Or, you can cut them in slivers and add to sweet dough or toss a few into a salad.

          1. re: Kagey

            A second vote for marmalade. If you have too much, put the excess into pretty jars and give it to favored friends. Homemade marmalade is vastly superior to any of the commercial brands.