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My O.J. Concentrate Uses; Yours?

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O.J. concentrate is a staple in my freezer, but not for making OJ! I find that it delivers a non-fake tasting orange zip to many sweets ;it's easier and faster than orange zest (and I don't always have oranges around ) and it's very easy to use because it is always soft and easy to scoop out and blend with other liquids. My regular uses are :

- Added to maple syrup and heated, for pancakes
- Added to my multigrain pancakes in place of orange zest
- In my orange chipotle sour cream, a staple for sandwiches, burritos, quesadillas, all things
Mexican!
- Added to cake and muffin batters
- Combined with Amaretto for soaking glaze on certain cakes
- Added to vanilla or chocolate creme brulee and ice cream base
- In sangria
- In hot chocolate

How about you?

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  1. Nice ideas, opinionated one. :) My good friend Veggo kicked off a thread on the same topic last May. Enjoy these suggestions and recipes:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/616551

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      katty, thanks so much for linking this; looks great.

      also, i forgot 2 uses:
      *beef marinade w/ soy sauce, garlic, ginger,veg oil and OJC.

      * roast beets by: peeling beets, cutting in wedges, tossing w oil, S, P, minced garlic. Roast on oiled, pam'd or parchmented baking sheet,at 400 degrees, til almost tender (8-10 min.likely, after testing w/ skewer or fork) Remove from oven , put beets in bowl and toss with a few spoons of OJC; pour out onto pan and return to oven for 5 more minutes. The OJC caramelizes on the beets.

      1. re: opinionatedchef

        I need to try those beets. And saying that makes me feel like Dwight Schrute. ;)

        1. re: kattyeyes

          katty, i am either showing my age or my TV? cultural ignorance; who is dwight schrute?

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            Not a fan of The Office, eh? :) Dwight Schrute is an uptight office worker who is also a beet farmer.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_S...

            In any case, and in all seriousness, I've been wanting to roast beets for a while now. I definitely want to try your suggestion.

            1. re: kattyeyes

              thanks for the beet info, sista-kat. (ps who writes this wiki? -- a true fan, i'd say!).

              """"Schrute Farms is the number one beet-related agrotourism destination in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We offer the finest accommodations for the casual traveler and/or beet enthusiast. Come join us and experience majestic Schrute Farms....."
              Jim and Pam's review read: """The architecture reminds one of a quaint Tuscan beet farm, and the natural aroma of the beets drifts into the bedrooms and makes you dream of simpler times. You will never want to leave your room. The informative lecture will satisfy all your beet curiosity, and the dawn goose walk will tug at your heart strings.""""
              ~~~~~~~~
              """" Dwight was shunned by his family between the ages of four and six for forgetting to save the excess oil from a can of tuna."""" LOL!

        2. re: opinionatedchef

          love the orange beef idea!

      2. Easter bread ....

        1. Homemade sweet&sour poppyseed dressing.
          Marinades for meat, poultry, and seafood.
          Topping vanilla ice cream/pudding.

          1. I agree. And you can get a more intense flavor from frozen concentrate than you can from actual juice. Plus, you don't have to add a lot of liquid that changes the texture of finished food. The concentrates are also so high in sugar content that they don't freeze solid and can easily be spooned out.

            On the West Coast Langers makes frozen juice concentrates that come in screw-top jars instead of cans. I keep one apple juice concentrate and an OJ concentrate in my freezer because I can use just a spoonful and seal the jar up again. http://www.langers.com/Products/froze...

            1. I add just a tbsp or so to a pitcher of margueritas to enhance the orange flavor. That is, real margueritas not the instamix kind.

              1. mashed sweet potatoes:
                sweet version: OJC, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar
                savory version: OJC, chipolte

                1. It's an essential ingredient in my Sticky Orange Chicken Wings. They are addictive. ;)

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                  1. re: ChefJune

                    june, would you post your recipe when you have time? i do 'mahogany chick wings' orig'ly from joyce chen, w/ star anise, soy, sherry, br sug, giner, garlic, all cooked down to sticky glaze.

                  2. I use it for this recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ca...

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                    1. re: jencounter

                      hmmm right up my alley. th so much for posting this.