Canning oranges

kikistreehouseOctober 31, 2011

Hello. I had a friend give me several bags of oranges , She got a good deal on at the local store. So I was thinking of canning in a light syrup. Do I do same as the "Blue Book" on canning grapefruit.And another question She said she was going to add a clove to her jars. Is this safe . You have helped me in the past. Iam very Thankfull to all of you.

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Linda_Lou(SW Wa.)

Yes, use the same recipe and adding cloves is fine, too.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 4:14PM
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Thank you, Linda

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 4:21PM
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Sounds yummy. I'm hoping to find some little tangerines to make "mandarin oranges" this winter, do you need to remove the membrane around the slices?

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 4:37PM
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bejay9_10(zone 9/10)

My experience with trying to BWB citrus wasn't too successful - it radically changed the taste of the citrus.

However, I freeze a lot of mandarin type oranges - which are abundant at this time - until February. It is a bit of a task to remove all of the little membrane strings, and sectioning, but prepared that way are quite delightful.

I use the cup-sized freezer containers, pack the sections, covering with a light simple syrup, with a plastic baggie placed on top to keep the sections under the liquid.

They are great for making holiday fruit salads when prepared that way. When I tried a BWB - heat processing - it altered their flavor and made them soft.

I've been meaning to try orange sections the same way - as the Valencia oranges are tasty during summer and much sweeter than winter, and preserving them at that time would be better. But again, I've not tried freezing oranges - only mandarin, but processing oranges and grapefruit with BWB was disappointing.


    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 5:07PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Link below is to the instructions on how to can citrus fruits but I agree with Bejay on the flavor change and we gave up doing it after several different tries. I'd suggest you fist try just a couple of jars and see if you like the taste before jumping in with both feet. :)


Here is a link that might be useful: NCHFP - Canning citrus

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 5:55PM
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I tried canning clementines 2 winters ago. Pretty much just sectioned the clementines, removed as much of the white strings as possible, but left the membranes on. Canned them in a light syrup. Considering that I have 2 or 3 jars still left - I only did 7 jars total - I would say it is not a favorite in our house.

I do make the honey crimson grapefruit - recipe in the Ball Book. And we love that. I've noticed a recipe for honey oranges - have made a mental note to possible try that this year.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 11:39PM
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Thanks, everyone. Now that I have a big freezer, I'll just try freezing them instead. I can get really cheap citrus, often free, in winter around here. I only have lemon trees but there are orange, grapefruit and tangerine trees all over the neighborhood.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 11:04AM
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bejay9_10(zone 9/10)

My citrus does well also. I'm presently in the middle of making lime juice wine. This is my 2nd batch, and I think I'm finally beginning to work out the problems. Citrus wines are rather acidic - but actually when I tasted this now - nearly finished batch, it tasted pretty much like the last "Refreshing White" box wine that I purchased awhile ago.

Don't know how lemon or orange wine would be - but have seen a few recipes for orange - but it involved the use of vodka - for the alcohol content, a few ideas for liquer are available also.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2011 at 10:55AM
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