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How to preserve citrus fruits, from peel to juice – Italian Cuisine

How to preserve citrus fruits, from peel to juice

In order not to throw away that half a lemon that is left in the fridge, freeze it or dry it. Here's how to avoid waste and always have citrus fruits available

How many times has it happened that we only needed a slice of lemon or a little grated zest and then the rest of the lemon remained in the fridge for days or weeks until it was time to throw it away because it wasn't fresh anymore? That waste and what a pity! The solution? To freeze! Yes, because even lemon can be stored in the freezer, did you know? And of course all the other citrus fruits too. Let's see how.

How to store citrus fruits

From zest to juice, all citrus fruits are used, in many sweet and savory preparations, and you really shouldn't throw anything away. So let's learn how to keep them. Such as?
The ways are varied, let's start with the simplest,
freeze them. First it is advisable to wash and dry the citrus fruits well and then you can prepare thin slices of lemons or oranges and close them in bags for the freezer. At any time you will have your slice to add to cocktails or to one recipe, as if you had just detached your citrus from the plant. A longer but more spectacular job is to freeze clove after clove, peeled to live. In this case the initial work is more laborious, but the result will be truly spectacular!

You can also freeze alone their peel. With the help of a potato peeler, remove it, avoiding to understand the white part that leaves a bitter taste, and then close the zest in small bags and freeze it. You will need it to prepare an herbal tea or to add flavor to a broth.

Finally the juice: you can squeeze that of oranges and lemons, filter it and then fix it in the containers for ice. In this way you will have the right amount of nectar ready to be used at any time you want. For season a broth, a fish stock or simply to prepare excellent scallops lemon!

Another method of conservation is l'drying, which in this case concerns the peel of citrus fruits. In this case, wash and dry the lemon or orange peel, spread it on a sheet of baking paper and cook it for two hours at 100 °. Once it is very crunchy, put it in a blender and blend it. You can keep the powder you get for a long time in hermetically sealed jars.

In the tutorial you will find some tips for using your citrus fruits

We make pear juice for the children's snack at home! – Italian Cuisine

We make pear juice for the children's snack at home!

One of the favorite drinks of the little ones can also be prepared at home, thus eliminating preservatives and obtaining a healthier pear juice

Completely natural, without the addition of preservatives or additives: you would also dream of a pear fruit juice so for yours children? No problem, that's enough prepare it at home. Not many ingredients are needed and the result is that of a denser and more consistent drink, yes sweet but equally healthy, perfect for a snack with family or schoolmates. You can then replicate the same recipe with other fruit loved by your children. Let's find out together how to prepare pear juice at home.

The pear juice recipe


To prepare the pear juice you will need: 1 kg of pears (whole fruit), 1 l of water, 80 g of sugar, juice of 1 lemon.


Clean the pears: wash them well under running water, peel them, remove the core. Cut them into cubes and keep them in lemon juice so that they do not darken while waiting to be cooked.

Boil the water with the sugar. Once the boil is reached, remove the pan from the heat and add the pears.

Wait a few minutes then blend with an immersion blender (be careful not to burn yourself). Pour the juice into a glass bottle and serve it cold. You can keep it for a few days in the refrigerator.

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The invention of orange juice – Italian Cuisine – Italian Cuisine

It was the Americans who invented the orangeade (but not the one you think). Before the Fanta, however, Aranciata San Pellegrino was born. It was 1932

It was 1924 when Ezio Granelli, then owner of the San Pellegrino water company, started work to invent a new refreshing drink. The commendatore, an open-minded entrepreneur, invests in research and development and eight years later, in 1932, presents to the public at Milan Trade Fair, the Aranciata San Pellegrino.

A little orange juice, a pinch of sugar and water: the formula seems easy, so much so that it is the same as the homemade orange drink recipe, traditionally made in the Italian houses of the time in exactly the same way. But the idea is to add sparkling water, the San Pellegrino, and to bottle the product.
In the early twentieth century in America, the home of carbonated soft drinks, a similar product had already appeared locally, the Orange Crush, and it should not be forgotten that in 1927 the marketing of Coca Cola also began in Italy. But it is thanks to San Pellegrino that the orange drink is born as we know it today, and with it the iconic bottle, the club, round and buccellata like an orange, which has since been inextricably linked to the very idea of ​​orange juice. The product was very popular and not only in Italy, as it was immediately exported abroad, where it became synonymous with made in Italy.

THE'Orangina (indeed, oranginà, to put it in French) was born later, in 1935, while for the Fanta it is necessary to wait until the years of the Second World War when the Coca Cola plant in Germany remains cut off from supplies due to the embargo of the secret recipe, and in order not to close a new product is invented, sweet and carbonated and flavored with fruit from time to time available. Fanta is born, which was acquired in 1960 as an American Coca Cola Company brand.

The orange drink today

Since its inception, San Pellegrino Orange has hardly changed: without preservatives and produced respecting the all-Italian raw material. The suppliers are in fact indicated on the label, it starts only from real fruit and the orange content is 20%. Over the years the lemonade, the vhinotto, the bitter orange juice were added to the orange drink and in 2019 a restyling of the historic glass club was inaugurated and the organic line was also born, a recipe with oranges and lemons 100% Italian from organic farming, unrefined organic cane sugar and natural aromas of orange and lemon.

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