What is the best way to freeze oranges? I just bought a big box of fresh oranges and they are very moist and sweet so I would like to freeze some of them. I do not want to add more sugar and do not want to add ascorbic acid. Can I just wash, peel, and slice and put in freezer bags for use later?
You can freeze oranges. They are best frozen with added sugar. Directions can be found at the National Center for Home Preservation Web site: http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/freeze/citrus.html.
Since you specifically requested freezing the oranges without sugar, directions to do so can also be found at this site: http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/freeze/unsweet_pack.html.
However, it is important to note that unsweetened packs may result in a product that does not have the same texture or color as those frozen with sugar. In your case, you specifically mention the moist texture. There's nothing wrong with experimenting, but be aware your oranges may not have the same texture or taste when frozen (with or without sugar).
Answered by Jessica Kovarik, RD, LD, Extension Associate, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009