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6 Best Substitute For Orange Juice

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Orange In General

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Oranges are citrus fruits, and many people eat them as snacks.

Vitamin C is one of the best and most important nutrients in oranges.

Orange juice is a staple in many people’s breakfast.

It was first grown in South East Asia…

… but is now widely available around the world as the “sweet orange”.

Oranges are a major part of many people’s food supplies…

… in many parts of the world for a number of reasons.

In them, vitamin C can be found in abundance.

It is possible to store them for longer periods of time compared to other fruits.

Because each orange comes with its own tough skin, it is easy to transport.

It is possible to stack them into heaps or pack them into bags, lunch boxes, and…

shipping containers without damaging them.

Orange Nutritions

Orange like any other fruits has a lot of nutritions, here are the few of them.


Oranges are a good source of fiber.

One large orange (184 grams) packs around 18%…

… of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).

The main fibers found in oranges are pectin, cellulose…

… hemicellulose, and lignin. 



Red blood orange flesh is a result of anthocyanins…

… a type of flavonoids with antioxidant properties. 


Carotenoids are antioxidants found in citrus fruits…

which gives them their vivid color. 


The carotenoid antioxidant in oranges is…

…highly abundant in this compound.

Vitamin A is converted by your body.

Orange Juice Uses In Recipes

Orange juice has a very unique and exquisite flavor.

With the zest of citrus and the bite of acid…

… it adds a little bit of zing.

Also, it adds some moisture…

… if you’re using pulp-free orange juice, it can add fiber.

Besides adding flavor to drinks and solid foods…

… orange juice is also used for sweetening recipes.

It’s crucial to know what role your orange juice is…

… supposed to play in your recipes, since it’s used so widely.

It is extremly important to consider this when selecting a substitute for orange juice.

keep reading to find out more

Let’s Hear Karla’s Story!

“When I was making Chicken Orange for dinner,

I was in shocked because I didn’t have much left!

I was in panic, and really stressed out…

… for about an hour!

I don’t think I could make it.

Desperate, I was trying to find something,

something similar yet easy to find.

I googled what is the best substitute…

… for orange juice.

It comes to my surprised that…

… coke is the best substitute.

I happened to store a dozen of coke…

… in my fridge.

So, I with hestitation I pour the coke…

… to my chicken mixture.

I was kinda surprised it match the flavor…

… but I still not satisfied.

With lots of trials and errors…

I finally find the best measurement…

… for the orange juice substitute.”

Wow, what a journey!

“You dont have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients.”

Julia Child

So, let’s get started!

6 Best Substitute Ingridients For Orange Juice

Citric Acid

Citric acid is a concentrated powder with a sour taste…

… and preservative properties as well as…

… the ability to act as a pH buffer.

For these reasons, citric acid is found on the ingredients list of…

… many foods in your kitchen pantry, including…

… preserves, candy, and crunchy snacks.

Known also as “sour salt,” it is used for its flavor…

…appearance, and texture similar to salt.

You can use citrus acid as an ingredient or…

… as a substitute for other acids like…

… lemon juice or orange juice in recipes. 

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Keep on reading!


Although it may seem odd, Coke works surprisingly best..

… when it comes to replacing orange juice.

It brings an airy, fluffiness to cakes and is also useful in cookies.

Just keep in mind that the sugar content will…

… get ramped up using this beverage.

You may want to counter this by reducing the sugar a little.

Because of its bubbling air, it aids to fluff up and rise the cake fast…

… while maintaining the right moisture.

However, the acidity that you’re looking for will not be there.

It will only be just the sweetness and the fluffy goodness…

… that it can offer to your favorite cakes and pastries recipe.

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It’s getting more interesting


Vinegar is a simple substitute for orange juice in…

… cooking and baking when a small amount of it is needed.

Much like orange juice, it’s tart and acidic.

In these recipes, it can be used as a one-to-one replacement.

Citrus and vinegar have very strong flavors, a pungent odor…

… and vinegar should not be used as a substitute for orange juice …

… in recipes where lemon is a strong flavor.

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Lemon juice 

Lemon juice has a fairly low pH level,

making it a best substitute for acidic orange juices.

Something to keep in mind, though, is that there’s a…

… possibility it can transfer its flavor to whatever you add it to.

Adding small amounts at a time is also more difficult due to its tart flavor.

Small amounts of lemon juice brighten and freshen gravies and sauces.

It’s not sweet like orange juice, so you’ll need to add it in small amounts…

… and taste as you go along to check the flavor. 

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You don’t want to miss this!

Lime Juice

You might want to sweeten lime or lemon juice…

… before you use it instead of orange juice.

Lime and lemons do not have the natural sweetness of oranges.

Lime juice will also make an excellent acidic alternative due to its low pH…

… similar to lemon juice.

But, similar to lemon juice, you can put it in anything and…

… it will impact its flavor.

Lime juice has more tartness than orange juice as well…

… so you should add small amounts at a time.

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Last but not least!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Instead of using regular vinegar…

… it’s always best to opt for apple cider vinegar instead.

It has more nutrients and health benefits.

Especially for salad dressings, dips, marinades, and even baking…

… this is one of the best alternatives you can use…

… if you don’t have orange juice.

Adding this to your recipe brings the right degree of acidity.

Just in case the apple cider is too strong for you, no worries.

To reduce acidity, best sprinkle some sugar or honey on top.

It would replicate the acidity and sweetness of regular orange juice.

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Finally, it comes to an end!

To Sum Up

The best substitutes for orange juice are…

.. lemon, lime, citric acid, and coke.

Sometimes you can use orange extract as well to keep the orange flavor.

But for some recipes you may also need to add something acidic as well…

… such as apple cider vinegar or citric acid.


When substituting these ingredients, it’s best to add little bits at a time…

… tasting between additions, to find the perfect balance.

Using one of these methods might even allow you…

…to find the best substitute…

or even the perfect combination!

Tell us about your choose of the substitute…

… whether it taste right or bizzare to your food!

Also, don’t forget to tell us about the substitute ingridients you use!

Good luck on your cooking!

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