Sliced oranges are a tasty and nutritious snack for a whole lot of people.
On top of that, they are also used for a wide variety of different recipes, from being cooked to desserts, all the way to being served with chicken.
And when you are working on more intricate recipes for baking or cooking, it would help a lot if you could prepare and cut some ingredients in advance.
This makes many people ask if you can cut oranges the night before.
The answer is, as long as you make sure to cool the slices properly, you can definitely cut them the night before.
The shelf life of sliced oranges varies greatly depending on how you store them.
If the oranges are cut properly and then cooled, they can last for up to 3-4 days before going bad.
If you decide to freeze them after cutting, as long as they are stored properly, they can last up to 10-12 months in the freezer.
In this article, we give you a few tips for slicing and storing oranges so that they can last you a very long time and save you time in the kitchen.
Read on to learn more.
So can you really do that?
As we mentioned earlier, you can definitely do this as long as you save them and cut them properly.
To cut an orange properly, remove the peel, the white pith that surrounds it, and the membrane that separates each segment.
You will need a sharp knife that you are comfortable carrying it and it may take a little getting used to, but it is by far the best way to cut an orange.
From there, you will need to pack the slices properly and put them in the fridge.
You can put them in either the fridge or freezer, depending on how long you want them to stay good.
How long can sliced oranges last in the fridge?
Whole products can last much longer in the refrigerator compared to sliced ones, as sliced fruits have more exposure to air and other contaminants.
But if you slice them properly and make sure to remove the membrane and the white pith, the fruits can last you about 3-4 days if they are packed and stored in the fridge.
This means you are able to cut the oranges in advance or even a few days before cooking and eating without worrying that they will go bad as long as they are kept refrigerated.
And if you want the fruits to last a long time, you can also store them inside the refrigerator and make sure to pack them in the same way as if you store them in the refrigerator.
If you do this, the fruits can last up to 10-12 months before they lose their flavor and last a few more months before they go completely bad.
How to store orange slices properly
Step one: Cut them properly
The first step to storing your orange slices is to make sure to cut them properly.
To do this, take a sharp knife and cut off approx. half an inch from the top and bottom of the fruit and expose the flesh.
Then stand the orange flat and start cutting the peel using the orange contour and white pith as a guide.
After removing the entire peel, note the membrane that separates each segment, and then use the knife to carefully cut between the flesh and the membrane.
Repeat this until you have cut all the segments and from there you can move on to storage or cut them further into cubes, depending on how you like the fruit eaten.
Step two: Wrapping and storing them
Once you have cut the fruit, wrap it properly.
You can do this by storing them in a bowl (juice included) and then covering them with plastic wrap and making sure it is airtight.
Alternatively, you can also put them in an airtight container if you have it on hand.
From there, you can simply store them in the refrigerator for a few days.
If you store the oranges in a freezer, first use the juice that is in the bowl.
Once the drain is drained, you can put the fruit in freezer packs or containers designed for freezing, and your orange slices will keep you for months on end before they go bad.
So there you have it, the answer to your question.
Remember that you can also cut up and store the fruit in the fridge at the beginning of the week and have a cold and refreshing snack to eat for the next few days.
Whatever the reason you store them, just make sure they are cut and packaged properly so you have sweet and ripe fruit ready to eat for much longer than you might expect!