Monday, March 19, 2007

Freshly Squeezed

posted Thursday, 6 July 2006


This morning I'm about to eat breakfast. (k, it was 11, but its still breakfast) I open up the fridge, theres no more orange juice.I close fridge. I open again. Still no orange juice. I close it again. When I open it I see a couple of oranges. Aha, if orange juice is indeed made out of oranges, then all I have to do is squeeze my juice out of the oranges. So I grab 2 oranges and squeeze them. And squeeze them, and squeeze them. Then I pick up the dead pieces and squeeze some more. Finally I have almost a full cup of freshly squeezed oj. It was delicious. (ok, maybe not delicious, but it definitely wasnt spit out on the table disgusting) The problem is it tastes nothing like regular oj. It tasted like a liquid version of oranges. Sweet, tangy, and with authentic orange flavor. Now why would that be? According to the tropicana orange juice container there is no added water or sugar. Thats when I discovered the truth to the rumors about tropicana. When they say no added water they mean none after the oranges were squeezed. But that doesnt stop them from soaking the oranges in water for days before squeezing, and causing orange juice to be a totally watered down imitation. And sugar. When they proudly proclaim on the label (right next to were they claim it cures heart disease) that theres no added sugar, you would assume that means they, the orange juice company do not- which is the opposite of do- put sugar into their orange juice, and therefore you are ingesting pure oranges. Little do we realize they manufacter a sweetener out of oranges, and smile and tell us that there are only oranges in their orange juice.


I'm not complaining (even if I am, its only a little) about the taste, but about the dishonesty. In truth the reason why we like the taste is only because thats what they've been feeding us all along. If we wouldnt have gotten used to it, would we enjoy a watered down, sweetener added, drink they call orange juice?

13 comments:

shalva said...

Oh d-head, welcome to the sad reality of this world. Every sensation you experience is only a watered-down version of the truly good stuff. And there's this guy in Israel who sells the most awesome OJ ever. He used to come to the dorm once in a while, and the girls would be tripping over each other to grab the few remaining bottles.

doodlehead said...

yes but this morning I got the real stuff. (and I'm probably never gonna do it again. It took me like 10 minutes for 1 cup, I got orange juice stains all over my shirt, and hands, and it wasnt even what all the 'fresh squeezed' hype that people make it out 2 b.

kevin g said...

But the satisfaction of having squeezed it yourself must have counted for something, right?

doodlehead said...

sure. if theres ever an oj company strike or something and I'm stuck with making my own, and I get used to it, besides for having a lot less time in the morning, i would probably start enjoying the taste too.

shalva said...

I found this poem for you. I want to post it here, but your stupid blog doesn't let me start a new line. And a beautiful poem all smushed together is just no good. Why don't you just stick a bunch of oranges in a blender, peel and all? It might come out interesting.

doodlehead said...

y dont u just post it with slash marks like/this/at/the/end/of/the/line? the peels would probly taste bitter. and speaking of blenders, sj was supposed 2 grind up a full 7 course meal (and i mean everything, all side dishes)in food proc. and I was supposed 2 b lab rat and test it out.but unfortunately he never got around 2 it yet.

sw said...

Okay I was LMPO(laughing my pants off) it was so funny. Just picturing you doing step by step. Two oranges just doesn't do it. You need special squeezing oranges.

trix said...

like sw said, the juice company uses special juice oranges. they wouldn't be fit for human consumption. and you need a squeezer (we have one for pesach). you can pick it up in the dollar store or amazing savings equivilant for emergencys. there is also a difference between cali oranges and florida oranges (says my grandma). juice oranges are juicyer and sweeter. less orangy.

shalva said...

Last person who tried the meal-in-one thing was Violet Beauregarde, and look how she ended up. Be careful.

shalva said...

Oops, here's your poem: "How to Make Orange Juice"

First you have to make the oranges./ To do that you must become/ an orange tree, which means moving/ to Florida or Southern California./ If you go to San Diego, the beach/ will beckon you, with its bikinis/ and its waves, and you will feel the temptation/

to take up surfing, which would get in the way/ of becoming an orange tree. Stay focused/ on your goals. Visualize all things orange:/ carrots bursting from the ground,/ a field of poppies blossoming all/ at once, like some unplanned party,/ a haunted house peopled by jack-o-lanterns./ Eat only the orange M&Ms/ in each packet. Make friends only/

with redheads. Concentrate entirely/ on orange juice, which is not the same/ as buying orange juice made from concentrate./ Stop looking for the easy way.

trix said...

well naturally there are advantages. basketball for example.

doodlehead said...

an orange is an orange, however you slice it. If its not fit 4 human consumption then I def. dont wanna drink its juice. That poem is awesome, I love it. even w/o ryhme.who wrote it? I am not worried about blowing up, I'm totally looking forward to saving time by drinking down a full meal in 1 cup.(if sj would finally keep his end of the deal, that is)

trix said...

well you wouldn't be able to eat it cause it would get all over your shirt. some stuff are meant to be squeezed and some to be eaten