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Old 09-28-2008, 04:39 PM   #1
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What can I use in place of orange juice?

I have a recipe that takes 1 1/2 c of orange juice and need a replacement for it.
Anyone have any ideas?


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I would guess maybe an orange flavored s/f drink mix like crystal light or something like that.

There is something called just orange that you can mix in water for flavor, but to me it tastes like tang, not at all close to orange juice.

I think the orange flavored crystal light is called sunkist.

Maybe you could even use s/f orange soda, sunkist is my fave flavor of orange.

You could probably use the zest of an orange for true orange flavoring...it all depends on what you are making.
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I have a recipe that takes 1 1/2 c of orange juice and need a replacement for it.
Anyone have any ideas?
[COLOR="DarkSlateGray"]Hi Dianna...
We use a product called True Lemon and it's sister, True Lime. They are non-sweetened crystals and you add you own sweetener.

Both are very like their name's sakes. Their cousin True Orange is not as Orange-like as they are Lemon and Lime-like. I've even made it extra strong, and it still comes up lacking, though it might be fine for cooking.

I think Orange flavors which are authentic must be difficult to reproduce...and agree, any old Crystal-lite like product would perhaps do.
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Oh yeah, Crystal light!! I didn't even think about that. Thanks Nigel and SnowWhite!!!

Hi Larry, I have the Truelemon, but haven't used that yet. What do you use yours for?

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Okay, I just went and checked--the orange stuff that tastes like tang is the True Orange, like the true lemon and true lime. I haven't used the true lemon or lime yet, so hopefully Larry has found some great uses for them.
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Would the True Orange taste close to an orange. . .closer than Crystal light? Or visa versa?
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...Hi Larry, I have the Truelemon, but haven't used that yet. What do you use yours for?
[COLOR="DarkSlateGray"]Hi Diana...
Drinking or for flavoring yogurt. I love the ability to adjust the strength without adjusting sweeteness in recipies over Crystal Lite for instance.

I drink a couple gallons of 'something' daily, so there are times I want a non-carbonated option, and True Lemon and True Lime are what I often turn to.
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Would the True Orange taste close to an orange. . .closer than Crystal light? Or visa versa?
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Naw - it's pretty Tang-like.
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Cool! Thanks Larry!!
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If you can get Totally Light 2 Go Morning Orange drink mix, it tastes a lot like orange juice. In fact, my friend served it to overnight unsuspecting guests as orange juince. They drank it up and asked for more. It's sweetened with Splenda and Ace K, so you can use it in cooking. I often use it as a replacement for orange juice.
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If you can get Totally Light 2 Go Morning Orange drink mix, it tastes a lot like orange juice. In fact, my friend served it to overnight unsuspecting guests as orange juince. They drank it up and asked for more. It's sweetened with Splenda and Ace K, so you can use it in cooking. I often use it as a replacement for orange juice.
I haven't heard of that, where in the grocery store aisle would it be in?
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It's generally with the flavored waters. It comes in tubes that you are supposed to empty into water bottles. I have often had trouble finding the product, because I was looking at the juices aisle rather than in the water aisle.
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By the way, their apple tastes a lot like apple juice. Those are the 2 I use the most in cooking. I use the apple for Apple Koolaid cookies, in lieu of Koolaid.
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I use Aquafina Citrus Blend water or Aquafina Sparkling Citrus Blend water. Zero calories zero carbs.
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I have orange extract from the spice aisle. You could use orange extract, water, and your sweetener of choice
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I haven't heard of that, where in the grocery store aisle would it be in?
I could not find it in my town (I wanted the apple flavored one) so I ordered it directly from the company. If you search for 4c dot com you will find them. Right now the apple is 50% off. They have other flavors as well as lemonade and iced tea mixes all sweetened with Splenda.
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SF Tang is really good too.
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By the way, their apple tastes a lot like apple juice. Those are the 2 I use the most in cooking. I use the apple for Apple Koolaid cookies, in lieu of Koolaid.
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Walmart's house brand of Crystal Lite Apple is a great Apple Cider imitation. In fact it is so ''Apple-like'' we used it to simmer some Chayote in for an Apple Crisp recipe - very good. We added a bit of cloves and Nutmeg - and the house smelled very Christmassy.

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I could not find it in my town (I wanted the apple flavored one) so I ordered it directly from the company. If you search for 4c dot com you will find them. Right now the apple is 50% off. They have other flavors as well as lemonade and iced tea mixes all sweetened with Splenda.
Hey Laura, I live in AZ too. What stores did you check?

Kathy, Terilyn, Kevin, those are good ideas!!
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Larry, I will definitely check it out this week when I go. I like the sweeteners in the Totally Light 2 Go, because they stand up to cooking. I'll look to see what sweeteners Walmart uses in their brand.
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Hey Laura, I live in AZ too. What stores did you check?

Kathy, Terilyn, Kevin, those are good ideas!!
Well I live in a small town and we have 4 grocery stores - Bashas, Smiths, Safeway and Albertsons. Actually have not checked Albertsons cuz it is out of the way for me. Then when I found I could order online AND it was on sale I decided to go that route. I should get them tomorrow...
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What recipe are you making?

It would help to know because some substituions in lowcarb work better for certain applications.
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Hi Strawberry,
it's only this one:

Chicken ą L'Orange
12 skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs (2 1/2 pounds), trimmed
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided use
1/4 pound shallots (4 medium), thinly sliced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
3/4 cup heavy cream
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Pat chicken dry and season well on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides, and then brown half of chicken, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer with tongs to a plate; brown remaining chicken in the rest of the butter.
Return all chicken to skillet. Add shallots, rosemary and orange juice, and simmer, covered, until chicken is tender and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer chicken with tongs to an ovenproof serving platter. Keep warm, covered in oven. Boil cooking liquid, uncovered, until reduced by half (to about 3/4 cup), about 3 minutes. Add cream, and boil, stirring until slightly thickened, about 6 minutes.
Pour sauce over chicken. Garnish with parsley, and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
Approximate values per serving: 605 calories, 29 g fat, 249 mg cholesterol, 68 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 207 mg sodium, 43 percent calories from fat.


I love orange flavored chicken and I saw this posted on my local newspaper and thought it would be good if I could find an orange flavor to make this.
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That recipe does look delicious!

One problem I can see with using crystal light or aspartame based subs is that when you concentrate them, they won't form a sweet syrup or caramelize, like orange juice will.... its going to just concentrate the orange flavor to be overwelming.
Plus, I have heard that aspartame converts to something toxic in heat (maybe someone can confirm?) and loses its sweetness.

You might consider trying the "light" orange juice sold in stores - basically half orange juice, half splenda water.

Or you could try experimenting with a smaller quantity of real orange juice, plus some extra water, some splenda, and orange zest to give it the flavor.

I would try to stick with something more natural though, because I think the fake orange flavor from cyrstal light or Tang is not going to work as well in a savory recipe.
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I made Sweet & Sour Sauce that called for Orange zest and a little Orange juice. I used SF Davinci Orange syrup. Right consistency and it "carmelized" making a great S & S glaze. Sounds like it might work in this recipe. Because it's sweeter than regular orange juice, I'd probably adjust the measurements a little and add some water to it. Hope this helps.
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I made Sweet & Sour Sauce that called for Orange zest and a little Orange juice. I used SF Davinci Orange syrup. Right consistency and it "carmelized" making a great S & S glaze. Sounds like it might work in this recipe. Because it's sweeter than regular orange juice, I'd probably adjust the measurements a little and add some water to it. Hope this helps.
How funny Deedlynn, that idea came to me this morning!! I may get the sf Torani since I can get access to that without having to order it. sf Davinci in other flavors are not available in my area accept for certain flavors.

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I would use diet rite orange soda. After you cook out the carbanation it leaves it a nice orange flavor.I crockpot whole or cut-up chicken w/ orange soda.It is a great recipe.
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I would use diet rite orange soda. After you cook out the carbanation it leaves it a nice orange flavor.I crockpot whole or cut-up chicken w/ orange soda.It is a great recipe.
Can you post that recipe?? I really love the flavor of orange and chicken, so any recipe like that has to be good!!
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