We are shopping at the Ley supermarket in San Carlos, Mexico and I notice that the Valencia oranges are on sale – 8.45 pesos/kg. Half price – a good deal.
I was planning to buy orange juice. Now I wonder if it might be cheaper to buy these oranges and squeeze them. More work, but it’s hard to beat fresh-squeezed orange juice. Besides, we have lots of time.
I’m not sure if Valencias are good juice oranges or not but we get a big bag of them – 2.8 kilos. I also swing by the juice aisle and pick up a box of orange juice – 27 pesos for 1.89 litres, also on sale. del Valle brand (a Coca-Cola company). From concentrate. Made in Mexico (though I’m not sure whether that refers to the place they made the concentrate or just where they reconstituted it).
I open the juice box. Less work. Not bad. Then, I take over the juicer and start juicing into a measuring cup. 4 oranges give me 275 ml of juice. We had 19 oranges in the bag we bought and they all look pretty similar in size – so we can say the oranges weigh 148 grams each.
So there you have it. The fresh squeezed juice comes at a bit of a premium (34 as opposed to 27 pesos), but the two are fairly close. I can choose to have fresh-squeezed juice with a little work or boxed juice when I’m feeling lazy – and not have to overly concern myself with economic factors.
[ 27 pesos = CAD $2.15 34 pesos = CAD $2.70 ]