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It is important for the housewife that the family's diet is varied throughout the year. Therefore, preparations for the winter, when the bulk of fruits and vegetables are no longer available, are a lifesaver. Compotes are a storehouse of vitamins, glucose and good mood. In this article, we will pay attention to a non-standard approach to the selection of components. We will cook pumpkin compote with orange.
It turns out that the sunny vegetable gives amazing taste and color to the familiar drink. You can cook pumpkin compote with orange for the winter or use it right away.
Pleasure will be delivered not only by the drink, but also by bright sweet pieces of pumpkin. This option can be safely attributed to the category of culinary masterpieces.
Cooking components for compote
Before you start preparing an unusual compote, pay attention to the choice of pumpkin. After all, it is the main component, and the quality of the whole dish as a whole depends on its taste.
Several recommendations for choosing:
- Use nutmeg varieties if you have a choice. These varieties will add an exquisite taste to the compote.
- If this is not possible, take fruits of dessert species with a bright color and a pleasant pulp taste.
- Choose a small pumpkin. It is sweeter, its peel is softer and it is more convenient to work with small fruit.
- If you buy a vegetable from the market, then do not take the cut fruits. For hygiene purposes, of course.
- Take oranges fresh, bright, with a dense skin. Dented are not suitable for an unusual compote.
- The cooking water must be purified (structured). The taste and quality of the compote depends on this. With low-quality water, even the most excellent pumpkin with orange will not be able to make the compote taste good.
How much of each product do you need to make a drink?
500 grams of pumpkin will suffice:
- oranges - 3 pieces;
- sugar - 1 glass;
- purified water - 2 liters.
Important! If you need to cook more compote, then correctly calculate the proportions.
First, let's prepare the pumpkin. If the fruit is large, cut it into 2 or 4 pieces, then peel the pumpkin rind and remove the seeds. They are very useful, so don't throw them away. Seeds are not suitable for a drink, so it is better to rinse and dry them.
Cut the vegetable into strips first, then into cubes.
Fold into a container for cooking compote, pour over the syrup.
Stir well and place on the stove. Cook for 15 minutes at a low boil. To prepare the syrup, stir the water with sugar and boil for 5 minutes.
While the pumpkin is boiling, prepare the oranges. The fruit must be washed well. Peel one orange, squeeze the juice, remove the zest, add 3 tablespoons of sugar to it and grind thoroughly. Use a fine grater to remove the zest.
Warning! It is important that the white part of the peel does not get in, it adds bitterness.
Peel the remaining two oranges, cut (cut into slices), then cut the flesh into slices.
Add the orange slices to the boiled pumpkin, stir and cook together for another 5 minutes.
The next step is to add juice and boil for 3 minutes.
Test the drink for sweetness. If you like sugary drinks, you can add sugar in excess of the norm specified in the recipe.
Pre-wash and sterilize glass rolling jars, pour the boiling syrup and close with sterilized lids. Harvesting pumpkin with orange for the winter table is ready. The same recipe is perfect for a summer version on a hot day in the country.
Pumpkin and orange drink for the winter - spice option
Spices will add a more refined taste to an amazing compote. To prepare winter harvesting you will need:
- pumpkin (processed pulp) - 450 grams;
- oranges - 3 pieces;
- purified water - 2.3 liters;
- sugar - 0.5 kg;
- cinnamon stick - 2 pieces;
- carnation - 7 buds.
Prepare the pumpkin carefully. To do this, you need to peel the vegetable from the peel, seeds, coarse fibers.
We leave only clean pulp, which we cut into cubes.
Cooking sugar syrup. Mix water with sugar, bring to a boil and boil for 5-7 minutes. Then add cinnamon, cloves and pumpkin pulp slices. Mix thoroughly and cook until the vegetable is done.
Important! The cubes should not fall apart, otherwise the compote will lose its attractiveness.
Peel the oranges, remove the zest, squeeze the juice and add it to the pot with pumpkin and spices. We boil for 5-8 minutes.
At this time, we prepare the jars - wash them, sterilize them.
To make the pumpkin compote with orange look beautiful for the winter, first evenly spread the pumpkin pieces in the jars with a slotted spoon. Then fill with boiling compote and roll up the jars.
Leave to cool slowly. Wrapping cans will help us with this.
Options for creativity
Other fruits will help to diversify the taste of the drink. You can safely replace some of the pumpkin pulp with apple slices or peaches. You can add your favorite spices at your discretion. You can, in general, replace cinnamon and cloves with other ingredients. This only diversifies the taste of the unusual compote. Another plus - pieces of pumpkin pulp and other fruit are great for baking during the winter months. It is better to eat compote cold. If you have kids in your family, then you will have to give up spices. But in any case, pumpkin compote with orange will become a favorite drink.