Do you have what it takes for properly juicing lemons and other citrus fruit? Turns out you just need some little-known juicing tips. Here are a few to get you started.
Fresh citrus juice is the best for cooking, baking, and mixing drinks of all kinds.
Plus, they have all sorts of amazing health benefits. Citrus juices are packed with vitamin C, a natural immune system booster.
They also have anti-oxidants, which are helpful in preventing and combating cancer, heart disease, and degenerative diseases.
However, juicing citrus fruit isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. In fact, it can be positively frustrating.
When dealing with citrus fruit, such as lemons, juicing can be incredibly messy. Additionally, it's difficult to get all the juice out of them and not all over your hands.
Need help? Don't worry, we've got some answers!
Here are 5 brilliant tips for juicing lemons!
Juicing lemons is much easier if you freeze them first. Now, you need to let them thaw before you actually juice them, but you'll be glad you did it!
Freezing lemons causes the juices within to expand. This breaks down the cell walls of the lemon. When it thaws, it will be softer and easier to squeeze!
Cut Length, Not Width
To get the most juice out of your lemon, try cutting the fruit down the length, rather than the width.
This will leave more surface area of the inside of the lemon. Cutting it down the length also makes the lemon easier to grip and squeeze.
When juicing lemons by hand, this is the best bet to get the most juice.
Roll it Out
Similar to freezing lemons, rolling lemons out on the countertop will also break down the cell walls, make them softer and easier to squeeze.
Treat the lemon like a ball of clay you're trying to soften up. Don't be too gentle. However, if you press so hard the lemon bursts open, you're being a little too rough.
Pick the Right Fruit
A big aspect of success juicing lemons is picking the right lemon!
Go for the big, plump, and firm lemons. They will be the easiest to squeeze and the most rewarding. They should be bright yellow with no hints of green.
Any green color on the lemon suggests it is unripe, while a paler color of yellow suggests an older lemon which will have less juice.
Use a Squeezer for Juicing Lemons
Of course, one of the most hassle-free ways for juicing lemons is with an actual juicer. Well, it's more of a lemon squeezer.
This squeezer is handheld and pushes nearly all of the juice out of lemon halves. If you're looking for getting as much juice as possible out of your lemons, this is the way to go.
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