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Juicing Lemons Like A Pro: 5 Expert Tricks For Juicing Citrus Fruit At Home

Juicing Lemons & Citrus Fruit

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!

Freeze 'Em

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.

If you're really on your game, you can plant your own lemon tree and pick lemons right off of the branches!

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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Lemon Picking: How to Tell When a Lemon is Ripe and Ready to Eat

How to Tell When a Lemon is Ripe and Ready to Eat

Are your lemons ripe enough to pick and ready to eat, or do they need a little more time? Read on to learn how to spot a ripe lemon and when to harvest your lemons.

Some fruits have all the luck. 

They give clear hints when they’re mature enough to be eaten.

Avocados turn a dark shade of green. Bananas make the final transition from green to yellow. Even tomatoes turn a deeper color to let you know they’re ready. 

But lemons? Their cues are a little more challenging to interpret.

Here are a few tips to help you determine whether a lemon is ripe enough to pick. 

Harvest Season

There are three common varieties of lemon: Lisbon, Eureka, and Meyer. Your local grocery store, however, is only likely to mark them as "lemons". Of the three, Meyer is considered the sweetest, and it's what we sell here at US Citrus.

The harvest time for lemons varies, with warm or coastal climates such as California, Florida and Texas producing year-round. Inland varietals are generally ready for harvest in the fall and winter.

With proper care, a citrus tree will start bearing fruit in its second year. It should deliver a substantial harvest in its third year and beyond. Mature potted trees will produce up to 50 pounds a year, and one in the ground will generate 50-120 pounds of fruit a year.

From the time a small green lemon appears on a tree, it will generally take several months to ripen.

How to Tell if a Lemon is Ripe

When lemons appear yellow or yellowish green, are firm in appearance, and have reached two to three inches in size, they're ready to pluck. Lemons prefer to ripen on the tree, so if you pick them too soon you may be out of luck.

Ripe lemons have a glossy skin and are not ripe until the color truly develops. If the skin is wrinkled, dull or squishy, you're too late. It's better to pick a lemon too early than to wait too long.

Because lemons may go through a green-colored phase, some people have a hard time discerning lemons vs limes. We'll save that distinction for another time!

Test It, Taste It

Even if the appearance checks off all the right boxes, you should cut one lemon open to determine if the rest of the tree is ripe. A ripe lemon will have lots of juice and firm flesh. 

Lemons are tart by nature, so leaving them on the tree will not improve their sweetness. The exception is Meyer lemons, which are milder and sweeter, to begin with. 

Do a taste and decide whether it's ready.  

How to Pick It

This isn't rocket science. The main goal is not to damage the lemon tree. You can use a hand-held snipper or simply take the lemon in your hand and twist it until it breaks free. 

Grow Your Own

If you're not lucky enough to have neighbors who let you pick their ripe lemons, you might want to consider getting your own potted citrus tree.

With a few simple steps, you can grow one anywhere and enjoy lemons year-round! You can read more about container gardening here

Check out our other citrus blog posts for more citrus tree and fruit tips, insight, recipes, and other helpful information.