Get more juice from citrus fruits

limes and lemons on a cutting board

I use plenty of fresh citrus juice in my cooking, preferring it to bottled juice any day.
Warm lemons, limes or oranges for a little while and you’ll find it easier to squeeze them and you’ll get more juice out of the fruits.

Three ways to warm these fruits

  1. If the oven is on I’ll pop a lemon, lime, or orange in just for a few minutes to warm it.
  2. Put them in the microwave for a few seconds (I don’t have a microwave so you’ll have to figure out just how long to put it in).
  3. Put them into a pot of hot water for a few minutes.

Then use a reamer or citrus squeezer to get the juice out.
If using a reamer, do it over a fine mesh strainer sitting in a bowl to catch the seeds.
Using a handheld squeezer will catch the seeds so you can squeeze the citrus right into the sauce/dish/dressing. (Unless you’re like me and you decide to turn it upside down after squeezing the citrus – then you get all those lovely seeds in whatever it is you’re making.)

You’ll be surprised how much more juice will come out of those babies.


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