Juicing Lemons, Limes and Oranges
Cooking tips for the caring cook.
A stainless steel juicer or wooden reamer are your best bets for juicing citrus fruits. These cone shaped devices are handy for extracting the most juice possible from citrus like lemons and limes.
To save the yellow part of lemon peel (not the bitter white pith underneath) before juicing lemons, remove the yellow peel only and chop finely. Dry in a single layer at room temperature overnight, or until completely dry. To speed up the process, bake the zest at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool completely, store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Easily Juicing Lemons, Limes and Oranges
- To make juicing a lemon easier, halve or quarter it. Microwave on 100 percent power 15 to 20 seconds. Squeeze out juice.
- Room-temperature lemons, limes and orange will yield more juice than those that are refrigerated.
- Use your palm to roll lemon, lime, or orange around on the countertop a few times before squeezing.
- If just a few drops of juice are needed, pierce the skin with a toothpick and squeeze out what you need. To store it, reinsert the toothpick, put the lemon or lime into a plastic bag, and refrigerate.
- Soak a lemon in hot water for a few minutes to get nearly double the amount of lemon juice. To use just a bit of juice, pierce the lemon with a toothpick, squeeze out a few drops and replace the toothpick to close the hole. Another way many chef's swear to get twice as much juice from your lemon - with half the effort - is if you first roll the uncut lemon back and forth on the kitchen counter, pressing down on it firmly with the palm of your hand.
- To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
- If whole citrus fruits are warmed in the microwave or oven for a few minutes, they will yield more juice.
- Store fresh lemon juice in the refrigerator for a week or so. NOTE: If you have a large amount of juice to store, put the juice in ice cube trays and freeze for later use.
Lemons will keep longer in the refrigerator if you place them in a clean jar, cover them with cold water and seal the jar well.
When lemons get dry and hard, place them in a hot oven for a few minutes. It will freshen them.
Lemon & Lime Peelings
- Lemon and lime peelings may cause skin irritation on susceptible persons. They contain the oil limonene.
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Did You Know?
That yellow wedge on the end of your glass can be so much more than a garnish. Combine lemon with water to help alkalize both your blood and body, keeping it from becoming too acidic.
Citrus Peels May Help Lower Bad Cholesterol: A substance found in the peels of citrus fruits may lower bad cholesterol, according to the results of a new study. (Source: Heart Center Online)