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Hi Bold Bakers!
Lemons, limes and oranges give us wonderful almost tropical flavors to add into our desserts and sweet treats. They are a lovely ingredient given to us from Mother Nature. You can get so much from it because you can use the juice from the inside but also the zest from the outside. They come in their own packaging ready to go. They are fantastic to have as a staple in your kitchen and you have them to hand to throw into a cake or frosting. You might not know there is more than one way to skin a cat, or to get juice out of a lemon. Keep reading.
Working as a professional chef the job I hated the most was juicing citrus. I truly hated it. It was never a lemon or two, it was always vast amounts because we were feeding so many people. Your hand can get sore and stingy after juicing one so just imagine doing 20 lemons. There is no substitute for fresh juice so you could not buy it or use a substitute, it had to be the real thing.
Methods that we already know are to use a reamer. This works well but doesn’t get all the juice out. Some people roll the lemon or lime on the counter to break down the inside of the fruit making it easier to squeeze, but neither of these methods really release the most juice from your lemons, limes or oranges.
The Best Way to Juice a Lemon
To get the most out of your citrus pop it in the microwave for roughly anywhere from 20 seconds to 1 minute, depending on how ripe your lemon is.
The results are amazing! You get probably double the amount of juice as before with very little effort. This makes juicing citrus easier and way less wasteful.
Want some recipes to use citrus in? Check out my Lemon Meringue Pie recipe.
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