Citrus fruit like lemon and lime enhances the flavor of many dishes but bottled juice isn’t as zesty and fragrant as fresh squeezed. Although knowing how to squeeze citrus is easy, the method you choose to harvest juice can help you get the most juice from your fruit. Regardless of their size, you can harvest as much juice as possible with the right technique. Squeezing citrus only takes a few minutes and you can even squeeze and freeze juice for later. Catch limes and lemons on sale and harvest juice before fruits become overripe.
Steps to Squeeze Citrus
- Start by microwaving citrus for 20 seconds before you begin to squeeze it, especially if you are taking the fruit from the refrigerator. Allow the fruit to cool for one minute before you press the juice out.
- Roll the citrus on the counter to put pressure on the segments inside. Pressing the fruit will cause the segments to burst and release the juice. This is the best way to squeeze citrus!
- Cut the fruit in half lengthwise to make it easier to juice the citrus. Carve out the center of the fruit to remove the center membrane (use a paring knife carefully).
- Press the reamer in the center of the fruit while holding it over a bowl. The reamer will loosen up the meat and release the citrus juice easier.
- Finish with a fork! Hold the fruit in your hand and break up the meaty fruit with the fork. This method breaks up the pulp where juice hides. Now strain the juice in a sieve to remove pulp and seeds before pouring the citrus juice in ice trays or in a bottle. (Stash the bottle in the fridge until you need it.)
I recommend that you zest some of the rind too, bag it and stash it in the fridge. The zest is perfect when you want a burst of citrus flavor without overwhelming other flavors.
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