Are juicers really necessary?Don't get me wrong...handheld lemon juicers or squeezers can be great tools if you need to make juice quickly. And an electric juicer is great if you also you don't want to get your hands too sticky. That being said, it is super simple and efficient to juice a lemon the old fashioned way - by hand - if you follow a few key steps:
- ROLL your WHOLE lemon on a hard surface prior to slicing it, in order to loosen up the inside membranes.
- ROTATE your SLICED lemon as you squeeze it to ensure the maximum amount of juice is extracted from each segment.
How do you get the MOST juice out of a lemon?To ensure you get the most juice out of a lemon, you need to make sure your lemon is as soft and malleable as possible. There are a couple different ways to soften a lemon before slicing: (1) ROLL the whole lemon on a hard surface to loosen its membranes [this is our preferred method]; (2) SOAK it in a bowl of warm water for 10-20 minutes; or (3) HEAT a whole lemon in the microwave for 20 seconds. According to Kelli Foster at The Kitchn, microwaving lemons for 20 seconds does give you more juice than lemons microwaved for just 10 seconds or lemons pulled straight from the fridge.
RECIPES WITH LEMON JUICEIf you love the flavor of lemons, check out these recipes that showcase fresh lemon juice:
- Tasty Vegan Mac and Cheese for the Family
- The Best Baked Chicken and Squash
- Three Cheese Pasta with Lemon, Cherry Tomatoes and Asparagus
- Lemon & Garlic Shrimp with Asparagus
🍋 Time to Juice! 🍋
How to Juice a Lemon Without a Juicer
- small bowl
- 1 lemon
- Rinse lemon.
- Roll lemon on hard surface to loosen membranes on inside.
- Slice your lemon in half.
- Squeeze your lemon with both hands over a small bowl (we usually use a Pyrex glass measuring cup with spout), rotating the lemon as you squeeze.
- Use a spoon to scoop out any seeds from the bowl.