Tuesday, December 25, 2012

When life hands you lemons...

By Madeleine Dee

Lemons are one of my favorite ingredients, but they can be difficult to squeeze, and seeds are a pain. Below are some tips for easier, quicker, and more successful juicing!

You want to pick out lemons that have a deep, shiny yellow color and a bit of give when squeezed. Do not choose especially hard lemons that are pale yellow or ones that have any cracks, bruises, or mold.

To help loosen all the juice inside and give your lemons more give when squeezed, there are two options:

Firmly roll your lemons back and forth between the counter and the palm of your hand until softened.


Firmly squeeze your lemons with your hands. Rotate and roll them around while you squeeze until they feel loosened. Feel free to use both hands.

The best tip of all:

Cut your lemons on an angle instead of cutting them through their centers!

Once you've cut them this way, you'll have better access to the seeds. All you have to do is pick them out.

Now, for the fun part...


You should be able to squeeze all the juice out of your lemons now!

A tip for catching seeds:

Squeeze your lemon halves over your gently cupped hand! Your fingers will stop the seeds, and the small cracks between will allow the juice to pour through.

When life hands you lemons, 
squeeze them dry and make delicious food!

This works very well for limes, too! Unfortunately, there are no clich├ęd phrases I can think of that involve limes. Except maybe putting the lime in the coconut... but that's another post for another day. ;)

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