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Feb 24, 2012 01:23 PM

Try this for more juice from lemons and limes

I did this today and it worked, I'm a believer. I suppose it would work for oranges too?
My recipe called for 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice from 2 large lemons--
I used ONE with this method.

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  1. Well, thanks a lot - I'm sure going to try it!

      1. Great tip. Thanks. I go through alot of citrus each week for various things so this might help. My only complaint is that everyone knows you don't measure liquid by holding the cup up and eyeballing it. Given the substantial visual difference, I'll give it a try!

        1. Works equally well for oranges and grapefruits.

          1. For those folks that don't want to click on the link (and go to a commercial page with ads where they are making $ on every visit) and sit through the video....
            cut the fruit lengthwise (stem to stern, so to speak), instead of the usual, cross ways. That's it. Oh yeah, room temp fruits, or micro briefly.
            He got 3 times more juice out of the lengthways cut citrus.

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            1. re: wyogal

              Thank you. No offense OP but I hate it when people suggest something I might want to know by posting a link to it, especially when a simple explanation would have sufficed.

                1. re: wyogal

                  Sorry, wyogal and Jjjr -- in this case I really didn't think anyone would believe "3 times more juice" -- thought people would have to see the video for themselves.
                  I usually don't mind clicking through, but I know the annoyance when the destination disappoints.

                  1. re: blue room

                    Fair enough although I still don't think there's anything super special about his method. I use the kind of juicer that's like a clamp, you put your citrus halve in and squeeze it closed. I guarantee you it gets every last drop of juice out and is even less effort than the type he's using. I have one of thsoe too and hate that dam thing.

                    1. re: Jjjr

                      Jjjr, I use something that sounds like your juicer. I bought it at a second-hand store for a couple of dollars, but my mother had one when I was a kid. She got it free when she bought a set of Wear-Ever aluminum pots. As you said, these work beautifully with virtually no effort. I wonder why they disappeared?

                      1. re: Cilantra

                        If you mean this kind of hand-held juicer, they didn't disappear. I got a lemon and orange years ago from Williams-Sonoma and have seen them continously ever since at most of the major cookware chains such as Crate and Barrel and others.


                        I use the "orange" size for lemons and limes as well. Yes, it doesn't take much effort, but I still get up to twice the amount of juice if I nuke for 30 seconds first.

                        1. re: Madrid

                          No, that's different from what I'm talking about, although it may be what Jjjr has. My juicer looks like some of these on eBay:

                          1. re: Cilantra

                            You just took me back to my childhood. We had one of those juicers too. And wearever pans. I wonder why they stopped making them? Not sure it's progress.

                            1. re: Cilantra

                              I love that juicer. My mother has one that she's had since before I was born, I believe (I am in my early 40s), and I always wished I could find one. Then I got a new one five or six years ago that's enameled and was sold as a 'retro' design at somewhere like Williams-Sonoma. Not $2, but also not overpriced tthe way most things there are. I'm going to try slicing the citrus en-to-end and see how it works in my juicer.

                            2. re: Madrid

                              If you went to a Mexican Market you would have spent a lot less on that hand held juicer.

                              1. re: chazzer

                                I got mine at a Value Village in Guelph, Ontario -- $2. A lot less than they're asking on eBay!