Fresh Juice Doesn’t Fall Far from the Citrus Juicer
We can probably all agree that fresh juice makes the best drinks. And since lemons, limes and oranges are so easy to find, there’s no reason not to juice them! That is, unless you don’t have a juicer.
Lucky for you, there’s a citrus juicer in our October/November CrateChef box featuring chef Hawa Hassan. This gadget is easy to use and store in a moment’s notice. While store-bought citrus is affordable and convenient, hand-squeezed juice will take freshness and flavor to the next level.
There’s nothing like homemade lemonade or orange juice, especially when you can appreciate the natural sugars that ever-so-delicately sweeten these drinks. For an adult beverage, consider juicing limes or even grapefruit for a refreshing margarita on the rocks. And don’t stop at drinks. Fresh lemon juice in hummus, pasta sauce, or lemon bars makes quite the difference.
Check out these three tips to make the juicing process even easier:3 Tips to Maximize Citrus Juice Yields
- Warm It – Allow citrus fruits to reach room temperature before juicing to increase yield. If fruit is refrigerated, take it out at least 30 minutes before using. If time is of the essence, pop fruit in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
- Roll It – Before slicing the fruit, roll it under the palm of your hand while pressing downward firmly on the countertop. The warmth of your palm and the rolling motion help break the membranes around the capsules in the fruit’s flesh that contains the juice.
- Cut It – This might be obvious when juicing citrus, simply cut the fruit in half. The one exception is when you just need a “squeeze” of juice for serving. In this case, a wedge (quartered fruit) works best.