Ah, the lemon, that cheerful yellow fruit renowned for both its health benefits and its fresh, natural aroma. A versatile fruit no doubt, but what exactly are the real benefits of this little powerful fruit? Lemons can hold their own against the most super of super fruits. They are packed full of nutrients and consuming lemons can aid in digestion, boost your immune system and increase your energy levels.
Its scent can act as an insect repellant and freshen breath, and it is a great ingredient to incorporate into skincare. But, harnessing all this goodness does not come as easy as biting into an apple. When it comes to lemons, the power comes in the juice! Here are five great ways to juice a lemon.
A reamer is a simple and inexpensive tool that can be used to juice a variety of citrus fruits without a juicer. You will first need to cut your lemon in half. For all of these methods we recommend using the heel of your hand to roll the lemon across the counter a few times prior to juicing. Applying this pressure helps break down the lemon making it easier to juice.
To use a reamer hold the cut half in one hand and the reamer in the other and use a twisting motion along with pressure to until you have extracted all the juice.
You can find a wide variety of reamers, but we recommend a wooden reamer for its durability and knack for really grabbing hold of the lemon.
Although easy to use, a reamer does take a bit of elbow grease and is not recommended if you need to juice a large quantity of lemons. So we give the reamer points for simplicity, budget, and as a space saver, but its drawbacks include time and effort and a bit of mess. Do keep in mind you will also need to strain out pulp and seeds separately if needed.
Another budget and space friendly way to juice a lemon without a juicer is the citrus squeezer.
This tool works as a press. Cut your lemon in half, place it in the squeezer cut side down and do just as the name suggests, squeeze! As you squeeze the levers together the juice will come out in a relatively neat manner through the holes and leave both seeds and pulp behind. This is perfect if you want to squeeze your lemon directly into a glass for a drink or cocktail.
This method gets major credit for its ability to strain seeds and pulp and its lack of mess. Although a bit less physically demanding than the reamer, it can still become tiresome if you need a large amount of lemons juiced. This is also a one size only juicing method. If you have other citrus fruits or even extremely small or large lemons, they may require different sized squeezers.
Moving on to the more heavy duty juicing techniques! If you find yourself in the category of wanting to juice large amounts of lemons regularly, (or any other citrus conveniently) then a citrus press may be more up your alley.
A citrus press requires a commitment of counter space and it is more of an investment in the budget department, but these things will last forever! They are literally unbreakable!
To use a countertop citrus press simply cut your lemon in half, place it cut side down and using the lever, press and repeat, until you have juiced to your hearts desire! These presses are stable and designed for physical ease, making them a good way to get kids involved in the kitchen too.
If you have room in your budget (and kitchen) a citrus press if a great option owing to its ease of use and versatility.
Do note you can also go electric with this option but we recommend sticking to the hand press due to its durability.
But of course, you can juice a lemon in your juicer! If you are already the proud owner of a commercial grade juicer never fear, there is really no vegetable or fruit you can’t conquer!
However, if you are thinking about buying a high-quality juicer solely for the purpose of juicing lemons or other citrus fruits, you may want to reconsider. Cold press juicers aren’t specifically designed for soft fruits and can clog if you attempt to juice large amounts of lemons.
To peel or not to peel, that is the question. With a juicer, you have the option to juice your entire lemon. Lemon peels do contain nutrients and it is perfectly acceptable to cut a lemon into pieces and send it directly through the juicer.
The juicer option gets extra points for that, but otherwise, it is best used in tandem with other fruits and vegetables to add to a juice or to juice small quantities of lemons. They are on the pricey side so make sure you plan on getting your moneys worth!
Back to basics! If you find yourself in a pinch needing to quickly juice a lemon in a kitchen with none of the above tools listed look no further than the cutlery drawer!
For this method we recommend cutting your lemon lengthwise as opposed to on its side. You then simply take the lemon half in one hand and with the fork in the other stab the lemon while simultaneously squeezing it, moving the fork up and down until you have extracted all the juice you can.
This method get obvious points for simplicity, but just as with the reamer you will need to further strain the juice for pulp and seeds if you desire. By the way, you can check out this video for a demonstration on how this is done.
There you have it, how to juice a lemon in five different ways! Each has its merits; you simply need to decide which works best for your budget and space. The health benefits of lemons are endless, as are the possibilities of how to incorporate them into your daily life. Whether it is adding a bit of lemon juice to a glass of water, a facemask, a salad dressing, or an air freshener, get juicing!