Getting More Juice Out of Citrus: Did You Know?

13 Jul

When juicing grapefruit, lemons, limes or oranges by hand, it can be a little tricky squeezing out all the juice, as a little elbow grease can only get you so far. So what can you do to get extra juice out of your citrus fruits? Microwave them for 15-20 seconds, or just until warm. Microwaving heats the cellulose and pectin contained in a fruit’s cavities, which weakens their hold on the actual juice. Furthermore, the natural sugars contained in fruit juice have a lowered viscosity when heated, allowing it to flow more freely.

Based on personal experience, I have been able to get up to an additional tablespoon juice out of a whole lemon after microwaving. Results, however, vary depending on the size and type of fruit you are juicing.

2 Responses to “Getting More Juice Out of Citrus: Did You Know?”

  1. John Wheeler July 16, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    Thanks for this information. This is really an idea when juicing a for lemonade. Surely I can get vitamins in doing this in times when I’m having colds. Keep giving information. Thanks

    • megmeister July 16, 2014 at 8:34 am #

      My pleasure, John! I’ve read that most of the vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables are in their juice, so you are right!

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