I recently did some recipes with lime, and I thought I should share my tips on How to extract the most Juice from a Lime without a juicer. If like me you don’t have a juicer at home and you want to squeeze a lemon, my technique is really simple. I am using a fork.
1. Roll the lime on a hard surface
I usually roll the lime between my hand on the benchtop but if there are really hard I am using my feet on the floor. I know what you think right now. Yuck! But I am obviously not doing that after a 30 minutes run or if I am going to use the zest of the lime.
2. Cut crosswise
The membrane inside the fruits will be harder to break if you cut the lime crosswise but you will get more juice. If the membrane is too hard to cut through them with a knife.
3. Use a fork
That is the trick! Using a fork as a reamer. Pick the fork onto the half lemon. Hold firmly in one hand, squeeze and turn the fork at the same time. The juice will easily come through. You see, no need to buy a reamer or a juicer! We all have forks in our kitchen.
How to Squeeze a Lemon (or a lime) without a Juicer
- Roll the unopened lemon on a hard surface
Put the lime or lemon on the floor or on your benchtop.
Roll it by pressing hard with your foot or hand. Not so to make it burst, but enough to make the tiny juice sacs inside pop.
- Slice the lemon
Slice your lemon or lime crosswise. Slicing lengthwise is easier, but you will have a hard time scraping for juice.
A crosswise cut actually reveals the juice sacs in the lemon.
- Juice with a fork
Insert a fork inside the lemon.
Then compress the lemon with your other hand and shuffle the fork.
As juice comes out, it will get easier and easier.
- Filter the Juice optional)
If you have seeds or many juice sacs in the lemon juice, use a sieve to filter it.
Lemon and Lime-based recipes
If you like lime and lemon, you’ll love these recipes!
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