Limes seem particularly stubborn to us, though lemons are no field day either. We've bruised our fingers plenty of times trying to get just one more teaspoon, please!
, out of these stubborn little fruits. Short of investing in a special citrus squeezing tool
, we've discovered a few tricks that help.Even if you use a wooden reamer or other citrus squeezer, some of these tips can help get even more juice:
• Stick It In the Microwave - A good 20-30 seconds on high helps the citrus juice to flow more easily, especially if you're taking it straight from the fridge. Let it sit on the counter for a minute before juicing.
• Roll It Against the Counter - Rolling helps to burst open some of the individual segments inside limes and lemons so we can get at the juice. It's like pre-juicing!
• Cut It in Quarters Along the Length - It feels natural to cut a lime or lemon in half along its equator. If you cut from stem-end to navel instead, the pieces are easier to grip and squeeze. Cutting a little off center also helps to cut through some of the section membranes.
• Use a Fork - If all else fails and you're convinced there's still juice to be had, try twisting the citrus segment around a fork. The tines will help to break open any remaining bits of pulp.
What other tricks do you have?
Related: 5 Good Uses for Your Citrus Peels
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