Real, fresh lemon juice makes all the difference in the world with a recipe. It livens the flavors of salads, sauces, roasted chickens and other foods in ways that bottled lemon juice can't. But lemons can be expensive, especially out of season. Here's a few tips for making the most of your lemons and even your limes:
- Roll the lemons between your palm and the counter to release more juice from the cells.
- Microwave a lemon on high for 20 seconds to extract more juice.
- Use a lemon reamer, a wooden pointed tool that presses out the juice quickly and effortlessly.
- Freeze lemons for use throughout the year. When the price is low, buy a bag of lemons and toss them whole in the freezer. Thaw them in the microwave before juicing.
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