The Absolute Easiest Way To Juice A Lot Of Citrus Quickly

Citrus is a beautiful thing. It's versatile and can be used for cooking, baking, or making drinks. Whether it's lemons, limes, oranges, or any of their cousins, there are so many tasty ways to use citrus. According to the BBC, the very first DNA record of a citrus tree can be traced back to the Himalayas about eight million years ago. So life has been giving us lemons for a long time.

Juice it, zest it, or slice it ... citrus' uses are multi-faceted, and each use imparts its own bright, zippy flavor, with a healthy dose of vitamins A, C, and B6 (per Healthline).

As the saying goes, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade," but when it comes to juicing citrus in large quantities, the process can be cumbersome. There are many methods for juicing citrus. There are commercial juicers, hand juicers, and the fork trick. You can even use the microwave to help out. But when a recipe calls for a large amount of citrus like these refreshing lemonade recipes, there is a celebrity chef trick that can help.

The food processor is your friend

Celebrity chef Kelsey Barnard Clark says that when she's cooking with a lot of citrus fruits, she turns to the food processor to help, as per People. Clark advises simply cutting off the peel and pureeing the entire fruit in the food processor or blender.

Once puréed, use a fine mesh strainer to remove any pulp and seeds as these can affect digestion (per Lifting the Veil,) and then store in the fridge for two to three days (per Lucky Belly).

It should be noted that because citrus peels can be dense, it's important to use a sharp knife when cutting off the peel. According to Chef Steps, a sharp knife expedites food prep but also keeps your fingers safe. A dull knife can slip and cut you, while a sharp knife will safely cut into the citrus peel. So next time you're making a large batch of margaritas, or a couple gallons of fresh lemonade for the school fair, get out the food processor before you reach for the juicer.