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How to Squeeze the Most Juice from a Lemon

Time to bust out the microwave, folks
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Everyone has their own favorite trick for juicing lemons: Slice it in half and use a fork to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Or, use a reamer or citrus juicer. Maybe you roll it on the counter first. Whatever your preferred method, if you want to squeeze even more juice out of that lemon—or any citrus for that matter—here’s a simple step to try first.

Stick the lemon in the microwave for 10 to 30 seconds.

Remove the lemon, let it cool slightly, and prepare to be amazed by how much more juice you can extract from your mighty citrus.

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When cooking website The Kitchn tried this trick, they got about ¾ cup of juice from the microwaved lemon, while only getting ⅔ cup from the untouched specimen. Whether you’re making lemon curd or starting your day with some hot lemon water, the takeaway seems pretty clear: When life gives you lemons, put ‘em in the microwave.

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