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Get the Most Out of Your Citrus

Alright, you've got that recipe that calls for a 1/3 of a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice, but you've only gotten one orange. Are you going to make it? Maybe, but you might be cutting it close (3-4 medium sized oranges will get you about a cup of orange juice). So how are you going to get the most out of your citrus? There are two things you need to do, to make sure you get every last drop.

  • Warm it up. Room temperature citrus will yield more juice than those that are cold. You can even microwave it for 10-15 seconds (just don't go overboard, you can end up boiling the juice). If you don't have a microwave, try putting the citrus in a bowl of warm water to warm it up.
  • Beat it up. Well, not really, but do roll them under your palm on a kitchen counter first. This will get the juices flowing, resulting in a higher juice yield.

And if you need only a few drops of juice, poke it with a toothpick and squeeze out what you need. Put the toothpick back in as a plug before storing.

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My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
I always drink room temp. drinks, when I was a kid, some old lady told me it's better for my system and if it were ice cold it shocks the system. Don't know if that's true, but now I actually enjoy room temp. water and soda.
yayita yayita 10 years
in spain they drink things at room temperature, they believe its healthier
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
Rachel has taught me everything i know(its not a lot but more thani knew before)
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
I learned the rolling certain fruits and tomatoes from Rachel. yummy, I could live on fruit and veggies.....well and chicken.
Moni-B Moni-B 10 years
I always roll my lemon/ lime before I cut it up and squeeze it. I can't remember if I learned that from Emeril or Alton. :-) ~M~
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