The rules of Lemon Juice
Although it is not recommended for the best results, frozen lemon juice is okay- BUT only if you have squeezed the lemons yourself. In fact, this could be ideal- if you are aiming to create ice cubes out of pure lemon juice. Furthermore, this is also a unique way to consume your lemon juice throughout the day. You may get creative and add water to your lemon juice cubes and allowing them to slowly melt for a refreshing treat or place a stick in them and treat them as a Popsicle.
What you do not want to buy is: commercially processed lemon juice, processed frozen lemon juice, or store bought lemonade. Many of the greatest benefits of lemon juice are found in the pulp (pectin), and solids (limonene and the aromatic oil that is found in much higher concentration in the lemon’s zest).
All of these lemon products contain ingredients that are not optimal for what we are trying to accomplish. In addition, when lemon is processed, frozen, and commercially stored it loses the important elements that make lemon effective for human health.
The companies that make lemon juice want you to have a clear-looking juice product, and that’s fine if you are basing your choice on mere appearance. All the solids that make real lemon cloudy, however, are where the essence of nutrients are possessed
Squeezing and Extracting Juice
How do you extract juice from lemons? It is always best to squeeze lemons when they have adapted or have been stored at room temperature. Lemons you store in the refrigerator will not release their juice completely until the flesh of the lemon has had a chance to warm up.
When you want to extract the juice out of the lemon, place it on a hard surface, such as a kitchen counter. Then, use the palm of your hand to roll it backwards and forwards three or four times as you exert enough pressure to squeeze the lemon, but not so much pressure as to break its skin.
Once you have rolled the lemon per se, you may proceed to cut it in half. If you are using Eureka or Meyer lemons, you will want to squeeze the halves over a colander or sieve to catch the seeds. Squeezing lemons by hand over a bowl will not keep their seeds out of the juice, and even if you are considering the 24-hour quick detoxification, every kitchen can use a lemon juicer that is equipped to break all the sacs of the lemon to release the juice, and catch the seeds.
Fact: The average lemon yields 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
If you are determined to squeeze the absolute maximum amount of juice from your lemons:
- You squeeze out all the lemon juice you can get!
- Then rinse them with water and place the halves back in the refrigerator.
- Allow them to stand in the refrigerator for a couple of hours
- Then bring them back out to warm up to room temperature.
- Once the lemons are warm, squeeze one more time for even more juice!
One simple technique I discovered (especially when traveling):
Is to hand- squeeze the lemon and extract it by using a spoon to scoop it out. You will find that in utilizing this technique that the juice extracts pretty easily. This technique also enables you to scrape and scathe bits and pieces of the flesh or pulp which are also essential in successful in detox- but only if by preference and choice.
Apart from the flesh you’ll also be scooping the seeds (unless it’s a seedless lemon); however, lemon seeds tend to sink to the bottom of a glass once the water is added to the juice. If scooping the seeds appear cumbersome to you, you can always choose to spit them out as you drink your lemon and they inconveniently slip in your mouth.