Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lemons to lemonade

We usually have fresh squeezed lemonade for our dinner meal (when I can get my #2 son to make it). I enjoy the freshness of the fresh lemons with just a little sweetness. We used to use the frozen concentrate until we eliminated the HFCS from our diet. So how do you get all of the juice from lemons or any citrus for that matter? Simple answer- the citrus will always release more of its juice when it is warm. So how do you achieve that? The best way would be to have the citrus left on the counter and allowed to stay warm or room temp. If you are not able to leave thetm on the counter and they are cold from the fridge, you have a few options.

The objective is to get them warm. You can roll them in your palm and the cutting board. You can pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Drop them in a bowl of hot water for 15 minutes before juicing. Again, after getting them warm, roll them against the counter or board and your palm to loosen the juice before you cut into the citrus. Cut in half and use either a reamer or a juicing bowl and grind that lemon for all your worth.

Added tip- BEFORE you juice that lemon, use a zester and remove as much zest as you can. Put these zests onto a paper towel and then in a zipper bag. Put in the freezer and pull out to use as needed.

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