When you need lemon juice for a recipe, nothing beats fresh-squeezed, but it's always a struggle to coax a lot of juice out of the fruit. As it turns out, the secret is to cut the lemon lengthwise.
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Ian Knauer at Gourmet demonstrated this surprising trick by cutting two lemons, one lengthwise, and one the "normal" way, across its equator. He then juiced the lemons, and found that the one cut lengthwise yielded him nearly three times as much juice. For added juice, he also recommends warming the lemon up in the microwave for a few seconds if it's coming from your fridge. Once it's warm, be sure to give it a firm roll on the counter too before you cut. Lemons cut the "wrong" way might work a little better with a handheld reamer, but if you're using a citrus juicer, or just squeezing by hand, there aren't any downsides to cutting lengthwise. Click through the source link to check out the video.