We’ve talked about how to get the most juice from a citrus fruit. Here’s another take: the folks at Serious Eats suggest keeping your fruit in the fridge for maximum freshness, then a quick trip in the microwave to get the most juice out when it’s time for a freshly-squeezed cup.
We’re big fans of the microwave method, and this is a sensible twist. The combination of storing your citrus fruits in the fridge and then microwaving them strikes a balance between keeping your fruit fresh as long as possible and getting around the fact that cold citrus doesn’t give up its juice very easily. 15-20 seconds should do — you don’t want the fruit getting hot.
The tip is especially useful if you’re mixing drinks with lemons, limes or oranges — if you’re planning to eat them or juice them right away, they may not last long enough in your kitchen to be worth putting in the fridge in the first place. Oh, and the rolling-on-the-counter method? We think it works, but Serious Eats recommends against it if you’re mixing drinks, since you’ll lose valuable oils in the peels that you’ll want for later. Hit the link below for even more citrus juicing tips, including why fresh isn’t always best when it comes to citrus juice.