If you’ve done a lot of recipes, you’ll know that some require for the juice of one lemon. But how much is one lemon anyway? You need to know this simple fact so you can decide how many lemons you need to buy for any given recipe or how much bottled lemon juice you need to substitute for one lemon.
I got hooked on this subject when I overheard a group of friends debating about it. If you’re curious to know the answer, keep reading below.
Here’s Your Answer
The general rule is one standard-sized lemon will yield three tablespoons of juice. So if your recipe calls for a juice of one lemon, you can substitute it with three tablespoons of bottled juice. If the recipe you are making is calling for six tablespoons of lemon juice, then you can buy two lemons in supermarkets.
Now, there are variations of sizes, and there will be differences depending on what type of extraction you need. Unless you’re making a looser recipe for a salad dressing, a good recipe should specify the exact quantity of lemons needed.
Nutrition And Health Benefits
Lemons taste acidic but they’re actually alkaline-forming in the body. This makes them perfect for restoring the normal pH level of your system. Through their high content of vitamin C and flavonoids, your immune system becomes stronger to fight infections, such as colds and flu.
A 2008 study discovers the antibacterial activity of lemons to annihilate bacteria that can cause certain diseases, like malaria, typhoid, and cholera. The limonoids compounds found in lemons have also shown to aid in your fight against cancer. The vitamin P in lemon is helpful in treating high blood pressure.
Selecting And Storing Lemons
When buying in supermarkets, select thin-skinned lemons with finely-grained texture peels. The lemon should feel heavy for its size, fully yellow in color, and shows no signs of over maturity. Old lemons tend to be dull, mushy, and wrinkled.
Lemons will remain fresh at room temperature for about a week. Store them away from sunlight, in a cool place. You can also refrigerate your lemons longer in the refrigerator crisper for about a month.
For freshly squeezed lemon juice, you can freeze them in ice cube trays. After that, you can transfer the cubes to a freezer bag. One cube is equivalent to one tablespoon of juice.
Extracting Juice From Lemons
To prepare your cold lemons for juicing, let them sit at room temperature or if you’re in a pinch, drop them in a bowl of warm water for a couple of minutes. You can also extract more juice by rolling the lemon under your hand on a table.
Before you slice the lemon in half, wash the skin under running water so you don’t impart any bacteria to your juice. You can either use a fork to squeeze the lemon manually or use a citrus juicer, like this hand-held press or the reamer.
Option 1: Using A Fork
With a bowl underneath, hold half of the lemon and stab it with a fork. While your other hand is squeezing the lemon, the other hand should run the fork up and down. This method allows you squeeze all the juice from the lemon’s membrane.
Watch how to juice a lemon using a fork in this video.
Option 2: Using A Citrus Juicer
There are two types of citrus juicer that you use: hand-held press and the reamer. If you’re using a hand-held press, cut the pointy end of the lemon to get a good juicer with the cut side down., load the lemon into the
Over the bowl, squeeze the handles of the juicer with all your might. After there is no more juice pouring down the device, that’s the time to unload the lemon pulp and load it with the other half of the lemon as necessary.
If you’re using a reamer, slowly roll the lemon into the unit. Give the lemon a spin to extract as much juice as you can. The beauty of this equipment is it already comes with a built-in bowl so you just need to remove the top lid off to use the juice in the bowl.
How much juice is in one lemon? Remember the standard rule: one lemon is equal to three tablespoons of lemon juice. When buying for the best lemons, look for ones that are heavy, fully yellow in color, and have finely grained textured peels. To juice lemons, use whatever’s comfortable for you: fork, hand-held lemon press, or reamer.
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