As a result of electrical power shortage, grocers in my homeland (Benin City) usually bottle squeezed lime juice to preserve its freshness instead of dealing with lime fruit spoilage. I chose to continue this tradition with lemons for the sake of convenience because I prefer to have fresh lemon juice in my refrigerator rather than squeezing and cutting lemons every day. Lemon juice has a pretty decent shelf life due to its acidic nature which allows it to store for up to 2 months in the refrigerator, as long as it is kept in an airtight bottle.
A Little Talk About Lemons:
Lemons are citrus fruits in the family of limes, kumquats, tangerine, and oranges. They contain a significant amount of Vitamin C which help to boost the immune system and support collagen production. From my experience, a medium size lemon produces about 1 to 1.5oz juice and contains 17 food calories which makes it both a healthy and economical fruit.
Lemon juice has numerous uses; it is used in pickling fruits and vegetables, for cooking, in making beverages, added to tea, acts as a deodorizer and lightening agent, used in cosmetics and household cleaning products and many more.
It’s Lemon Juice DIY Time
- 2 bags of lemons (16 count)
- Chop board or work surface
- A knife
- A small strainer
- A measuring Cup
- A spoon (optional)
- A bottle
Duration: 15 minutes
- Roll lemons over a work surface and massage to soften it.
- Place a small strainer over measuring cup.
- Cut a lemon and squeeze juice into strainer.
- Repeat till you’re done with the last lemon fruit.
- Pour juice into a bottle
- Refrigerate immediately.
This method may not be best or preferred by everyone, but it is for me because I like working with my hands instead of a juicer. After all, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Pun intended. 😊
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