There are all kinds of tips and tricks for juicing citrus by hand, like using a fork, press, or reamer. But if you want to really get a good squeeze, you should try microwaving your lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits first. “Microwaving softens the fibrous membranes in the citrus, making it easier to release the liquid from them,” says Jones. You only need to zap it for 10 to 15 seconds, FYI.
No microwave? No problem. “Rolling citrus on a hard surface with your hand can accomplish this, too,” says Jones.
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