How to Juice a Lemon

I love cooking with fresh ingredients, and one of my favorites is fresh squeezed lemon juice. There is little you could do to convince me to purchase lemon juice at the store. The thought of acidic lemon juice swimming around in (and eating away at) a plastic bottle does not make me do a happy dance. But then again, I’m not a fan of plastic. I’ve been using glass since I set up house with my husband in the 1990’s. Back then people used to walk into my kitchen and ask, “what are all those jars for?!”

For more on my preference for glass, and disdain of plastic, check out my collection of mason jars to the left (they have their own special cabinet in my kitchen) and read my Why Glass post.

Fresh lemon juice is fantastic because it is both more flavorful and more nutritious than store bought lemon juice. Lemon juice is full of vitamin C, most of us know that. Did you know that lemon juice is also very alkaline and can help to balance your pH and prevent kidney stones? Lemon juice is also a great remedy for a sore throat –usually I drink my lemon juice in hot water when I have a tickle in my throat or feel a sniffle creeping up on me.

Lemons are full of potassium and a great source of thiamin, riboflavin, iron, and magnesium. Further, lemons are a great addition to a low-carb diet. They provide a burst of fruit flavor without sugar or much carbohydrate load.

So, wondering how to juice a lemon? My favorite way is with the hand-held juicing tool above. First, I roll the lemons against the counter to soften them up, then I cut them in half, and cut the ends off of each lemon. Next, I place half of the lemon in the juicing tool and squeeze it as hard as I can. I find I get a great yield from my lemons when I follow these steps. The lemon juice that I squeeze usually lasts around 5 days or so in the refrigerator. It keeps its flavor well, probably because it is so acidic. When it does start to turn the juice will take on an unpleasant, bitter flavor.

How to Juice a Lemon

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  • 6 lemons


  • Roll each lemon against the counter, pressing down with the palm of your hand
  • Cut lemons in half, then cut off both ends
  • Place half of a lemon at a time in the lemon juicer and squeeze
  • Refrigerate lemon juice in a glass pint mason jar
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On Sundays, when I do my batch cooking for the week, I squeeze half a dozen lemons and store the freshly squeezed lemon juice in the refrigerator, so that I have it on hand for cooking. Sometimes, I like to add a tablespoon or so of lemon juice to a glass of water, along with a couple of drops of stevia, for an instant homemade lemonade. When I Start the Day with Hot Water and Lemon, I spare my fresh squeezed lemon juice and use a freshly chopped slice in a mug of boiling water. I’ve been doing that for years, and love it.

What’s your favorite way to juice a lemon? Leave a comment and let us know if you have any tips and tricks to make the process even easier!


33 responses to “How to Juice a Lemon”

  1. I freeze fresh lemon or lime juice in an ice cube tray and when frozne, put them in a glass container. It tastes freshly squeezed when defrosted

  2. In answer to Susan’s statement about door knobs, I have the same problem. I changed out my front door knob from round one to a handle type. So much better. Also changed the handles on the Lavatory and tub to handle type. Hope this helps.

  3. Does anyone else have arthritis in their hands? I cannot use this type of lemon squeezer (can’t even open a door knob). Any advise at a low cost to squeeze lemons?

    • Susan, thanks for your comment! I’ve found this amazing Glucosamine MSM Arnica Cream is incredible for aches and pains. I rub it on my feet every night before I go to bed:

      I hope you’ll keep me posted on how you’re doing!

      • Elana, is the cream you use called Penetrex? The link didn’t go directly to what you use so in checking out the listings on Amazon Penetrex seemed to fit your description? Thanks.

  4. I always keep a jar of fresh squeezed lemon juice in my refrigerator too – I use it for so many things (including your Lemon Rosemary Chicken recipe).
    I juice my lemons with the “juicer” attachment on my Cuisinart food processor. I probably wouldn’t go out & buy the attachment separately, but it came with the processor when I bought it some 20 years ago. But it juices SO FAST & without the pressure on your wrists/hands. I’ll buy a bag of lemons & juice enough to last a week @ a time.

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