There is a finite amount of juice in each lemon or lime. What’s the best way to extract the maximum possible amount from the fruit? Chowhounds use a variety of techniques and equipment.

Increasing the output when using a basic manual citrus juicer can be as simple as changing the way you cut the fruit. As this video shows, slicing a lemon or lime in half from pole to pole, rather than crosswise, can make a dramatic difference. “I did this today and it worked, I’m a believer,” blue room says. “My recipe called for 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice from 2 large lemons–I used ONE with this method.” It works equally well with oranges and grapefruits, HillJ says.

Madrid cuts the fruit and microwaves it briefly, which yields “lots [of] extra juice.” And after racer x got consistently disappointing results when using a juicer, “I finally figured out that the best for limes is to shove a fork into the lime then use a twisting motion, sometimes also jabbing a little, while squeezing,” racer x says. “Depending on how large and how firm the lime is, I may work around the lime in sections. Lots of juice!”

If you squeeze lots of fruit and want to invest in a stylish-looking appliance, consider this Breville Motorized Citrus Press. “From tangerines to grapefruits, it sucks citrus bone dry,” RelishPDX says.

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