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How Much Juice in One Lemon

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Here’s a few helpful tips to know about how to juice lemons, how much juice in one lemon and how many lemons for 1 cup juice, plus 25 lemon recipes

A silver colander filled with lemons. lemons cut in half and juiced in a glass juicer sit next to the colander. For tips and tricks on juicing lemons and how much juice in one lemon

Lemons have a delicious flavor and perky scent and they’re one of the most popular fruits of the citrus family. The juice of lemons can be added to vinaigrettes, marinades, poured over chicken and fish, added to muffin and cake batter, and so much more.

3 glass juice presses filled with lemon juice. Lemons cut in half and juiced sit next to them.

Choosing the Best Lemons

Lemons should be bright yellow without any skin wrinkling or moldy spots, and the juiciest lemons will give a little when you gently squeeze them.  

How Much Lemon Juice in One Lemon

Want to know how much juice in a lemon? Well, the answer to that question depends on the size and ripeness of the lemon. The more ripe the lemon, the more juice it will likely produce. 

  • 1 small lemon will produce about 2-3 tablespoon (or 1-1.5 fluid ounces)
  • 1 medium lemon will produce about 3-4 tablespoons (or 2 fluid ounces)
  • 1 large lemon will produce about 4-5 tablespoons (or 2.5 fluid ounces)

How Many Lemons for 1 Cup Juice?

There are 16 tablespoons in 1 cup, so you’ll either need about 8 small lemons, 5 medium lemons, or 4 large lemons to get 1 cup of lemon juice, but buy a few extra lemons to be on the safe side.

Citrus reamers filled with citrus liquid.

How to Juice Lemons

Some lemons can be tougher to juice than others, and some lemons produce more juice than others. Here are a few tips and tricks on juicing lemons to get the most juice from them to add to all your favorite lemon recipes.

  1. With a lemon sitting on a countertop, press down hard with the palm of your hand and roll the lemon back and forth a few times. This helps to break the juice away from the pulp.
  2. Cut the lemon in half lengthwise if you’re juicing by hand. It’s easier to grip when cut lengthwise.
  3. Cut the lemon in half crosswise if you’re using a juicer or a reamer.
  4. Using a fork, poke the pulp a few times to loosen up the membranes to release the most juice.
  5. Use a reamer, juicer or a pair of cooking tongs to extract as much juice from the lemon as possible.

A lemon zester with piles of lemon zest next to it

How to Store Lemons

Whole lemons can be stored at room temperature for up to a week and in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks. Lemons will be juiciest when stored at room temperature.  If you won’t be using them within a day or two, then pop them in a zip-lock plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator. You can also freeze whole lemons (blended) and you can freeze lemon slices.

How Long Does Lemon Juice Last

Fresh squeezed lemon juice stored in a container with a tight lid will last in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days. The juice can also be frozen in an ice cube tray then transferred to a zip-lock freezer bag if you want to store the juice longer.

2 silver colanders with wooden handles filled with citrus

How to Use Lemon Juice – 25 Lemon Recipes

Lemon juice is so versatile and makes such a great addition to so many recipes for not only the perky pop of flavor but for nutritional benefits as well.  If you’re looking for some new healthy lemon recipes to put your lemon juicing skills to the test, here are some of my favorites! Click the recipe name to take you to the full post.

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A silver colander filled with lemons. lemons cut in half and juiced in a glass juicer sit next to the colander. For tips and tricks on juicing lemons and how much juice in one lemon
Yield: 1 Serving

How to Juice a Lemon

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Here's a few helpful tips to know about how to juice lemons, how much juice in one lemon and how many lemons for 1 cup juice, plus 25 lemon recipes. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. With a lemon sitting on a countertop, press down hard with the palm of your hand and roll the lemon back and forth a few times. This helps to break the juice away from the pulp.
  2. Using a fork, poke the pulp a few times to loosen up the membranes to release the most juice.
  3. Cut the lemon in half lengthwise if you're juicing by hand. It's easier to grip when cut lengthwise.
  4. Cut the lemon in half crosswise if you're using a juicer or a reamer.
  5. Put the lemon cut side down on a juicer or a reamer and twist while you press down.
  6. You can also squeeze the juice by hand or use a pair of cooking tongs to grip and squeeze the lemon to extract the juice.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 24Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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