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Old 04-09-2019, 12:42 PM   #1
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When Life Gives You Organic Lemons...

...you make limoncello.

SO and a girlfriend decided to make limoncello last weekend. They started the process with 14 small organic lemons that she zested for the brew. Now we're left with 14 small lemons that are zestless and in some cases pithless too.

Here is a photo of what I have to deal with. That's a 7" plate and the lemons are no more than 1.5" tall.

My question is, what's the best way to juice them?

I have a manual juicer but I don't see them working well there. I also have a food processor but then the pith gets incorporated unless I peel them all before I pulverize them.

Any thoughts?
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:54 PM   #2
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Wrap them in cheese cloth and wring out the juice?
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Old 04-09-2019, 01:54 PM   #3
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Run them through a food processor, put a coffee filter in a small strainer, suspend it over a bowl and filter out the pith. I've done this with regular yogurt to make a thicker version for tzatziki. It took a few hours for the yogurt to drain, but it worked out rather well. I'll guess it will work well with your lemons.
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Run them through a food processor, put a coffee filter in a small strainer, suspend it over a bowl and filter out the pith. I've done this with regular yogurt to make a thicker version for tzatziki. It took a few hours for the yogurt to drain, but it worked out rather well. I'll guess it will work well with your lemons.
Thanks, tensed. I thought of this and am concerned that the pith will get "processed" along with the rest of the lemon and its bitterness will get into the juice.
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Old 04-09-2019, 02:50 PM   #5
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Do you have a ricer? I would use my Mom's old potato ricer if I had those lemon lumps - assuming Mom's ricer wasn't among the latest box of purged items taken to the thrift shop.
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Do you have a ricer? I would use my Mom's old potato ricer if I had those lemon lumps - assuming Mom's ricer wasn't among the latest box of purged items taken to the thrift shop.
Sounds like a good idea.

I was thinking something that uses pressure to squeeze out the juice and then strain it. Maybe two bowls - Lemons in one bowl, the second bowl on top and then press down hard.
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I was thinking something that uses pressure to squeeze out the juice and then strain it. Maybe two bowls - Lemons in one bowl, the second bowl on top and then press down hard.
I had the same thought - maybe a glass or canning jar pressed down on a lemon in a bowl.
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Old 04-09-2019, 05:35 PM   #8
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How about throwing them in a blender for this lemon pie?
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Old 04-09-2019, 05:48 PM   #9
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We have a lemon tree so we're constantly dumping leftover portions of lemons as deodorizers in the garbage disposal.
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Do you have a hand lemon/lime squeezer? That's what I would use.

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