Better Juice

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Part I:  According to the Gourmet Magazine test kitchen, you can get more juice from a lemon or a lime if you halve the lemon pole to pole, rather than through its diameter.  It seems so counterintuitive since the notches on the juicer correspond to the segments of the fruit, a design intended to get into the nooks and crannies.  I don’t know what it is, but when I tried it, there was twice as much juice this new and improved way.

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Part II:  With a hand held squeezer which functions like a clamp, which way do you place the bisected lemon half?  Face up so that the dome bears down on the soft fruit?  Or face down, so that the dome turns the half inside out to get out all the juice.  When I tried both, it was pretty much a tie, the inside out way is just a little more fun.

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