Lemons are a common kitchen staple with an acidic and sour taste, mostly used for their juice. You do not need culinary knife skills to cut a lemon. With this step-by-step guide, you can easily cut your lemons into different shapes for your recipes.
They add flavors to your drinks, whether you are having lemonades, cocktails, mocktails, or tequilas. You can also use them in salads, desserts, and other savory recipes. They are also used for garnishing your dishes, either cut them into wedges or slices or just cut them in half.
Cutting a lemon properly is an easy task to learn and also essential. Lemon juice in lemon is not the only thing to be used, you can also use its peel as a zest or dry them to use for your teas and also for skin glow.
Benefits of Lemons
Lemons are full of beneficial compounds, high in Vitamin C, fiber, and other nutrients. It helps in weight loss, supports heart issues, removes kidney stones, and is beneficial for digestive problems.
Lemon peels can be used as zest in recipes like yogurt, jelly, eggs, pancakes, and baked goods. It peels either in fresh form or dry form, You can use it in your teas for your digestion, and also for your glowing skin. The squeezed lemons can be used as cleaning and bleaching agents.
How to cut lemon
Wash the lemons thoroughly with lukewarm water.
If they are stored in the refrigerator then bring them to room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
Roll the lemons on the countertop to make their inner and outer membrane a little soft. Do not put a lot of pressure, otherwise, it will burst and split juice all over your kitchen counter. (Use this method only if you want to squeeze the juice out of the fruit)
Place the lemons on a cutting board carefully and cut the lemon tail and top.
Now place the flat surface on the cutting board and cut the lemon into half from the center vertically.
Removes its seeds and also its pith present in the center of the fruit, the white chewy part.
Now you can cut the lemon easily either into slices, or wedges, or just squeeze them for extracting lemon juice.
How to Cut a Lemon into Slices
For sliced lemon, place the half piece on the cutting board without putting pressure and slice it into a wheels-like shape. Whether, a thick or thin slice of lemon, you can cut it with a sharp knife easily.
These slice lemons can be used for garnishing your drinks and also you can use them in grilling, roasting, and also in baking. They give a citrusy sour flavor to your recipes.
How to Cut Lemon into Wedges
After cutting the lemon top and tail, for lemon wedges, cut the lemon into half from the top lengthwise.
Then cut each half into another half lengthwise to get the four wedges slices from each lemon.
Remove the white and chewy layer attach to the center of the lemon from each wedge with a sharp knife.
If you want thin wedges then you can cut each quarter into further slices to get the 8 wedges from each lemon.
How to Cut a Lemon for Garnish
If you are cutting lemon wedges for garnishing, you have to cut the lemon in a wheel shape from the center vertically. Each lemon will give 1-2 wheels, depending on how thick or thin the slice you need. The slice you have cut from the top and tail forget the perfect wheel shape slices can be used as wedges.
Cut each wheel nearly in half on the cutting board by avoiding the rind and peeling off another side. With the help of the knife tip, cut the lemon inside the parameter and chop down the lemon pulp without damaging it from the hard outer layer.
You can use the inner pulp to decorate the glass edge for lemonades or cocktails. The outer peel extracted from the wheel can also be used for garnishing as a spiral to hook on the glass rim.
How to Slice Lemon for Water
For water, you need thin wheel slices to get infused in water. Discard the top and bottom of the lemon and then slice it with your sharp knife in thin slices carefully. Pluck the seeds out of each lemon slice with the tip of your knife. You can use lemon slices with the skin to get the maximum benefits and flavor.
You can also use thin lemon wedges to infuse in water or also cut each wedge into half diagonally into small chunks. If you want lemon juice, just roll it on the countertop 4-5 times with a little pressure, and cut it into half vertically, squeeze it into your drink.
How to cut a Lemon for tea?
For tea, you can use lemon wedges, by discarding the top and bottom of the lemon. Remove the pith and seeds from the fruit, you can use the peel along with the pieces.
You can also use lemons cut in a thin or thick wheel shape. Alternatively, you can use fresh lemon juice in your teas to get a citrusy flavor.
How to cut a Lemon to get the most juice?
To get the most juice out of your lemon, roll the whole unpeeled lemon on the countertop four 4-to 5 times by putting a little pressure on your palm. It will break the membrane and you can easily extract the juice from the lemons.
How to cut a Lemon for tequila shots?
For tequila shots use lemon wedges and cut the top and bottom of the lemon. Then slice the lemon lengthwise into 4 pieces. With these wedges, you can easily bite and suck the sour taste to enhance the tequila shots.
Lemons can last for 4-5 days on the countertop at room temperature.
To store whole lemons pack them in a sealed or airtight bag and put them in a crisper drawer for up to a month.
Lemons cut in wedges or slices can be stored in a sealed or airtight bag in a crisper drawer for 4-5 days.
You can also store lemon juice in the freezer. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and freeze it in an ice tray to give it a cube shape or you can also store it in an airtight container.
How to Cut a Lemon
- sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Wash the lemons thoroughly with lukewarm water. Roll the lemons on the countertop to make their inner and outer membrane a little soft.
- Place the lemons on a cutting board carefully and cut the lemon tail and top.Now place the flat surface on the cutting board and cut the lemon into half from the center vertically.Removes its seeds and also its pith present in the center of the fruit, the white chewy part.Now you can cut the lemon easily either into slices, or wedges, or just squeeze them for extracting lemon juice.
- If they are stored in the refrigerator then bring them to room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
- Do not put a lot of pressure, otherwise, it will burst and split juice all over your kitchen counter. (Use this method only if you want to squeeze the juice out of the fruit).
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