Kitchen Myths

Facts and fiction about food and cooking, by Peter Aitken

Just-squeezed lemon and lime juice taste the best

I used to think so until I read that experienced bartenders like to let the juice sit for 3-4 hours after squeezing for best flavor. A test by Cooks Illustrated verified that letting the freshly squeezed juice sit, covered, in the fridge for 4 hours (but not much longer) gave a “more mellow yet complex flavor.” Doesn’t work with other citrus juices, however. In fact, orange juice is best squeezed just before serving for best flavor because sitting for even a few hours can permit the formation of limonin, a harmless but bitter-tasting compound.

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One response to “Just-squeezed lemon and lime juice taste the best

  1. Cheap Juicer February 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I should try squeezing lemon and lime too.

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