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Cooking Ingredients: Lemon Juice in Cooking

Updated on January 2, 2012

Lemon juice is a fluid obtained from the fleshy interior of the lemon fruits by squeezing which is usually done with a lemon squeezer. Lime juice can also be squeezed directly from the lemons by hand. Lime juice is usually about 30% of weight of one lime.

Characteristics of Lemon Fruit Juice

The sour taste of lemon comes from citric acid in a concentration of 5% to 6%, which is also found in other fruit juices like orange. It is said that lemons stored at room temperatures provide more juice than those stored in refrigerators. If you have obtained juice from one half of a lemon, the other half should be stored "upside down" on a clean plate to better preserve its juices.

Use of Lemon Fruit Juice in Cooking and Culinary

Lime juice is a famous cooking ingredient and is used frequently in the kitchen to give a sour taste to food preparation. Lime juice is also used to marinate meat before being cooked: The acid provided by the lime makes the meat tender and thereby softens the meat, an example is the lemon chicken recipe. Lime juice is also used on salads as a creative substitute for vinegar. Certain baked foods like pies, cakes, etc. are also prepared by addition of lemon juice. Lime juice is typically used in baking to correct too sweet flavors.

Six half lemons pic
Six half lemons pic

Lemon juice combined with water and sugar forms lemonade, which is used in making cocktails like tequila, rum, vodka, etc. and many types of fruit mocktails too. Lemon juice is also taken with tequila and some salt. Lemon juice is also used in some seafood and fried fish recipe.

Lemon juice is also used to prevent certain foods from getting stale. Expert chefs sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice on peeled apples, bananas and vegetables to prevent them from acid oxidation.

Medicinal Use of Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C. Lemon juice as an astringent combats scurvy, which occurs due to lack of Vitamin C. Lemon juice quenches thirst and it is the reason why ancient people used to add a bit of the juice into a pitcher of water. Lemon juice also relieves sore throat.

Lemon juice as a substitute for vinegar in kitchen

Lemon juice is used in the kitchen as a substitute for vinegar and it is recommended, especially for people suffering from gastritis, dyspepsia (slow digestion), esophagitis, heartburn, and hiatal hernia.


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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      So you are still having the memories of lemon tree from your childhood. Great. I have also got many memories of plants and trees grown in my old house in Delhi.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Oh, I just love lemon juice. I really miss our lemon tree when I was growing up. Great hub

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your comments dahoglund, Veronica, thevoice, Greaflife, and ocbill. I agree with your opinions.

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I love the flavor it gives and takes odors out of strong meat. You meant Lime or Lemon in the 3rd paragraph Cooking/Culinary? Great info.

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      Greatlife 7 years ago

      Using lemon in cooking can help detoxify the body as well. It is one fruit that enhances your dish with its unique tangy taste. Rated it up.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific beautiful culinary hub read thanks sorry was sick

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love using lemon juice while cooking. It gives the dishes a nice tangy taste.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I've always bought lemon juice that comes in a bottle. I like lemon on fish. We occasionally make lemonade.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes lemon juice is better than vinegar friend. I don't like vinegar. Also, lemon juice is used most of the time in cooking Indian recipes to make them sour and tasty.

    • profile image 7 years ago

      I'd use lemon juice as a substitute for vinegar every time!