The Fresh Test
When selecting the freshest, juiciest citrus fruit, you should rely on your hands. When comparing citrus of the same size, pick the one that feels heavier. The lighter the fruit, the longer it’s likely to have been sitting at the supermarket.
How you store your citrus determines how long it will last.
FRESH FOR 1 WEEK: Store the fruit in a cool, dark spot in your pantry.
FRESH FOR 3 WEEKS: Keep them loose in your crisper.
FRESH FOR UP TO 6 WEEKS: Place them in a ziptop bag, sprinkle with a few drops of cold water, seal and refrigerate. Keeping them moist and cool more than triples their shelf life.
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Loose the Juice
Microwaving your citrus fruit will help you extract the maximum amount of juice. Zapping a piece of citrus on high for 20 to 30 seconds until warmed can increase your juice yield by about 40 percent.
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When zesting citrus, more than twice as many of you reach for a Microplane grater than opt for a zester. Our test kitchen uses both: a zester for decorative, thin strips, and a Microplane grater for finely grated zest.