How to Efficiently Peel A Lemon

The following procedure developed from my experiences in making what I call Lemonade-X, the lemonade created for my journey into the Master Cleanse. Here’s how I turn a lemon into lemon juice using a blender:

  1. Wash your hands! ❗
  2. Rinse the lemon over cold water
  3. Cut lemon in half along what would be the equator if it were a planet
  4. Juice the lemon over a cup (squeeze hard!)
  5. Set the Lemon aside on a clean surface for a moment
  6. Remove the seeds by straining the liquid into a blender
  7. With your thumb, carefully separate the lemon’s inner lining from the peel (as you do this, be careful to remove any seeds you find)
  8. Tear the inner lemon away from the inner peal
  9. Some lemons may not be perfect so examine the pulp for any discoloration spots in the pulp
  10. Cut any suspicious parts out
  11. Place the chunk of lemon pulp in the blender
  12. Repeat for each lemon

This method uses every last bit of the lemon’s pulp. Some lemons will be difficult to separate the peel from the inner lining. For those you will need to tear the peel and scrape as much pulp off as possible. Preferably, a juicer would be used to juice these difficult types of lemons. In any case, it’s in your best interest to preserve the pulp. The pulp is important as it contains chemical compounds, such as fiber, which are helpful to the process. Indeed Burroughs states:

For many years I have been telling my students that we always need the whole product instead of the various separated units such as carrot juice, vegetable juices, etc. We throw away the pulp-fiber and take only the juice. There are many needed properties in the fiber also to assist in properly handling the juices. Is it not feasible that the lack of them can cause deficiencies or imbalance? We know from excellent results that carrot juice, celery juice and other vegetable juices are excellent but how much better can they be if left intact and taken as is. Can we possibly get as much good and complete nutrition from drinking a dozen carrots without the fiber as we can from properly chewing the whole carrot and eating fewer carrots? ~ The Master Cleanse p.20

In fact, many people have noticed that it’s not usually possible to get 2 tablespoons out of half of a lemon as Burroughs states. However, Burroughs expects one to buy largish lemons, which I was lucky to find at my local grocer, and to use the pulp. Without using enough of the pulp or none at all, there is little chance to reach 2 tablespoons. With the pulp (in addition to the juice), one can reach 2 tablespoons easily.

Once the lemon juice and pulp are in the blender, add 2 cups of water and blend for about 30 seconds. The water will greatly aid the blender in chopping up the pulp. Then add the rest of the Lemonade-X ingredients, subtracting 2 cups of water now, of course.

3 bits on How to Efficiently Peel A Lemon

  1. Thank you for the excellent method of saving and using the precious pulp. I drink a lot of lemon water and I always hated to see all that pulp go to waste. And true, you actually get much more lemon for your money….but, I will just settle for getting more nutrients. Appreciate it. Fred

  2. Great tips! More nutrient less waste! Cold lemon juice is really a refreshing drink this summer! 🙂