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If you have your own lemon tree or just enjoy the flavor of lemons and like to cook at home, you may find yourself needing to strain lemon juice. Lemon seeds, also known as pips, are unwelcome in most recipes calling for lemon juice. The pulp that naturally appears in freshly squeezed lemon juice might not harm some recipes. If you are making one that calls for pulp-free juice or if you just prefer not to have pulp in your lemonade, however, you can easily strain lemon juice at home to remove the pulp along with any stray seeds.

Place a strainer on top of your bowl, mug or other container so that anything that goes through the strainer will enter the container.

Pour the lemon juice slowly through the strainer, checking the bottom to make sure it is entering the container beneath the strainer. Do not pour too quickly or the lemon juice might splash up onto the sides of the strainer and miss the container below.

Gently shake the strainer to shift the matter left inside. This will allow any remaining juice to trickle through the pulp and seeds in the strainer and find its way into your container.


Choose a strainer that has appropriately sized holes to allow what you want through and to hold on to what you don’t want. For example, choose a strainer with larger holes if you only want to catch and remove the lemon seeds but don’t mind the pulp. If you want to keep all of the pulp and seeds out of the juice, however, choose a very fine strainer with small holes.

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Morgan O'Connor

Morgan O'Connor has been writing professionally since 2005. Her experience includes articles on various aspects of the health-insurance industry for health-care newsletters distributed to hospitals as well as articles on both international and domestic travel.