How Many Lemons Should I Be Using?

The range of servings is from 6-18 glasses (and up), with the recommended average being 10 glasses or servings of a standard water glass (8oz). We know that each serving has 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in it, but what we often don't know as it's a variable is the size of the lemons, or the amount of juice we can get out of each one.


There are small lemons, true. And huge ones too. But the average lemon, is average because they are easiest to find. So let's assume the average, which happens to give about 2 tablespoons of juice per lemon. If it gives more or less, what I do is take the drink at the size the good lord gives me. I'll just match the maple syrup amount to the lemon juice amount. So if I get 1.8 tablespoons (by scientific eyeball method), I'll add the same amount of maple syrup. If it's 2.4, it's a super sized serving for me today.

I will keep an eye on if most drinks are larger, and pushing me to take more lemonade than I planned for, but really the difference is insignificant. I mean, maybe I end up with 9 servings 1 day and 11 the next. It matters not!

So assume 10 lemons per day.

10 Days.

100 lemons.

Math over.

Answer complete.


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One Response to How Many Lemons Should I Be Using?

  1. Christina July 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    6 lemons per day! yikes, those must be really good lemons!

    So, with the lemons where I come from, 1 lemon hand squeezed makes about 2 table spoons a lost exactly of lemon juice. That is the measurement of lemon juice for one glass, so if I drink 10 glasses in a day, I use ten lemons!

    Likewise with the maple syrup, realize that the 2 tablespoons is equivalent to an ounce. So if I need two table spoons, or 1 oz, per glass, that is ten ounces. So if I buy a 12 oz bottle of maple syrup, I might use that in one day if I drink 12 glasses of lemonade.
    So, you imagine, it can actually be an expensive cleanse, where if you are drinking say 12 glasses a day, for me, that is 12 lemons(which is about 2 pounds) and one bottle of maple syrup a day.

    At Trader Joes, the sell 1 lb of organic lemons for 1.99 right now, so I am spending about $12-$15 a day on this. However, I am not buying any food, pretty cool seeing my fridge empty!!!), so the cost evens out.
    I this was helpful and maybe a bit more realistic way to estimate.

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