Is The Juice Really Worth the Squeeze?
Are Your Efforts Giving You the Results You Want?
Did your parents or grandparents have one of these metal mechanical juicers in their kitchen? Mine did. I still have the one my mother often used; I am sure that it originally belonged to her mother.
I just remember my mother using her juice squeezer to get juice for cooking and baking, especially her delicious lemon meringue pie. (She also made the meringue from scratch with egg yolks and sugar.)
When serving orange juice to her family of six for breakfast, however, Mom served store-bought orange juice, and we were only allowed to drink one small glass each. Bottled orange juice was very expensive.
When you think about how much effort and how many oranges or lemons are needed to get about one 8-ounce glass of juice, you drink it slowly because you can imagine how much work went into getting a relatively small amount of juice, and the taste was definitely worth the work.
You can apply the same paradigm to all of your efforts, personal and professional. When you are working to achieve a particular goal, whether it is to finally clean out the garage or to finally close that big sale, how much work will be involved? Will your efforts be worth the results you will achieve?
How Much Juice Is in Citrus Fruits?
Whether you are juicing fresh citrus fruits for drinking or for cooking, it is often disconcerting to find out how many fruits you will need. It is no wonder that fresh fruit juice at the store costs so much!
The amount of juice in one citrus fruit will depend on the fruit itself, but there are some tactics you can use to get the most juice out of each fruit. Here are a few simple tips you should keep in mind, according to the Webstaurant.com blog:
- Use a hand juicer or citrus squeezer instead of your hands.
- Microwave your fruit for 10 seconds before juicing it. Microwaving the fruit helps break down the membranes that hold the juice.
- Firmly roll the fruit on your countertops before cutting it in half to further break down the fruit’s membranes.
- If you’re planning on juicing fruits regularly, it is worth it to upgrade to a manual juicer.
1 Fruit: 3 Tbsp Juice
1 Tbsp Juice: 1/3 Lemon
1/4 Cup: 1 and ¼ Lemons
1/2 Cup: 2 and ½ Lemons
3/4 Cup: 4 Lemons
1 Cup: 5 and 1/3 Lemons
1 Fruit: 2 Tbsp Juice
1 Tbsp Juice: 1/2 Lime
1/4 Cup: 2 Limes
1/2 Cup: 4 Limes
3/4 Cup: 6 Limes
1 Cup: 8 Limes
1 Fruit: 4 Tbsp Juice
1 Tbsp Juice: 1/4 Orange
1/4 Cup: 1 Orange
1/2 Cup: 2 Oranges
3/4 Cup: 3 Oranges
1 Cup: 4 Oranges
1 Fruit: 12 Tbsp Juice
1 Tbsp Juice: 1/12 Grapefruit
1/4 Cup: 1/3 Grapefruit
1/2 Cup: 2/3 Grapefruit
3/4 Cup: 1 Grapefruit
1 Cup:1 and ¼ Grapefruit
How to Decide If The Work You Do Is Worth It
Is the work you put into a particular task or activity worth it? How do you know? If what you are doing matters to you and as you are proceeding, you are wondering if the effort will give you the desired results, you have three choices.
- You can stick with the task or activity until the end. My mother squeezed all of the lemons she needed for her pie no matter how long it took because she knew that serving the yummy pie to our family for Sunday dinner was worth the effort. My mother cooked everything from scratch: 1) she enjoyed having good home-made meals, and 2) she really enjoyed saving money.
- You can decide that the time it will take to complete the task or activity is not worth it, at least not now. Because of COVID-19, I decided to move out of the coworking space I had occupied for seven and one-half years and bring everything back home. The problem was, I already also had a fully-equipped home office, and I knew that it would take a very long time to re-organize everything I put in my garage from my space and to find somewhere in my home to put all of that stuff! I decided that it was not something I wanted to spend our short Michigan summer doing; I will tackle that task when the weather is cooler.
- You can decide that the task or activity is not worth doing after all. I have to make this type of decision all the time when I work to possibly turn prospects into paying clients. After years and years of experience in all kinds of sales situations, I have learned how much effort I will need for each type of prospect and the likelihood that my efforts will result in my goal. I pretty much know whether a prospect is worth the effort of nurturing along the sales funnel to the end, or whether it is better to move on to another, more promising prospect.
Whatever the scenario, it is up to you to decide that the results you hope to achieve will be worth the work and effort you have to expend, just like my mother decided that squeezing a lot of lemons for her pies was totally worth it.
While you’re deciding, I think I’ll go bake something from scratch instead of cleaning out my office items from my garage. My mom would be proud of me.