If you’ve looked for lemon juice in your local grocery store recently, you may have come up empty-handed. A shortage of lemons used to make bottled lemon juice started with a poor growing season in Europe last fall. That was followed by bad weather including a late frost in the southern lemon-growing regions of the world.
The demand for lemon juice is now greater than the supply. Translation: Good luck finding bottled lemon juice! The lemons that are available have been saved to sell whole rather than being squeezed to make juice.
Although I usually prefer to use whole lemons when I need a little lemon juice, occasionally the convenience of bottled lemon juice wins out. Guess there will be no option for a while but to ‘put the squeeze on’!