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Citrus Juicing Tips

Don't Have a Citrus Juicer? Try Tongs Instead

When a slightly hungover Ming Tsai fixed himself a melon mojito at his cooking seminar in Aspen, Chef Ming also revealed a tip that he'd discovered that weekend.

"One trick I learned from [Chef] Jasper White's prep cook is to use tongs to juice lemons and limes," he revealed, placing half a lemon close to the fulcrum of his stainless steel tongs. He used the tongs to get a better and more powerful grip on the citrus before squeezing.

This tip is a great way to juice without a citrus juicer or reamer, and makes even more use out of those multipurpose kitchen tongs. What's your foolproof method of getting the most juice from citrus?

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GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I rather have a reamer.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
No.
2dubyas 2dubyas 5 years
Oprah was making Moscow Mules while "camping" on her show but didn't have a lime juicer, so she just cut the lime in half and squeezed the lime juice out by BITING it! Jaws vs. tongs.... anyone?
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
I love the hand held citrus juicers with two long handles that turn a lemon, lime or orange half inside out and keep the seeds separate from the juice. They are fun to use, too!
susanec susanec 5 years
Once while making a key lime pie with the ex, he grabbed a wrench to squeeze all the juice out. Worked great and was easier on the fingers!
lauren lauren 5 years
Great tip!
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