There are tons of tips out there for getting as much just as possible out of lemons without a juicer, and here’s one of the best we’ve come across: just use tongs! Roll them out, cut them lengthwise, and then use tongs for more grasping power and leverage.
Lemons are often wet and slippery, so tongs – which are designed to grab things – will give you more control. You can also squeeze as hard as you can and not worry about straining your hands or hurting yourself on the lemon. Show those lemons who’s boss using something already in your kitchen.
Freshen Up Your Oven
How many times have you thought about cleaning the inside of your oven in the last year? We bet you could count it on one hand. If you think you should give it a nice sprucing up for spring cleaning, here's an easy way to do it. Slice a lemon into rings and place them in a bowl of water.
Put the bowl into a preheated, approximately four-hundred-degree oven and wait a few minutes. Once the water gets warm but not boiling, take it out and clean the oven with warm lemon water. The citric loosens stains, and the warm lemon water will finish them off.
Zest a Lemon Without a Zester
Zesting a lemon is sometimes a critical step in baking dishes, mixed drinks, or dinner fare. If you don't have a zester, there are still plenty of ways to get through this task. The first and most obvious solution is to use a box or cheese grater, turning the lemon as you go to avoid shredding any of the bitter pith under the outer layer of the rind.
You can also use a vegetable peeler, carefully cutting off a twist of rind for a drink or main dish garnishes. Finally, grab a Julienne peeler if there are no other options.
Fewer Sprays While Squeezing Lemons
If you spend enough time squeezing lemons – like, once, maybe – you've probably sprayed yourself or the person standing next to you. There are a couple of tips for squeezing more juice out, but what about keeping clean while doing it?
Take the advice offered here and cut off the pithy part in the center, which will control and redirect the juice in a direction that you can't anticipate. Instead, the lemon juice will just run down, thanks to gravity, and make far less of a mess. All it takes is a simple slice of the knife, and you can make everything much cleaner.
Add One of the Classic Garnishes
If you are getting into learning your mixed drinks, then there is a classic addition that you need to know about – the lemon peel. It adds a nice sour flavor to your favorite after-work beverage, and the citrus flavor is a nice boost to something that needs a little extra.
While you might not be able to get something as long and fancy as the one we see here, being able to peel your own garnish is a skill worth learning. Grab a knife and see what you can accomplish. Just make sure to keep your fingers safe; the goal is not to peel them.