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.
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.
Use Tongs to Squeeze Out More Juice
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.
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.
Introduce New Flavors to Your Favorite Pizzas
Pizza is one of those foods that are hard to get away from. Millions or billions of people around the world love it, and even those that have health things like gluten allergies find ways to enjoy a slice.
Here is a way to take your pizzas to a new, tasty place. Sprinkle some lemon juice on them before or after going into the oven for a dash of citrus flavor, or add slices of peeled lemon straight to the pie itself. Like the ever-contentious pineapple, this will add a sweet, exotic flavor that you might just end up loving.