How to squeeze a lemon to get the most juice

Watch how to squeeze a lemon in a way that gets all the juice out, using ordinary kitchen tongs

Watch how to squeeze a lemon to extract the most juice - no fancy kitchen gadgets are needed. 

If you're a fan of the lemon drizzle cake (opens in new tab) or you love a squeeze of lemon over your chicken salad, you're going to love this simple food hack. Using a pair of kitchen tongs, you can squeeze half a lemon quickly and efficiently in a matter of seconds!

Squeezing a lemon can be a bit of a faff sometimes. It can go all over your hands, drip onto the kitchen work surfaces, or sting your fingers if you happen to have an unfortunate cut on your hands - sometimes without yielding much juice! This easy tongs technique gets rid of the mess!

All you need is a pair of kitchen tongs and a lemon cut in half. Place one half of the lemon, cut side facing downwards, into the joint of the tongs.

Squeeze the tongs together at the other end, and ta-dah! You've squeezed half a lemon in a matter of seconds. Repeat with the second half.

This hack is ideal if you're baking a lemon cake if you're using lemon in a marinade (opens in new tab) or want to drizzle some of your freshly prepared salad without making a mess.

Jessica Dady
Senior Content Editor

Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.