Food hack: How to squeeze a lemon with tongs

Watch how to squeeze a lemon in a way that gets all the juice out, using ordinary kitchen tongs! This simple food hack is going to change the way you squeeze lemons (and limes) for good. You don't need any fancy equipement and it works well every time.

Watch how to squeeze a lemon in a way that gets all the juice out, using ordinary kitchen tongs! No fancy kitchen gadgets needed for plenty of juice. If you're a fan of the lemon drizzle cake 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.

You'll be sharing this fun food hack with your friends in no time!

Jessica Dady
Jessica Dady

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.