No citrus press? This is the best way to squeeze citrus (you’ve been doing it wrong!)

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Using citrus in the kitchen: we are loyal fans. We’re not alone in that, by the way, the great Anna Jones recently said in an interview that she uses lemon like it’s salt and pepper. But what is the easiest way to squeeze citrus if you don’t have a citrus press?

We can already reveal one thing: you’ve probably been doing it wrong …

We love citrus squeezers

First of all, we want to emphasize that a citrus juicer is still the best way to get a lot of juice from your citrus fruits. Preferably such a citrus squeezer (also called lime squeezer) like bartenders also use to squeeze limes: with this you get an incredible amount of juice from a lemon or lime.

But what if you don’t have it at home, or if you cook in a kitchen that doesn’t belong to you? Just squeeze by hand? Spoiler: nope.

Pressing citrus without press

Here he comes. Don’t have a citrus juicer? Then use a knife (not a chef’s knife, a knife with which you eat at the table). Not the sharp part of a knife, by the way, but the other end. Push that end into the flesh of half a lime or lemon and make circular movements until all the juice comes out.

Note: even though you don’t use the sharp end of the knife, it still remains a knife. For your own safety, always point the sharp side away from you.

Give it a try and you will see that it is more convenient than squeezing by hand. And anyone who cooks a lot knows: efficient cooking is all about these kind of small kitchen hacks…

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