Okay, folks. We're barreling into margarita, guacamole, and spontaneous any-reason-to-dine-outside season. Lots of occasions to get together and finally use that chic handwoven picnic tote we've been itching to break out all winter long.
If you suddenly find yourself on margarita duty, deep into a bag of limes, with just a sole citrus reamer at your disposal, grab a friend and another handy tool that you likely already have lying around:
I once saw a prep cook intently focused on squeezing every bit of juice out of a container of halved limes. Maybe it was for a cocktail base like me, maybe it was for a vinaigrette. Whatever the reason, it had me smacking my forehead in a Why didn't I think of that? sorta way.
It makes so much sense. Leveraging the strength of the tongs to extract as much juice as possible—a daunting task for particularly stubborn limes that refuse to yield even a bit by hand. It's made even simpler if you make sure to give the orbs a nice press and roll on a cutting board or work surface to loosen up the membranes within before cutting them in half.
Put the citrus half in between the arms of the tongs, trying to get as close as possible to the end, and squeeeze using both hands for the best effect. Remove the half, reposition it within the tongs' embrace, and squeeze again, until you're confident it's given everything it's got.
And just so you know (because I needed a control study!), when I put the tongs head-to-head against my trusty little wooden reamer, it produced the same amount of juice. More pulp in the reamer-yielded juice, but both came out at about 1/4 cup per lime.
Now, I'm not discounting the useful purpose of unitask juicers; I love those cheerful yellow squeezers (you know the ones) and gorgeous milk glass juicers as much as the next person. But if you, like me, find yourself in a bind and need to juice—fast!—there's no better tool than one you already own.