Citrus Squeezers for Fresh Lemon and Lime Juice
A no-mess, inexpensive way to dramatically improve your cooking.
Every cuisine in the world uses acidity in some way to boost the flavor of food, whether that’s vinegar, pickled vegetables or sour fruit juice. But squeezing lemons and limes can be kind of a pain: seeds and pulp get everywhere, and you really have to use those forearms to get all the juice out. A squeezer can solve that problem.
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There are many different types of citrus juicers, but one of the best is also one of the simplest (and, happily, cheapest). This style consists of a hinged piece of steel, with a handle on one end and nesting bowl-shaped cups on the other. Place half (or a quarter) of a piece of citrus in the bowl, cut-side down, and squeeze. The handles give leverage and small holes catch seeds and pulp.
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If you have a hard time maintaining a strong enough grip to get the amount of citrus juice you need, look to a squeezer with a dual-gear mechanism. This applies extra force to the fruit, without stressing your wrists or hands.
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Handheld citrus squeezers are perfect for small squeezes of lemon and lime juice. But what if you’re making lots of lemon bars, or you want a nice tall glass of orange, tangerine or grapefruit juice? You certainly don’t want to hand-squeeze each fruit. In that case, look into an electric juicer, which takes all the effort and pain out of juicing.
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