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I found this citrus squeezer hiding at the back of my kitchen drawer the other day. I used to use it quite a lot when I baked citrus-based cakes and fruit breads but nowadays I only use it occasionally to add a touch of lemon to meals like curries or pasta. I first bought it several years ago in Tesco for about £10 as it looked like it would be a useful gadget to have around and I was right.
The lemon squeezer is quite an odd-looking item and it is certainly hard to miss due to the bright neon-yellow colouring. If you find the colouring is a bit over-the-top then Amazon also sell a silver coloured one which appears to be identical. It is made up of two semi-circles with a dip to fit the lemon inside and tiny holes in the bottom through which juice is forced out. It is comprised of robust metal which makes it quite heavy to hold but the handle is nice and comfortable so you can grip it easily enough. It measures 20 (L) x 6 (D) cm so fits nicely into a drawer or cupboard for storage.
This really is a useful gadget and back when I used to bake a lot it saved a lot of time and effort in hand-squeezing the fruit and ending up covered in juice and having to spoon the pips out. Instead, all I have to do now is chop the fruit in half, place it in the circular opening and then press the top half of the squeezer down - easy! The juice is forced through small holes which stop any of the pips or pulp from getting through and you don't have to apply a huge amount of pressure to extract a generous quantity of lemon juice. The length of the handle provides a good strong force on the lemon without needing to press down very hard. Indeed, when you've finished you end up with a very dry piece of lemon so that you're not wasting much at all. When using the lemon squeezer I always end up with pure, smooth juice that gives a lovely moist, zesty quality to food such as lemon drizzle cake and pasta salad. The gadget is so efficient that I often end up with more juice than I need and so I often out this in the fridge for later. The size of the squeezer also means that aside from lemons it can also be used with limes and I have even managed to squeeze oranges in it before as well.
As the squeezer is dishwasher safe it is really simple to clean. I don't use it as much now as most of the things I bake don't involve lemon but when I do need it, it does a great job and saves a lot of time. I would recommend.
Squeezing lemons is probably one of the simpler things you may need to do from time to time, depending on what you need lemon juice for. However, there comes the time when you feel you're losing half a lemon and are fed up with picking the pips out of everything you use lemons for. Enter the lemon squeezer. Coming in at a not-cheap price which I've seen range between £5 and £10, it's still worth having.
Generally, I find that having one for limes is more useful, particularly as I find more use for lime in drinks. However, this lemon squeezer is ridiculously easy to use and clean, and is very efficient, indicating a well designed product. It's pretty heavy, which initially is a surprise, as I don't think I've used something yellow that's also made out of metal. It's a dull heavy metal too, designed to be effective as opposed to lightweight. This in turn makes it durable and effective in its job, which is simply to squeeze lemons.
The idea is, like most lemon squeezers, to cut a lemon in half first. What the squeezer effectively does is substitute your hand when compared to the standard squeezer which has the 'moat' area around the pointed central cone upon which you place the lemon before pushing down and twisting. Here, though, there's no need for pushing and twisting as the squeezer will do it all for you. It consists of two parts, hinged together in a flexible manner to give a complete 180 degree pivot and well as some slight sideways manoeuvrability. At the ends there are two concave semicircular parts, one which has a few holes in, the other ridged on the interior. Putting the lemon in with the exposed flesh facing the holes, you can close it and squeeze the handles together and the juice comes through the holes.
It really is as simple as that, and you don't even need to use much force to be honest. The first few times I used it, I misjudged how hard I'd need to squeeze and ended up using more juice than I intended, but this is soon countered by the fact that you're likely to get more juice from this than other products. I'm not sure what the metal components are made of, but it's certainly effective and when you've squeezed all available juice out, you end up with a virtually flat disc inside. Again, with limes this is really good because I often then include the entire flattened half lime in the drink, but I wouldn't do this with a lemon. It is however rather useful for knowing that all juice is out and it compacts the lemon for discarding.
I suppose another benefit of using this is to keep your hands clean. Incidentally, lemon juice rubs into your hands very well, is a good way of cleaning your hands to a certain extent and helps moisturise them. However, I can understand not wanting to get lemon on your hands and so this is very handy because of this. Once you've finished with it then it's very easy to clean as long as you do it immediately. You may not be able to just rinse and have done with it, it requires a bit of a scrub to make sure any remaining flakes of lemon are gone, but this is very easy to do and there are no awkward nooks and crannies for things to get stuck in.
It's a little unsightly if I'm honest. The yellow is somewhat garish and in a relatively plain kitchen it may stick out like a sore thumb. We have snippets of colours so it's actually okay, but it's certainly worth noting that the yellow is pretty bold. There are also green lime squeezers and orange squeezers that are a duller orange than this one is yellow, although to be honest as long as you have regular sized fruit you should be able to use any of these fruits in this squeezer.
Is this of benefit? Yes it certainly is. You don't waste any lemon, it's quick and efficient and easy to clean and keep. Well designed and worth a purchase if you gadgets like this, but if you don't really want to or can't justify spending close on £10 for one of these then it's not like you won't be able to squeeze lemons without it. Recommended.
I think lemon juice is totally underrated. A squeeze of lemon (or lime) added to your glass of water gets your kidneys working and this in turn has an alkalizing effect on your body. Lemon juice is also very nourishing. Lemon juice can help to aid dehydration and is good for cleansing the liver. It can also be good for weight loss as it promotes better digestion and metabolism. It also flavours the water making it a little but more interesting. It is also a great addition to a salad with some olive oil.
In a bid to be more healthy, OH and I have started adding lemon or lime juice to most of the water that we drink at home. It is delicious to drink, but can be a pain to make. We used to just hand squeeze the lemon juice in. We always ended up with sticky hands, pips in the glass and never managed to get all of the juice out.
Enter the Amco Lemon Citrus Squeezer! The lemon squeezer is a bit like a tin opener in size, but works more like a garlic crusher. It is bright yellow (you can also get a green lime squeezer or an orange orange squeezer). It is made of cast metal, so is fairly sturdy and robust. It is quite a big device for the job that it does, but I wouldn't be without it now.
To use, all you need to do is cut your lemon in half, open the squeezer, place the lemon inside, hold it over your glass or another vessel, close the squeezer, and squeeze. Maximum juice is extracted through the small holes in the bottom into the glass and the pips are held in the squeezer. When all the juice is out, you just open the squeezer and pop the squashed lemon in the bin. It is so simple to use. The only problem I have had is when I have squeezed too hard and ended up with lemon juice in my eye when it has squirted out the side.
It is easy to clean but you do need to scrub clean and not just rinse.
Not the most exciting Christmas present I have brought for the OH, but one of the better used ones! I would definitely recommend to anyone who uses a lot of lemon juice. It works perfectly well on the limes too, and would be fine for smaller oranges. Five stars from me.
The Amco Lemon Citrus Squeezer is available from Amazon for £8.30 with free delivery.
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