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Beech Wood Lemon Reamer
Member Name: spiritwood
Beech Wood Lemon Reamer
Date: 04/05/13, updated on 04/05/13 (63 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, attractive, efficient and wooden!
We use a lot of citrus fruit in my house, mainly due to the fact that we belong to a fruit and veg co-op at the local family centre. This enables me to buy tons of fruit very cheaply. As a result we drink a lot of fresh juice and it tastes far superior to supermarket juice. We also use citrus juice to make bath scrubs and soaps. When I make up a jug of fresh juice I usually use a ratio of 8 oranges, 2 lemons and 2 limes. The oranges are usually juiced with my electronic juicer and the smaller fruits I do by hand. This lot then goes into a big jug with ice and is delicious on a hot day (even more delicious with vodka in it). I have a range of juicers in the house, an electric one, a general citrus one which manages bigger fruits such as grapefruit, and then two of these.
The benefit of having a small hand tool for juicing a lemon or a lime is that you do not have to keep dragging out a cumbersome electric juicer with a multitude of parts to dissemble and wash up. This does the job quickly and efficiently with very little mess.
I love wooden kitchen tools too, I have a fine wooden spoon collection, some of which belonged to my wonderful nan. This is a beechwood device so not particularly exciting to look at in the wood grain department, but it is long lasting and easy to use and clean. Beech is is a European tree which is used in lot of things around the home from cupboard knobs to furniture. Beech is a strong and heavy wood which is relatively inexpensive, making it ideal for small kitchen aids such as this one.
This little tool is around 5" long and is well made. It has a smooth and well sanded surface. It comprises a handle and a pointed carved top part which is designed in such a way that maximum juice is reamed from the fruit leaving very little waste. It is small enough to sit alongside cutlery in a drawer and is lightweight and easy to use.
The pointed carved end has deep set grooves in the wood and is shoved into a halved fruit and rotated over a bowl or similar to catch the juice. This leaves very little juice and pulp left in the skin and you get a surprising amount of juice when it is used compared to even a bog standard juicer. The pressure needed to use this effectively is minimal and I have no trouble using it to juice a bagful of lemons and limes despite having issues with my hands.
Being wooden it is best to rinse it off straight after use to ensure that the wood does not stay damp too long. Leaving it means that the pulp becomes tricky to remove and you will spend ages getting it out with a knife and muttering rude words under your breath. I have owned this for a couple of years and my care method is pretty much neglect... it seems to cope with minimal care and attention. However when I can be bothered I do sometimes oil it in linseed as I do all of my wooden ware. I would not recommend putting this into a dishwasher as the heat and water will cause it to split eventually.
This little wooden wonder comes with a 12 month guarantee and is created from sustainable European Beech. It is amazingly good value for what it manages to do and it gets a lot of use in my house.
Priced at just £2 inc postage on Amazon.
For those of you into natural remedies and are able to pick up citrus fruits in bulk like me, then I will leave you with this recipe for a natural detoxing salt scrub:
You will need the following:
* 1kg of fine sea salt (table salt will do at a push but sea salt is better)
* 1 teacup of Epsom salts
* 1 teacup of Bicarb
* The juice of 8 lemons, 2 limes and 2 oranges
* 500ml of good quality oil ( Sweet almond is best but you can even use sunflower or olive)
Shove the lot in a bowl and mix it well. The salt and dry ingredients will start to absorb the oil and you may hear some fizzing from the acid in the citrus fruits and bicarb. Let it sit until the fizzing goes and store in a Kilner type jar or storage box. Keep in the bathroom for use. This can be used as often as you wish but be careful if you have open wounds/ezcema etc as you will shout a lot. This mixture is very detoxing and softens the skin amazingly well. Rub clockwise into the skin to detox or in any direction to exfoliate. Then just rinse off leaving the oil on your skin.
Summary: Excellent basic gadget for juicing.
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