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I have always been guilty of giving others gifts that I actually want for myself and this year I had a little taste of my own medicine. My other half loves posh kitchen gadgets (even though he never actually steps foot in there!) and if they are by an Italian brand its all the better, being Italian himself. So when I unwrapped the Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer by Alessi, it was pretty clear who was more excited about it.
What does the product do?
The product has been designed in order for you to get the juice from your favourite citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit. It promises to make the process of 'juicing' quick, easy and enjoyable.
The main reason my other half bought this product was for its appearance, not I suspect, so that I could have fresh juice in the morning. The product has been created out of mirror polished aluminium. It looks a bit space age almost like an alien spaceship or a very scary spider.
The top of the product is where the juicing happens. It is shaped like a tear drop with the rounded section at the top and the point at the bottom. There are ridges all the way round the segment for the juices to flow down. It stands on three long thin 'legs' which are slightly bend at the top. It stands 30 cm tall so its no wall flower and it is 14 cm wide.
The product is quite pricey and although I don't know how much mine cost, they are available at around £40 from a range of online websites.
How do you use the product?
The product is easy although time consuming to use. You simply put a glass in the middle of the legs, beneath the pointed end. You then cut your fruit in half and then push down onto the top section and gently twist the fruit so that the juice runs into the glass.
I had a go on using this with lemons first. I was worried that if I pushed down too hard the legs would snap or slip off the surface but it is quite sturdy. It does slip a bit if you try to juice the fruit at a funny angle but it's OK as long as you push straight down. I thought this product would be a bit messy to use but it's not to bad.
The juice actually does run down the ridges and into the glass although you do get a tiny bit of splashing. You don't have to push down too hard to get the juice out of the fruit. You can't stop the pips from going into the glass with this product but they can be easily spooned out.
Just how useful this product is, I don't know. It is handy for getting juices for cooking and I have added some lemon juice into hot water as an attempt for a Christmas detox but if you wanted to make enough for a glass of juice it would take a while and your drink would definitely be on the sharp side! As for washing, the product is not suitable for use in the dishwater but it easily hand washed with some warm water.
All in all, this looks fantastic on display in the kitchen and it is certainly a talking point with guests. It is easy to use and relatively mess free and admittedly it is fun too. You get small amounts of juice for cooking or adding to hot water but I imagine this is something that will look attractive rather than being practically useful. Nevertheless, it does what it promises so I'll give it four stars.
I love design products and have bought some gorgeous looking items over the years that look fantastic but aren't very practical in the slightest. Most of them are sitting in the backs of drawers or in carboard boxes but there are a few items that I have bought that still get used on a regular basis.
One of these items is the Alessi Juicy salif squeezer which I bought solely for it's aesthetics thinking that I would maybe only use it on special occasions but has turned out to be a kitchen item that I now couldn't imagine not having anymore.
Alessi is a design company based out of Italy and is famous for it's design led kitchen items. The juicy salif squeezer is probably it's most famous product and has been in production since 1990 and was designed by Philippe Starck.
The juicy salif is made mirror polished aluminium and although it is has been around for 20 years it still looks ultra modern and sleek and always reminds me of the aliens from war of the worlds. It is definaely a talking point in my kitchen and is the first thing people always comment on.
It is just over 7 inches high so it definately makes a statement sitting on the worktop.
It is basically made up of three parts, the juicer and the three legs. All you have to do is get your lemon or orange cut it in half then place it on the juicer and twist it and sqeeze. There is no tray to collect the juice so you need to put the glass underneath it invetween the legs and all the juice will collect in the glass. It is actually quite accurate and the juice doesn't go all over the work top.
Keeping the juicy salif looking good is easy and all it takes it a wipe with a damp cloth to keep it looking pristine. I also buff it up with a dry cloth to keep it looking shiny.
You can't put it in the dishwasher as this will damage the alloy but putting it in the sink won't do it any harm.
I have had my juicy salif for over 5 years and it is not only still looking fantastic but I'm also still using it often and there is nothing nicer than squeezing my own fresh orange juice.
I paid £40 for my one a few years ago and it has gone up in price slightly and the Alessi website is currently stocking it for £45.
I bought this Alessi Juicy Salif as a gift to me for my birthday with some birthday vouchers, I must say that this object it very very appealing to the eye. I have a very contemporary kitchen with a lot of Alessi items on display and this Alessi juicer is one of the best items I own, it clearly is a collectors item and comes presented in a beautiful box. I have owned the juicer now for over a year and it does not rust or mark, it is still as good as new.
For anyone who wonders how this juicy salif works, basically you have to place it over a bowl and squeeze the lemon over the lop of the juicer. The juice runs down the juicer and into the bowl. It's almost like a spider and has ridges on the base with the Alessi name stamped into the metal.
It is quite tall, 12 inches aprox and sits on my kitchen unit, many people that visit my house always comment on the juicer, it is space age looking and clearly a designer kitchen item. I have been told it is a future collectors item so i will be keeping my juicer for many years to come.
I bought this from John Lewis for £29 but i've noticed they are more expensive now. If you shop around you may get it until the £40 mark but still a great price for a future collectors item.
if a aesthetically pleasing modern kitchen is the style you're looking for then alessi's juicy salif is the juicer for you!
its tall, war of the worlds type appearance sits perfectly on the kitchen work top. on first appearances you might wonder what it actually is, but on closer observation it quickly becomes apparent.
whilst it scored top marks for design, its practical use is somewhat questionable. the long distance from the actual 'juicer' part to having az glass underneath can cause it to be quite messy when you are squeezing the juice, especially if you are not using a tall glass to catch the juice. style over substance perhaps?
maybe you should think of this as more of a piece of art rather than a practical juice. it is without question a design classic but at £35-40 purchase price it might be just for those who can afford to splash out.
Citrus squeezer made from aluminium casting.