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Over the years I've become quite a fan of the Joseph Joseph range of gadgets and utensils as, while expensive, they are often very cleverly designed and well-suited to the job at hand. A while ago Achica was having a sale on their kitchenware and this was one of the many things I picked up.
This has a yellow and grey colour-scheme; not the most exciting of the J&J range, but I like it nonetheless. The yellow part is the actual reamer that you press into the fruit and twist to extract the juice. The grey part is the handle and cup. The cup has several small holes in it so that the juice can filter through but pips are kept behind. It's made of a matte plastic that feels quite sturdy and is dishwasher safe.
It's pretty straightforward, really: you press the reamer part into the half of the fruit you want to juice, twist it round and the liquid comes out through the holes into whatever bowl/pan you've placed underneath while any pips are caught in the cup part.
I've found when using it that it works pretty well as it's supposed to, although the holes in the cup part tend to get clogged up with pips and bits of fruit flesh meaning the juice doesn't drain out as quickly as it should. It's not *that* big a deal though - just requiring to be scooped out with a teaspoon or piece of kitchen towel - and I'd still rather use this reamer than the traditional kind as it's easier to wash up and there are fewer bits to lose.
I get a lot of use out of this particular gadget: it's handy being able to juice fruit directly into the sauce pan or cake mix and it has coped admirably well with everything from mega-big grapefruits to teeny-weeny limes.
===Price and availability===
Currently this is available on Amazon for £9 which I think is far too much. Don't get me wrong, it's a handy item but it's not worth that. J&J sales crop up regularly on Achica or their products are often discounted at large department stores so it may be a better idea to look out for that if you really want one.
To get maximum juice from your citrus fruit, stick it in the microwave for 10 - 30 seconds and then roll it around on the kitchen counter a bit with the heel of your hand. You'll find the yield is much higher.
I have been given some very strange gifts in my time and one of those strange gifts happens to be a Joseph Joseph Citrus reamer with pip catcher. A what? Yes that was my exact thought when a volunteer of mine came into the office and asked me if I could make use for it because she had bought it by mistake, having mis-read her cookery book (I didn't ask) and decided she didn't want it and having lost the receipt couldn't take it back.
Well Joseph Joseph is a brand I have actually heard of for Kitchenware and I do own one or two pieces but they can be quite pricey and this citrus reamer itself was £9.50 from John Lewis according to the price tag which is still attached. I do like the Joseph Joseph range though, everything I own is durable, dishwasher safe and is brightly coloured and stands out in the kitchen amongst all the other utensils I own which are either black or chrome and not very appealing.
The tag on this product also acts as a guide which tells you what the item is actually for and it is states as follows:
--- > Citrus Reamer with pip catcher
--- > Ideal for squeezing lemons and limes
--- > Flexible cup catches pips
--- > Comfortable soft touch handle
--- > Dishwasher safe
The citrus reamer is made of durable plastic and it isn't the most exciting colour scheme that I have seen, the main spatula part of the tool is grey colours and the squeezer is bright yellow, with a hole at the end of the handle to allow it to hang anywhere in your kitchen. It is also available in a bright green colour. To look at, this citrus reamer is a cross between a poop scoop and juice squeezer or citrus press as my Gran calls them. The pip catcher being the poop scoop look alike and the citrus press sitting in the middle ready to do its job and there are specially designed holes for the citrus juice to go through but not big enough so that the pips fall through. The handle which is soft touch doesn't actually mean it moulds to your hand as I was expecting, it is designed so you can hold it easily and grip onto it.
When I was first given this piece of equipment, I have to say I thought it was a bit of over the top tat that I wouldn't be using very much, grateful though I was and quite wrong. I actually use this contraption quite a lot, especially recently when making lemon meringue pie, key lime pie and my own lemonade and jams, most of the things I don't want to have to spend ages picking the pips and seeds out of. So because of how the scoop is designed, which is more like a half cup and half poop scoop, the citrus fruit sits neatly, when chopped in half into the scoop and mould themselves around the citrus press, then once you have it hovering over a bowl, as you would use any other citrus press you and push and twist the fruit to release all of the juice and then once you have exhausted that, you will find the pips have been nicely caught and you throw them in the bin or use them in whichever way you deem appropriate.
The design of this catcher actually does make the job of juicing your fruit much easier, more so because it is more comfortable to hold than your horizontal and more traditional juicers and it catches peel, pith and seeds as they become loose when squeezing the fruit, and you also don't need to apply as much pressure to using this device as you do the horizontal kind, I prefer this one. It also says on the tag that it is designed for use with lemons and limes, but if you cut your oranges into thirds you can also use them in this too and I suspect other pip laced products could also be used such as passion fruit and possibly any other soft fruit that you want to juice.
Naturally when juicing anything, there is mess which turns sticky, this product is dishwasher safe or if you leave it to rest for a few minutes in some soapy water, it cleans just fine and then you can put it away.
So is this product a bit of a faff as I originally assumed? Actually no, I find it really useful when I need some fresh juice and it makes the job much quicker. I don't think I would go out of my way to purchase one though, it is one of those gadgets that I have because it was given too me, it wouldn't be on my list of priority when it comes to things I need in the kitchen, but it is nice to have.