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Yay - I found my mom's juicer!

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I grew up using the citrus juicer my mother's probably had for 40 years now, and for quite a few years, I've been coveting it, but they've been impossible to find (my mother says she's only seen others in antique-type shops that sell kitchenwares, and she's not about to give hers up).

It's made of cast aluminum, and has two parts, the body with attached lever handle and the strainer, and is incredibly easy to use (i.e., takes less muscle than other manual juicers for maximum juice extraction, and as a bonus, is less messy on the hands). Just a good press down, and you've done it. I don't make fresh-squeezed juice for drinking at home often enough to have an electric juicer, nor do I want an attachment for my food processor that means I have to haul out the whole machine if I need to juice a bunch of lemons, limes, or oranges for a recipes. This is simple to pull out and very efficient.

So I was beyond thrilled when I leafed through a recent Williams-Sonoma catalog and found they're selling a cast aluminum "vintage manual juicer." Theirs is enameled (excellent - it can go in the dishwasher) and while orange wouldn't be my first choice of colors, nor $29 my first choice of prices, who cares? My coveted juicer is now in my own kitchen, and I am a happy camper.

Link: http://ww2.williams-sonoma.com/cat/pi...

Image: http://a1412.g.akamai.net/7/1412/243/...

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  1. Holy cow. I have one of these in my cupboard. I was just looking at it the other day and thinking - what the hell is this and how did I end up with it?

    Thanks for solving the mystery. I'm going to try it.

    1. And if the electric pump for the well ever quits, you've got a substitute.

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        Joyce Goldstein

        I have one of those but not in that spiffy orange color. Mine is dull aluminum and yes it was my mom's. I look at it every year at Passover and think nah it's too much work. Guess I should reconsider huh?? I'll have to check the name of the company that makes it!

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        1. re: Joyce Goldstein
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          Caitlin McGrath

          Yeah, my mom's is also dull gray aluminum, not enameled, and she loves it, too (which is why I've coveted it, not gotten it - I expect it'll be many, many years before I inherit it!). I don't have a lot of wrist strength, and this takes a lot less leverage than the regular juicers where you push the fruit down and twist it on a reamer, so to me it's much easier, plus it's way faster regardless of ones's strength. Of course, if I just need to juice one lemon or lime, or a half of one, I use a reamer or my other favorite citrus juicing gadget, the trumpet (picture below). But this is great for recupes that use a fair amount of juice.

          Link: http://ww2.williams-sonoma.com/cat/pi...

          Image: http://a1412.g.akamai.net/7/1412/243/...

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath
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            Joyce Goldstein

            Well I keep my mom's because I'm sentimental tho truth be known I never use it. I use an electric Krups juicer when I need a lot or else just a reamer or a fork or a glass juicer otherwise. Your trumpet looks pretty cool tho. Can you store it in the fridge in the fruit and use it over a period of time?? That would be a good thing. I hate tossing perfectly good fruit.

            If I ever decide to pare down and part with my Mom's tho I will keep you in mind and put up a post!

        2. I have one I found at a thrift shop. My grandmother has one and everyone covets it. Its easy to use, if you just need a small amount of juice, I wouldn't be juicing quarts of stuff with it.

          As I understand it, it used to be given away as a prize for having some kind of cookware home party.

          1. I noticed that the description of your juicer says hand wash only, so you might want to check with Williams Sonoma before putting it in the dishwasher. The enameled finish on my lime press has flaked terribly from being put in the dishwasher. (The version they are selling now says dishwasher-safe although mine is a few years old so maybe it was made differently.)

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            1. re: Chilanga
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              Caitlin McGrath

              Ah, thanks. Strangely, the little paper that came with it didn't say, so I was assuming, but I'll be careful based on your experience. No biggie.

            2. I have never used this type...one question, do you half the oranges??how does it work?

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              1. re: ciaolette
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                Caitlin McGrath

                Yes, you halve the fruit as you would for any type of citrus juicer. You place it in the juicer with the flesh side toward the strainer that you can see in the photo, then press the lever down. This squeezes the fruit against the end of the juicer facing toward front in the picture so it's flat, as if you squeezed it really, really well with your hands. Then you pour the juice out the side spout.

              2. This just in:

                I pulled the juicer out from the depths of my cupboard - where it has lived for umpteen gazillion years (or so) and used it to squeeze a lime for guacamole. It sure beats that little glass squeezer-thingy I've been using! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Caitlin! I honestly don't know where I got it but I must have known what it was at some point or I would have thrown it out. Mine is plain dull aluminum and made by Wearever. Little rubber feet.

                Wouldn't want to squeeze a dozen big oranges with it - but then again, I should give it a whirl. Might be ok.

                1. Who make the one from Williams & Sonoma?

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                  1. re: Jim
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                    Caitlin McGrath

                    I don't know. It doesn't have a manufacturer's stamp.