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Jul 2, 2006 03:57 PM

Cast iron citrus squeezer -do they work?

Has anyone tried the cast iron citrus squeezer that turn the citrus halves inside out and squeeze the juice out of them? I've seen them in different colors. Orange for oranges, yellow for lemons and green for limes.

Do they work well? And would the yellow one for lemons work well for limes?

Here's what they look like.



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  1. They work very well. Cooks Illustrated rated them best for getting the most juice with the least work. Just make sure you put the flat side down. I use mine everyday.

    1. They sure do. Buy the large one. I had a small one for limes and ditched it because it was too small--even for limes. It still helps, by the way, to prick the lime a bit with a knife, warm it for a couple of seconds in the microwave, and roll it on your countertop to get the maximum amount of juice from the fruit.

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      1. re: JoanN

        Actually Cooks Illustrated found that with this squeezer none of that is necessary. Thats one of the reasons you save time.

        1. re: Becca Porter

          Not my experience. In fact, I just squeezed some limes about half an hour ago, didn't warm the first one, and was disappointed in the amount of juice. Warmed the rest, and it did the trick.

          Might my need for warming be due to the fact that I refrigerate them? Maybe I shouldn't be doing that. Or could it be the quality of the limes I'm getting here in NYC? Prices seems way up this summer.

          1. re: JoanN

            Oh I forgot, Ci found that it is best to squeeze cold key limes. It seems they submit more fully to the splitting and turning inside out.

            I haven't tested it but they have.

            1. re: JoanN

              It's definitely because you refridgerate them -- I never refridgerate any citrus (unless it's already been cut into).

        2. Cast aluminum, by the way.

          1. I love mine. I rate it among my top kitchen tools. I have the lemon sized one, and it works for both lemons and limes. I don't squeeze a lot of oranges, but if I want to, I'll put in a quarter and it works OK.

            1. They're fantastic, work great. We have a lime tree in the backyard so margaritas are a summer staple around here therefore need lots of fresh squeezed lime juice. I do agree that the "green" lime squeezer is probably not needed. The limes that come off our tree are too large for it so I use the "yellow" lemon sqeezer. For the price, don't think you could get a better juicer.