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Anyone used a Lemon squeezer and liked it?

Here's a link to one at BB&B:


Anyone tried these and like them? How do you use them - that is, what is your technique? I have one for lemons and one for limes, and right now mine are about to cast into the useless gadget category. I cook with a lot of citrus juice, and had been using either a hand reamer or a hand juicer, but figured these squeezers would be better since the seeds would remain captured within the squeezer.

I am less than happy with the squeezer, for the juice that results is incredibly bitter. I'm guessing the bitterness is from the oils from the rind being squeezed out as well. Is it perhaps my technique? I've tried putting the lemon half in the squeezer cut side down and cut side up (somewhere I think I read that these things were supposed to get all the juice out and turn the lemon half inside out). Could it be I'm squeezing too hard to try to wring every last drop of juice from the lemon? Please tell me how to like this gadget.

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  1. These are far from useless - they are the fastest most effective juicer out there in my opinion. If they are good enough for Rick Bayless they are good enough for me.

    The fruit should go cut side down so that the juice squirts through the holes. You could do it the other way, but that's not how the tool was designed to be used. I've not had any problems with bitterness, myself.

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    1. re: HaagenDazs

      Second this opinion. Definitely cut side down. Never had a problem with bitterness. IMO the most effective way to juice lemons and limes.

      1. re: HaagenDazs

        wow a new gadget that I just have to have now! I have a wooden reamer that works well for juicing but always have to spend some time digging out the seeds. And I would never would have realized the proper way to use it (cut side down) with out reading it here!

      2. Definitely cut side down (as you noted, you're trying to invert the citrus half). These are ubiquitous in Mexico for good reason, easiest way to get the juice out in a jiffy. The street vendors use these for a quick lime finish to your food. I've owned several but some have a weak pin at the hinge which I've managed to replace with a cotter pin of appropriate size. I can't imagine life without them.

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        1. re: ferret

          Agree. My SIL's family is from Mexico, and this was one of the 1st items they gave us in our quest to "cook Mexican". They are inexpensive and work well -- they ARE ubiquitous in Mexico since limonada is almost a national drink. Every street vendor that sells juice drinks uses one.

        2. I love mine, and have just about worn it out. I've never had a problem with bitter juice either. I have more than occasionally experienced a seed shooting out through the holes from the pressure I was putting on the lemon, so I can't imagine the pressure that you're giving it would be a problem. A little annoying, but the convienence factor of the device far outweighs having to pick out a stray seed now and then.

          1. This is one of the few "gadgets" I consider indispensable in my kitchen(thus gadgets in quotes, it's so useful I don't consider it a gadget). I use mine at least once a day. As said by others the most effective way to juice a piece of citrus.

            I also use mine with cutside down.

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            1. re: ziggylu

              Just to clarify something here: cut side down is the only way you can use this tool and use it correctly. It's kind of like using a spoon to stir something but using the handle as opposed to the spoon part itself... In other words, it'll work but it's not the most effective way to use the tool and it's not how the item was designed to be used.

            2. These are used all over Latin America, although without the enamel. Cut your larger limes into quarters for easier squeezing. As everyone else has said, cut side down.

              1. These are very popular today. Have been used for decades in Mexico and other Latin American countries. I use them but I do find you can't try to squeeze the last drop out without getting some bitter oils in the juice. A reamer does a better job of getting more juice and no bitter oils from the skin. http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

                I've used them all and the enamel squeezer is just so fast and easy that it's my #1 method at the moment.

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                1. re: scubadoo97

                  I use a wooden reamer, as it works better for me. I have an unglazed squeezer from my grandparents, but rarely use it.

                2. As an ex-bartender, I loved my Rancillo lemon squeezer to death, literally. Broke several due to overzealous pressure (and running it thru the resto dish machine; they should be hand washed-the unenamelled type). Then, I upgraded to Rancillo's stand model (The difference between an eggbeater and a stand mixer...) and never regretted it. A tip to reduce the "bitterness" - soak your citrus in a bowl of very hot water for a few minutes to remove the wax and citrus oils before juicing. Also, rolling your citrus with firm pressure back and fro helps break up the juice sacs and yields more juice. Adam

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                  1. re: adamshoe

                    Oops, brain fart.... It's a Rachand, not a Rancillo as stated above. Adam

                    1. re: adamshoe

                      I do always roll the citrus to yield more juice, but I've never thought of soaking them in hot water first to remove the wax and some of the oils. Good tip, adamshoe, and thanks. I'll try that next time.

                    2. I love the lime squeezer. It's covered with enamel and it's a wonderful gadget.

                      I made a mistake with the lemon squeezer though - it's some sort of hard plastic. I don't find that it's as easy to use and maybe it's the dishwasher, but it's started to crack.

                      1. I admit to not really noticing bitter oils in my juices. For small amounts of juice, we have a stainless reamer dish (reamer w/ strainer to catch seeds and dish below). But when I'm sitting with a case of limes in front of me, unh uh.

                        Finally broke down, spent $20 ,and got an electric citrus juicer for juicing mass quantities. Think it's a Black & Decker.

                        Guess you could always chuck that precious Wms Sonoma one into a drill. 18V of juicing power, power, POWER!

                        1. Well, it's practically unanimous - CHers overwhelmingly like the citrus squeezers. I'll give them another chance next time I need to juice a lemon or two. I think I'll do a taste test, juicing one half with the squeezer and the other with my wooden hand reamer. Thanks for all the input and advice.

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                          1. re: janniecooks

                            The only down-side is that you need a certain amoint of hand/wrist strength, especialy after 4 or more limes/lemons. I put a thick cutting board on my counter next to the sink & put the receptical for the juice in the sink. The squeezer handle goes on the cutting board, with the "bowl" extending to make the juice go into the receptical. Then I can put my body weight into the squeezing instead of just using the strength of my hands.

                          2. I have one of these that is yellow and green and that has the smaller green reamer for limes. It works really well, and has replaced all my other squeezers for daily use. In Egypt, where they have tiny limes almost like key limes (strangely, they refer to them as lemons!) they have little tiny juicers like this, except that they are steel or aluminum.

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                            1. re: roxlet

                              In Mexico, limes are called limons, pronounced lee-MOAN. They have a very popular drink call limonada, made frome limes. It is one of the most refreshing drinks around. The squeezer that I have from Mexico is made of gray metal, but you can buy them from almost any stall in any open air market made from colored metal, plastic, whatever.