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Lemon squeezer

Soop Mar 25, 2009 07:19 AM

Has anyone compared a lemon squeezer to juicing them by hand? Do you get more juice from a juicer, or less? I've only ever done it by hand.

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  1. HaagenDazs RE: Soop Mar 25, 2009 07:32 AM

    Are you talking about those lemon presses like below? Yes, they work wonderfully and they extract more juice than you can by hand, without the seeds and most of the pulp and much, much faster.


    The ones for limes work great too but I haven't had as much luck with the orange ones.

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      Pat Hammond RE: HaagenDazs Mar 25, 2009 07:35 AM

      I'm not much into kitchen gadgets, but this one is a winner. I use a lot of limes, year 'round and love this squeezer.

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        Paulustrious RE: HaagenDazs Mar 25, 2009 07:46 AM

        I use a cheaper version of one of these:


        It works well. I have never hand a hand press linke the BB&B one so I cannot compare. I did have a manual hand press call a little-something-or-other. I gave it away.

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          kattyeyes RE: HaagenDazs Mar 25, 2009 07:48 AM

          I need one of these--thanks! Have used a lemon reamer for years (wooden) and also picked up a plastic one, which is sorta unwieldy. I kept thinking I should get one of those old school reamers that's in the center of a glass saucer. This seems like a better option. Of course, one of those glass ones would still be handy for grapefruit.

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            HaagenDazs RE: kattyeyes Mar 25, 2009 07:54 AM

            For new users, the cut side of the fruit goes DOWN! Towards the holes, not away.

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            Canthespam RE: HaagenDazs Mar 26, 2009 04:55 PM

            I have the lemon squeezer and love it. I went for the combination lemon/lime squeezer, yellow and green in color - Bed & Bath, $16.00 with 20% coupon. I don't squeeze many limes, but when I do, this really comes in handy. Occasionally I still reach for my wood reamer - force of habit, but this metal squeezer works faster and catches the seeds.

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              kattyeyes RE: HaagenDazs May 5, 2009 07:16 AM

              Finally picked up this very one and have used it on both lemons and limes. Works like a charm and definitely yields more juice than I could get by using a manual reameer. GREAT idea--thanks to you and everyone else who recommended!

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                Soop RE: kattyeyes May 5, 2009 07:19 AM

                Yeah, this all completely slipped my mind. I bought pre-made lemonade.

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              janniecooks RE: Soop Mar 25, 2009 08:48 AM

              I posted a query recently about lemon squeezers, and the CH community loves them! Here's the link:


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                Soop RE: janniecooks Mar 25, 2009 09:04 AM

                perfect, thanks!

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                  ferret RE: Soop Mar 25, 2009 09:23 AM

                  They're used everywhere in Mexico (which is where we first got one many years ago). Street vendors will add lime to just about everything (as do I).

              2. Gio RE: Soop Mar 25, 2009 09:22 AM

                I use an antique glass juicer that belonged to my Grandmother. It does not strain out the seeds but a small mesh strainer takes care of that issue.

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                  Soop RE: Gio Mar 25, 2009 09:42 AM

                  I remember those, and I don't know how great those are.
                  Man, I'm in the mood for making lemonade.

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                    kattyeyes RE: Gio Mar 25, 2009 03:07 PM

                    Gio, that's exactly what I want for squeezing ruby reds! No doubt my mom has more than one. I should ask.

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                      Gio RE: kattyeyes Mar 25, 2009 05:21 PM

                      Katty - this juicer is so nice to use and very easy.... very low tech as you would imagine. But really gets the job done. Used it tonight, in fact. Plus I feel connected to my sweet Grandmother who I miss dearly.

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                        kattyeyes RE: Gio Mar 25, 2009 05:47 PM

                        I'm a firm believer in keeping it simple. And I know what you mean--it's been 25 years and I still wish Nanny were here with us. ;) Poppy, too. We lost them both too young (early 60s). I'm going to get one of these!

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                      cackalackie RE: Gio Mar 26, 2009 06:33 PM

                      I have one of those too - and it's my favorite method by far. Plus, you can pour from it, if you need to measure!

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                        Caitlin McGrath RE: Gio Mar 28, 2009 02:41 PM

                        I have a new-school version: it's stainless steel, with holes to strain out the seeds, and nests into a dish with pour spouts that catches the juice.

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                        DGresh RE: Soop Apr 28, 2009 03:50 AM

                        Thanks for posting this topic; I kept my eyes open for one the last few times at Bed Bad and Beyond and this last time they had it (must be seasonal)-- tried it for the first time last night and it's great. I've always used one of those wooden reamers, but this is nice because it catches the seeds and is *so fast*. And I was glad someone pointed out how the fruit goes in-- it was on the packaging but I tend not to read :)

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                          Soop RE: DGresh Apr 28, 2009 03:58 AM

                          You're welcome :)

                          I had a pressé the other day for the first time. It was a lime one, and it's just fresh lime juice with a carafé of water and some sugar syrup. I think I might try this rather than mix a batch of lemonade at home

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                            Caitlin McGrath RE: Soop Apr 28, 2009 11:56 AM

                            I discovered those in France. Great way to serve it, so everyone sweetens to their own taste. Good with fizzy water, too.

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                          Mother of four RE: Soop Apr 29, 2009 06:55 PM

                          If you are doing more then one lemon, orange,etc., this is a wonderful little machine.

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