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Mar 25, 2009 07:19 AM

Lemon squeezer

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. 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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    1. re: HaagenDazs

      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.

      1. re: HaagenDazs

        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.

        1. re: HaagenDazs

          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.

          1. re: kattyeyes

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

          2. re: HaagenDazs

            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.

            1. re: HaagenDazs

              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!

              1. re: kattyeyes

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

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


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                1. re: Soop

                  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).

              1. 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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                1. re: Gio

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

                  1. re: Gio

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

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      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.

                      1. re: Gio

                        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!

                    2. re: Gio

                      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!

                      1. re: Gio

                        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.

                      2. 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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                        1. re: DGresh

                          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

                          1. re: Soop

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

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