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Amco Lemon / Lime Squeezer - Yay or Nah?

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  • snax Aug 6, 2009 06:26 PM
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Long story short. I hate having citrus juice on my fingers so these juicers look like the way to go for me. But are they strong enough to withstand a few years of use? Or are they more of a kitchen gimmick and I'm just asking for trouble?

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  1. DO IT! Or, as they said in the 70s, "Try it--you'll like it!" I learned of this kitchen tool here (after hand-squeezing an entire bag of key limes--whattachore!). LOVE IT! I've only had mine for a few months, but it certainly seems sturdy and I'm sure it will withstand many years of use. As far as I know, this product is heartily Chowhound-endorsed. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay all the way!

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      I have one of those electric rotating reamers. Does an excellent job but it needs to be extracted from its hiding place, plugged in, used, cleaned and returned to the aforementioned spot. I would like a quick squeeze, so I am asking you...

      Will the large (orange) squeezer work well with lemons and limes?

      1. re: Paulustrious

        I have the lemon one and use it for both lemons and limes, so I don't see why not.

    2. i've never used one...but i find the fork method to be incredibly effective - just stab and twist. if you'd rather squeeze, just use a pair of tongs; no need to clutter the kitchen drawer with another gadget.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Trust me when I tell you this, if you had a bag of key limes in front of you, you would wish you had one of these. I manually squeezed an entire bag of limes back in the spring and I thought my hand was gonna fall off! ;) I definitely think you get more juice out with the tool than with a reamer (or a fork).

        1. re: kattyeyes

          i'll take a picture of the next lime i "fork" and post it for you. you wouldn't believe how thoroughly it cleans them out!

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Game on, but I still won't take my kung fu grip off my lemon squeezer. Cats like toys, you know--esp. kitchen toys! ;)

          2. re: kattyeyes

            Trust kattyeyes. I *love* mine. It is so fast and effective and best of all keeps nearly all the seeds out of the juice. I would never give it back after having it for a couple months.

        2. yea.

          and if you want to do oranges, get a larger one, hand held, or "pro" on a stand, like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/COMMERCIAL-JUICER...

          1. I have had mine for about 6 months and LOVE LOVE LOVE it for squeezing citrus. I saw a bartender using one to make a cocktail for me a while ago and thought, "if that's what they use it must be good" and I wasn't mistaken.

            So far the durability seems to be spot of. I got a lime squeezer and think in retrospect a lemon or orange squeezer may be more practical, but overall I think this is one of the best kitchen gadgets I've bought. Use it at least once per week, and still marvel at how well it works.

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            1. re: stomsf

              They're ubiquitous in Mexico (primarily unpainted aluminum). Many street vendors use them for a quick finish of lime juice on your street food.

            2. I've had one of the yellow enameled ones for 5 or 6 years now and I LOVE it -- it's by far the best juicer I've ever used and it's still going strong. Only complaint is that after 5-6 years of use the enamel is starting to wear a bit from the acid in the lime juice -- I'd get one of the plain aluminum ones.

              1. I see that Amco will be releasing a 2-in-1 lemon/lime squeezer. Amazon is offering it at $22.

                http://www.amazon.com/Amco-8720-2-in-...

                1. Hey thanks ppl for the input. So the lemon squeezer would work well for limes too? No need for both?

                  And after poking around on Amazon I came across this:

                  Norpro Stainless-Steel Citrus Juice Press
                  http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Stainles...

                  The fact that it's stainless steel and unenamaled (so no flaking of the enamale) really caught my eye. Should I just stick with the Amco Lemon Squeezer and just replace every so often?

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                  1. re: snax

                    that stainless steel one doesn't seem as heavy-duty as the enameled aluminum one, but i guess the aluminum one has to be thicker than the stainless one for the same strength. don't get two hand held ones -- get the larger one that'll handle lemons, limes, small oranges....

                    do you want to stick to hand held, or will you be wanting fresh oj? if oj is in the offing, i'd get the stand-alone citrus press i link above.

                  2. ok, so i've clearly been out-voted here...and of course after hearing all of these raves now i want one!

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                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      HA HA, the power of Chowhound strikes again. ;) I love when this happens.

                    2. I have an electric reamer - at least that's my name for it - that will work on limes and grapefruit. It does an excellent job of extracting juice. The problem is that it has to be taken out of a cupboard, plugged in, used, cleaned, dried and put away. For half a lemon this is just too much effort.

                      My question is to someone who owns both types. How does the percentage juice extraction compare between one of those and an amco? I used to have a mighty something-or-other that was a counter -top version of an amco with a pull down lever. I was never happy with it and eventually gave it away. At the time I had no idea you could/should invert the fruit.

                      1. Unfortunately no one has mentioned that this squeezer doesn't solve your problem of getting the juice on your fingers. It might be possible if you do just one lemon but sooner or later your fingers will be covered in juice. I think you would do better with a standard electric juicer.

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                        1. re: mexivilla

                          I don't really get any juice on my hands; I just dump the (pretty dry) shell of the lemon right into the compost bin out of the juicer.

                          1. re: mexivilla

                            If you're squeezing the handle, it certainly removes your hands from physically touching the fruit (except to place it in the squeezer). What am I missing?

                            1. re: kattyeyes

                              Super hate having the juice on my fingers, but I think I'd be skillful enough to manage one lime/lemon with little trouble, and if I did a whole bag, I'd put on a glove or a plastic bag on my hand. But the fact of the matter is that my hand isn't on the fruit squeezing.

                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                As I said squeezing just one or two wouldn't be a problem. But try doing a couple of dozen for Margaritas for a party and the juice just manages to to squirt out particularly if using one from Mexico where the two pieces are held together with a bent nail.
                                Incidentally I assume everyone knows to warm up the lemon/lime in the microwave before juicing.

                                1. re: mexivilla

                                  I didn't know about the microwave, but I do know about rolling them on the counter.

                            2. Today, I was in Home Sense (a Canadian store that resembles Ross Dress for Less) and they had the three juicers (including the Amazon unavailable orange one) for $8 each. I bought all three - I can always take them back. I just tried the lime one. It is reasonably good, but does not get anywhere near the electric reamer type in terms of extracting juice. It does have the big advantage of being immediately accessible, quick to set up and easy to clean

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                              1. re: Paulustrious

                                hey me a favour, and let me know what it's like squeezing a lime in the lemon squeezer. I'm wondering if I need one of each or of the lemon squeezer will do a good enough job for both.

                                1. re: Paulustrious

                                  Interesting...HomeSense sounded way too close to our HomeGoods/Marshalls, so I googled it. It's a TJX company (as is TJ Maxx), so no wonder...it's all related. And I love the bargains I've found at my local HomeGoods/Marshalls. I used my lemon one today on a lime to make soup.

                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                    To: Kat: On re-reading, my description of HomeSense was utterly wrong. It is like Ross DFL but without the clothes.

                                    To snax: Just a touch too late. I used the lime squeezer on another lime for a non-muddled version of a caipirinha. But next time.

                                    I tried experimenting. The lime goes cut side down. If you go the other way you get a citric geyser. I'm fairly strong and after a hard squeeze there is quite a bit of juice left. This was determined by the bite-and-pull-between-teeth test. I then packed one (already squeezeed) rind on top of the other. This released more juice. I then cut a substantial X on each piece and returned them stacked, but this time with the rind in the 'cup'. The released further juice. However, my electric reamer released even more from the 'husks'.

                                    So far I am staying with my original point of view. If I have a lot to do then I will ream. On a one-off basis the amco is fine.

                                    1. re: Paulustrious

                                      >>>So far I am staying with my original point of view. If I have a lot to do then I will ream. On a one-off basis the amco is fine.<<<

                                      absolutely right! an electric juice reamer is the only way to go for best extraction or larger quantities. the better models have different reamer sizes for smaller vs. larger citrus.

                                      1. re: alkapal

                                        In that case I have one of the worse models. My uni-reamer does seem to work reasonably well from lime to grapefruit, but I think it would struggle with a pomelo.

                                        1. re: Paulustrious

                                          but who is going to juice a pomelo?

                                          here's an example of different size reamer "cones" http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-CJ...

                                          1. re: alkapal

                                            I have had this one for 10 years....

                                            http://www.amazon.com/Volt-COMPLIANT-...

                                            In my tests it extracts juice from an amconated orange. If you can get one it works well. Quick clean up (rinse two parts) unless you forget to put a container underneath the spout. (Warning: You WILL do this sometime, normally when it's your last lemon.) And wash it straight away as once the juice dries it is much more difficult.

                                            Snax: The lime in the lemon extractor works as well as in the lime extractor. I will return later with results of the lime in the orange amco test. It's a pity we cannot upload videos.

                                            An alternative technique is to slice off one end of the halved fruit and then squeeze. This seems to get a little more out of it .

                                            Kat: Thanks. Looks like it took a little time to work its way to google: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitts...

                                            1. re: Paulustrious

                                              that is powerful -- 60 watts (double the power of the ones i linked). but it's not USA compliant, unfortunately.

                                              as to uploading videos, what about putting it on youtube and linking it?

                                2. How timely--our local paper just ran an article the other day: "Main Squeeze: Comparing Juicers." You'll especially appreciate this, Paulustrious, as it compares yields of juice per half a Valencia orange by each one.

                                  I tried to find a link to the article, but couldn't, so in a nutshell, here were the results:

                                  Mighty OJ Chrome Juicer ($50) - just less than 1/4 cup

                                  DeLonghi Electric Citrus Juicer ($30) - not quite 1/3 cup

                                  Squeezer Citrus Juicer ($16) <<similar to Amco juicer>> - 1/4 cup

                                  Glass citrus juicer <<like your grandmother might have had>> ($7) - 1/4 cup

                                  Have a juicy and fruitful day! ;)

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                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                    btw, the delonghi is only $20 in delonghi's online store.

                                    also, the black & decker (a reliable brand in my experience across many appliances) is also 20 bucks online from target, gets great reviews -- and has pulp level control. http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/...

                                  2. I’ve been meaning to update a few of my posts. I’ll start with the Amco citrus squeezer.
                                    I’ve had both the lemon and lime squeezer for about 6 months now and have been surprised how great they are. They extract a lot of juice, and the biggie for me was keeping my hands free of juice. I often think half way through cooking that I’ll add a little more lemon juice to whatever I’m cooking, so I just pick up the squeezer and squeeze a little more directly into whatever I’m cooking. So I find it really efficient with my cooking style. Not to mention how good it is when making a gin and tonic, which reminds me I once made a round of g & t’s for several people and let people decide if they wanted lemon or lime in their drink and to let them squeeze however much they wanted.
                                    The lemon squeezer works well with limes, but an over sized lime is just not going to happen with the lime squeezer.

                                    Also as it only has citrus juice on it, I prefer to hand wash, dry and put away, instead of putting it through the dishwasher.
                                    Hope this can help someone.

                                    1. Unfortunately, nah. I've had one for about 4 or 5 years. It has been very useful ,but now the finish is peeling off in huge chunks, which is disgusting and I can't use it because I'm afraid it will get in my food. Yes, I have always cleaned it after use. THe finish is simply not high enough quality to withstand the acid. Keep looking.

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                                      1. re: MoZeu

                                        Yes the finish does eventually seem to peel off. Wish they would make a plain stainless one. I like mine so much though that I bought another, and am washing this one by hand instead of in the DW in hopes that it may last longer.