We use a lot of citrus around here – I like lemony flavored dinners and limey flavored drinks – but our current juicer wasn’t really cutting it for me.
Here it is:
I mean, it’s FINE, but it tends to get seeds in the food and it requires some elbow grease to extract juice, so it’s not PERFECT.
So the last time my husband and I were at Sur la Table (for a hot! date!), I asked if we could look at the juicers and see if there were any better options.
I was thinking of something like this, where you can use gravity to aid in the juice extraction process.
But instead, during the course of our hot! date!, we got to see THIS juicer in action.
And lo! it was amazing!
So even though it was $14.99, we bought it. And it is my new favorite thing EVER.
It’s SO easy to use.
But! It is also non-intuitive to use!
If I had bought it on sight rather than after seeing a demonstration, I would never have guessed how to use it properly. And the website is no help. There are multiple photos, including a somewhat disturbing one of juice falling from the juicer, but not ONE showing how you put the fruit into the juicer.
I would have put the cut lemon or lime into the bowl of the juicer with the rind nestled down in the little bowl all snug, and the pulp facing up. So that when I squeezed the arms of the juicer together, they all fit together in a nice nested fashion, and that the emptied-of-juice lemon ended up looking like a little empty bowl at the end.
Instead, you put the lemon in round side UP, and pulp side DOWN. Like so!
At the end, you have an inside-out lemon. And lots of delicious juice.
A real live chef showed us this method, so I am choosing to believe that this is The Best and Proper Way to use it. Although I haven’t tried it the other way. So perhaps it works equally well if you put the lemon in round side down.
It is – and I am not being compensated at ALL for this opinion (call me, Sur la Table) – FULLY worth the $14.99. In fact, I plan to buy one for each family member at Christmas. Okay, I also now see that there is a very similar version on Amazon for $8.95. Whatever. I don’t regret a thing.
Perhaps you do not use lemons and limes as frequently as I do. I still recommend this tool because it is AWESOME.