Table Of Contents
- How to use a citrus juicer?
- How do you squeeze a lime easily?
- How do you squeeze a lemon quickly?
- How does a lemon squeezer work?
- Which way do you put a lemon in a squeezer?
- Lemon Hacks
Lemons (and lime) are the most common citrus fruits that we can use for almost everything - lemonades and juices, cocktails, a variety of dishes including desserts and pastries, cleaning, personal hygiene. Name it, lemons are the most versatile fruit known to man.
However, it can be tough to work with if you do not have the right tools or if you’re doing it all wrong. So, let us walk you through how to use your lemon juicer, both manual and electric.
But first, let us distinguish them to eliminate confusion.
A manual lemon juicer can either be a reamer or a squeezer. The reamer is usually made of two parts: the actual tool on the upper part and the lower part for the expressed juice. The upper part sometimes comes with a cover.
The juice squeezer, on the other, works using the principle of a lever and fulcrum where half of a lemon or lime is placed in between the upper part which works to press down the lemon and the lower part which works together with the upper part to squeeze the juice out. It also serves as the strainer.
The electric lemon juicer comes in three designs: one that's similar to a reamer or a squeezer. Here, you juice your citrus fruits using the same process when you do the manual type. The other type is similar to standard electric juicers, which can also be juiced with other fruits and vegetables.
How to use a citrus juicer?
However, we will focus on the correct process to juice a lemon or any citrus fruit using a reamer and a squeezer.
How to use a citrus reamer?
1. Whether you’re using a reamer or a squeezer, you need to break down the pulp inside to get out the juice better. With your palm pressed on the lemon, roll it a few times on the table or counter until it softens a bit.
2. Cut the lemon in half.
3. Press the lemon on the reamer.
- If you are using a handheld reamer, turn the reamer until all the juice is expressed. Make sure to have a vessel with a strainer under to catch the juice.
- If you are using a countertop reamer, give the lemon a press and turn it to express all the juice. Countertop reamers usually come with a strainer and vessel to catch the juice
How to use a citrus squeezer?
1. After cutting the lemon or lime in half, put it into the squeezer, cut side down. If the end of the lemon is a bit long, cut it off.
2. Press down the upper part of the squeezer, giving both parts a good grip. This may need more muscles than the reamer but it expresses more juice.
If you are using an electric juicer, just follow the instructions found in the manual. Each brand and model have different methods, depending on the mechanism they are using.
How do you squeeze a lime easily?
Limes can be a bit hard to squeeze because it is a bit hard. But it becomes easier to squeeze it even without a juicer by following these simple steps. This method gives more juice than trying to juice half a lime.
1. Cut the lime into smaller pieces, in quarters or more.
2. Squeeze each section individually into the glass or any vessel you have. This requires less strength than if you cut the lime in half or even if you use a squeezer.
3. For the last piece which also happens to be the center of the lime, take it into both hands and give it a good twist.
How do you squeeze a lemon quickly?
- To squeeze a lemon quickly, roll it for a few times until it is a bit soft. The rind has softened a bit and a pulp is broken, making it quicker and easier to squeeze.
- Cut the lemon lengthwise and into quarters or sixths. This longer cut and the smaller sections make it quicker to squeeze. This way more juice is also expressed.
- Pop it into the microwave for a minute. Put it into a microwavable dish to collect any juice that may ooze out. Be sure to poke a small hole so the lemon won’t explode.
How does a lemon squeezer work?
The lemon squeezer might be the simplest but also the most used kitchen and bar tool. Here is how it works.
- The lemon squeezer works by the mechanism of a lever and fulcrum.
- The upper part serves as the lever while the lemon serves as the fulcrum.
- The hinge that puts the upper and the lower part together works to press the lemon or lime placed between these two parts.
- The lower part may have slits or holes that also act as strainer.
Which way do you put a lemon in a squeezer?
When squeezing a lemon using a squeezer, it may be easier to put it cut side up. But the correct way of putting it in is cut side down. This way, the juice moves directly into the glass through the holes on the lower part, which also serves as the strainer.
Squeezing without a squeezer
- Roll the lemon a few times until a bit soft.
- Cut the lemon into quarters along its long side.
- Using a kitchen tong, fold the quarter lemon in half and squeeze.
Keeping it Fresh Longer After Getting Some Juice
If the recipe you’re using calls for half an ounce of lemon, what would you do? The most probable answer is to cut it in half, juice that and return the other half into the fridge. Well, this is good if you will use the remaining lemon within the day. If not, the lemon will oxidize and get spoiled.
This is a hack that might work for you.
- Roll the lemon for a few times to soften it.
- Poke a small hole on the side where it hangs from the tree.
- Squeeze out the desired amount of juice you will need. Return the rest in the fridge. The lemon is less likely to get spoiled easily since less oxygen has gotten contact with it.
Without a good citrus juicer, the work of the bartender may be doubled which is not at all very pleasing to the patrons. Nobody wants to wait for hours for their cocktails when they go to the bar to relax.
Bartenders differ from their ways. While others choose to squeeze their lemons and limes beforehand, others prefer to squeeze the juice just before adding it to the cocktail. If the latter is the bartender’s choice, he should have a reliable juicer to aid him.