Today, my husband surprised me with a new kitchen tool, and I love it so much, I had to share. I am not being paid or reimbursed in any way, I am just excited that this is so wonderful!
Since we have changed our diet, two of our regular dishes include using fresh lemon or lime juice. This requires buying large quantities of fresh limes and lemons, and juicing them yourself, then freezing the juice to be used later when making the recipes. We are also working on a recipe for an orange marinated chicken, so there will be even more citrus in the future.
While not an everyday chore, (the cubes usually last a few months before needing to be refilled), it was a dreaded chore for many reasons (not the least of which was the inadequate juicer we had). In fact, we have had a bag of limes sitting in the fridge for like 3 weeks now because nobody could get up the motivation to juice them.
Our old citrus juicer, which we probably picked up at Wal-Mart or Target some time ago (ahem…years…), was just a jar with a screw on plastic juicing lid. It never did do a great job of getting all the juice out of the fruit. The drain holes clogged up and had to be cleaned out after every 1/2 of a fruit. It took a LOT of muscle power to operate. Since we buy lemons and limes in Costco-sized bags, this took a lot of energy and was very time-consuming. It also made a huge mess. Finally, every little paper cut, hangnail or slightest owie on your hands would burn in agony.
In the picture below, you can see my old juicer on the left. It’s the contraption with the yellow lid. And to the right of it, is my new best friend, a Breville Citrus Press (BCP600).
Hubby picked it up today at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It was $129.99, I think, but he had the 20% off coupon. It was a little pricey, but the only other one they had was a $29.99 Cuisinart that my husband said was not much better than the juicer we already had. And since he is usually the one who has to finish the painful chore of juicing when I get tired (right away), he decided to splurge.
Tonight, all by my lone-some, I juiced a whole bag of limes in like 10 minutes (including set-up and clean-up time). On top of that, it made about twice as much juice as our previous juicer was able to extract. I got 5 cups total! Impressive. It pretty much filled 3 ice-cube trays.
It was super easy to assemble and use. You just pop the pieces together (which fit nicely and go on with no problem at all), then stick a lime on top and gently push the handle down. You hardly have to apply any pressure at all. In about 5 seconds, you move on to the next lime. You can see the empty limes in the picture above. All the juice is gone, and all that is left are the fibery-parts that separate the wedges.
I did have to scoop out the pulp with a spoon a couple of times, but it was simple to do with just a teaspoon. My old juicer had weird drain holes and they would get clogged inside the slits. This one, the pulp just sits on top and you just scoop it out without having to dig into the slits. Nice!
Another benefit I enjoyed was how easy it was to disassemble and clean. I was done with that in about 2 minutes. It was marvelous!
There are just a few parts that assemble and disassemble and wash very easily (pretty much just had to rinse them off). There’s the bowl where the juice collects, the strainer, the juicer attachment and then a little dome that pushes down on the top of the lime. That’s it.
My muscles do not hurt. My hands do not hurt. My job is done and I have time for a cup of tea! I am a happy, happy person right now.
If you are considering buying a citrus juicer, I highly recommend this one. I haven’t had it long enough yet to speak about its longevity, but we do own a Breville Juice Fountain (which regrettably does everything BUT citrus) and we have had it for at least 7 years with no issues.