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How to Use a Citrus Press

How to Juice Citrus the Right Way

Juicing citrus doesn't have to be an exercise in frustration, provided you have the right tool and the accompanying know-how. When working with a few lemons or limes, a citrus press ($16) is the way to go. Not only does it use leverage to eke out every last drop of juice, but it also strains out the seeds and minimizes your fingertips' exposure to citric acid.

Here's the important part: while it may seem counterintuitive, you should always insert a halved lemon or lime cut-side-down when working with a citrus press. If you use the same gadget with a lemon or lime cut-side-up it'll be harder to close, will squirt juice all over the place, and won't be as efficient. Press the handles together firmly until the tool has extracted all the juice. It's that simple.

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tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I don't have a juicer, so I usually just use my hands. When making key lime pie I use my garlic press since the limes are so tiny.
marie-lee marie-lee 6 years
I've also never seen a juicer that looks like that.
laurelm laurelm 6 years
plus this way the seeds dont come out really
merie33 merie33 6 years
You're welcome Munkeyhead!
merie33 merie33 6 years
You're welcome Munkeyhead!
limelindsey limelindsey 6 years
I love mine! It came with instructions, I was using it one day and my mom was like, "you're doing it wrong!" I showed her the directions and she was skeptical...but you really do get more juice that way!
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Of course!
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Of course!
suziryder suziryder 6 years
I've never seen that kind of juicer, I've always used the kind where you have to twist the lemon on that ridged egg shape, which was always a pain. Hm. Time to update my bridal registry! :P
pharm_chick pharm_chick 6 years
ive never used a juicer, but id prob use it the way you did! now i know the right way! lol
flyingroo flyingroo 6 years
Nice "Doh" moment Yum!!!
flyingroo flyingroo 6 years
Nice "Doh" moment Yum!!!
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 6 years
I'm going to try merie33's method. Thanks!
merie33 merie33 6 years
I don't use one of those...I just pull out a pair of metal tongs, hold them closed and twist them around inside the half of lemon. It works really well.
mudnessa mudnessa 6 years
i thought it was used the way you wrongly used it but mine came with instructions so i never actually used it the wrong way but i was skeptical the first time but after doing it i realized that this way does work much better.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 6 years
I have never seen a juicer like that before!
wren1 wren1 6 years
I've been doing it wrong all this time, too :rotfl: Thanks for the tip.
KadBunny KadBunny 6 years
Weird! You'd think by the shape of it it would go the other way.. thanks for the heads up part-ay. :D (but really, you just wanna know you're not the only one ;))
imariec imariec 6 years
OMG - totally - jajajajajajaja - thanks for the lesson!!!
imariec imariec 6 years
OMG - totally - jajajajajajaja - thanks for the lesson!!!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Well, no, but that's because I don't have one of those things. When I need lemon juice, I just squeeze them with my hands. I can see how you'd make that mistake, though...it seems pretty counterintuitive when you look at that contraption.
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