I recently got this citrus squeezer from a convenience store near where I lived. Now I can see you shaking your head thinking, ‘What a wuss, why would you purposely need a citrus squeezer, what’s wrong with your hands?’ I had a rather unpleasant experience with limes when I was making my Green Chilli Hotpot Dipping Sauce. I had to squeeze quite a lot of limes and for some reason, the limes revealed all those microscopic cuts I have on my hands. They’re like tiny paper cuts only that there were lots of them and to handle limes and chillies with hands like that is no walk in the park, let me tell you. I don’t know why I have so much cuts on my hands, I can’t even remember getting them, all I know is when I was squeezing the limes with my hands, I was wincing and washing them half the time. Soooo not fun.
I did try using my cone juice extractor but the size wasn’t meant for limes. I also tried using the tongs method by wedging the lime in between the tongs and clamping the juice out, but I still need my hands to catch the pips. So the next best tool is either this, or a hand-held juice reamer. I opted for this because it keeps the pips snugly in.
After I got this and used it, I must say…it was a darn good buy! Who cares if I’m a wuss and who cares if it’s a bit indulgent. Sure it’s not cheap as chips but it’s not super pricey either and I have NO regrets.
This is really good when you have to squeeze loads and loads of limes. Even your fingers get sore eventually. The principal of this gadget is simple, put the lime in the space and press down the clamp to get the juice out without any falling pips. This also works for lemons. Cleaning is a breeze and storage is like next to none.
They do have pricier versions of this tool. My advise is, go visit local stores that sells pots, pans and kitchen tools. You might find them for a bargain. I got mine, I’m keeping it, I’m happy, you can spare me the opinions…so there.