Whether you would like to prepare some delicious fresh lemon juice. Or, your new year’s resolution has been to become more self-sufficient in the kitchen, and you’d like to learn how to prepare your own zesty salad dressings.
The key to freshly squeezed juice is to make sure that you are correctly using the juicer!
For the most part, using a citrus juicer is relatively simple and easy to achieve. In order to effectively use a juicer, many people will take their citrus fruit of choice, cut it in half and then squeeze the juice with the juicer by placing each half face down.
Interestingly enough, even though many people follow this method, it turns out that it’s not actually the most effective!
So, how do you go about correctly using a citrus juicer, then? If you’re currently asking yourself this question, then rest assured that you have clicked on the right article.
Below, we are going to be talking you through three ways that you can properly use a citrus juicer, including helpful step-by-step instructions and even some alternatives! Read on.
How To Use A Citrus Juicer
Using a citrus juicer is one of the most popular and easiest ways to juice a citrus fruit.
Otherwise, known as citrus squeezers, citrus juicers essentially work by squeezing the juice out of the citrus fruit via a double-sided contraption designed to apply pressure to the top of the fruit so that the juice can then be effectively taken.
In addition to that, the majority of citrus juicers will feature a built-in poured wall that will be able to prevent any of the pulp or seeds from getting mixed up in the juice! Here’s how to use a citrus juicer yourself:
- Take your citrus fruit of choice and carefully slice it in half.
- Take one-half of the citrus fruit that you have chopped and place it inside your citrus juicer. Then take the handle and gently pull down 3 or 4 times until you can see that all the juice has been extracted from the citrus fruit.
- When you are satisfied that all the juice has been extracted, take the juice out of the compartment and transfer it to a different container of your choice. The fruit that is left over can then be thrown away. Alternatively, if you do not want to throw the leftovers away, you could opt to freeze them so that you can use them at a later date – such as to make garnishes.
To follow on, it is also worth noting that many citrus juicers will come with an innovative rubber base that will help to provide you with more stability while you are using it.
In order to make the most of this feature, we recommend that you make sure to set your juicer on a flat surface so that the rubber will be able to do its job correctly. For example, your kitchen countertop.
If you want to make your citrus juicer even easier to use, then we strongly urge you to consider cutting your lemon or lime in half and then carefully cut some of the skin off of the other side.
After you have done this, proceed to use the juicer as you normally would, and you’re going to find that the juice comes right out! Even though this might seem like a very small step, you’ll find that it makes a very big difference!
How To Use An Electric Citrus Juicer
If you have an electric citrus juicer, or you’ve been thinking about making the upgrade from a manual handheld citrus juicer to an electric one, then the great news is that an electric citrus juicer works nearly identically to a handheld one.
In order to effectively use your electric citrus juicer correctly, all you will need to do is take the citrus fruit that you would like to use, slice it in half and then place it directly onto your electric citrus juicer.
As soon as you place it on top of the juicer and begin to push down, it will begin to extract the juice into the base of your juicer.
After you have finished extracting the juice, all you will then need to do is take the top of the electric citrus juicer off so that you can access the juice that has collected in the tray at the base.
Alternative: How To Use A Citrus Reamer
If you do not have a citrus juicer to hand, then a citrus reamer is a great way to juice either a lemon or lime. They are a small and convenient handheld device too.
They are specifically designed this way to be able to extract juice from small citrus fruit – and consist of a handle that is connected to a tapered blade.
In order to correctly use a citrus reamer, all you will need to do is take the reamer and place half a lemon or lime on top of it.
Once you have done this, gently push the citrus fruit onto the blade and then begin to twist it until all the juice has been effectively extracted. It’s as easy as that!
After you have done this, the extracted juice will then be ready for you to use. As a side note, if you are going to be using a reamer, then we recommend placing a bowl underneath it so the extracted juice can be properly collected.
So, there we have it! You’ve made it to the end of this article. Now that you have taken the time to read through this guide – we hope that you now have a much better understanding of how to use your citrus juicer correctly.
Alongside having a better understanding of how to use your handheld citrus juicer, we also hope that you also have a better understanding of how to use an electric citrus juicer, as well as the alternative citrus reamer. Thank you for reading!