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Citrus Press vs Juicer

Christene's picture

Hello Everyone!

I have my sights set on my next kitchen gadget, Breville's motorized citrus press.|4|1||4|citrus%20press||0&cm_src=SCH

We use a LOT of citrus - mojitos, margaritas, lemonade, fresh OJ. I know its expensive but I have a gift card to use towards it. My husband though, thinks we should just go ahead and spend another $100 and get a full juicer. For some reason I'm just not interested in a full juicer. While I'll juice 5-10 lbs of limes at a time, I've never found myself wanting to juice anything other than my lemons, limes and oranges. I'm thinking the press will be easier to clean, can sit on the counter and will therefore get used more often and I like the control it gives me. And I wonder if a regular juicer where you dump the whole piece in creates more bitter juice?

Any advice you could offer for or against one or the other would be appreciated. My husband thijks I'm crazy to want something that simply presses citrus.



ICDOCEAN1's picture

Juicers (post #69867, reply #1 of 5)

I have owed many juicers over the years including the full juicer, never did use it as much as I thought I would.  I have a little wooden hand reamer for small jobs, a stainless bowl reamer for a few more lemons, limes, and oranges, ultimately just bought the attachment for my KA mixer for lots of juicing.  Works for me.

Oh you are not crazy, just addicted to kitchen tools as many of us are...

Adele's picture

I use a hand reamer for Key (post #69867, reply #2 of 5)

I use a hand reamer for Key limes, as they are so small, and also for small quantities of other citrus.  I have a 20 dollar electric juicer that I've had for years as I use it maybe once a year, and then for big jobs I use the KA attachment. 

EDIT:  If your going to WmSonoma, be sure to smell the Lemon Gingergrass they now have.  I bought a bottle of the hand lotion and it smells WONDERFUL!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Gretchen's picture

Just my opinon, but I think (post #69867, reply #3 of 5)

Just my opinon, but I think they are two entirely different appliances with entirely different uses.

Christene's picture

Thanks for the feedback (post #69867, reply #4 of 5)

Thanks for the feedback everyone! When it comes to larger more complex juicers I have a feeling the novelty would wear off quick and we too would probably use it once a year.

I do have a hand press and a small stainless reamer. I've actually broken two presses because I use them so much. I like them a lot and would continue to use them day to day. (Its even a task that's fun for the kids to do.) However come summer, I go through a lot of limes just with Margaritas and mojitos! I must have done 50lbs with my hand press last summer. (That probably doesn't give you the right impression of me! Or maybe it does. =) Juicing 4 or 5 with a hand press is no biggie, but when you have two 5lb bags in front of you before a party, yikes...

Anyway - it sounds like I should stick to my guns and insist on the simple pres that I want. I know the hubby will be won over the first time he gets fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast.

Thanks again!

Gretchen's picture

I think the thing is that a (post #69867, reply #5 of 5)

I think the thing is that a juicer gives an entirely different product than something that gives you just juice.