There are many good reasons to buy a citrus juicer to have in the kitchen. Sure, you can squeeze lemons and limes by hand if need be, but this is very hard work. Once you use a lemon juicer and realise how easy it is you will never look back! Lemon and lime juice is not only delicious, but has many health benefits too – you can use it in cooking and baking, or even make your own lemonade.
The simplest, cheapest kind of lemon juicer is the hand held press design. These look a bit like a nut cracker, basically two handles with a small sieve and cone in the middle where you put your citrus fruit to juice. Load in a half of lemon or lime and pull the handles together. Fast, easy, and free of mess – provided you have not forgotten to do this over a bowl of course…! The only down side of these juicers is that it is tiring if you want to make seriously big batches of juice (say if you are juicing several pounds of fruit in order to freeze the juice for later use). But for the occasional use, these juicers are great. Expect to pay $10-$15 for a good plastic one, and about $20 for a more sturdy stainless steel model.
So what if you do want to juice a large amount of fruit? The best option then is to go for a bench top juicer such as the ones sold by Metrokane and Norpco. These are bigger, more powerful juicers that are heavy enough to sit without moving on your countertop. A longer, stronger lever allows easier juice extraction, although the same manual principle is used as in smaller juicers.
Although these bigger juicers cost significantly more, the great thing is that they can also handle the bigger citrus fruit like oranges and grapefruit. Many people find these bench top juicers are better than electric models when it comes to making orange juice – plus they are fun to use.