Freshly squeezed juices are much tastier and healthier than packaged juices, so for cooking I use only them: add to sauces, salad dressings, soft drinks and ice cream. Most often, I need citrus juices, which are conveniently squeezed using conventional manual juicers.
I’ll tell you about four juicers that I use constantly. These are small and easy-to-care appliances that do not take up much space in my kitchen.
Vegan 400 ml by Walmer
With interchangeable nozzles for citrus and berries
This is a juicer with interchangeable nozzles and a 400 ml measuring cup from the German company Walmer. She will help out when you need to cook a large portion of freshly squeezed juice from citrus fruits or from juicy berries and fruits - pomegranate, grapes, cranberries.
It is made of durable plastic, there is a rubber gasket at the bottom - such a juicer does not slip on the countertop. Measuring scale allows you to measure the exact amount of juice, which is very convenient if you need to cook according to the recipe.
I use it if you need to squeeze a few glasses of juice from orange and pomegranate.
Pros: inexpensive, lightweight, non-slip, easy to clean.
Cons: the plastic is quite fragile - if dropped, it may crack or break.
With a convenient strainer for quick preparation of small portions of juice
A simple-design juicer with a strainer is useful when you need to quickly squeeze juice from a pair of lemons or oranges.
Having broken several plastic juicers of this type, I finally found an unkillable model from Tescoma in stainless steel. It takes up very little space in the kitchen drawer and can be washed in a dishwasher. True, polished steel surface is easier and faster just rinse after use.
Pros: durable, compact, easy to clean.
Cons: Only suitable for citrus fruits.
Helix by Joseph Joseph
For making cocktails and drinks
The Joseph Joseph spiral press helps you quickly squeeze juice directly into a glass or glass for serving a drink and not get your hands dirty in the process.
In form and principle of operation, this device resembles a bar squeezer, but thanks to the spiral mechanism, the press is much easier to use: less effort is required. The squeezer squeezes due to the strong pressure of the upper part of the device, and the press - due to grinding movement.
This small device squeezes the juice literally to the last drop and is useful for lovers of parties or unusual drinks. He helps me out when I make cocktails for guests.
Pros: compact, durable, easy to disassemble and wash.
Cons: not suitable for making large quantities of juice.
Lekue Citrus Spray
For salad dressing
The French Lekue brand citrus spray is equipped with a spray bottle - with it you can evenly spray food or dishes with fresh juice.
The design is very simple. Instead of the usual tube, this spray gun has a plastic knife with holes that resembles a meat grinder auger in shape. This knife must be inserted into the lemon and scroll several times. Immediately after this, you can spray the juice.
The device is useful in the preparation of certain products, for example, when cutting avocados or apples that need to be sprayed with juice so that they do not lose their appearance and taste. With it, you can season fresh salad, sprinkle appetizers of fish and seafood.
In the kit there is a plastic form in the form of a lemon. In it you can put a lemon and spin the spray bottle. So the fruit is conveniently stored in the refrigerator.
Pros: it sprays juice well and finely, does not break. Cons: quickly clogs and is difficult to wash.
What hand-held juicers come in handy if you like cooking at home
- With interchangeable nozzles for citrus and berries, if you need to squeeze a couple glasses of juice for breakfast or use berry juice during the preparation of desserts.
- Metal with a strainer to quickly prepare a small portion of juice from lemon or orange. Suitable for desserts or cooking with the addition of a small amount of lemon juice.
- Spiral juicer if you like to make cocktails. It allows you to quickly squeeze the juice and at the same time do not get your hands dirty.
- Citrus spray, if you need to refresh a salad, sprinkle fish or seafood, avocado or apple based snacks.