Juice it Up: A Beginner’s Guide to Citrus Juicers

November 21, 2013

Citrus JuicerWhat are citrus juicers?

A citrus juicer is a kitchen tool designed to easily and efficiently extract the juice from citrus fruits. By separating the pulp from the juice of the citrus, juicers enable users to consume a more concentrated form of liquid packed with all of the vitamins and minerals present in the citrus fruit, minus the time and effort that it takes to actually eat and digest the solid fruit.

A citrus juicer has long been a standard feature of a kitchen, with roots going as far back as the 18thcentury, when the oldest known lemon squeezers were discovered in Turkey. By the end of the 19thcentury, various types and designs of handheld lemon squeezers made out of different materials were already quite popular in the market. The rapid technological advances of the 20th century resulted in a wide array of lemon squeezers, by this time known as citrus juicers that can be operated by hand or with the help of electricity.

How do citrus juicers work?

There are various types of citrus juicers available in the market today, and the methods of operation vary significantly from one type to the next. The most common types of citrus juicers available nowadays are the following:

  • Reamers: Also known as lemon squeezers, reamers were the first types of citrus juicers to be used. Characterized by a ridged cone and a  narrow base that catches the pulp, reamers are also the most common and most affordable among all citrus juicers. The use of the devbice is simple—the cook cuts the citrus in half then exerts pressure on one half of the fruit into the reamer’s cone in order to separate the pulp and seeds from the juice. Electric versions of this are also available, wherein the user need not exert pressure on the citrus, rather, the machine exerts pressure and extracts the juice while the user simply holds the citrus in place.
  • Centrifugal juicers: Usually powered by electricity, centrifugal juicers divide the citrus into smaller sections then spins them in high speed to quickly extract the juice. Some centrifugal juicers have a reservoir where the pulp and seeds are stored.
  • Juicing press: Juicing presses, typically used by large orchards and professional juice-makers, are machines that press fruits repeatedly until they produce juice. These machines are hugely popular in European orchards but are slowly making their way into the North American market.

What are the benefits of using citrus juicers?

Due to the rising popularity of alternative, health-concious lifestyles, drinking fresh citrus juice is now considered fashionably hip. Aside from that, the health benefits of drinking freshly squeezed citrus juice, including boosting the body’s immunity, promoting weight loss and cleanse the body from toxins, are widely recognized.

Buying a citrus juicer will enable you and your family to enjoy all of the health benefits of consuming fresh juice everyday, without having to spend an exorbitant amount of money. The proliferation of affordable, compact and stylish juicers in the market means that you are spared from having to buy commercially-packaged juice that are loaded with too much sugar.

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