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The Citrus Juicer Buying Guide

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Ever since the British discovered that consuming lime prevented a lot of diseases associated with serving in His Majesty’s Royal Navy, other people have referred to them as “limeys”. Such a nickname is a small price to pay, however, since the Royal Navy was the prime force that enabled Great Britain to create an empire on which the sun never set. The consumption of lime also popularized the consumption of citrus fruits, and now we use tools like the citrus juicer to help us.

Citrus Juicer vs. Juice Extractor

There are many ways to get juice from fruits. For example, you can use a juice extractor. This device has a fast-spinning disk that cuts into tiny pieces the fruits or veggies you put into it. These tiny pieces are then spun around so that the pulp is separated from the juice. Once separation is complete, the juice flows through the strainer and goes into your container.

Part of the reason why quite a few people don’t use this device for citrus fruits is that it involves quite a bit of preparation. You first have clean whatever it is you put in. If the fruit has a hard or waxed peel, then it must be peeled first and the large pits must be removed. Veggies must be cleaned thoroughly, and that sometimes means you have to use a brush to scrub them.

And of course, some extractors are difficult to clean. With some models, you have to fully dismantle them first.

In contrast, using the citrus juicer is so much easier. For example, with a typical citrus juicer you just need to cut the citrus fruit in half. These juicers are much easier to clean, as they have fewer parts and the pulp doesn’t accumulate into some hard to reach areas.

Types of Citrus Juicers

There are several types of citrus juicers, but in general you have three main categories to choose from. The first one is called a squeezer, and some people use it as a lime and lemon juicer. It’s like two spoons on top of each other. You cut the citrus fruit in half, put in the scooped section, and then use the two “spoons” to squeeze the fruit to produce the juice. You get the juice without the pulp or the seeds.

Then you have the electric citrus juicer. There are many versions and variations with different features. But in general, you have a reamer on which you press the half of the citrus fruit, and then the gadget automatically grates the fruit to produce the juice. The reamer is spun very quickly, and sometimes the reamer can spin in both directions for more effective juicing. This makes for a very quick juicing, but sometimes the result may not be as sweet because some of the bitter oil from the peel may get into the juice.

Then there is the manual citrus juicer. Unlike the electric version, you do this by hand, which takes more time and effort. But you can also make sure that you don’t get the bitter peel oil into the juice.

There are also size considerations as well. The orange juicers tend to be the larger than a pure lemon juicer, since oranges are the largest citrus fruits.

How to Buy a Citrus Juicer

There are certain factors you need to consider when you buy any type of gadget. You have to consider the price, how easy it is to use, its durability and quality, and even its looks. But for an orange juicer, other factors come into play.

  • Size of the unit. If you don’t have much space at home, then large commercial citrus juicers may not be your best option.
  • Size of the juice container. It should be big enough that you can fit the amount of juice you usually serve. And it’s better if it is transparent and with measurement markings, so that you know how much juice you currently have.
  • Pulp regulator. With this, you can control how pulpy you want the juice to be. You can even get juiced that’s pulp-free.
  • Dishwasher safe. This is your best maintenance option, since having to hand wash or wipe down a unit can be very tiresome and time-consuming.

Should You Buy a Citrus Juicer?

That depends. One of the main benefits of a citrus juicer is that often the juice goes down much better than eating the citrus fruit. And citrus juice is a much healthier option than a soda.

Drinking the juice from citrus fruits like oranges and lemons offers many health benefits.

It offers lots of vitamin C, which really strengthens your immune system. It can also eliminate some harmful bacteria in your stomach. Vitamin C protects from early aging, and also helps your body absorb important nutrients and minerals like calcium. Vitamin C can also help keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Citrus juice can have alkalizing properties, which help you maintain your pH balance.

Orange juice can help protect your bones and teeth because of the calcium it contains. It can balance your blood pressure and lower your bad cholesterol.

With lemon juice, you get a great cleanser that can help care for your liver. It helps flush out the uric acid and liquefy the bile. It has antioxidants (flavonoids) that fight free radicals that cause cell damage and aging. The flavonoids can even reduce inflammation.

So should you buy a citrus juicer? If you value your health, then you really must consider it, especially if you find a unit you can afford. Commercial juice drinks are often filled with sugar, and they just taste like orange or lemon—they’re not actually all that healthy. With a citrus juicer, you know you’re drinking something that’s good for your health. And that’s always a good thing.

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About the Author: Hey, I’m Dima and I love juicing. When I was a kid, fruits and vegetables weren’t something I was very excited about. I was much more passionate about eating meatballs with spaghetti than I was about a salad of any kind :). A few years ago I discovered juicing that not only had an effect on my daily meals, my health, and my looks but also on my entire lifestyle. And I share with you all my knowledge and tips.

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