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What is your favorite hand lime juicer?
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Joined: Mar 04, 2003
Posts: 2385
From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2005-05-16 4:11 pm   Permalink

I have been wanting to get one of the hand lime juicer/squeezers for some time now but really want to get a GOOD one.

I already have the mechanized juicer for tall orders but I have nothing for a single drink or two.

Any recommendations? I have seen some folks put the 1/2 lime in backwards and juice it. Which method works best for you?

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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 4021
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2005-05-16 6:21 pm   Permalink


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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 1345
Posted: 2005-05-16 6:32 pm   Permalink

Hey MM, you're talking about these things, right? You can get them at any "Pottery Barrel".

I always put the half lime in "backwards", with the cut side facing the holes in the concave part.


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Joined: Jun 08, 2004
Posts: 357
From: San Diego
Posted: 2005-05-16 6:40 pm   Permalink

I have the same one, but it's yellow & bigger for lemons. I've found the smaller green one is only big enough for small limes and key limes.

I think I found mine at Target.

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Doctor Z
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From: The Hale Moana Lounge, Torrance, CA
Posted: 2005-05-16 7:26 pm   Permalink

They also make a larger one in orange, for, well, oranges!

They are by far the best juicers I've used. A lot better (and less messy) than a reamer, plus you get the oils from the peel that I'm always going on about!

Be careful, however: I use mine a lot and I've already busted 2 of these (a green/lime and a yellow/lemon) by squeezing too hard on a lime that was hard as a rock. I know it's tempting to buy that big-ass bag o'limes at CostCo/Sams Club, but they're usually pretty dense and it's much more worth your time to track down a neighborhood grocer or Farmer's Market for limes instead. Otherwise, if your limes aren't 'soft' enough, be sure to roll 'em a bit before squeezing.

Fortunately, these juicers must have some sort of warranty on them, as the place that I bought them from (Cookin' Stuff in Torrance) happily exchanged them for new ones, even though I'd purchased them months before and didn't even have the receipt!

The green one is a mite small, but the yellow one is the ideal size and has got the Good Doctor's seal of approval for most/all your drink juicin' needs!
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2005-05-16 7:29 pm   Permalink

Get a vintage solid metal Juice King. Don't pay over $10 for one. That is solid and easy crank. Pop it down and you have all the juice ein that sucker! Forget plastic and forget hand squeezing. Use good old cranked steel.

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Joined: Jul 23, 2003
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From: www.crazedmugs.com
Posted: 2005-05-16 8:17 pm   Permalink

I'm with Z.

Although with as many limes and lemons as I squeeze through the yellow metal contraption, I recently crushed the hand of a professional football player during a friendly handshake and he sued me for loss of wages.

Thank goodness I'm a billionaire.

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Joined: Mar 04, 2003
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From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2005-05-16 10:40 pm   Permalink

thanks everybody. just what I needed to know

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Joined: Mar 31, 2002
Posts: 1528
From: MD
Posted: 2005-05-17 6:22 pm   Permalink

I too have a Juice King but I don't like messing it up by actually using it! The thing was mint when I bought it and if no one used it when it was new I figured I'd just keep the streak going!

Instead, I use a Sunbeam electric juicer that I bought at one of those bargain outlet places - I paid $9.00 for it and have definitely gotten my money's worth. I buy those big ass bags of limes, when available, and juice them all at one time! Sure it doesn't look cool or proper in a tiki bar that's why I always do my juicing in the kitchen alongside the toaster and coffee maker...

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Joined: Mar 29, 2004
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From: Command Records International HQ
Posted: 2005-05-20 1:11 pm   Permalink

Get the OrangeX Juicer! Either the Medium or the large. Nice handle with an effortless snap-action that comes straight down for maximum leverage and minimum danger of tipover. It'll set you back over 100 clams, but gawd is it good. I've never missed a penny of that money well-spent.

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Joined: Apr 11, 2002
Posts: 2026
From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2005-05-20 2:14 pm   Permalink

I got one very similar looking to the one Tikibot posted of picture of.

It was from Crate and Barrel (I had a gift certificate - the lime squeezer and a can opener came to $25! ouch!).

Like Dr Z., I used the thing twice and the hinge broke. Don't know my own strength. That, or these things just use a really crappy aluminum bolt through the hinge that a baby could break.

They gave me a new one, but now I am scared to squeeze it too hard.

I may go blind, or something.



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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 322
From: Hockessin, Delaware
Posted: 2005-05-23 3:45 pm   Permalink

I use one just like the green one except it is cast aluminum, not plastic.

They come from mexico, you can find one in most kitchen store for under $10


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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2005-05-26 2:55 pm   Permalink

Just used my green metal one to squeeze 18 key limes last night, did the job very nicely!

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2005-05-29 11:53 am   Permalink

The yellow or green hand squeezers do break easily (no wonder, it's made in China), so I use my old Juice-O-Mat nowadays. The nice thing about this contraption is the pour spout in the juice receptacle that makes it easy to pour the juice into a measuring glass. With the hand squeezers it's hard to squeeze the juice into a small measuring glass without spilling some (unless you juice into a bigger container first, or straight into a shaker).

The Juice-O-Mat came in 2 types, a taller one without a built-in receptacle and a shorter one with a built-in container which looks more streamlined. They are pretty easy to find for around $10.

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Posted: 2005-05-29 4:24 pm   Permalink

We have all 3 squeezers that Mr. Bot posted, (lime, lemon, orange) they were on sale at Sur La Table, and they're metal, and we've squeezed A LOT of fruit, and they're still going strong. I've squeezed the 24 lemons and oranges for Trader Vic's punch, and I only had to stop and rest once, on the lemons.Then I sent him into the neighbors yardfor riper lemons, the store boughts were too hard
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