Product Review

How to use a Hand Juicer like a Pro

by Lisa K. Photography FriedChillies on Fri, February 02, 2018

Don’t your mouth pucker up and salivate while watching lemons and limes being squeezed in cooking videos? You can do it too! Just check out our product and squeezing guide...

Ex-squeeze me... are you a pro?

Doesn't it annoy you when you squeeze a citrus fruit and you just can't get enough juice out? And even when you get a hand juicer, you still feel that it's not worth the effort? Well here's a guide to getting the most juice out of your fruit be it a grapefruit, orange, lemon or lime. And we're at it we'll even throw in a hand juicer guide too!

So, first things first, no matter good your squeezer is, you still have to know the basics of juice extraction.

No.1, roll the fruit back and forth with your palm on a smooth surface while applying some pressure to relax the membranes so the juice will squeeze out easier.

No. 2, cut it the correct way!

Place the orange so the two ends are facing out and cut straight through.

Left orange was cut correctly. Each segment is halved, you can see the floral pattern. This is like exiting through an open gate, no obstruction of flow.

The orange on the right is the wrong way to cut citrus. The segments are closed up and it will be a struggle to squeeze from this cut. This is like having to climb over a closed gate to get out.

No. 3, find squeezer that has sharp ridges on the reamer so it can break up the membranes and pulp to release all the juices.

*Extra tip! Before rolling and cutting your fruit, just zap it for 10 seconds in the microwave, this will warm up the pulp for juices to flow. This works especially well for limes.

As for the hand juicer, which type should you get? Here are the usual suspects.

Handheld Reamer
Usually made out of wood or plastic. The price ranges from RM14 to RM200 on Lazada. The wooden ones are better because your hands won’t get slippery from all the juice flowing out.

For quick juicing

1. Suitable for squeezing directly into pots while cooking or into your beverage.
2. Small and compact, it has no detachable parts.

1. The ridges on the reamer will wear out after time.
2. No filter for pulp and seeds and hands will get messy from the juice flowing on your hands.

Standard Tabletop Juicer

A juicer with this design is usually used for squeezing breakfast juices because of the pouring snout. Priced between Rm15 to RM150 on the web, this is the classic design with a pulp filterer and container to hold the juice. Metal, glass or plastic, there are many types to suit your squeezing needs.

For juicing large quantities of juice

1. Wide base for good stability during squeezing.
2. Wide pulp filterer to hold the pulp of 2 to 3 fruits, which means less mess.

1. Detachable parts and extra pieces to clean.
2. Takes up more space in the cupboard

Plastic Squeezer from Neigbourhood Kitchenware Shop
This is my own squeezer from my home kitchen and it is my favourite out of the 3. Priced at only RM4.50, this is a steal! Look around in your neighbourhood plastic & kitchenware shops. You know, the kind with the pails and brooms hanging in front of the shop. You be surprised at what you can find there. I particularly like the fact that the tip is sharp so it can really clean out your fruit.

Comes with measuring lines, great for precise cooking and baking

1. Measuring lines on the juice container, suitable for cooking and baking.
2. Sharp ridges on the reamer for maximum juicing.

1. The pulp filterer is small and narrow. It needs to be cleaned out after juicing half a fruit.
2. The lid does not lock in place, so it is a bit fiddly.

Now you can squeeze like a pro!