The easiest way to juice citrus. Photo
We had dinner at a friend’s house the other night and found her juicing lemons with an old-fashioned citrus reamer (a ridged cone set on a handle). If you rarely juice a lemon, it works just fine.
But if you regularly use citrus juice—or would like to have fresh grapefruit juice or orange juice every now and then—it can get tiring. Plus, a citrus reamer does not strain out pulp and seeds, so you have to sieve the juice.
Consider an electric juicer, officially called a citrus press. It doesn’t take up much space; this model, from Krups (in the photo), is just seven inches wide. You can find an affordable model, or spring for the Krups deluxe stainless steel juicer ($127.48).
Then, instead of working out your arm to juice the citrus, you simply hold the halved fruit against the juicing cone (with the Krups juicer, you can use the lever); the machine does the work.
Now that it’s summer, when life gives you a citrus press, make fresh lemonade.
FRESH LEMONADE RECIPE
1. In a 64-ounce pitcher,* bottle or other storage device, stir together sugar and cup boiling water until sugar dissolves.
2. Stir in lemon rind, lemon juice and 5 cups cold water. Chill. Serve over ice.
*If you don’t have a large pitcher (or room for one in the fridge), you can divide the batch into two quart bottles. We save the bottles from store-bought juice for this purpose.
You can flavor the lemonade or set out a “flavor bar” so guests can add their own: