How to Use a Citrus Juicer

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Citrus juicers work by forcing the juice out of half a citrus fruit. The half is twisted over the dome shape, which has ridges on the juicer. The juice flows down the ridges into a container. The container may be detachable from the juicer or it may be all in one piece. Pressure is applied to the fruit half either manually or with a lever. Electric citrus juicers rotate the dome shape to express the juice while you press down on the citrus half.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Rotating Juicer

  • Wash the citrus fruit to remove any dust or dirt. Cut the citrus fruit in half. Place the half cut-side down on the dome.

  • Apply pressure to the fruit while twisting it back and forth on the dome shape. Put your palm on the fruit half.

  • Rotate your wrist to the left and then to the right, pushing down on the fruit half. If the juicer is electric, turn it on. The dome will rotate and you won't have to. Press the fruit half on the dome until all the juice is expressed.

Manual Levered Juicer

  • Assemble the juicer. Most have a container that catches the juice, which comes out of a spout, or the container is placed underneath the juicer.

  • Cut the fruits in half. Open the juicer by pushing up on the lever.

  • Place the half on the dome shape inside the juicer. Push down on the lever and it pushes the fruit half down on the dome shape, forcing out the juice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose fruits that feel heavy for their size. They contain more juice.
  • Keep fingers out of the juicer.

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