Toys for Lemons

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The Duane Reid a block from my apartment just closed.  The week before DR closed it put all sorts of stuff on sale – not just a measley 10 or 20% off – I mean 90% off. Cheap.  When I see sales like that I just can’t help myself.  I buy all kinds of stuff I would NEVER think of buying and one of those objects was a citrus spritzer. It was only $.59 – how could I resist (and to tell the truth I bought three – such a bargain -who could resist???)


I tried it today and I am totally in love and just had to share it with you.  Here’s how it works:  The bottom of the green part is serrated


and just screws into the lemon.


Then you just press the pump and it spritzes lemon juice onto whatever you want (I used it on baked turbot).  But I can see it being great on salads, or on cut fruit like apples that brown if unless you put a little lemon juice on them.  When the pump stops spraying, just move the spritzer to another part of the lemon.


This gadget really works!

But as long as I’m talking about lemon toys, here are a few more you might want to know about:


when a recipe calls for lemon zest, microplanes are the gadget to use.  They are so much easier to use than trying to zest a lemon on a 4 side box grater and they remove a thinner layer of zest.  You can also use them for fine grating things such as ginger.

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I have 2 juice gadgets that I love.  The reamer and the old fashioned juicer.  I use the reamer (the wooden gadget) when I only need to juice one or two lemons.  For bigger jobs, like 1/2 cup lemon juice or when the lemons are just filled with pits and I want to keep them out of the juice I use this juicer that fits over most size cups or bowls.



for making decorations or fancy lemon slices or wedges I use this zester

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You can also make lemon zest with the end that has the smaller holes


I’m sure there are millions of more lemon gadgets on the market but these are my favs – and, of course, you can use these for all kinds of citrus fruits.

Have Fun!







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