I thought I would continue with my series of posts about favorite kitchen tools.
I've narrowed it down to two, but I'm having trouble deciding which one gets top billing.
So I've made an executive decision to keep both tools as number two on my favorites list. I even came up with a recipe that uses both!
So, here are the favorite tools, in no specific order:
My citrus press.
No brand name, adorned only with a "Made in Taiwan" sticker, I purchased this almost twenty years ago from the now-defunct "Kitchen, Etc." store.
Before I had this juicer, I used either a hand-held reamer or a counter-top reamer or an electric juicer where you held the fruit on the reamer as it spun around.
All of them made my hands icky-sticky.
And with all of them, the juice had to be run through a strainer, to remove the seeds.
Sometimes I would just halve the lemons and manually squeeze the juice out. Which only served to remind me how weak the muscles in my hands are.
And then I got this baby. You just halve your lemon/lime/orange, place it on the little round metal reamer, bring the lever down and the big dome comes down and squishes the juice out of your fruit. The juice drains out the bottom without the seeds, which are too big to get through the little holes that the juice drains through.
I am always banishing the items on my kitchen counter to the dungeon (a.k.a. my basement) because I have no use for dust-collectors. This item, I'm happy to say, remains on my counter 24/7. Not only do I use it several times a week when cooking meals, it's very busy in the summertime making fresh-squeezed lemonade.
My julienne peeler. It looks like a regular vegetable peeler, but as you can see in this close-up, there are tiny little teeth in the blade
Use it like a vegetable peeler, but instead of thick peels you get fine little julienne strips.
The following recipe calls for both tools. If you don't have these tools, don't sweat it! Use whatever method you would normally use for juicing the limes that this recipe calls for (or use purchased lime juice), and grate your carrots instead.