We go through a lot of lemon and lime juice in the test kitchen, and because we want to test our recipes with the freshest ingredients, we squeeze the juice in small batches as we need it. We used to use hand-held reamers, but once we tried these citrus presses, there was no going back. With one simple squeeze of the hand, the citrus press turns a lemon or lime half inside out, forcing nearly every drop of juice through the holes in the bottom of the press, and straining it in the process. The presses, which are colored to match their corresponding fruits, are available for lemons, limes, and oranges. For citrus presses, check out Crate & Barrel, where lime, lemon, and orange squeezers are $13, $15, and $16, respectively.
There is one caveat: The lemon press doesn’t work very well with extra-large or thick-skinned lemons.