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    I love having a lemon squeezer. Never had one before — just had a full-blown electric citrus juicer, which is kinds lame if all you need is a little lime juice on your tostadas.

    And my Chinese vegetable cleaver is my favorite knife now. They're a bargain, very light, carbon steel. Wonderful edge. I regret now getting stainless steel knives back in the late 1980s. Should have gone with carbon steel, which has become rare these days.

    And after a lifetime of bread baking and kneading by hand we got a little Bosch Compact mixer. It's amazing how smooth the dough comes out. Even though it is such a small, cheap mixer, it will do 2 kilos of bread dough. After looking for a link, I notice you can get the damn things for $139 through Mother's day. If you want a mixer, now is your chance.

    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Sun May 05, 2013 at 07:40:19 AM PDT

    •  That Bosch Compact mixer (5+ / 0-)

      looks interesting. I don't have a lot of room for a stand mixer and that one looks like it might work for me.

      As far as lemon squeezers are concerned, I have two that my mother left to me.

      I really like the one on the left for when I need to juice one or two lemons/limes. The one on the right is perfect for times when I need to squeeze a bunch.

      I've looked for another one like the one sitting on top of the measuring cup, but I have yet to find one. Has anyone out there ever seen one of this particular design before?

      The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

      by Mr Robert on Sun May 05, 2013 at 10:41:39 AM PDT

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      •  The Bosch Compact (3+ / 0-)
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        has very good reviews on Amazon and I've added it to my shopping list. The small footprint will be ideal for my kitchen.

        The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

        by Mr Robert on Sun May 05, 2013 at 11:41:26 AM PDT

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      •  I've seen that kind, but not recently. (4+ / 0-)

        I've got two glass ones that sit atop of measuring cup so the lemon juice drains into it.  There used to be a measuring cup to match.  You prowl antique shops for one of the metal ones.  They do make a hand-held reamer that can juice one or two lemons.  It seems to work well.  You ought to be able to find one at Target or any place you'd get kitchen ware.

        •  The metal juicer (2+ / 0-)
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          works great for small jobs and I love the way the juice goes right into the measuring cup. I don't really need another one. I was just wondering if anyone had ever seen this type before. I suspect it's pretty old. I got it after my mother died and I think it might have belonged to her mother. It's made from aluminum and it's easy to clean.

          The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

          by Mr Robert on Sun May 05, 2013 at 12:37:56 PM PDT

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        •  Ack! I just checked at Target (3+ / 0-)
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          The rain stopped enough so I was able to run to Target for a few things.  I went by the kitchen gadgets to check. No citrus reamers although OXO and, IIRC, Giada make citrus press type reamers.  You can still find the one piece fool-proof simple reamers at cookware shops.  Most of them seem to be made out of wood.

      •  I have the same glass one on the right (3+ / 0-)
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        I got it from my grandma. It's great when you're juicing a bunch!

        I've not seen a metal one like the one on the left but I suspect a bit of yard-sailing or flea marketing might turn one up.

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        by ninkasi23 on Sun May 05, 2013 at 12:32:05 PM PDT

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