5 Reasons You Want to Use This Lemon Squeezer

 

 

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Do you find yourself wishing you used fresh lemon juice more often, but generally falling back to grab the bottle of lemon juice out of the fridge to save time and hassle?  It can seem daunting to think of trying to get enough fresh juice out of a couple of lemons or limes to make the dessert, vinaigrette, sauce or beverage you are craving, right?

Well, we tried out the Kitchen Frontier Professional Lemon and Lime Press (don’t let the word “Professional” scare you away, now), and in no time had juiced 3 lemons (producing 1/3 cup of juice), completely extracting the juice with very little time and effort.  (See below to get yours for only $1!)

Here are the 5 reasons we think you will enjoy using this lemon squeezer!

1. Easy.  It is so easy to use.  Even though my hands are a bit small, I was perfectly able to squeeze the handles together tightly enough to completely drain the lemon halves of their juice.

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2. Seedless.  No seeds in the juice! The small holes in the citrus press allow the juice to freely flow while keeping any seeds or pulp from getting through.

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3. Clean-up.  Cleaning up is a cinch.  Simply rinse the citrus press after using or place in the dishwasher (yes, it’s dishwasher safe, too)!

4. Durable.  It is made from strong, durable stainless steel and feels like it will hold up for years even with consistent use.  The nice, shiny finish also looks good enough to keep it displayed on the counter with other handy tools.

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5. Instructions.  The free downloadable instruction sheet, especially if you have not used a juice extractor like this lemon press before, is quite handy and shows exactly how to place the fruit into the press, also providing tips for best performance and cleaning.

Enjoy using a lemon press for fresh lemon juice when you whip up this super simple recipe:

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1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Zest from 1/2 lemon
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons kosher salt (or 1 teaspoon table salt)
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Shake all of the ingredients together in a container with a tight-fitting lid or stir heartily with a whisk in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.  Serve immediately (extras can be stored covered in the fridge for up to a week).

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Do you have a favorite dish in which you like to use fresh lemon juice?  What is your trick for getting the most juice from the lemon?

Please leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

*Disclaimer: We received this product in exchange for a review; all opinions expressed are honest and completely our own.

Amazing Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipes

balsamic vinaigrette recipeIn the stores you will see a million varieties of salad dressing, but there are really two basic types of dressings – vinaigrette and creamy dressings.  It is so easy to make amazing vinaigrette salad dressing recipes at home, we hope these tips and ideas will have you making your own soon, saving both time and money and enjoying wonderfully fresh ingredients with each salad.

There are many variations of vinaigrette and boundless possibilities.  We are going to start off with the Basic Vinaigrette recipe and then provide some variations that will be fun to try.  The recipe makes enough dressing for two large salads, and any leftovers can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to one week (and we’re all about being prepared for the next meal).

Basic Vinaigrette

1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup white wine or red wine vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt (or 1 teaspoon table salt)
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Shake all of the ingredients together in a container with a tight-fitting lid; serve immediately.

Now for some terrific variations – whether you like fruity, spicy, savory, or crisp, we’ve got you covered with these options.

1. Fruit Vinaigrette

1 tablespoon fruit preserves, jam or jelly
(OR 1/4 cup diced fruit with honey to taste)
fruity vinegar instead of white or red wine vinegar

In the basic vinaigrette, leave out the garlic, use a fruity vinegar (such as passion fruit, mango, raspberry, etc), add the fresh fruit or preserves, and blend well.  This type of vinaigrette is great over a fresh Spinach Salad.

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2. Tomato Vinaigrette

Add 1 small ripe tomato to the basic vinaigrette and blend until desired consistency.

3. Herb Vinaigrette

1 teaspoon dried OR 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs
(Pick just one or a combination of herbs, as desired: cilantro, mint, basil, parsley, dill, marjoram, oregano)

Add the herbs to the basic vinaigrette and mix until blended well.  This type of vinaigrette is delicious with almost any Pasta Salad (toss it with pasta ingredients shortly before serving).

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4. Asian Vinaigrette

Replace olive oil in basic vinaigrette with vegetable oil
Replace white wine vinegar in basic vinaigrette with cider or rice vinegar
Replace salt in basic vinaigrette with 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Combine ingredients above with remaining basic vinaigrette ingredients and shake or blend until thoroughly combined.

5. Lemon Vinaigrette

Replace vinegar in basic recipe with same amount of lemon juice
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Add above ingredients to basic vinaigrette (replacing vinegar with lemon juice) and shake to combine well.

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6. Curry Vinaigrette

1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard

Add the above ingredients to the basic vinaigrette and shake to desired consistency.

7. Balsamic Vinaigrette

Replace vinegar in basic vinaigrette with balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey

Add above ingredients to basic vinaigrette recipe (using balsamic vinegar) and shake well until blended.

Do you make salad dressing recipes at home?  If so, what are your favorites, whether vinaigrette or other types?  Do you have any tips or suggestions to share with our members?  We love hearing from you, so please leave us a comment below and share us with a friend if you enjoyed!

How to Make a Super Salad

 

 

salad with arranged ingredients, healthy lunches, vegetarian recipesIf salad sometimes seems boring to you, we think you will thoroughly enjoy these terrific ways to make a super salad – for a quick healthy lunch.  It’s especially fun to experiment with different ingredients for a super salad (making a colorful and filling vegetarian meal) when a variety of vegetables and fruit are easily available at the farmers market.

Wash Those Greens

Instead of waiting ’til you’re ready to make the salad to wash your greens, go ahead and wash them right up when you get home from the market.  Wash well with cold water, spin the greens dry, and wrap paper towels or a dishcloth around them before storing in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Add some Crunch

There are lots of “crunchy” veggies to include in your salad, of course, incredibly healthy options such as radishes, cauliflower and carrots.

Try adding these other “crunchy” ingredients for unique flavor and a twist to your next super salad:

1. Chow mein noodles

2. Granola

3. Pita chips

4. Pistachios

5. Pan-roasted chickpeas (recipe)

6. Toasted almonds or walnuts (tips and how-to)

7. Homemade croutons (so easy to make)

1. Take a slightly stale bakery loaf and cut it in half, then cut into 3/4-inch cubes and toss with 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 teaspoon kosher salt (add other seasonings like dried herbs and garlic or onion powder, if desired).

2. Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F, stirring after 5 minutes; bake until they’re deep golden brown, about 10 minutes total.

Toss in Unique Ingredients

With all of the colorful ingredients in a salad (tomatoes, carrots, peppers, olives, and of course, the greens), how about adding some white ingredients for a little bit of pop and a new flavor twist?

1. Hearts of Palm – they come in a jar and have a similar taste to artichoke hearts; slice them up into small rounds before adding to the salad.

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2. Jicama (pronounced HE-kuh-muh) – it looks a little bit like a flat potato; peel and dice or cube it to add to a salad (the flavor of the crisp white inside is sort of a cross between apples and green beans – I know, it’s an odd combination to consider, right?).

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3. Fennel is crunchy and sweet and is easy to slice thin for adding to salads (with or without the feathery green fronds from its top).

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Add Salad Dressing

Whether you make your own dressing (see recipes) or use a bottled version, be sure to add the salad dressing only right before serving.  Otherwise, the dressing will quickly make the salad greens limp and soggy.  If you want to make the salad ahead and are planning to toss it when serving, you could place the salad dressing in the bottom of the bowl, gently laying the other salad ingredients on top of it and then chill, covered, until ready to eat.  Simply toss it and scoop dressing from bottom when ready to serve.

Layering or Arranging Salad

Salads, even super salads, don’t always have to be tossed.  Be creative and decorative, arranging the salad toppings in piles over a large platter of salad greens or layering the ingredients in a deep dish and serve with dressing on the side. Super salads served like this look particularly stunning and are fun for serving guests.

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Make your Salad To-Go

If you take your lunch to work or for whatever reason would like to take your salad with you for a healthy lunch option, simply layer your salad ingredients in a Mason jar (or similar container) with dressing on the bottom.  Cover with lid and chill; when ready to eat, remove from fridge and shake it up!

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Remember to save all your favorite salad recipes (including broccoli salad, potato salad, pasta salad, and more) and vegetarian recipes right here in your own online cookbook account with Dish Dish, so you can easily find them and share with friends and family whether at home or on the go.

What are your favorite ways to jazz up a salad?  Leave us a comment and let us know!