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Using a Citrus Press for Adaptive Cooking

Citrus Press

The citrus press is certainly not only for those with limited mobility, but it’s a huge help for those with adaptive cooking needs. One of the many impacts multiple sclerosis has on Dre is on his dexterity and grip strength in his hands. He struggles more with his fine motor skills, which makes it difficult to do things like writing, cutting, and typing, and also has lost strength in his fingers which impacts his ability to squeeze and put pressure on things.

Citrus Press for Adaptive Cooking
The Y-Me Citrus Press

Having a strong grip strength might not be something you think about a lot when cooking, but it actually has a huge impact on his ability to create the dishes that he wants to make. One ingredient that comes up regularly in recipes is fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice.

For many people, obtaining fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice means slicing the fruit in halves or smaller chunks and squeezing the juice out with their hand. For Dre, the yield of juice he gets when he squeezes a lemon or lime by hand is significantly less than the fruit has to offer. As a result, if he wants, say, a half cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, it might take 3-4 lemons for him to get this when in the past he could have gotten it from 1-2 lemons.

This is where the citrus press comes into play. A simple, straight forward tool, the Y-Me citrus press allows for the user to exert maximum pressure on halved lemon or lime in order to produce a high yield of juice.

Dre demonstrating how to use the Citrus Press

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How to use the Citrus Press

The process to use the citrus squeezer is easy. Simply halve your lemon or lime, open the squeezer, place the fruit face down in the scoop section of the tool, and press.

Press the two handles of the citrus press together, and squeeze the juice into a cup or bowl.

The press will also keep seeds from straying into your lemon or lime juice.

Using Citrus Squeezer

Once you’ve fully pressed your fruit, discard the used half, and you’re ready for your next half. That’s it! That simple and you’re done!

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