Black & Decker CJ525 CitrusMate Plus Citrus Juicer
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- Large 1 liter (34 ounce) pitcher
- Adjustable pulp control
- Automatic self-reversing reamer with stirrer
- Easy-pour spout
- Small and large cones for lemons / limes and oranges / grapefruits
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This large-capacity juicer lets you squeeze a whole liter of juice directly into a refrigerator-ready serving pitcher for fresh cold juice anytime.Large 1-liter (quart-size) pitcherAdjustable pulp control Automatic self-reversing reamer with stirrer Strainer separates seeds from juice Easy-pour spout Small & large cones for lemons/lines & oranges/grapefruit Includesstorage cover Built-in cordwrap
With a capacity of more than a quart (34 ounces), this electric juicer can prepare family-size portions with little operator effort. Large and small cones fit on the reamer to accommodate different-size fruits. The reamer automatically reverses itself to extract the maximum amount of juice, while a stirrer presses juice from the pulp in the strainer. Finally, there's an adjustable control that regulates how much pulp goes into the juice, a feature margarita fanciers will welcome. For storage, the cord wraps in a slot around the base, and a cover protects against dust. Hand wash this juicer in warm soapy water. --Fred Brack
Editor's Choice:A great first juicer, or a good juicer for someone who doesn't juice every day, Black & Decker's CitrusMate Plus citrus juicer is our choice for best citrus juicer under $50. It will fit into every budget and still deliver lots of fresh juice. This juicer is extremely easy to use, as you just install the cone you want to use (it comes with two cones, making it adaptable for different sizes of fruit), plug it in, and press the fruit down into the cone. Then it goes to work automatically.
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After a recent recipe called for juicing almost 20 limes (which I did by hand >.< ) I decided to give a motorized one a try. This model was the only juicer under $20 (I paid retail since Amazon wasn't discounting that day) that had a decent rep and came from a manufacturer I trusted.
It was pretty much plug-in-and-go. I took it out the box and gave it a spin with a couple of lemons. Everything went fabulously, though there was a moment of panic when it completely stopped working. My first thought was the 1-star ratings were right, but it turned out it was merely the circuit breaker. (Apparently it didn't like having the coffee maker, mini-chopper AND juicer all plugged in at the same time.) Threw the switch (unplugged the mini-chopper) and we were back in business.
I've had it for a little less than two months, and it keeps right on chugging away. I don't use it every day, more like two or three times a week. On those occassions it gets a hefty workout. I love that it can juice with or without pulp, without letting seeds through.
Cleanup is simple as it snaps apart, though no throwing it in the dishwasher (rats!).
Unlike some reviews seen here, I've found this Juicer to have all the torque I need; whether it be grapefruit, various oranges, typical Meyer lemons or Persian limes- I've not had any issues.
My main concern was the ability to juice tiny Key Limes; would the reamers be too large to facilitate? Well, Yes and No... Yes, they are too large but using two hands to hold the Key Limes steady proved to work just fine. Not as comfortable as one-handed orange work but MUCH faster than a hand reamer which had become tiresome long ago. I wonder why I didn't buy this sooner, especially with all the time I've saved (zesting the Key Limes notwithstanding).
Regarding the pulp filter-- I typically do not rely on it and simply keep the filter wide open, which still filters the seeds. Afterward, depending on the context like Key Lime pies or Champagne Mimosas, I just pour the juice through a fine strainer and I'm good-to-go.
To sum up: This has provided much more torque than I expected, and I've pushed fairly hard. The price is lower than I was willing to pay and the juicer was a surprise considering I didn't expect Black & Decker to produce a decent kitchen appliance. Easy to clean too!
I've recommended this little guy to a good many food-friends.
It has a pulp regulator for no pulp or lots of pulp. It is easy to clean and very easy to use. You don't need much pressure to juice your item and the reverse juicing really helps to get all the juice out so you don't miss a drop. The juicer is adjustable for small and larger items and has made cooking even more enjoyable.
Update: April 2009
I still use this juicer about once a week and I have not had one bit of trouble with it and it still juices great.
Update: March 2010
This little juicer is a workhorse. I use it all the time to juice lemons, limes, oranges and more. It still works great, and cleans easily. When and if the motor decides to quit, I will definitely purchase another one.
The juicer also has controls that allow the amount of desired amount to be included in the final product.
Finally, the juicer comes with two cones so you can juice oranges or smaller fruit such as lemons.
As to cleaning: the juicer is easy to disassemble and clean. Insert the juicing parts in the dishwasher and you are done. Wipe down the base for good measure.
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