(this article was published on December 12, 2012)
Each week, we rummage through the dark corners of our kitchen drawers to bring you an enigmatic item. We ask you to guess what it is in our weekly From the Back of the Drawer puzzle. To enter this week’s puzzle, visit this page. To read more descriptions of past items, visit this page. And, don’t forget to donate your odd items to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.
This week, we found a Citrus Press!
Who doesn’t like a fruity drink? Many people enjoy some form of fruit in their drink, from an appletini to a twist in a straight alcoholic drink to the lime juice in a margarita. This is not a new phenomena. In fact, people were requesting fruits in their drinks a century ago. This mid or late 19th century cast-iron lemon press helped the bar handle all the fruit requests in drinks. Before refrigeration, these fruits would have to be in season and fairly local in proximity to the bar. However, the invention of electric refrigeration allowed people to get fruity drinks in a much wider area over a longer period of time. Bars, responding to the demand, bought more juicers and developed more fruit-inclusive cocktails.
Our Rating: A good way to juice something if you are working without power.
Design: A heavy, cast-iron design ensured it was sturdy and probably made pressing the fruits easier.
Originality: People have been pressing and juicing fruits and vegetables for millennia. This is a continuation of the tradition.
Practicality: While not as fast as an electric juicer, this is a great way to juice without power.