Our device for this week is OJ Squeater, “squeater” probably being a clunky blend of “squeeze” and “eater.” However, its purpose is not to help you eat an orange, but to convert the orange into an instant drinkable fruit with plastic spout.
Most users recommend first rolling the fruit around on a table, thereby mashing the pulp and fibers and releasing the juice inside (without damaging the skin, hopefully), and then pushing the Squeater into the orange and squeezing the juice through the opening that the device creates. It’s a kind of plastic orange “straw” for sipping directly from the fruit.
Our attempt at making it work was only partly successful. The problem was that the skin and fibers of the orange clogged up the opening and made it difficult for the juice to come out. Taking the plug of skin out of the device helped, but the crushed fibers from rolling the orange were still a problem. Not rolling the orange did not result in more juice.
This device was late competition to the original Citra®
Sipper from 1954, which is still available. It’s designed without the serrated bottom ring that the Squeater has, and which may not clog as easily. For a bit of history go to http://www.citraproductsofflorida.com
. Let us know if you’ve had better luck with the original device.
Bloggers who talk about this item seem to remember it fondly when they were kids, often on trips to or from Florida. It was sometimes a free item given out at orange orchards. It’s probably better to think of this device as a kids’ toy rather than a serious kitchen tool. For that purpose, it’s fun and silly, and if it gets a child to eat an orange instead of candy, then it’s also a success.
If you’re seriously trying to juice oranges, a simple electric reamer obviously works more quickly and easily. And for cooks, a reamer is almost as much fun as a squeater. If you’re trying to turn an orange into a juice box for a child, expect leaks.
Our Rating: As a juicer, it’s not quick or efficient. As a gimmick, it’s fun for kids. We give it a grade of B for an enjoyable culinary toy for kids.
Design: The original Citra® Sipper did not have the serrated bottom ring, which might be causing more clogging on this design. Otherwise, it’s a basic borer. It’s possible that a different material might work better, as would a larger diameter. We give the design a grade of C+.
Originality: Since the design is based on the original Citra® Sipper, we award it a grade of C– in the originality category.