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The Best Citrus Juicer For Our Kitchen

The Best Citrus Juicer For Our Kitchen

The Best Citrus Juicer For Our Kitchen

Our family has travelled to Mexico many times. We love the climate, the beaches, the people, and, of course, the food! One thing you notice right away when sampling the local cuisine is how indispensable the humble “limón” is in many Mexican recipes. And of course, limes also make their way into the classic Mexican cocktail, the Margarita.

Since limes are so widely used, handheld lime presses are also common. Mexicans often use small, inexpensive plastic or metal versions of these manual devices to squeeze out the juice. We’ve found a premium version that squeezes out more juice with less effort, the FreshForce Citrus Juicer from Chef’n.

Why It Is Great

Gear Mechanism

The Chef’n FreshForce has an innovative gear system, with a wheel and teeth. This reduces the amount of force required to operate the device. Although we usually start squeezing with two hands, one-handed use is very possible.

Chef'n FreshForce gears
The handle connects to the gear wheel for smooth operation.

Large Slits

Instead of the small holes that we have seen on most manual presses, the FreshForce has large slits that allow juice to flow through easily. Juice also flows in a steady stream straight out of the bottom of the hopper.

Chef'n FreshForce Bowl
Note the long tapered slits.

Durable Construction

We love a comfortable tool that’s built solidly and passes our durability test. We’ve had our FreshForce for years, and with its nylon frame and stainless steel inverted bowl, it still looks new. It’s top-rack dishwasher safe too!

Chef'n FreshForce Construction_edited1_edited-1
The durable nylon material is non-slip and comfortable to hold.

Stabilizing Feet

You can load the FreshForce and put it down until you need it. With it’s 2 feet on the underside of the hopper, it won’t fall over.

Chef'n FreshForce On Its Feet
The FreshForce, loaded with a lime, and standing upright until it is needed. Note that the fruit is halved, and placed in the device upside down.

What's Not To Like?

Hopper Size

Unlike some full-sized citrus juicers, all handheld models are limited by the size of their hopper. The FreshForce is large enough to fit virtually all lemons and limes, and can even handle tangerines, but oranges have to be pretty small to fit. Chef’n does make a larger model, the FreshForce Orange Juicer, that accommodates citrus fruit up to the size of small grapefruits.

Fruit in the Chef'n FreshForce
Limes, lemons and tangerines can be juiced in the FreshForce, but...
Orange in the Chef'n FreshForce
even a small orange barely fits. Some of the flesh got trapped on the edge, and did not release all its juice.

Bonus Resources

Margarita Recipe

Alright, we’ll be the first to admit it. We primarily use our FreshForce to squeeze limes for making Margaritas 🙂 Our take on the classic cocktail is a bit different from most. We skip the Cointreau or Triple Sec, and use agave syrup as a sweetener. Our Margaritas are always on the rocks, never blended.


  • 3 parts tequila
  • 2 parts freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 part agave syrup
  • 1/2 part water

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a glass filled with ice. If a “part” is a half-ounce, the above recipe makes 1 Margarita. Scale up as desired!

Citrus Recipes

Looking for some great recipes you can make with limes, lemons, oranges and grapefruits? Check out 23 Sunny Citrus Recipes: Salads, Entrées, Ice Creams, and More from Serious Eats.

Did You Know?

Chef’n is a Seattle-based company whose mission is to make better tools so you can make better food. The company, founded by David Holcomb in 1982, has over 300 patents and a penchant for clever products with fun names. The company’s first product, the GarlicMachine, is still sold today, as is their PepperBall, the first one-handed pepper grinder to hit the market.

  1. Chef’n → Who We Are, Chef’n website
  2. Chef’n Corporation → Overview, LinkedIn Profile
  3. Traci Antonovich. Essential Kitchen Tools From The Chef’n Headquarters Tour. The Kitchen Girl blog.

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NOTE: The “Lime” and “Lemon” models are identical in size. The words “Lime” and “Lemon” refer only to the colors of those 2 models. The Orange Juicer is larger.

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