The One Kitchen Unitasker I Can Actually Get Behind

updated May 1, 2019
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I see a lot of so-called innovative products for my job. Someone recently pitched me a tool specifically designed for breaking up cauliflower. I’ve seen all the yolk separators in the world. (Yes, I see that it’s shaped like a robot. No, I’m still not impressed!) And if one more company shows me an avocado tool, I might scream.

All of that is to say that I’m always skeptical of products that claim to make life easier, better, or faster — especially ones that are total unitaskers. So imagine my surprise when I saw one that actually made my jaw drop. I had to have one.

What was it? The Lékué Citrus Sprayer. Allow me to explain.

Here’s how it works: You slice off the tippy top of a lemon (or other citrus) and then you twist the gadget into the pulp. Give the sprayer a few pumps and you get a stream of citrus juice spritzes! It basically turns a lemon into a spray bottle. And it really works! The juicier the lemon, the more sprays you get, obviously, but I always seem to have enough for at least one giant bowl of salad — and more — whenever I make a leafy dinner.

So it’s a unitasker at face value (all it does is spray juice from citrus), but I do use it all the time. My favorite use is for salads. There’s something about spraying lemon juice onto spinach that just makes it better. When I pour the juice on, the leaves always end up feeling overdressed and sad. The spray keeps the leaves light and fresh. I also use the gadget anytime I make seafood. I’ve used it when making cocktails and it makes me feel extra fancy. I’m even thinking about using it to spray lemon juice onto my hair for natural highlights. (Yay or nay?)

See? Tons of uses! Plus, it’s fun to use. Spritz! Spritz!

Buy: Lékué Citrus Sprayer, $10 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Have you used one of these? Do you love it as much as I do?