I first heard of Quirky from Tania at MauiShopGirl. Quirky is a company that helps new and experienced inventors get their products out there in the world. Some of the inventions are new and others are just a reinvention of an already invented product.
Everything was purchased by me with my own money. I am not getting paid to do this post, I have no affiliation with this company. These are all my honest opinions. Even if I was getting paid (which I’m not), I would still tell my whole honest truth. That’s my promise to you.
I bought the STEM Citrus Spritzer ($5) from Target a couple months ago. This little gadget was invented by Timothy Houle. It’s simply a device that you add to any citric fruit and turn it into a spray. This is great for add flavor to your water, salads, and food.
The directions of the spritzer was simple enough. Wash fruit, then insert.
I used a cross bred fruit. It’s half lemon and half lime. The fruit was rather small about a golf ball size (maybe a tad bigger, but not by much).
At the end of the spritzer, there are tiny little hole where the juices will be pumped through. Also, the rim of the spritzer has these slightly sharp plastic for puncturing. The sharp edges won’t cut your skin or anything, but it’s sharp enough to puncture ripe skin from a fruit.
Doesn’t that look so nifty? I must admit, it’s kinda cool to make a fruit into a spray bottle. I found the spritzer to be made out of sturdy plastic. The spritzer attached to the fruit was easy to hold and I like the sprayer a lot. Now the million dollar question is….does it work?
Yes and no. If the fruit is not big enough, you aren’t going to get full sprays of lime/lemon juice. Since I used something that fit “just right”, I only got one or two full sprays. After that, the fruit started to drip and instead of getting nice sprays, I was getting drop full of juices on my fish.
Take 2: I got a bigger lemon and it worked well enough. Don’t expect 10 or more sprays on one puncture. I was lucky enough to get about 6 full sprays. Try to buy lemons/limes that are round and big. I also used a grapefruit and orange to flavor my water and fish and that worked well.
When ever I’m done with a fruit, I just stick the whole thing in the fridge. Clean up was a breeze. I’m not too sure if it’s dishwasher safe, because I don’t have a dishwasher.
Basically, if the fruit is too small, it won’t work as well. So, limes are kinda out of the question. Unless, you can find really big limes. In order to use up the whole fruit, I had to re-puncture the fruit a couple of times. In the end, the fruit looked like swiss cheese. Not the prettiest thing, but it’s quite wasteful if you don’t do that.
I don’t regret getting this product. It’s a nifty little thing. It does what it’s supposed to, but the product is too big to use on a typical lime.