Quirky Stem Lightning Review: Stab a Fruit and Spray its JuiceS

Sometimes a little lime or lemon juice is the perfect way to garnish a salad, accent a piece of fish, or flavor a glass of ice water. Go to cut it, though, and you either blast citric acid in your eye or sprinkle seeds in your food. With Quirky's Stem, getting a spritz is as easy as stabbing a spike into the fruit's ripe flesh.

The Claim

"No longer do you have to cut and squeeze your fruit to get the juice out," the site says. With the nozzle of a spray bottle and a stem like a syringe, the culinary vampire jams straight into the side of a fruit. "With only one finger, you can now spray citrus juice on your favorite foods."

The Test

We stuck the Stem into lemons, limes, and grapefruit. The first few pumps dry-fired, but soon the tube sucked up the juice and a fine mist sprayed forth. With an occasional squeeze or shake to keep the fruit flowing, the stream came consistently.

The Verdict

The Stem works just as advertised. Your misting mileage will vary, depending on the size of the fruit and how fresh and juicy it is. The short 1.5-inch length of the Stem's plunger also means you're not going to get every last drop of juice out of that colossal California citrus.

Should You Buy It?

Yes. As long as you don't mind sacrificing a whole piece of fruit for just a few squirts of flavor, it only costs $5 and it is ridiculously easy to use.

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Quirky Stem

• Materials: Food safe polypropylene plastic
• Price: $5
Gizrank: 3.5 stars