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March 09, 2012


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I don't have any recipes but I do have some ideas: lemon cookies, lemon pie, lemon cake, lemon pudding. See where I'm going with this? (Man, all of a sudden, I'm hungry!)


Nothing like the old reliable
"When life give you lemons, make lemonade"
It's much healthier than a martini anyway ;)


How about squeezing and freezing some of the lemons in a few ice cube trays? Once they're frozen, pop the cubes into a ziplock bag and keep stored in freezer. You'll have months worth of fresh juice on hand to use for cooking, baking, salad dressing or whatever.

Otherwise, I see lots and lots of lemonade in your future . . .

Retired Syd

@Sightings: Ok, so Robert sent me a recipe for lemon jelly filling-you guys are on the same wave length. Unfortunately, I'm not much of a dessert person, so I need some savory ideas.

@Rjscorner: So I did try making lemonade out of them once and it wasn't very good. My friend Vicki suggested Limoncello, which we have made and it was very good.

@Tamara: Monica sent me this link for preserved Meyer lemons http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Preserved-Meyer-Lemons-102747. Your freezing idea is an excellent one. But now I'm still stuck with what to do with that frozen or preserved lemon juice. Chicken Piccata (which I love) is the only thing I can come up with!


Syd - Salad dressing! 50% lemon juice, 50% olive oil, one minced garlic clove and a dash of salt, pepper. You won't believe how fresh and delicious it taste.


Shoot - Ignore above and see below instead:

Salad dressing! 75% olive oil/25% lemon juice plus one minced garlic clove and a dash of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. You won't believe how fresh and delicious it taste.

Add as you wish to vary it up - a touch of dijon, a dash of curry, a splash of balsamic vinegar, etc.


I see that you're not that fond of sweets but..lemon curd. Make your own citrus vodka. Homeade limoncello. Squeeze em all and put the juice in ice cube trays?


I could use them all up just mixing Amaretto sours. They're great with fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Lots of sauces call for a fair amount of lemon juice. The orange sauce for Asian-inspired orange chicken comes to mind. You can find lots of recipes for it just googling for a minute. But it is basically a matter of reducing lemon and orange juice with a bit of brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce, onions and adding corn starch as a thickener. Then you douse it over some chicken served over a bed of rice. Yum. Fresh lemon juice really gives life to sauces that the bottled stuff just can't seem to pull off.


You might want to check with your local food bank to see if they'll come and pick whatever fruit you can't use. It then gets distributed in food boxes and to shelters. Googling your city along with something like: food bank gleaners should help you find some resources.

Here in Tucson, I've got a 30-ft high lemon tree that overwhelms me with fruit! I pick what I need, call the gleaners and get a tax deductible receipt for several hundred pounds of fruit in return!

fred doe

i can't get over that you put a twist in your martini ? please don't say you use vermouth. the closes vermouth comes to my martini is that i look at it from across the room.

Retired Syd

@fred: Well it depends on the gin--some are better with olives. But my favorite, Hendricks, is best with a twist. Vermouth aside, please say you aren't talking vodka.

fred doe

yes! Stolichnaya 100 proof. but sometimes i use garlic stuffed olives that way i stay in some of the food groups:) but all kidding aside do the blossoms on the lemon tree smell good? my hyacinths have bloomed early here in jersey and it's nice to sit on the porch and smell them, with what else? a martini:D i may throw caution to the wind and try hendricks gin i got nothing to lose, i'm retired.

Larry D Gaddis

Meyer Lemons make on of the best Lemon Curds there is. Here is a very easy version...
6 egg yolks
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
1 cube of butter cut into pieces

Beat the egg yolks, add the cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of lemon juice.
Stir these ingredients in a saucepan and cook on medium heat until it thickens.
Remove from the stove, add the butter pieces and stir till melted.

This is GREAT on Scones, Muffins and a filler for short bread cookies.

If you make a double batch use only 1 and 1/2 sticks of butter.

I love this stuff and so does nearly everyone who asks me to make it all the time! I beg the lemons off my neighbor and share with her this jarred sunshine!

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