During Winter there always seems to be an abundance of lemons on offer. Lemons are such a versatile fruit with many many uses. The key is knowing how to process them quickly before they spoil. Here are the tips I use to guarantee year round lemon abundance.
* To get more juice from your lemons roll them over the kitchen bench while pushing down. This releases the juices inside. Another tip is to put an uncut lemon in the microwave for 20 seconds.
* Freeze them whole. This is a great tip if you have an abundance of lemons and don't have time to juice them all. They will defrost a little soft but can still be used. Also great for baking whole lemon cake.
* Zest them. Zest can be used in slices, cakes and muffins as well as savoury dishes. Zest can also be frozen. Just make sure you use a glass container to freeze it in as the zest scent is very hard to remove from plastic.
* Juice them and keep the juice in the fridge ( for a few days ) to make refreshing drinks.
* Make lemon butter. This is a wonderful spread to have on toast and scones.
* Freeze the juice in icecube trays to keep a good supply all year round. Juice can be used on fish, to make lemon chicken. soothing drinks for sore throats, baking and of course - lemon butter
* Freeze the zest of both lemons and oranges. Then juice them and add to a snap lock bag or container to make 50 / 50 cordial in Summer.
* Clean and freshen chopping boards with a lemon cut in half.
|Ready for juicing|
|Cooking fish in foil.|
How do you process an abundance of lemons ?
How do you like to use lemons ?