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Old 09-06-2019, 11:31 AM
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What to do with lemon juice?


I have this great new cookie recipe that calls for the zest of 4 lemons. Lemons don't keep all that well once you've zested them, and really, the only other thing I use lemons for on a regular basis is making lentil soup. (And once a year I make a lemon angel pie that requires zest.)

I can juice the lemons after I zest them. But what should I do with the juice? Can I just keep it in the fridge? I do use lemon juice when I make fruit pies (although not very much.) What else can I do with lemon juice?
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Old 09-06-2019, 11:40 AM
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Lemon garlic chicken. Or clean the microwave.

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Old 09-06-2019, 11:54 AM
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Mmmm, except that I'm a food snob and don't use garlic powder, that recipe looks good. I bet I can use crushed garlic instead. Thanks.

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Old 09-06-2019, 11:58 AM
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Lemonade.

I'd love to have a glass right now.

We make a pitcher of lemonade every week during the summer.

https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_lemonade/

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Spray cut fruit or vegetables with it to keep it from browning.

Dilute it and drink it. Lowers blood pressure. May help prevent kidney stones. Helps with arthritis and rheumatism.

Clean your cutting boards.

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Old 09-06-2019, 12:10 PM
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Hmm, I've been eating a lot of lime popsicles this summer. Maybe I should make lemon popsicles. Anyone have a recipe they like?
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Old 09-06-2019, 01:47 PM
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Pour the leftover lemon juice into your mouth. Drink. Mmmm!!!
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Old 09-06-2019, 01:52 PM
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Get some dill. Put the lemon and dill on a piece of salmon. Grill it.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:16 PM
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I'm a weirdo who loves really sour stuff, so I'd probably finish peeling them and eat them like an orange or tangerine.

not all at once, mind.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:20 PM
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Lemonade.

I'd love to have a glass right now.

We make a pitcher of lemonade every week during the summer.

https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_lemonade/
I prefer drinking water. I might enjoy a glass of lemon juice a couple times a year, but that's not going to use up the lemons I'm generating. (But it did inspire me to ask about popsicles.)

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Pour the leftover lemon juice into your mouth. Drink. Mmmm!!!
That's a thought... One recipe of cookies gives me about a cup of leftover lemon juice, though, and that's a bit much. And it's a good recipe for bringing cookies to events, and my daughter loves them, so I'm inclined to bake it somewhat regularly.

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Get some dill. Put the lemon and dill on a piece of salmon. Grill it.
yeah, not going to eat nearly enough salmon to burn through the juice I've been generating. Especially since my husband won't eat fish.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:22 PM
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I'm a weirdo who loves really sour stuff, so I'd probably finish peeling them and eat them like an orange or tangerine.

not all at once, mind.
I actually do enjoy eating lemons. Maybe I should just plan to do that, over the next week or so. They'd probably keep that long.
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Lemon juice, diced fresh garlic, salt and pepper make a great marinade for Poc Chuc. Buy some pork (milanesa at a Mexican market) and marinate overnight. Place over hot coals a few minutes per side. Assemble tacos with your favorite toppings.
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In your laundry, it supposedly makes your white clothes whiter.
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I store leftover lemon juice in a small airtight container and it keeps for quite awhile.
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Old 09-06-2019, 03:23 PM
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Mmmm, except that I'm a food snob and don't use garlic powder, that recipe looks good.
Does that mean Alton Brown isn't a food snob?

By the way, you could freeze lemon juice in ice cube trays if you have no immediate use for it.
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Lemon Drop

2 oz vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz fresh lemon juice
sugar for rim
  • Coat the rim of a cocktail glass with sugar and set aside (do this a few minutes ahead of time so the sugar can dry and adhere well to the glass)
  • Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake
  • Strain into the prepared glass
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My gf makes a delicious Greek lemon chicken soup that is so delicately flavored that I sigh after each sip. I'd offer the recipe, but she won't tell me (she thinks that's what keeps me from leaving her). *


* an inside joke, I think.
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Get some dill. Put the lemon and dill on a piece of salmon. Grill it.
That...sounds wonderful.
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You could add a dash to your coffee or tea.
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Lemon and pepper on a steak. Grill it. Very tasty.
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Old 09-06-2019, 04:58 PM
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You can freeze it. It freezes fine, IME. I do it in ice-cube trays, so that gives me a handy measuring standard when I'm popping one out to use in a recipe. They come out a bit mushier than ordinary ice, but still perfectly solid.
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Old 09-06-2019, 05:03 PM
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A lemon wedge acts as a good deodorizer for you garbage disposal.

Also, feed to baby and enjoy the show.
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Old 09-06-2019, 05:05 PM
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You can sweeten and spice and use lemon juice in making some sweet pickles.
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Old 09-06-2019, 06:03 PM
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Does that mean Alton Brown isn't a food snob?
And every other cook/chef who makes rubs and marinades on a large scale. Ain't no time for fussing with garlic cloves.
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My wife is Greek, so basically every green vegetable we steam is dressed with good olive oil, lemon juice, and a dash of salt. Try it!

If it’s still too many lemons, do what Aceplace57 says and make your own lemonade. September is still summer, you know.
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Old 09-06-2019, 06:05 PM
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A lemon wedge acts as a good deodorizer for you garbage disposal.

Also, feed to baby and enjoy the show.
I've put a LOT of lemon down the disposal recently (after it sat too long in the fridge without its zest, and went bad) -- I'm looking for something more constructive than that.

Also, just the peel, after removing the zest AND the juice, does a decent job on the disposal.
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Put in on clean hair in the shower.

Beware of it getting on certain bits. Ouchy.

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You can freeze it. It freezes fine, IME. I do it in ice-cube trays, so that gives me a handy measuring standard when I'm popping one out to use in a recipe. They come out a bit mushier than ordinary ice, but still perfectly solid.
That's what I came in here to say. Juice a bunch of lemons (and/or limes), measure the juice into ice cube trays in 1 TBS amounts, freeze, and then pop into a bag or plastic container. Now you have lemon juice whenever you need it - whether for cooking, or for putting in a glass of cold water on a hot day.
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I can't keep enough citrus in the house, I use it for everything.

Soup / stew needs some brightening? That's lemon juice. Salad dressings, sauces, all things that have been mentioned above. Baked goods too. These lemon ricotta pancakes (you can skip the zest if you've already zested them). Homemade Ricotta is stupid easy too.

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Old 09-07-2019, 09:53 AM
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Mix lemon juice and an equal amount of Dawn dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle, shake (you can add a little hot water ) - it removes soap scum off a bathtub like MAGIC with not too much effort. Scrubbing Bubbles spray, Mr. Clean 'erasers', baking soda - none of that works so well as lemon juice and Dawn. (You can use white vinegar and Dawn, but lemon juice smells better.)
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Vegan sour cream (Forks over Knives website)
1 box extra firm silken tofu
1 T lemon juice
1 T red wine vinegar (I use a scant amount and adjust up if needed)

Blend until creamy. Salt and add seasonings to taste. Use a non-silken tofu if you'd like something more like farmer's cheese than sour cream. Surprisingly decent.
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Old 09-07-2019, 01:29 PM
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If you like tart vinaigrettes, then I think fattoush dressing calls for wpquite a bit of lemon juice.
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:15 PM
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Make lemon curd (set aside a bit of the rind for this). I saw a microwave recipe for lemon curd last week that looks simple.
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:34 PM
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My lemon curd recipe calls for equal lemon's-worth of zest and juice. And I think it wouldn't be nearly as good without the zest... I forgot, and added the zest late once, and it just wasn't right. Also, making lemon curd is maybe the hardest thing I cook.

1) it's tedious to zest and juice the lemons
2) it's even more tedious to stand there and stir forever and ever, as it cooks at a low temp
3) it's fussy, and needs to be removed from the heat at EXACTLY the right time. Too early and it won't jell properly, too late and it burns.

I adore lemon curd, but I only make it once a year, and don't plan to do it more often.

I've bought lemon curd, because it was SUCH A PITA to make, and it just wasn't the same thing. I am curious to test an easier recipe, but dubious.
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