Lemon Zest

For the longest time I didn’t know what lemon zest was or that lemon juice didn’t have to come from a bottle in the refrigerator.

I didn’t grow up in a lemon zest world.  (Click here for what lemon zest is.  No one will know.)

My midwestern-born Mom made meat/potato/vegetable meals.  Bottled salad dressing and canned French cut green beans made into a casserole with cream of mushroom soup were fancy stuff at our table.

I’d like to be a lemon zest type of cook.

I don’t buy bottled lemon juice anymore.  (My favorite is the bright yellow plastic one with a green top that looks like a lemon.)

I have a grater and I’ve watched TV chefs zest and juice.  I’ve cut out recipes that require lemon zest.

I read one time that a squirt of lemon juice will brighten the taste of anything. I don’t know what that means.  Maybe my food needs some brightening.

I forget to buy lemons.  How will I add zest to my life?

Lemons I do buy sit around for days.  I feel them wondering, as they begin to shrink, what I will create with them.  I usually end up slicing them for iced tea or diet Coke.  I don’t want to waste the lemons.

I have 2 lemons downstairs.  Any suggestions?

Can I squeeze lemon juice on a baked sweet potato?

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  1. Well you know the saying when life gives you lemons…you make lemonade. Juice of 3 lemons
    1/3 cup sugar
    2 cups grape juice
    Enough ice water to make 1 quart

  2. Love it! Thanks, Barb

  3. I use lemons in salad dressings and when I make homemade hummus. I love the taste of fresh lemons, and they rarely have a chance to shrivel up and go bad in our house!

    • I do like the way they make my kitchen smell.
      Thanks for reading, Laurie!

  4. I’m no cook, but I do love lemons. I drink hot water and lemon first thing every morning as a cleanse, love lemon juice squeezed on asperagus and especially on avocados. It’s great on fresh fruit salads to keep the fruit from turning brown. And lemons can take those nasty stains out of your favorite white blouse. They also just look great piled up in a bowl on the kitchen counter. Gotta love lemons!

  5. I’m going to try hot water and tea, And I’ll try anything on white shirts! Thanks for the suggestions. And for reading.

  6. I know just what you mean! I just threw out a few lemons today that had gone bad. There’s no excuse for that when there are so many things that benefit from a little squeeze! But I forget that they are back there in the back of the crisper, and they go bad really quickly out of the counter in our climate.

    • I’m glad somebody can relate!
      Thanks for reading, Susan.

  7. I like to add lemons to sauteed chicken. Thickens up nicely and tastes great.

    • If I ever buy more lemons, I’ll try this. Thanks!

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