Citrus Expectations – Part 2

A little while ago, a crate of lemons just appeared in the kitchen. Leave the room for a moment and things happen. A lot of lemons!

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Their appearance might have had something to do with recent and radical pruning of the back garden, clearing an area of overgrown foliage and dead wood. The area had not been touched in nearly a quarter of a century and one rather rampant jasmine vine was left to grow into the citrus trees to the point where a number of those trees were on the point of strangulation. A prolific lemon tree, on the edge, was far enough away to be fairly safe, but not completely immune from those clingling tendrils. I expect this was the source of the lemons in the crate.  That, plus the high winds that we have been experiencing lately, shaking the fruit from the trees.

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There are only so many lemons you can use fresh, so ways of preserving them needed to be found. First was a jar of preserved lemons made from a recipe in Aglaia Kremezi’s book, The Mediterranean Pantry, for use in couscous and other Moroccan style dishes.

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Then, many lemons were zested and little packets were frozen for future use in cakes, etc.

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The juice was packed in both little “tupper” as these plastic containers are called here and in larger 1 litre ones. The smaller ones for use in general cooking, the large one for big batches of lemonade or lemon barley water next summer.

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Lemon curd was also made – destined to become lemon ice cream.

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Last, but not least, lemoncello.

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And, many more lemons to come. Lemon marmalade next plus more juice, lemon scented olive oil and perhaps a lemon cake or two… Any other suggestions welcome.

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12 comments

  1. Those are some good ideas, Deb. Does the juice go into the freezer? Ditto the zest? Re the lemon scented olive oil, Deb. Do the two liquids blend and how long can the oil stand?

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  2. There are always lemons in my kitchen, I think a little juice or a grating of zest make everything taste better. How about lemon cordial (syrup) a deliciously refreshing summer drink mixed with soda water. There’s a recipe in my archive if you’re interested. I loooove lemon curd!

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  3. Wow, that’s a lot of food processing! I love preserved lemons, thanks for the recipe. I use lemon juice every morning, so the little tupper-ware containers of juice would be a great idea. Not too sure about the acidic juice stored in plastic, though… might look for glass. And I agree with the lady above me – lemon curd rocks! I have a sugar free recipe on my blog – https://cookupastory.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/lemony-snicket-is-the-ticket/

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  4. I am so jealous of your access to off-the-tree lemons!I use lemon for so much and not only are the whole ones picked-too-soon and stored-too-long, the dried lemon zest that I break down and use in some dishes that has little flavor is astronomical in price.
    I am so glad to see you take advantage of them to their fullest.

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