Saturday, March 8, 2008

Saving Meyer Lemons

Early this February, I received yet another box of Meyer lemons from my very generous and dear friends Erika and Bill. There were many more than you see in the photo. Well, I used some of them but then the flu struck (this is positively the last time I mention the flu - this year) and those golden beauties sat around for quite some time. Meyer lemons do not have good staying power once picked. It's a good thing it's so cool where I live because on slicing one open this morning I saw that, while they had gotten a little soft, they were still delicious. So, what to do with all those lemons that would make me cry if they went to waste?
Juice 'em

Then freeze 'em in ice cube trays

Then double bag them, mark them with MLJ and put them in the freezer

Each cube is 5 teaspoons of juice when thawed making it trés simple to measure when cooking. Sometimes I'm so clever I can't stand myself.

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MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Well it is a brilliant idea dear girl!!

Kalyn said...

No Meyer lemons here, sigh. I do buy the big bags of lemons at Costco and freeze the juice, but the ice cube trays is a brilliant idea.

BTW, it may be too late for the Meyer lemons, but I've had pretty good luck freezing the zest too!

Simona said...

That's clever, indeed. I have been using the ones I got from a friend to make several batches of kiwi sorbet. I know, you suggested to freeze the kiwi, but I couldn't help myself. Guess what's for dessert tonight?

Christine said...

Thank you Tanna!

Kalyn, I'm afraid the skins were not in a zestable condition.

Simona, I can't wait!

Paz said...

So smart! So smart! I'll have to remember this trick when I get lemons.


Anonymous said...

What a fabulous idea.

Christine said...

Thanks Paz, although I'm sure it's been done before. ;)

Thanks Anne!

Mimi said...

You have inspired me, I am off to buy Meyer lemons. The flu was awful, wasn't it? It took me four weeks to feel back to normal!

Christine said...

I hope you can find Meyer lemons where you live, Mimi. They are so special.
Yes, the flu was horrid. I got it back in February and it's taken forever to get my strength back. I'm so glad you're back to normal, I've missed you.