Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesday's Tips & Tricks: Lemons

When picking a lemon, look for ones that are bright yellow, with smooth skin, and are heavy for their size.

Do not pick lemons that are soft and spongy.  Lemons have less juice when the skin feels wrinkled, rough, or have a tough skin.

1 Medium size lemon equals approximately 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of lemon zest.

Lemon juice has 4 calories per tablespoon and no fat.

Lemons at room temperature have more juice than refrigerated lemons.

To get more juice flowing, microwave the lemon for a few seconds.  Next, roll it on the counter with the palm of your hand, before you squeeze the juice out.

If you only need a few drops of lemon juice, pierce the skin with a toothpick.  Squeeze out the amount of juice needed. Insert the toothpick back into the hole and place in a plastic bag.

Freeze lemon juice in an ice tray.  When frozen, each lemon ice cube will equal a medium lemon.

Zest is the outer colored part of the skin on a lemon, orange, or lime. Only use the colored part of the fruit peel.  Don't use the white part, it will be bitter.

Try using lemon juice instead of vinegar, when making salad dressing.

Marinades using lemon juice, tenderize chicken.

The world largest lemon was 5 pounds and 13 ounces.

Check back on Friday, for the
Lemon Heaven Dessert recipe!


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  1. I like the toothpick trick and will do that the next time. That is one big lemon!!!

  2. Great tips! Lemons are the best!

  3. Thanks for this tips, it's always interesting to learn something new.

  4. Fantastic info! Pinned this on my lemon pin board http://pinterest.com/slowroasted/lemon/

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Lemons make everything better, thanks for the info!

  6. Wahooo thank you so much!! Can't wait to recive it & try some yummy recipes!!!

  7. We like to put our discarded juiced lemons through the disposal to clean and freshen it up.