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Apr 24, 2007 01:25 PM

Meyer lemons

I have some gorgeous Meyer lemons but I have no idea what to do with them. Can anyone help?

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  1. The juice is great in drinks, since it isn't as tart as regular juice. Mixed drinks (alcohol) and lemonade both. Also very nice in salad dressings.

    Anything else you would do with lemons, really.

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    1. re: mlgb

      I have to disagree somewhat. I don't particularly like Meyers for lemonade, because they don't have enough acid to get the right tart-sweet balance. Same with salad dressings: they don't have enough acid to balance the oil.

      Lemon squares would be my choice as well. Actually, all ExercisetoEat's suggestions sound fabulous.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I like them in drinks because I don't have to add so much sugar. I guess if you like sweet drinks it would not work as well as a sour lemon. I've been to a number of high end restaurants here in S. Cal where Meyer lemons are abundant and a Meyer lemon vinaigrette is often featured on salads. Also great in sauces for seafood. It has a delicate floral, fragrant quality compared to regular lemon juice.

        If I remember correctly, for a while Williams Sonoma was selling a drink mix based on Meyer lemons.

        Melissa's has a whole long list of recipes, too

        1. re: mlgb

          I know some people like Meyer lemonade, but as I said, it doesn't have enough acid for my taste -- it just ends up tasting kinda wimpy. My Mom and sister have Meyer lemons bushes, and I have a young one as well -- I'm very familiar with their characteristics.

    2. Lemon squares made with Meyer lemon juice are fabulous.

      1. A Shaker Lemon pie is awesome made with meyer lemons. Other good choices are meyer lemon sorbet, lemon pound cake, and meyer lemon vanilla bean marmalade. Worst case you can freeze the whole lemon or just the juice.

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        1. re: ExercisetoEat

          The orangey, floral qualities of meyer lemon make for an excellent lemon curd.

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Riffing off your lemon curd suggestion, I've used meyer lemons to make a lemon custard that was really yummy. Recipe was from Martha Stewart's Web site.

        2. I just made this recipe with mine last week and is was great.

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          1. re: sgwood415

            I make this lemon pie for my wife on her birthday and our aniversary and it comes
            out great. I have made it with both types or varities. you can try that. just add some
            of the other varitiey.

          2. In perusing Sunday Suppers at Lucques (May cookbook of the month), there were loads of recipes that called for Meyer lemons - and I've seen nary a one lately. Can't remember any specifics though ....

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            1. re: MMRuth

              Meyer lemons were hit very hard by the Southern California freeze this year. We took what remained of ours, juiced them and froze the juice in icecube trays.