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Lemons for limoncello?

saturnine60 Nov 5, 2008 04:21 AM

Plan on making limoncello. Recommendations for place to buy good lemons at affordable price? In November... Thank you.

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    bacchante Nov 5, 2008 11:40 AM

    When I made a batch a few months ago, I bought a small bag for a good price at (surprise!) Whole Foods in Clarendon. Wherever you get them, be sure that you get organic ones, as the alcohol will preferentially dissolve pesticides right into your limoncello. And scrub off any wax with diswashing liquid, too

    Next time, I'm going to try it with meyer lemons.

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    1. re: bacchante
      deangold Nov 5, 2008 04:36 PM

      Don't limit yourself to lemons. Try tangerines, tangelos, grapefruit, limes, key limes etc. Be sure to scrape the zest with your finger before buying a lot to see that the fruit has a pleasant smell. You can also use a microplane to insure you get only the zest and to speed up the infusion process. You would then use a coffee filte or a fine mesh strainer to get the fine zest out.

      1. re: deangold
        saturnine60 Nov 7, 2008 01:41 PM

        Thank you for very much for the great recommendations.

        1. re: deangold
          bacchante Nov 7, 2008 01:42 PM

          Yes. Particularly since meyer lemons can be difficult to find around here, I've been thinking of doing a combination of lemons and oranges. I tried basil this summer, but I wasn't entirely happy with the results. I think I let the infusion go too long. When pouring, I mix with equal parts of limoncello. The color isn't that great, but it tastes fine: not as cloying.

      2. Manassas64 Nov 10, 2008 08:34 AM

        I use meyer lemons when I make it. Wegmans had a wonderful selection last year when I bought them for a cookie recipe. So hopefully they will have a wonderful selection again this year.

        I found a nice recipe for the Limoncello Cream version that I am going to try this year. I like the cream better than the regular. Sort of like a lemon version of Baileys. So good.

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        1. re: Manassas64
          nosey Nov 10, 2008 04:17 PM

          When is Meyer lemon season?

          1. re: nosey
            hill food Nov 10, 2008 09:35 PM

            god, post on the SF board and have someone ship postage due.

            the waste is obscene. Meyer ornamental trees all over that aren't harvested. tsk, tsk, tsk. (Menlo Park, Palo Alto, I'm talking to you)

            1. re: nosey
              Manassas64 Nov 17, 2008 10:33 AM

              It's prolific in spring and fall.

              I saw them at Wegmans in Gainesville on Friday and I wasn't impressed with the way they looked.

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