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What can I do with a bunch of lemons & limes???

tear it up Nov 17, 2009 12:41 PM

Had a party over the weekend and totally overestimated the amount of lemons and limes we would need for the bar. I have a ton that are already sliced into wedges and even more that are still whole. Ideas on what to do?? I'm already planning on doing a lemon meringue pie, but that's not even going to make a dent in the lemons I have. Help?

  1. corneygirl Nov 17, 2009 05:56 PM

    Lemon / lime curd, marmalade, candied citrus peels. The last two could be nice gifts for the holidays. Frozen lemon curd is great homemade "ice cream" with little work / equipment (make a pastry cream and mix the two together and freeze).

    1. Sally599 Nov 17, 2009 01:56 PM

      sorbet/italian ice

      1. absurdnerdbird Nov 17, 2009 01:45 PM

        Maybe make some salt-preserved lemons, cut up lemons, salt and lemon juice in a jar, good for flavoring chicken. If you have an ice cream maker, my favorite use for extra lemons is "water ice" (I'm from Philly), i.e. Italian ice. Mix equal parts lemon juice, water, and sugar, along with some finely grated or chopped lemon zest, and freeze in the ice cream machine, store in the freezer.

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          cutipie721 Nov 17, 2009 01:43 PM

          preserved lemon

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            luniz Nov 17, 2009 01:38 PM


            1. TrishUntrapped Nov 17, 2009 12:50 PM

              If you can't use them up consider juicing them and freezing the juice in cube trays then bagging the cubes for later use.

              Personally, I like lemonade, limeade, Limoncello, lemon Chicken...

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              1. re: TrishUntrapped
                BeefeaterRocks Nov 17, 2009 01:11 PM

                Zest the whole ones before juicing and freeze the zest.

                1. re: TrishUntrapped
                  janehathaway Nov 17, 2009 02:00 PM

                  I freeze them in cubes too (a trick I learned here, in fact). It's great for the times when you can't find good lemons or limes at the market.

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