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Buddha's hand citrus

dinner belle Dec 27, 2012 04:43 PM

Could someone please let me know how to use and store Buddha's hand citrus?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: dinner belle Dec 27, 2012 07:45 PM

    Just slice and eat it raw, or zest it and use it anywhere that you would lemon zest.

    Storage? Just leave it on the counter. It scares away the evil spirits that make you cook bad tasting food ...

    1. Bacardi1 RE: dinner belle Dec 28, 2012 02:28 PM

      I've never done it, but understand that it's frequently candied just as you would other citrus peels.

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        Felila RE: dinner belle Dec 28, 2012 02:43 PM

        I candied my own citron this year and used a Buddha's hand citron. The result was much tastier than the candied citron you can buy in stores.

        I used the citron and some chopped pecans in the Christmas ricotta pie. Delicious.

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          Bacardi1 RE: Felila Dec 28, 2012 04:01 PM


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          kseiverd RE: dinner belle Dec 28, 2012 05:18 PM

          IF that shows up at favorite little Asian market... will ask what to do with it and BUY it!

          1. JMF RE: dinner belle Dec 29, 2012 07:15 AM

            If you like flavored vodka, it infuses beautifully. Cut into PAPER THIN slices. Buddhas Hand is all pith, no juice. Put in 1 liter canning jars, about 1/3 to 1/2 half a sliced buddhas hand in each. Fill with vodka, seal, and put away for a Year! Or more. I did this and forgot about it. Two years later I tried it. It was a very pale gold, almost clear, hardly any color transfer, but a beautiful, aromatic and floral citrus aroma and flavor. The BEST vodka infusion I have ever had, and I am a distiller and do this for a living. So good that at parties I just shake it on ice, and strain into glasses for folks to sip.

            It also makes a great marmalade if mixed with other citrus, especially blood orange and bitter orange.

            I haven't tried it but I am sure with a little ingenuity you could make a great tart with it by partially candying it first.

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              AnneInMpls RE: JMF Dec 30, 2012 09:33 PM

              Ooooo - infused vodka sounds wonderful! I saw a few Buddha's hands in the market today, but passed them by because they were huge and expensive. I might have to go back so I can start my infusion.

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                hill food RE: JMF Jan 1, 2013 11:49 PM

                damn I saw some today at a store I can rarely get to. (stupid, stupid, stupid)

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                HillJ RE: dinner belle Dec 30, 2012 07:56 PM


                a nice primer on Buddha's hand and a few recipes.

                1. SWISSAIRE RE: dinner belle Jan 2, 2013 01:27 AM

                  We leave it out for a few days when we can find it. The fruit is very fragrant.

                  Candied is great, especially in baking. Save the syrup too.

                  And a twist of the skin with a knife into a curl, contributes to an elegant and unique Gin Tonic.

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