Friday, January 23, 2015

What To Make and Do with Lemons ~ Citrus Series


"The Lemon.—This fruit is supposed to be a native of the North of India, although it is grown in nearly all sub-tropical climates. In general, the fruit is very acid, but in a variety known as the sweet lemon, or bergamot (said to be a hybrid of the orange and lemon), the juice is sweet. The sour lemon is highly valued for its antiscorbutic properties, and is largely employed as a flavoring ingredient in culinary preparations, and in making a popular refreshing beverage."
~ Mrs. E.E. Kellogg, Science in the Kitchen, 1893









































If you enjoyed these ideas, you may also be interested in What to Make and Do with Oranges.



55 comments:

  1. I love lemons - wish they would grow here. Hubby likes to throw a couple of the lemon juice ice cubes in when he is cooking salmon:) He likes how easy it is.

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    1. Oh, too bad! Lemons are a fun little fruit! :)

      I do like the idea of lemon with salmon! One of my favorite fish...

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  2. Oh, I love lemon everything. Sadly, half the time when I go to buy them they are shriveled so I'm going to making all I can with them now while they're still in good shape. I love the sound of the fabric softener. Thank you for sharing your recipes and labels.
    Have a sparkly weekend!

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    1. I guess I have taken for granted the lemon orchards surrounding us! They are a blessing indeed! :) I hope you like the fabric softener!

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  3. There is no way we can grow any citrus here in the north, but I stock up on citrus in the winter when it is cheaper. I am saving my orange peels, and will now start saving my lemon peels. I am very interested in the fabric softener made with lemon peel - sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing these wonderful lemon uses!

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    1. Hi there! It is a blast to recycle the peels. I call it kitchen-crafting and find it to be both productive, frugal and fun! :)

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  4. Wonderful and helpful post, dear JES!
    You had a few suggestions here that I will certainly be using, thank you.

    There is something about the enjoyment of being "productive, frugal" and all the fun that goes with it!
    Have a beautiful blessed day.

    Joy!
    Debbie

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    1. I must agree with you Debbie! Thanks for your sweet visit and happy kitchen-crafting! :)

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  5. I have been compiling information for a blog post on the healing benefits of lemon and was going to come search out your awesome citrus series when low and behold here you have it all in one place for me. Thanks, I have really enjoyed this series and really wish I could grow those babies here in Northern Utah.

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    1. Ah, too bad you can't grow them. I have always lived in citrus climates so I take it for granted I guess! A few of the posts also share medicinal info such as the cough syrup and dried peel one I think ;0 It was nice hearing from you Annie and I hope all is going well in your neck of the woods! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Hello, Lemons make me very happy! Made a lemon cake yesterday with fresh juice and zest!
    Yes to lemons a gift from the Lord...
    I love to use organic ones!
    Hugs, Roxy

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    1. That sounds delicious! I need to bake one up! Do you know I have never done a lemon cake.... Hmmm... Time to indulge :) Lemons are a happy fruit, I must agree. Thanks for sharing Roxy!

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  7. Wonderful round-up of uses! Thanks for the inspiration because we live in a valley of lemon growers and we always have more lemons than we know what to do with! Visiting from Awesome Life Friday linkup.

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  8. Wow, all these are great ideas! sharing it on my FB right away :) thanks so much! Have a lovely week! Visiting from Monday's Musings x

    http://angiebenju.blogspot.com/

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  9. Hi JES,
    What a nice collection of uses for lemons. I love lemons and limes--the smell, the taste, the look. So this was a fun list to look through and I hadn't heard some of the ideas...need to try a few of them. Thanks.
    Gail : )

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Gail. It was nice to hear from you :)

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  10. Hello!
    I found your wonderful blog through Stephanie's "Roses of Inspiration".
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Hi Sarah, nice to "meet' you! Thanks for introducing yourself! :)

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  11. What a great post...I have just been given a huge bag of fresh lemons straight from a tree and was wondering what to do with them. Thank you for sharing
    Phoebe x

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    1. Glad this can be a help Phoebe! :)

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  12. You have some great ideas here. I think I like the Lemon cough syrup and the Lemonade Frozen concentrate the best. Lemons have so many beneficial and healthy purposes for our bodies and homes. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Visiting from Tuesday With a Twist blog hop. Pinned & twitted.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to share. I really appreciate it! :)

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  13. You can freeze lemon juice?! I did not know that so thank you very much for sharing. I would love to make my own lemon extract as it's a favorite of mine.

    What a wonderful post, JES. You amaze me with your knowledge. Hugs!

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    1. Hi Stephanie, thanks for your sweet visit! I do recommend freezing lemon juice as it comes in handy!!! Especially in the summer when they are out of season :)

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  14. Wow!! Lemons have many wonderful uses. My mom has a lemon tree. It is pretty young and only produce 4 lemons this year. She also has a sour orange tree which is much older and it produces many oranges. And also has many wonderful uses. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    1. You are welcome Trisha, thank you for taking the time to visit here today :)

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  15. Great ideas for lemons. I love a slightly lemony sugar cookie with icing. It's the best!!! I'm your neighbor at the Wise Woman linkup!

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    1. Oh dear, that sounds very delicious! Thanks for sharing Gina!

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  16. I love fresh lemons - so many uses, even a bowl full on the counter is cheerful! The marmalade looks delicious.

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    1. Thank you Abi for sharing here today :)

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  17. I love the taste of lemon in water better than any of the "fancy" drinks offered on the market. Good thing I guess. - Margy

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    1. Very good thing as it is very healthy and a detoxifying drink! Bravo to you :)

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  18. Great ideas for the mighty lemon. Going to try some of these.

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  19. Wonderful collection of ideas! We'll be featuring this post on Awesome Life Friday this week - thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Linda! I really appreciate that ;)

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  20. Thanks for linking this great informative post up at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings to you Jes and your family.

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  21. My Meyer lemon tree has produced 14 lemons for me this year - and it's only a couple years old! In anticipation of future years, I am pinning and printing most of these suggestions! Thanks! Right now I pick them when we have fish, and I am saving a few more for some home brewed Ginger Ale! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Wow, the ginger ale is a great idea! I love these kinds of seasonal projects that can boost up your reserves. I hope some of these ideas are helpful!

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  22. Thanks so much for this post, JES!

    The timing is perfect as I just picked up a bag of lemons in my Azure Standard order today.

    Pinning! Thanks!

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  23. This is great! Thanks for sharing at The Homestead Blog Hop! Hope to see you again this week. :)

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  24. Great idea! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  25. I love lemons!! Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas!!

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    1. I hope some of these ideas will be useful to you Sandra! :)

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  26. (I hope I didn't just post this twice, but I think I deleted my comment) I just found this recipe for lemon dishwasher detergent, which, so far, works really well! Nice to use something non-toxic on my dishes, and for about 1/2 the price of my regular detergent on sale:) http://www.mannsmooring.com/?p=939

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    1. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  27. I also made some of your lemon extract - so nice! I then used some of it to make a nicely scented lemon-foam hand soap modifying this recipe:
    http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/01/make-your-own-moisturizing-antibacterial-foaming-hand-wash.html

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    1. Sorry it took so long to respond to these comments! I think I was out of town when you visited here! Thank you for sharing these ideas with us!

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  28. I really enjoy reading your posts and have saved many (including this one) to refer back to later. Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing here today! :)

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  29. Very interesting. I was just reading about lemons this week.

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  30. I wish I could get my hands on a big box of lemons, these pictures are so beautiful! So cheery and bright in the winter months. I've pinned, maybe I'll be able to find some good looking lemons somewhere. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop JES!

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  31. Could you sub pretty much any of the other citrus fruits for the lemons? (ie. oranges, grapefruits, limes) I would assume so?

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    1. Hi there!

      In many of these, yes. Though keep in mind that they do differ a bit in nature... (for instance orange "juice" doesn't can well and will become bitter) common sense can guide you :) Hope this helps!

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  32. I love lemons, lemon juice and zest. Great collection!

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