Lemons, Limes, and Oranges, Oh My!

Did you know about 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice equals the amount of juice from 1 lemon? This will save you the time from measuring when you are preparing a recipe.

Lemons, limes, oranges will produce more juice if you will leave them out at room temperature prior to preparing a recipe.

If you’re juicing lemons, oranges or limes, and you forgot to take them out of the refrigerator, you can heat them for 20 seconds in the microwave and roll on the counter for a minute, you’ll get more juice.

Prior to using your citrus press to juice your fruit, take a few minutes to zest it. Zesting citrus can be done using a zester (small tool) or my favorite method is using my microplane grater for finer shreds. Take the fruit and rub over the microplane until you get to the white pulp layer, then turn it and zest the next part, until you have zested the entire fruit. If the recipe doesn’t call for the zest, zest it and store it in the refrigerator or freezer for future recipes. The zest can also give off a nice aroma in the refrigerator or in your home if you set it out for a few minutes on a small dish.

If you are making fresh lemonade, orangeade or limeade zest the fruit prior to juicing. Place the zest into the pitcher and then juice the fruit into the pitcher. Friends and family will think it’s the best they have ever drank.

The zest of the lemon lemon can be placed in ice cube trays. Fill with water and freeze. Add to iced tea or your favorite drink for extra pizzazz!

Just add lemon zest to get a little extra kick to the flavor of most any recipe without the calories!
Lemon Zest is great on any chicken, in any green salad to make it taste just a little fresher, and it’s so tasty on dessert pizza and tortes.

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