Lemon ‘n’ Lime

lemon lime jars

We love the citrus-y flavor of lemons and limes, but the extraordinarily expensive lemons don’t last very long these days, and limes are dry about ten minutes after cutting them, if they have any juice in them at all. So I’ve been reduced to relying on these two bottles of crystalized “juices”.

Not as good as the real thing, but not bad. I made some guacamole with the lime by mixing in a half teaspoon of crystals in about a teaspoon of water, and that worked well. I sprinkled some of the lemon directly on avocado slices, and that was okay. But I think mixing it with water first would make it more lifelike! Either one sprinkled directly in the potato soup worked well because of the massive amount of fluid available to rehydrate the crystals.

The bottles were $4. each at Amazon, and will probably last us for at least a year, if not longer.

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10 Responses to Lemon ‘n’ Lime

  1. Lucky for me I usually find reasonably priced lemons and lime, but this is a great tip to have, just in case there’s nothing good in the market. Thanks for sharing your secrets! 🙂

    • judilyn says:

      It’s nowhere near as good. I want FRESH, FRESH, FRESH!!! But in a pinch . . . I can suffer a bit. ;->

      • Yes, nothing is as good as fresh citrus! 🙂
        Sometimes when I find really good lemons and limes, I juice them and freeze them in small cubes, grate the zest and freeze that too.

      • judilyn says:

        I kept a whole, big lemon in the freezer for a long time, and just shaved off bits with a zesteur. We don’t use much, so it lasted a long time. I found a new zesteur the other day that has a sharp edge to make narrow strips as well as the thin curls. Haven’t used it yet, though.

  2. Dale Ellis says:

    That’s a good idea for me to try. I like lemon with warm water in my acacia powder mix before meals. Our lemons are high here too. Gonna try that.

  3. bjdewell says:

    I think I’ll order a bottle of TrueLemon. (Couldn’t find it at the store.) I looked it up on Amazon.com, but wasn’t sure it would work in guacamole or sprinkled on fish. Now I know. I’ll add it to a bit of water. Thanks. 🙂

    • judilyn says:

      I was cautious. I’ve been contemplating this purchase for, literally, YEARS! But it seems okay, but probably should be used sparingly because of the maltodextrin. I seem to be sensitive to it for some reason.

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