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Questions tagged [lemon]

Lemons are a fist-sized, egg-shaped, yellow citrus fruit. Use this tag for questions about selecting, identifying, storing, preparing, replacing or cooking with lemons as an ingredient. Questions about dishes which include lemons, but are not focused on lemons, should not use this tag.

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Trouble with Lemon tea

Today morning I made some tea with mostly ginger (half of a small one) and lime (a whole small one), and some mint. I added my usual 3 tablespoons of sugar, and tasted it. It was very, very bitter. ...
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Lemon peel thickness

Long story short, Is lemon peel thickness sign of the fruit age? Long story: half-cutting lemons (this worth for oranges and other citruses, as well), I noticed younger fruits have thicker peel (the ...
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Way too much lemon in my basting liquid

Let me start by saying, I am a good home cook. I have been cooking for a while with positive review. I decided to try something I had never done before. I made a Greek Inspired Pork Roulade. It ...
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How to fix a bitter jam? (Or use it?)

I had the ill thought of adding raw lemon to my apples jam (half for ~2.5lt, in other words half for blender load), it tastes inhumanly bitter. Apart from the level of acidity which can be fixed with ...
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Why is my lemon curd metallic? How should I fix it?

I used this recipe and followed it to the letter. I used organic/unsprayed lemons (and was careful not to zest the pith) and free-range eggs. I did a quick Google search, but the only cause I could ...
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Is it okay for preserved lemons to float?

I just a couple days ago started a batch of Moroccan preserved lemons, using a combination of recipes from 2 books I own and a few online. Basically, near-quarter some Meyer lemons and stuff with ...
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Does Lemon juice change acidic level when frozen?

I used frozen lemon juice in a lemon icebox pie. It had egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk as additional ingredients. It failed to set up. Does freezing lemon juice change the acidic property?
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Posset problem - cooked cream with acid

Thought I'd try out a Posset & in my hurry I added the lemon juice to cream/sugar mixture BEFORE boiling. Since it was already added, went ahead & boiled for ~7 mins. Have no idea if the hard ...
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What alternatives do exists for properly squeezing lemons?

This happened to me often when I go to some restaurants or be on a visit to somebody place. It just happen that I want to add some lemon to my soup or use it as an addition to my meals but they do not ...
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Preserved Lemons: is it ok if they are above the liquid

I started a jar of preserved lemons yesterday and today I noticed that the top of one lemon is above the liquid, is this ok? Should I try to press it down, or add water?
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Lemon Butter Sauce too acidic

My Lemon Butter sauce was way too acidic. What can I use to mellow the sauce? I started with 1/4 cup lemon, added shallots and garlic and reduced by half. Then added 1/2 stick butter, cherry tomatoes ...
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Oil extraction from lemon

Recently I have taken to natural aromas and colours. Does anyone have any idea on best method and equipment for extraction of oil from lemon rind?
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substituting rosehip solution for lemon juice/citric acid

Syrup recipe calls for citric acid, 3Tbsp. I want to use rosehips to achieve the same degree of tartness. 3Tbsp equals 2 1/4 cups of lemon juice. I can boil/steep dry rosehips to that subjective ...
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What is the main difference between lemon and lime? [closed]

Lemons and limes are both very acidic but have slightly different flavors and scents.
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How to make lemon powder using lemon juice like milk powder?

Recently I had a good lemon harvest , and I'm experimenting with it . I like to know if I can make lemon powder , so I can use them later . I tried heating , but it all went black and became unusable ,...
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Why is my lemon pie crust so wet?

Why is my lemon pie crust wet? I am not sure what to do. I have tried many things but nothing helped. I cooled the whole pie, then refrigerated it. When I took it out the next day, the lemon filling ...
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Extracting flavor from lemon zest

What are some good ways of getting the most flavor out of lemon zest and into sugar+water? I’ve steeped them in the liquid that was just to the boil and left it to cool. But I wonder what better ...
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Do Morrocan-stye pickled lemons really need 5 to 10% salt?

I want to make Morrocan-stye pickled lemons, but I was only able to find one site with an explicit ratio, and it says: In On Food and Cooking, Harold McGee suggests that a solution of five to 10% ...
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Pickled/preserved lemons/limes - grams of salt per kilogram of fruit? [duplicate]

[ I think this question here was originally too unclear. because I was still researching and figuring out exactly what I wanted to ask when I posted it. I edited it a few times, but I think my editing ...
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Adjusting Microwave Times

There's this really cool microwave lemon squares recipe that I've been dying to try out - only, the recipe insists on the cook time being 3 minutes on 80% power. I don't have a microwave where you can ...
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How can I cook cod without lemons?

I have cod and every recipe that I can find says to use lemon juice, but I personally hate lemons. What can I cook the cod with, other than lemons? I don't want it to be dry and I want to bake the ...
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What are the key differences between lemons and meyer lemons?

"Meyer lemons" are advertised as a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. The flavor is basically what you'd expect from that cross. Is it reasonable to use them as direct substitutes? What ...
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Lemon juice as drinking water preservative

I drink water at work from a plastic bottle, refilled at cooler. I wonder if putting lemon cuts (0.25 lemon/L) in it will preserve it and decent way to keep water safe. Is there a chance that lemon ...
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Corn syrup alternative

Many sugar candy recipes ask for corn syrup to add polymerization to the final candy and prevent crystallization. Body sugaring recipes call for lemon juice to prevent crystallization and maintain ...
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When should I use lemon zest and not just juice?

If you want to add lemon flavor, why not just add lemon juice? For what type of dishes would you recommend using each one?
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What is the difference in flavour between the zest of an orange vs lemon vs lime

I am anosmic (do not have a sense of smell) and therefore am reduced in my perception of flavours to the flavours my tongue can detect, every time I zest a citrus fruit I always hear everyone talk of ...
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How to increase the perceived sweetness of homemade lemonade without sweeteners?

I have been making homemade lemonade for a few years in the summer and slowly, starting from an online recipe, I have been perfecting it (on a mainly trial and error basis) to reduce the amount of ...
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Meyer curd without added sugar?

Is there any reason I can't make a Meyer lemon curd without adding sugar. Is the sugar doing anything structural or is it just taste? Should I adjust the number of eggs?
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Are bubbling preserved lemons a sign of spoilage?

I recently made preserved lemons using a recipe from Jerusalem: The Cookbook. Having poked around a variety of recipes online, it's pretty much the same as all the rest: Lots of salt, squeeze out the ...
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Cooking lemon juice into stew

I have recently discovered a much broader use of lemon juice in my cooking and now add it to almost all stews and soups a few minutes before the end of cooking. But I am curious if there are benefits ...
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Lemon juice sprayer/container

I often zest up my food with lemon juice and I usually have squeezed juice in the fridge in a jar because I like it pre squeezed, with pulp and seeds removed. However, a jar is not an ideal container ...
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Can I make fermented lemon soda using yogurt cultures?

I'm trying to make a lemon soda using fermentation. Is it possible to make a lemon soda by mixing sugar, lemon, warm water and a scoop of live cultured yogurt? I put it inside a pressurize cooker, is ...
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How to rescue a Hollandaise with too much lemon

I accidentally doubled the amount of lemon juice in my Hollandaise recipe. The result is much too sour to be usable, but if not for that, the sauce would be okay. Could I rescue this sauce by ...
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Making lemon oil from vodka

I recently made some lemon oil. Here's how I made it (question at the bottom): I took the zest of about 12 lemons, packed it in a half pint jar, filled it to the top with 80 proof vodka. Left it in ...
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Are limes and lime juice more acidic than lemons and lemon juice?

I attended a business meeting in the Midwest and one of our clients took our management team and a few other business partners to dinner at an awesome Mexican restaurant. When the appetizers were ...
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How to know when to remove lemon squares from oven?

I'm making a lemon bars/squares recipe that I've made a few times before, and I keep having trouble deciding when to take it out of the oven. I don't want to overbake it, but I don't want to underbake ...
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How would you use a single lemon? [closed]

Related to How would you use a lot of lemons?, but at the opposite scale: I have a recipe that needs 1 Tbsp. lemon zest, so I've zested several areas of skin off this lemon and I'm not sure what I ...
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How much lemons are needed to produce pure 1 kg lemon essential oil?

First of, sorry of the question is not for here, but I can't seemk to find more proper place... My question is, how much lemons are needed to produce 1 kilogram pure essential oil, not the method with ...
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Lemon zest in large volumes

I need a LOT of organic lemon zest. Is there a commercial machine that can zest faster and better than a hand held zester? How do the dried zest companies produce their lemon zest? There's gotta be ...
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Lemon juice and kale/green leaf lettuce salad produces a very horseradish-y taste and smell

This is the strangest thing I've ever experienced with food. I have a salad, a kale and green leaf lettuce salad, sprinkled with lemon juice. As I'm eating it, when the lemon juice and kale leaves ...
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lemon zest substitute

I have a cookie recipe that calls for 1/4 cup of lemon zest. Can I substitute dried lemon peel, and how much? Or should I use lemon extract, how much? Or would it change the consistency of the ...
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How much dried lemon zest to substitute for “zest of one lemon”?

Most recipes that use lemon zest call for "zest of one lemon" or some such amount. To avoid the bother of organic lemons that invariably go bad before I use them and having to fiddle with zesting I'd ...
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Can I substitute regular dried lemon peel for sweetened dried lemon peel?

I have a recipe for mini lemon-poppy seed bread that calls for purchased sweetened dried lemon peel (3 oz). Can I substitute dried lemon peel since I can't locate the sweetened? The recipe is for Mini ...
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Why stuff a roast chicken with lemon, onion, and thyme?

I just made a classic roast chicken and the recipe called for stuffing a lemon, thyme, and onion inside the cavity of the chicken. Why even bother stuffing the cavity with anything? What does it ...
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Can I use “spent” lemons (juiced) to preserve?

I'm about to juice 5 or 6 lemons, I'll zest maybe 2 of them. (I'm making a lemon cheesecake). Lemon isn't something I care to use very often, but I'm intrigued by 'preserved lemons', something I've ...
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How can I make lemon and chilli liquid to have with hummus?

A few weeks ago I had hummus at the famous Abu-Hassan/Ali-Caravan place in Jaffa, Tel Aviv. When you order hummus there you also get a small bowl of lemony chilli liquid on the side. The liquid is hot ...
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how long do you have to cook lemon curd for?

How long does lemon curd have to be cooked in order to ensure a good set? if pectin is being used, what type of pectin is suitable?
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Hot tea with lemon juice and fat free milk: how to prevent curdling?

So I know it may sound a bit weird, but I like milky tea with some lemon juice added. I pop a teabag into the mug, fill it about 2/3 with boiling water, let seep a bit, remove teabag, add some freshly-...
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Are there any reasons not to include the zest when citrus juice is an ingredient?

When following a recipe containing "juice of a lime [or lemon]", I can't help but find it wasteful to just squeeze the fruit. Usually, I'll include the meat of the fruit as long as it doesn't mess ...
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Is it possible to can lemons in a simple syrup as opposed to using salt?

I would like to know if its possible to can/preserve whole meyer lemons in a sweet simple syrup, much like you would can peaches or cherries. I haven't been able to find a recipe for canning lemons ...