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Squeezed Meyer Lemon Lurv

Have you ever had a Meyer lemon?  It’s not an exaggeration to tell you that the first time I tasted one, I had to look twice to make sure I was actually tasting a lemon.  It was on the sweet end and didn’t leave me with a squinched lemon face; it was a wonder, I tell ya!

This is my favorite dessert to make with my harvest: Not Chocolate Cake Lemon Bars

I have four Meyer lemon trees (er, bushes) and I have to do combat with the squirrels and birds to ensure a few lemons are left for me at the end of the season (November-ish).  This year was a tough year for my crop.  Most of the lemons looked hideous from the cosmetic bird pecks, but a few where magnificently gorgeous.  Not that appearance matters, because honestly, it’s what’s inside the battle scarred fruit that matters.

Each year I have too many lemons to eat or bake with before they start to go bad.  Want to know my simple go-to that ensures plenty of lemon juice to bake with or use in sweet tea for the rest of the year? Squeeze the sunshiney goodness outta those badboys and freeze it!

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Start by washing your lemons thoroughly.

How To Preserve Lemon Juice

 

Next, procure a measuring cup large enough to hold the lemon juice and…

How To Preserve Lemon Juice

 

…a strainer!  It helps to have a handy kitchen assistant to do the heavy work if you need to take photos!  Squeeze that lemon, baby!

How To Preserve Lemon Juice

 

The strainer catches not only the seeds, but also the heavy pulp, which you can them push through the strainer as well.

How To Preserve Lemon Juice

 

Once you have enough juice, pour into ice trays and freeze.

How To Preserve Lemon Juice

Once the lemon cubes are frozen, I place the cubes into a freezer bag, suck all the air out, then use as needed.  There is something decadent and wonderful about using your own lemon juice in the dead of winter to make lemon bars as you dream of summer.

Happy Squeezing, y’all!

 

 

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Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

Saturday 6th of December 2014

What a brilliant idea! Of course we have no lemon trees here so all I get is the ones in the market. I need to get my hands on some Meyers. I've heard they are good!

Patti Tucker

Saturday 6th of December 2014

So good. We're considered sub-tropical here in SA, but even we have to protect them in the winter. Worth the effort.

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon

Thursday 4th of December 2014

My neighbor has a prolific Eureka lemon tree that feeds the neighborhood. I love Meyers, but the ones in at the market have lost their flavor. They need a friend like you. :)

Patti Tucker

Friday 5th of December 2014

Oooo, they do need me (and I them!).

Gail @ BibleLoveNotes.com

Sunday 30th of November 2014

Why didn't I think of freezing my lemon juice in ice cube trays? What a great idea. I drink fresh lemonade every day and this will make it so much easier. Thanks.

Patti Tucker

Monday 1st of December 2014

Sometimes a solution evades us. Glad I could help!