What Can I Do With Tons of Lemons?


There is a lot more to your average lemon than lemonade. From savory dishes to sweet desserts to non-food-related uses around the home, there's reason to celebrate when you find yourself stuck with a plethora of lemons. And because lemons can be frozen for as long as four months, you'll have plenty of time to use them all.

Make Treats

  • Lemon-infused desserts are tart, sweet and delicious. Pick desserts that use the whole lemon, such as lemon bars or curds. Or make a lemon sorbet using the juice and zest of a few lemons. If you already have uses for the juice, use the lemon zest for frostings or to enhance whipped cream. Top off desserts with candied lemon peels by boiling lemon zest with sugar, water and corn syrup.

Can Them Up

  • When you have too many lemons to deal with, preserving them allows you to keep them longer than freezing them. Make preserved lemons infused with cardamom and use them in your favorite Middle Eastern dishes. Or turn leftover lemons into lemon marmalade. This tart jam uses pectin and can be stored for as long as a year if canned properly.

Get Drinking

  • Juiced lemons are good for homemade lemonade, which uses up a lot of lemons in the process. Freeze fresh-squeezed lemon juice in ice cube trays, then use them to add a little flavor to water, soda or recipes that need just a squeeze on the spot. Make limoncello using lemons, vodka and sugar, then add half and half to make crema di limoncello. Store both in the freezer for as long as one year.

Get Innovative

  • Lemons do more than just add flavor to food. Use lemon juice as a natural cleanser to wipe down surfaces with sticky substances, or rub a lemon over hard-water stains to break them up. Rub a freshly sliced lemon over a cutting board to remove strong odors from fish, garlic or onions. Deodorize your garbage disposal by tossing a chopped lemon down the drain and running the disposal; repeat once a month to keep it fresh. Squeeze lemon juice over a stain to spot clean before washing it. Use freshly squeezed lemon juice in place of bleach in your washing machine to naturally brighten whites and freshen your clothes.

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