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Lemons are a yellow fruit that has many uses, both sweet and savoury.

In this guide, we will cover how to use lemons, store them and what recipes you can use them in.

How To Use Lemons

lemons cut in half for lemonade

They’re great for baking, cooking with fish or chicken dishes, or even just squeezing into your water to give it some flavour.

Lemons are also good for the body in more ways than one! The juice of lemons can be used as a natural remedy for colds due to their antibacterial properties.

The zest of lemon can add flavour to cakes and deserts without adding too much sugar.

Related: How to Zest a Lemon

Juicing a Lemon

juicing lemons

Many recipes call for the juice of a lemon, the most effective way to do this is to use a room temperature lemon.

Roll the lemon between your hands or on a hard surface before slicing the lemon in half.

If you have a lemon squeezer or citrus juicer, use this to extract as much juice as you can.

If you don’t have a squeezer or a juicer, you can use your hands to squeeze the lemon over a bowl or cup. Pick out any seeds.

Related: How to Juice a Lemon

How To Store Lemons

Keep lemons in a cool, dry place. Storing them in the fridge is best. Otherwise, the lemon will dry out quickly. Just remember to remove them with plenty of time to bring them to room temperature before juicing them.

Lemons can also be frozen or preserved by drying, but this is only recommended with surplus lemons that you have. 

Related: How To Freeze Lemons

How To Choose The Best Lemons

Try to use lemons that are bright yellow rather than pale, and try to avoid green ones on them as they won’t be ripe.

If you can give the lemon a gentle squeeze, it should have a little give, but not too much.

Waxed Lemons vs Unwaxed Lemons

The wax on the skin is there to help preserve the lemon and help them last longer.

If you only want to juice the lemons, then waxed ones are fine, but if you are using the zest, it might be preferable to try and get unwaxed.

Waxed lemons won’t harm you, but it’s best to try and wash off as much of the wax as you can before zesting.

Lemon Recipes

slice of lemon drizzle cake

Many recipes use lemons; here are somewhere lemons are the main ingredient:

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