Things To Do With… Zested Lemons, Limes & Oranges

I often find myself with leftover lemons, limes and oranges after zesting them for a recipe and I never know what to do with them. It always seems like recipes call for zest only, or more zest than juice, so I imagine this is a common problem for bakers! In order to resolve this problem and avoid food waste guilt I’ve had a scout around and collected together some recipes that use only the juice of citrus fruits. It took me a while to find recipes that don’t need zest at all, but I’ve found a good selection.

Lemons
Lemon Vinaigrette Lemon Sugar Cookies Lemon Bars
Uses 2 tbsp Lemon Juice Uses the Juice of 1 Lemon Uses 85ml Lemon juice
Lemon Curd Lemon Cream Pie Lemon Meringue Pie
Uses 125ml Lemon Juice Uses 210ml Lemon Juice Uses 250ml Lemon Juice
Limes
Key Lime Cheesecake Pina Colada Fruit Jellies Banana Mango Muffins with Lime Glaze
Uses 175ml Lime Juice (about 3 Limes) Uses 3 tsp Lime Juice Uses 1/2 a Lime Juice plus 1 tsp
Chocolate Covered Lime Cheesecake Bites Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars
Uses 60ml Lime Juice Uses 4 tbsp Lime Juice

 

Oranges

 

Blueberry Orange Juice Bread Apple Crepes with Orange Sauce Peach Romanoff
Uses 175ml Orange Juice Uses 175ml Orange Juice (plus 2 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice!) Uses 6 tbsp Orange Juice
Sicilian Orange Almond Cake Baked Cinnamon Bananas with Orange Juice
Uses 75ml Orange Juice Uses 40ml Orange Juice

Let me know in the comments if you make any of these recipes and how they turn out!

Hints & Tips

There is approx 30ml juice in a Lemon
There is approx 30ml juice in a Lime
There is approx 80ml juice in an Orange

Other ideas for leftover citrus fruits…

– Squeeze some lemon over chicken before roasting
– Squeeze lime over fish and prawns
– Pop a wedge or slice into your drink, or get cocktail making!
– Mix any citrus juice with enough icing sugar to make a runny icing, then drizzle over a cake
– You can freeze the juice in ice cube trays for easy portion control, and add to drinks and cocktails in the future

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