Things To Do With… Zested Lemons, Limes & Oranges

Leftover lemon

I often find myself with leftover lemon, lime and orange 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.


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


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



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!

How much juice is in a citrus fruit?

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…

– Mix leftover lemon juice with avocado for avocado on toast
– Squeeze lime over a thai curry, stir fry or asian style soup
– Add your citrus juice to a smoothie
– Make a salad dressing using lemon, lime or orange juice
– 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
– Add to homemade ice lollies (popsicles)
– You can freeze the juice in ice cube trays for easy portion control, and add to drinks and cocktails in the future
– Clean with it! Lemon in particular is a fantastic natural cleaner

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More leftover ideas…

Jam Wholemeal Flour Egg yolks

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Thank you for sharing this! We homemade a lemon cake for my Dad’s birthday and had 2.5 zested and 2 un-zested lemons leftover. Most recipes call for only or mostly zest, so I was happy to find your list here. I have the blueberry orange (in this case, lemon) bread in the oven now, which used up those zested lemons, and I may use the remaining two lemons to make the lemon sugar cookies.

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