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 ½ 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 ½ 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
More leftover ideas...
|Jam||Wholemeal Flour||Egg yolks|
Ha! Yep.... those zestless citrus fruit are a problem in our house too. I have two bald lemons sitting in the fridge right now!!
It's a constant issue for me! Putting them in a cocktail (or mocktail) always works well if there's no time to bake!
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.
That's awesome Kennie, I'm so glad this helped you!