So…one of the best things about my home is it has a Meyer Lemon tree. Gorgeously grown to a full size. We finally had a Saturday to ourselves and it was my goal to harvest these beautiful lemons. They are fragrant and tasty. Sophia and I picked as many as we could reach, then we called in the big guns. Paxton is a lot taller than us, so he got the lemons from the top of the tree. Which reminds me what is that saying about “Low lying fruit?” I just looked that up, goals that are easy to reach and attainable. It makes sense to me.
Tips to picking fruit:
- Wear eye protection, gloves and long sleeves.
- Use clippers or snippers and have bags or baskets at the ready to hold your fruit.
We ended up with 5 huge bags full of lemons. Check out our Instagram account @Frolicking_Gypsies for pictures #FG30days. I had bought a few plastic bin type baskets and brown craft tags in preparation to give my neighbors lemons. I’m so GLAD I did. I grabbed some bar rags and started wiping down lemons before I packed them into the baskets. I wanted them to be free of debris and look nice. DO NOT WASH your fruit until you are ready to use it. This helps to keep them longer. I filled 9 baskets of lemons and attached a gift tag on each one tied with bakers twine (yellow & white of course.) Then I did my glory walk to a few houses in my track. My neighbors in my culdesac, a fellow skate family and our Barks and Bubbles dog groomer. The lemon baskets were a huge hit! I received a ton of thank you’s and it also encouraged a neighborly vibe I didn’t foresee. We quickly received one of our baskets back with homemade strawberry jam and brittle. A week later we received really good oranges and limes from another neighbor. I’m going to use those oranges to make my son’s favorite Orange Cake recipe for Super Bowl Sunday and the limes to make sour mix.
Anyway~ now I still had a bunch of lemons left. What to do? What to do? Pinterest of course! I found so many great recipes. The ones I was most interested in though, were the preserving type. Not so much jam, as much as how to hold on to the Meyer Lemon awesomeness I had before me. I spent my first day making a few things. They had to be easy too!
What could be more perfect than making warm lemon water to sip on? Nothing. It is the simplest recipe. Fill mug with water add lemon slice and microwave for 1 min. Voila! Cleansing, refreshing and uplifting cup of joy. Slice a few lemons and store in the refrigerator for easy access.
Meyer Lemons Preserve was up next, I decided to merge two recipes I found on pinterest. I’m still not sure how to cook with it, but I’m sure I will be able to find a few recipes online eventually. Using a slurry from Simple Bites Five Ideas for Preserving Meyer Lemons and cutting lemons into quarters stuffing w/sea salt from The Novice Chef.
Lemons, sea salt, lemon juice (I used my zested lemons for this from the finishing salt and lemon sugar)
First, quarter your lemons without cutting all the way through.
Next make your salt slurry. Mix fresh lemon juice with sea salt. Then stuff your lemons.
Stuff your sea salted, slurried lemons into a glass jar and cover with more fresh lemon juice.
See simple right? Now your done, except for storing in refrigerator for a month. I noted the date that mine would be ready, on my calendar.
Ok, I need to make my family dinner (Verde Avocado Baked Flautas) now. Stay tuned for Meyer Lemons Part 2. – T*