The first Mother’s Day gift I received, in our first home, was a lemon tree.
As anyone who has planted trees for a special occasion can attest to, it becomes a very special gift to see it grow each and every year. It truly was a gift that kept on giving. To make it even more special, it produced fruit and anyone that knows me, knows I adore fruit.
Around this time of year, before we moved, we would spend at least one weekend picking lemons. We would then juice, zest and slice lemons to freeze.
Throughout the year, we were able to appreciate not only the tree in our yard but the “fruit” of our labor.
- Lemon Curd
- Lemonade (LOTS AND LOTS!!)
- Lemon Bars
- Slices of Lemon for Water
- Lemon Juice for recipes and Dressing
- AND Candied Lemon Peels (yummy!)
Here is a recipe for candied lemon peels:
- We would juice our lemons and then cut the rind into strips. You can cut the rind off first and juice if you want (3-4 lemons).
- Some recipes advise to cut the white (pith) part out, but I leave it on. It doesn’t bother me at all (nor anyone I have given it to.) It is like a sponge and absorbs the syrup.
- Fill a pan with cold water and add lemon peels.
- Bring to a boil.
- Drain water and repeat, steps 3 and 4 three to four times.
- On last drain, leave lemon peels in the drainer.
- Take two cups of sugar and two cups of water and bring to a boil (stir to dissolve sugar).
- Reduce heat to low and add in lemon peels.
- Cook for aprox. 12 minutes. The peels will look translucent.
- Drain peels and let cool.
- Once dried, take peels and toss in 1/2 cup of sugar.
- Store in an airtight container.
Seriously, this is such a great way to use up the entire part of the fruit. These were such a HUGE hit and I had people go CRAZY over them. So tasty!
Speaking of hits, here is what we would do with the fruit that didn’t make the cut.
But be careful that the juice doesn’t stay on your skin especially if you’re in the sun.
When life gives you lemons what do you do with them?
Oh, I miss that lemon tree!!!!!!!!!
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