when a friend hands you lemons

Meyer Lemon Bowl

My friend Heather recently moved from Boise to San Jose and while most of the time I’m not envious at all, the times I am almost always have to do with the beautiful produce that she has easy access to. She knows this and tends to rub it in whenever she can, but at least when she was visited a couple weeks ago, she brought along a nice bag of glorious Meyer lemons. Such a treat indeed and they were so ripe, I knew I needed to figure out something to do with them pronto.

The best idea seemed to be to preserve them so they could be savored and doled out slowly for maximum enjoyment.

I was going for three different methods, the first of which was preserved lemons. I’ve written about this before and almost always have a jar in my fridge to mix into dressings or sauces (I love them tossed with sautéed haricot vert).

Preserved meyer lemons

The next methods go hand in hand really. The plan was to juice the remaining lemons but there was no way I was going to let all that yummy peel go in the compost bin, so I zested them first and dried it in a low oven before putting into a container that went into the freezer.

Lemon zest

The juice, went into ice cube trays and when frozen, the cubes were placed into a ziplock that also went into the freezer.

Meyer lemon ice cubes

Now I have three ways to work these wonderfully special Meyer lemons for months to come because when a friend hands you lemons there’s clearly so much more that can be made than just lemonade!


About bistroonesix

I have an interest in all things food and am lucky enough to be surrounded by people that share this same passion. There’s never a shortage of inspiration or partners in collaboration. Some of my happiest memories involve big tables covered with food, plenty of wine, and extra chairs pulled up to accommodate all the friends and family. If I can help facilitate these kinds of evenings, well then I’d say this is a great hobby to have. I live in Boise, Idaho with my husband and 2 adorable cats.


  1. Cheryl Youngsman

    Meyer lemon drop martinis!

  2. Oh yeah Cheryl! That is what I was thinking too!

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