Sunday, 11 January 2015

Things To Do With... Zested Lemons, Limes & Oranges

I often find myself with naked lemons, limes and oranges after zesting them for a recipe and I never know what to do with them. I 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. Let me know if you make any and how they turn out!


There is approx 30ml juice in a Lemon
There is approx 30ml juice in a Lime
There is approx 80ml juice in an Orange


Lemon Meringue Pie - Uses 250ml Lemon Juice
This gorgeous pie has a melt in the mouth tangy lemon filling, a fluffy meringue topping and crisp pastry.

Other idea from around the web:

Lemon Curd - Uses 125ml Lemon Juice
Probably the most obvious use for citrus juice, you could also make Lime or Orange curd from this recipe too.

Freezable Lemon Bars - Uses the Juice of 2 Lemons
Biscuit crust, lemon filling and topped with whipped cream. These look so good! Almost like an easier version of lemon meringue pie that's bitesize too.

Lemon Vinaigrette - Uses 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
A good salad dressing can turn a boring pile of lettuce into a tasty and exciting meal. Lemon juice will add a fantastic zing to your usual lunch fare.

Lemon Sugar Cookies - Uses the Juice of 1 Lemon
A very simple recipe to follow with a delicious result!

Lemon Cream Pie - Uses 210ml Lemon Juice
A perfect summer dessert, you can replace the graham crackers with digestive biscuits for the pie crust.


Key Lime Cheesecake - Uses 175ml Lime Juice (about 3 Limes)
This is an American recipe so it is in cups. You can use digestive biscuits for the base instead of graham crackers as they are very similar.

Pina Colada Fruit Jellies - Uses 3 tsp Lime Juice
These look so yummy, and would be great for a gift or party treat.

Banana Mango Muffins with Lime Glaze - Uses 1/2 a Lime Juice plus 1 tsp
These sounds really tropical, tasty and full of nutritious fruit!

Chocolate Covered Lime Cheesecake Bites - Uses 60ml Lime Juice
Cheesecake covered in chocolate - such an awesome idea!

Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars - Uses 4 tbsp Lime Juice
Coconut and lime go so well together in these tasty looking bars.


Cinnamon Orange Juice Cake - Uses 250ml Orange Juice
This looks so delicious, cinnamon and orange make a great flavour pairing and this recipe is very easy to follow.

Blueberry Orange Juice Bread - Uses 175ml Orange Juice
I love the sound of blueberries and orange together, this bread looks so fresh and fruity.

Apple Crepes with Orange Sauce - Uses 175ml Orange Juice (plus 2 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice!)
Pancakes are the ultimate breakfast treat, I would be very happy with these for my weekend breakfast and I'd know I was getting some fruit goodness at the same time.

Peach Romanoff - Uses 6 tbsp Orange Juice
A really simple no-bake (you only need to use the stove top) recipe that sounds superb.

Sicilian Orange Almond Cake - Uses 75ml Orange Juice
A very warming tasty cake, I think adding some spices would be a great addition to this recipe. You can replace the curds in this recipe with natural yoghurt.

Other ideas for leftover citrus fruits...

- Squeeze some lemon over chicken before roasting
- Or squeeze lime over fish and prawns
- Pop a wedge or slice into your drink, or get cocktail making!
- Mix any citrus juice with icing sugar and drizzle over a cake
- You can freeze the juice in ice cube trays


  1. Ha! Yep.... those zestless citrus fruit are a problem in our house too. I have two bald lemons sitting in the fridge right now!!

    1. It's a constant issue for me! Putting them in a cocktail (or mocktail) always works well if there's no time to bake!