Cooking with Meyer lemons. What is a Meyer lemon? Using the mild juice of the Meyer to make lemon cake or lemon meringue pie. How to freeze the juice for later use in recipes.
Meyers are not "true" lemons but lemon/orange hybrid. The fruit of this natural dwarf lemon tree is less tart than that of a true lemon. Because of this, it is sometimes called a sweet lemon.
In my opinion, this is an overstatement.
Meyer lemons are not sweet. They are just milder than most other lemons. The juice won't pucker you up if you taste it straight.
The fruit is heavy and juicier than that of a grocery store lemon. It makes delicious lemon meringue pie or lemonade. I will sometimes add one true lemon to the pitcher to make it more "lemony".
It's also good squeezed on fish.
Meyer Lemon Pie
Use your favorite lemon meringue pie recipe. Substitute Meyer lemon juice for 3/4 of the lemon juice called for. Make up the balance using Eureka or Lisbon lemon juice (standard grocery store lemons).
You don't strictly HAVE to use any true lemon juice but, if you don't, the pie filling may be too bland. I make lemon meringue pies using only the Meyers all the time. Normal lemon meringue pie is often too tart for me.
Try substituting the juice for the liquid in white or pound cake recipes. Then use it to make a lemon glaze to drizzle on top.
Freeze the fresh squeezed juice in ice cube trays and store the cubes in zip lock bags for later use in recipes. These are also great to use in lemonade as they won't water it down as they melt.
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Meyers are difficult to find in the stores. They have thinner skin than most other lemon varieties and do not keep as well once picked. As California citrus has thicker skin than Florida citrus, you may sometimes see them at farmers markets out west.
I have never seen them for sale in Florida. If you can't find them in your local markets, you can either grow your own or order them from Amazon.com.
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