Thursday, April 7

Crystallized Lemon, Lime... and Orange!

This is going to sound like a commercial, but someone has to sing praises of this amazing product!

   100% natural          0 Calories          No Preservatives

"True Lemon, True Lime and True Orange starts in the grove with fresh lemons, limes and oranges selected for their superior flavor. Cold pressing and crystallizing the fruit locks in their flavor at the peak of freshness.  This makes *True Lemon, True Lime, and True Orange taste better than any lemon, lime or orange you can find in the store fresh, frozen or juice.  *Preferred in blind taste tests."

That's what it says on the side of the box. And being a true lemon freak, I had to give it a try. That's all it took, now we're hooked. It does taste like fresh lemon and lime! That doesn't mean I'll give up buying fresh lemons... seriously our family goes through a Costco bag of lemons every two weeks. But for convenience and taste, this is a great choice. We haven't bonded with True Orange yet but it's worth giving it a try.

I discovered on the True Lemon website that True Lemon and True Lime now come in shaker bottles. I'm going to ask my grocer to carry these... much more convenient than packets.

It's actually a very well done site with recipes and great health tips regarding lemons and limes. I know I will NEVER ask for a lemon wedge in my water at a restaurant again.  Instead, I'll carry True Lemon with me. Here are some great ideas to use these products taken from their website.

  • Drink more water (without changing your water into something sweetened)! Add a packet to a full glass or bottle (10 to 20 ounces) of cold water. (Like a stronger taste? Add two packets.)  
  • Use True Lemon or True Lime as a salt-substitute to add flavor to food without adding salt.
  • Sprinkle True Lime or Lemon on popcorn. (We always take several packets with us to the movie theater.)
  • Use in place of lemon, lime or orange juice in recipes. (1 packet = 1 tablespoon of juice or, for a stronger taste, 2 packets = 1 tablespoon of juice)
  • Make True Lemon-ade, True Lime-ade and True Orange-ade by combining with your favorite sweetener in a glass or pitcher.
  • Use as a rub or seasoning on seafood, meat or chicken.
  • Make lemon or lime butter by adding to butter or a butter substitute.
  • Sprinkle True Lemon on fresh fruits , strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, etc.
  • Make flavored ice-cubes. Add True Lemon, True Lime or True Orange to water and then pour into ice cube trays for flavorful ice!
  • Add some extra packets of True Lemon to a pre-made lemon cake or lemon bar mix to give it an extra lemon punch!
  • Sprinkle True Lemon on apples, avocados or any fruit to stop browning.
  • Sprinkle True Orange on vanilla ice cream. 
And I'll add one more idea that our family uses...
We love fresh salsa made with tomatoes from the garden. We use True Lime in place of lime juice to keep the salsa from having too much liquid.

Give this product a try... we'd love to hear your opinion. Have you tried it? Do you have other ways your family uses it? Leave us a comment!

         Up next... Oven Baked Chimichanga's with Mexican Lime Rice

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