Winter is the season for citrus. Even for folks living in the great white north, citrus fruits are usually easier to find and less expensive this time of year. Lemons are among some of the most versatile foods on earth. Full of bitter and tart flavor lemons lend themselves well to sweet and savory dishes. Lemons also have a place in our home remedy arsenal. Make the most of this precious time of year with these 25 ways to use lemons.

Make the most of winter citrus season with these 25 ways to use lemons for food in sweet and savory dishes alike as well as for home remedies.

Sweet Treats

The tartness of lemons shines through even sugary dishes and lends a bright, sunny flavor to many desserts. Lemon sweet treats can range from the humble to the fancy.

  • Bundt cakes are always so beautiful simply because of the pan, which means they need very little else for company. Serve up a Meyer lemon bundt cake for something bright, beautiful, and flavorful, even in a blizzard!
  • Lemon mascarpone tarts are delicious and appealing to the eye. If you happen to live in a warmer climate, topping them with fresh berries will bring out all the best flavors of the lemons and the berries.
  • One can never go wrong with cookies, next time you’re in the mood to make cookies try homemade lemon shortbread cookies.
  • Lemon bars are an eternally popular citrus dessert, and much easier to make than they appear.
  • A layer cake is great for birthdays or when a dessert to impress is needed. Use frozen raspberries and fresh lemons for this gorgeous lemon raspberry cake.

Savory Dishes

Lemon pairs well with a number of savory dishes. It’s delightful in salad dressings, soups, roasted with meats, and cooked with grains.

Make the most of winter citrus season with these 25 ways to use lemons for food in sweet and savory dishes alike as well as for home remedies.

Preserving Lemons

Be sure to take advantage of their season and save some for later, too. Lemons can easily be preserved in a number of tasty fashions.

Lemon Drinks

The tart and sour flavor of lemons make it perfect for a number of different drinks that can be the highlight of parties for kids or adults:

Home Remedies

Lemon seems to be full of home remedies used by many even folks who wouldn’t normally say they use herbs or natural healing.

Tips for using all of the lemon

The whole lemon is edible and useful for food, skincare, and even cleaning the home. There is no need to toss any of it. Here are some tips for using the whole lemon.

Use a citrus zester to zest the lemons before juicing them. The lemon zest can be dehydrated and used throughout the year.

If you have a lot of lemons, a citrus juicer can help you quickly juice them. There are table top citrus juicers, hand held juicers, and even a citrus juicer attachment for your KitchenAid mixer.

Lemon peels are not good for the compost pile but once the zest and juice has been removed, the left over pith and seeds are safe to put in the pile. You might also consider saving the pith and seeds to make homemade pectin for your summer jelly making.

Make the most of this citrus season by bringing lemons into the kitchen and keeping them in the pantry for the next season as well.

What are some of your favorite ways to use lemons?

Make the most of winter citrus season with these 25 ways to use lemons for food in sweet and savory dishes alike as well as for home remedies.

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Kathie is a writer, gardener, and teacher living with her soulmate, Jeff, in northwestern Montana. As a fiercely D.I.Y. individual, she is dedicated to living a life made of her own hands as much as possible.

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