Real vs. bottled Lemon Juice
On America’s Test Kitchen, Christopher Kimball made this big deal about not liking fake lemon flavor, and then in a blind taste test, ranked an actual lemon lowest.
I always hear people insisting on using fresh lemons, but I think the difference is not always detectable.
When I need lemon zest, I buy a fresh lemon.
When they’re on sale, I buy a fresh lemon. They dress up water beautifully, and make it pretty, so if I can get real lemons on the cheap, I will buy one or two. But even on sale, they’re $0.50 a piece.
For all other things, I regularly substitute bottled juice.
Lemons don’t keep for that long. I even have a special lemon container, and it helps, but once they’re cut, you have a few days, and even uncut you’ve got a week, two at most. I’ve never tried freezing them (I know, hard to believe), so unless I have something specific planned for my lemons, I go with bottled juice. I’ll even use lemon juice in water if lemons are out of season. I just put a few drops in my water. Not as pretty by a long shot, but still zippy and refreshing.
If I could afford to buy real lemons for every application, I might, but it still necessitates trips to the store to fetch ’em. So, yeah. Got nothing but love for you lemons, but I also love my time and money.