I'm not a perfectionist. I get a lot done, but I cut corners to simplify things in the kitchen. (Consequently, a lot of meals are just ok -- thankfully my hubby is so sweet and he likes and eats whatever I make...at least it's always a healthy meal! :-))
Lately, however, I have discovered the beauty of using real lemons!! It is a BIT more work than just using bottled lemon juice, but it is a LOT more tasty!!
I have discovered a way to always have "fresh" lemons ready whenever I want them! The secret,...freeze them!! Freeze them whole or, if you won't always want the whole lemon, cut it in half, store in a zipper freezer bag and freeze.
When I'm ready to use a lemon, I either use it immediately or set it out on the counter for a bit to let it soften. I grate the peel on my cheese grater and then squeeze out the juice. -- I don't have a lemon zester, I just use a regular cheese grater, but I like the taste and texture of the strips of peel in some of my recipes.
I have this "coarse grater" and the "large commercial" juicer (it's awesome!!! I juice pomegranates with it!!! :0))
Be sure to use organic lemons!!
Here are a couple of articles on freezing lemons and why you want to use the whole lemon!! http://www.naturalnews.com/040574_freezing_lemons_lemon_juice_vitamins.html
P.S. I've been using 1/2 a frozen lemon in My Morning Shake and it fabulous!!!! I just throw the whole thing is -- it's easier to blend if you let it defrost a tad first!
Try your lemons in this recipe for Lemon Raspberry Chai Pudding! Mmmmm!