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Exotic Technique for Preparing Lemon Zest Lemonade

By SirPoolie in Culture
Fri Nov 30, 2007 at 11:19:33 AM EST
Tags: zest, citrus, lemonade, lemon, food, drink, beverage, refreshing (all tags)

If you take the effort to make natural homemade lemonade, it must be made second to none. This process allows you to extract lemon oil from zest shavings of the common citrus lemon, effectively adding quite an appealing kick to the popular pick-me-up. There is no commercial lemonade product that can even begin to compare with this recipe. The flavor is quite distinct, with a bold refreshing lemony accent.

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You will need the following supplies:

  • 2 L water
  • 2 L drink container
  • 1 L bowl
  • 1/4 L cooking pot
  • 5 medium-sized fresh young lemons
  • 1/4 L cane sugar
  • ice cubes
  • lemon juice extraction device
  • knife with serrated blade
  • aluminum or plastic membrane wrap
  • strainer

Step 1 - Remove Zest from Lemons

Wash lemons with a light hand soap and lightly scrub to remove any pesticide residue. Using knife, carefully remove only yellow translucent skin, also known as zest, from the lemon skins. This means you will be making very thin slices. Do not include the white pithy material immediately beneath the yellow skin, as it will interfere with the lemon oil extraction. Remove all zest from each lemon. Collect and place shavings in 1 L bowl.

Step 2 - Extract Lemon Oil from Zest Shavings

Pour 1/4 L cane sugar into 1 L bowl with zest shavings. Mix things around. Cover bowl with membrane wrap. Wait 1 hour as sugar begins to absorb lemon oil from zest shavings. Eventually mixture will become yellow syrupy mush. Cool, huh? Tastes just like lemon candy, too!

Step 3 - Extract Lemon Juice

Remove juice from lemons with extraction device. Pour juice into 2 L drink container.

Step 4 - Boil Water

Heat 1/2 L of the water in cooking pot until boiling. Pour boiling water into 1 L bowl on top of zest syrup. Stir things around. Wait fifteen minutes.

Step 4 - Dilute and Cool

Using strainer/sieve to filter out zest shavings, Pour the hot 1/2 L lemon syrup and water mixture from 1 L bowl into 2 L drink container. Refrigerate until chilled, or serve with ice cubes if you're an impatient bastard like myself.

At first taste, you will most likely want to drink this stuff day in and day out, that is, if you can handle the effort involved. If you didn't like it, well, there's always the poll! ;)


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Yo dude, ...
o I love lemons! 28%
o limeade is way better. 18%
o slicing the zest shavings was frustrating 8%
o fuck citrus fruits! 14%
o I made this beverage and it rocked! 6%
o I made this beverage and it was so-so. 6%
o I made this beverage and it sucked ass! 2%
o I didn't make the beverage, and go fuck yourself! 26%
o it's just too much effort for lemonade, asshole! 28%
o I did your mom! 34%
o lemons erode teeth. 12%
o vitamin C is overrated. 14%
o I added alcohol. 26%
o lemonade is for dorks. 18%
o this article sucks shit. 32%

Votes: 50
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Exotic Technique for Preparing Lemon Zest Lemonade | 41 comments (27 topical, 14 editorial, 0 hidden)
+1 FP (2.16 / 6) (#4)
by trane on Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 06:06:49 AM EST

This is exactly the kind of article that k5 needs more of on the front page.

I've got you beat (1.88 / 9) (#5)
by MichaelCrawford on Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 07:26:34 AM EST

My wife Bonita was a chemistry student when we met. Her thesis project (which was never completed because I spirited her away to California then convinced her to become an artist) involved citrus essential oils. The way she extracted the oil was to use "critical phase" carbon dioxide to dissolve and purify the oils.

My understanding of critical phase fluids is that they are neither liquids nor gases, but something in between. You don't find them in nature, but they can be prepared in the lab, under proper conditions of temperature and pressure.

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I have found Crawford's Imaginary Wife (2.62 / 8) (#8)
by Josh Smith II on Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 02:34:54 PM EST

Hi-rez: http://www.lsus.edu/sc/chemphys/faculty_details.asp?ID=10

-- Josh Smith recommends you take a hulver hike.
[ Parent ]
Actually, I have found Crawford's Imaginary Wife (2.57 / 7) (#10)
by Liar on Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 08:10:18 PM EST

And she is us.

I admit I'm a Liar. That's why you can trust me.
[ Parent ]
just the two of you or all of k5? (none / 0) (#36)
by the77x42 on Fri Nov 30, 2007 at 10:15:40 AM EST

"We're not here to educate. We're here to point and laugh." - creature
"You have some pretty stupid ideas." - indubitable ‮

[ Parent ]
HUSI-----------------> (1.25 / 8) (#7)
by Hiphopopotamus on Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 01:35:44 PM EST


I'm In LOVE!

Hilarious (2.56 / 16) (#12)
by BottleRocket on Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 11:38:27 PM EST

But I do have one minor nit. Is there some phrase that can go in place of "Boil Water" that would be more effeminate? Boiling water sounds too masculine. How about "Make the Water Into Steamy Effervescence".

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how about (2.66 / 9) (#16)
by Booger on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 12:10:40 AM EST

"log water onto k5"

I did think of a derogatory term for white people--RICH. Call some white guy RICH and it doesn't matter how much money they have, they'll start squealin about how oh they wish they were rich.--tdillo
[ Parent ]

Hi I just wanted to say that (1.71 / 7) (#17)
by B0sk on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 12:23:11 AM EST

I read a little of the article and found it unoffesive enough for +1SP, but I would like to comment more broadly on your new found ambition to become a prolific K5 article writer.

Please find something more productive to do with your life. Srsly. Unless you're a quadroplegiack who uses his nose to type with, then there's a myriad of other achievemnts more worthwhile than getting to FP, including breaking shop windows at night.

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I like the kuro5hin concept (1.50 / 4) (#20)
by SirPoolie on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 05:34:04 AM EST

I would like to see it again grow and proliferate on the net.

[ Parent ]
I'm open to other ideas / recommendations for... (1.50 / 2) (#21)
by SirPoolie on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 05:52:38 AM EST

better activities to get caught up with. Honestly, I like producing written content, and I like the feedback one can gain from the unique and insightful world that is kuro5hin. :)

[ Parent ]
Well let's see, (none / 1) (#32)
by tdillo on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 04:16:53 PM EST

Hiking, fire-starting, mouse killing, beekeeping, beer brewing, movie making, rockstar coding, extreme narcissism, it's all good.

The stories and information posted here are artistic works of fiction and falsehood.Only a fool would take anything posted here as fact.[ Parent ]

finding a girlfriend should be high on your list. (none / 1) (#37)
by the77x42 on Fri Nov 30, 2007 at 10:16:50 AM EST

"We're not here to educate. We're here to point and laugh." - creature
"You have some pretty stupid ideas." - indubitable ‮

[ Parent ]
+1SP (2.20 / 5) (#18)
by it certainly is on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 02:21:08 AM EST

Now please write about pecan pancakes, or sapphires.

kur0shin.org -- it certainly is

Godwin's law [...] is impossible to violate except with an infinitely long thread that doesn't mention nazis.

(3) Encourage - pecan pancakes. % (none / 1) (#19)
by Joe Sixpack on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 05:21:12 AM EST

[ Parent ]

Tough competition (none / 1) (#29)
by it certainly is on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 03:25:53 PM EST

from 2002. Also, sapphires.

kur0shin.org -- it certainly is

Godwin's law [...] is impossible to violate except with an infinitely long thread that doesn't mention nazis.
[ Parent ]

BUT THERE ARE NO SIMI-TRUCKS /nt (1.50 / 2) (#31)
by MotorMachineMercenary on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 03:44:36 PM EST

It's hard to be humble when even Mr Bigballs rates me as #1 Kuro5hit.

[ Parent ]
Made it, and... (2.62 / 8) (#23)
by fyngyrz on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 08:37:15 AM EST

...it was ok. Not special, not worth the extra effort. Might be interesting to try with oranges, a considerably more palatable fruit, but as orange juice is drinkable without additional mucking about (doesn't need sugar the way lemon juice does) I'm not sure if the method will transfer without degrading the essential flavors involved.

Anyway, +1SP - if you want +1FP from me, augment the metric measurements. In the case of this recipe, everything scaled nicely because all measurements were full liters, but it only takes a few other scalings to make translating into cups, teaspoons and etc not worth the effort. So please include both types of measurements.

A quart is pretty close to a liter (5.6% error) and a gallon about four liters. 1/2 liter is a pint. 1/4 liter is a cup. Etc. So:

  • 1/2 gallon water
  • 1/2 gallon drink container
  • 1 quart bowl
  • 1 cup cooking pot
  • 5 medium-sized fresh young lemons
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • ice cubes
  • lemon juice extraction device
  • knife with serrated blade
  • aluminum or plastic membrane wrap
  • strainer

There's a whole country full of people who cook that have nothing but imperial measurement instruments. Please do consider them. I'd do it the other way for you.

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Embrace the future by dumping imperial units! (1.80 / 10) (#24)
by SirPoolie on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 09:04:13 AM EST

Thank you for the excellent feedback and thoughtful recommendation, although I would encourage you to go purchase some non-antiquated measuring devices regardless.

As a bastard American, I am sick of my country living in the early 1800s. Being someone who has taken his fair share of Science courses, and I'll admit, as I took my Chemistry 101 course, that being forced to learn about and be tested in my ability to convert between SI and Imperial units by using dimensional analysis made for some good exercises. The Metric system, or SI (Systeme Internacionale) is by far one of the greatest godsends. I'd make the same argument for the C and C++ languages being standardized: such a godsend, and also the bane of my existence (but that's another story).

The Imperial measurements are obsolete and only making everyone's lives confusing. Even American cars are heavily converted to the Metric system, with engine displacement in Liters, nuts and bolts in Millimeters, and the drugs they're transporting in Kilograms. The American Federal Government also requires that all new buildings and contracts are done using Metric units. Do I hear progress?

I have no sympathy for the complacent grannies in kitchens, the white trash lowlifes arguing for conventionalism in place of rationality while they pump their gas, or the farmers with their unjustified fear of losing their ass backward hectares and acres. I will admit, however, that I am partial to the Slug as a well-named unit of force. Nevertheless.  Miles are maldies. Inches are irritating. Fuck the foot/second/pound. :) Thank you for you input, though, and I offer my kindest regards.

[ Parent ]

slug is a unit of mass (2.40 / 5) (#26)
by rpresser on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 01:22:33 PM EST

and kuro is a unit of idiocy
"In terms of both hyperbolic overreaching and eventual wrongness, the Permanent [Republican] Majority has set a new, and truly difficult to beat, standard." --rusty
[ Parent ]
I *was* going to vote for this article. n/t (1.50 / 2) (#27)
by binford2k on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 01:55:25 PM EST

[ Parent ]
I don't see what this high-school rant is for (2.57 / 7) (#30)
by Delirium on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 03:41:54 PM EST

This article was about cooking, no? When dealing with a fucking measuring cup, it doesn't matter what "system" it's from; it's just a measuring cup, and is not being used for scientific experimentation. -1 for this juvenile bullshit.

[ Parent ]
perfectly normal behavior here. (none / 1) (#34)
by tetsuwan on Fri Nov 30, 2007 at 04:11:47 AM EST

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[ Parent ]

+1FP for this. [nt] (3.00 / 3) (#33)
by Empedocles on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 08:36:09 PM EST

And I think it's gonna be a long long time
'Till touch down brings me 'round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home

[ Parent ]
Wait a minute... (none / 1) (#39)
by fyngyrz on Fri Nov 30, 2007 at 03:21:00 PM EST

...it's not that simple.

I have shelves full of cookbooks, as does my mate, that use imperial measurements. If we switched, as you suggest, to metric measuring implements, all of these recipes would become opaque, to say the least.

It's all very nice to point to the inherent superiority of something (dvorak keyboards, Betamax tapes, the PS3's graphics crunching) but reality and your current investments have a say - if you have normal typing skills, going dvorak is a pain in the butt, if you have tons of VHS tapes and sellers of VHS tapes, you can't just switch, if you have XBox 360 games, they're not going to play on the PS3.

I mean, I feel your pain, I really do - I spend my professional time trying to get people to look at what can be *done* with particular software, but am up against people who have significant skill sets in *other* software, and even when I can show them superior, consistent results, they usually go right back to the old, comfortable methods.

So what's the right answer? Rant and point your fingers and wave your hands, or just try to address both worlds? I choose the latter, and it comes down to one reason: Minimal fuckarosis. Some things will change, some won't, but I'm not going to have a cow about them in the meantime. YMMV. No doubt.

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[ Parent ]

My own recipe (2.75 / 4) (#38)
by jmzero on Fri Nov 30, 2007 at 01:25:27 PM EST

  1. Water
  2. Lemon Juice From Concentrate (No-name, I buy the 1 liter bottles - some brands don't work out as well)

Drip lemon juice into water until it's kind of yellowy, but not sour.  This isn't really intended as a joke - I drink this all the time... try it..
"Let's not stir that bag of worms." - my lovely wife
Flavored sugar (none / 0) (#41)
by Shreela on Fri Nov 30, 2007 at 10:56:11 PM EST

I'm going to try the rind/sugar trick the next time I make lemon cake, thanks.

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