Include This Flavorful Addition in Your Pantry.
Lemon zest is a kitchen standby for any pantry. It gives you the ability to add a punch of lemon flavor to any recipe you are creating. What happens when you run out of zest? Substitute lemon juice powder instead.
You may not be familiar with this little-known pantry item, but you should be. Lemon juice powder is a shelf-stable alternative to fresh lemon. It has a shelf life of 5 years and will always be there when you need it. Just think, you will never have to forego a recipe because you ran out of fresh lemons.
Like the idea of using lemon powder but you are unsure how to use it in the kitchen?
Any recipe that calls for lemon juice, lemon zest, or lemon extract can have lemon juice powder substituted in its place. Use the equivalent chart below for converting your favorite recipes.
When you are cooking consider foods when making recipe substitutions.
• Icing or glaze
• Salad dressing
Lemonade Is a Great Place to Start
If you have never used lemon powder, making lemonade is a great place to start. This will allow you to experiment with the amount of powder that suits your taste buds. You’ll find that lemon juice powder is highly concentrated so start with a small mix of 1/2 teaspoon lemon powder and 8 ounces of water. Add more powder and sugar to taste.
The typical lemonade recipe calls for 1/3 cup lemon juice powder for each 1 quart of water.
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Can You Substitute for Fresh Juice?
Yes! It is as easy as mixing 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice powder. Follow the directions on the package. Some brands also call for adding 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid (vitamin C) to the mix.
Citric acid doesn’t add flavor, it lowers the pH and gives extra tartness. You may find that the tartness of the juice powder is enough.
1 tablespoon lemon juice powder =
• 1 teaspoon dried lemon peel
• 2 teaspoons grated fresh lemon peel
• the grated peel of 1 medium lemon
• 1/8 tsp lemon extract
Lemon Glaze for Cupcakes
In a bowl combine:
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice powder *
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons water
*Lemon juice powder gives a big punch of flavor here. You can substitute 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract if you don’t have the powder.
Where to Find Lemon Juice Powder
Once you start looking for this amazing pantry item you’ll see it everywhere. Try your local grocery store or whole foods and of course, check your favorite online retailer. There are affiliate links in this post. Thanks for supporting PreparednessMama in this way.
Will you add lemon juice powder to your pantry? I find it to be highly efficient for cooking, as it adds that extra taste. If none of the products above satisfy you, here’s how to make your own:
How to Make Your Own Lemon Juice Powder
Prep time: 4 days
Serving: 1 cup
- 4 or 5 lemons
- one cup of sugar
- a pinch of salt (optional)
- half a teaspoon of grated ginger (optional)
Take four or five medium-sized lemons and rub them well to be able to easily squeeze out the juice when needed.
Next, squeeze out the juice on a wide plate and add in the sugar as needed. Visually, it should be about four times the sugar level than the lemon juice inside the plate.
Add a pinch of salt and then slowly add the finely-grated pieces of ginger. Give a quick mix and keep it in a dry place for drying. Keep it under a fan for fast drying and do not keep it under the sun. After 7 – 8 hours, it will turn slightly thick.
After another day, the mixture will become even thicker. Give it a quick mix yet again until it becomes smooth once more. The following day, the mixture will start drying up and you should repeat the process of mixing it up a little until you get a uniform plate.
On the fourth day, it will most likely completely dry up and you’ll be ready to grind it. Put it into a mixer or grinder and grind it until it becomes a powder. Now you just need to store it in an airtight container. When you’re ready to use it for cooking, just add water accordingly.
Did you manage to make your own lemon juice powder? Leave us a comment and tell us if you’ve found any ideas to improve the formula. We’re always glad to see new suggestions from our readers.